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CMA-Sponsored Project Music Startups Debut Pitches

An app that gives you personally tailored sound system quality on your phone. A fully licensed – and monetized – way to remix songs. High-tech karaoke. And video bombing – the next photo bombing? These…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: SHANTELL OGDEN

CMA welcomes one of its newest members Shantell Ogden who stopped by CMA recently to sign up for membership.   Shantell Ogden has a gift for crafting songs with real conviction and emotion. Her gift, combined with a work…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: CARMEL HELENE

CMA welcomes one of its newest members Carmel Helene who stopped by CMA recently to sign up for membership. Carmel Helene grew up differently than most kids. Born in San Francisco, he father was a black conga…Read full article…

Country Music Leads the Way as Tech Takes Over the Industry

The average Country Music fan is a lot more tech savvy than the genre baiters would have you believe. Speakers at the CMA Country Meet-up on Wednesday during Music Biz 2015 shed light on the…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: DENNY STRICKLAND

CMA welcomes one of its newest members Denny Strickland who stopped by CMA recently to sign up for membership. Denny Strickland, originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas, went from American Quarter Horse Association champion to country singer. He talks about…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: JOSH GOODLETT

CMA welcomes one of its newest members Josh Goodlett who stopped by CMA recently to sign up for membership. Josh grew up in Northern Kentucky and is a man of southern tradition. He’s proved himself to be a…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: ALLISON BRAY

CMA welcomes one of its newest members Allison Bray who stopped by CMA recently to sign up for membership. Last year Allison was able to score a spot on Team Blake when she auditioned with “Merry Go…Read full article…

CMA NEW MEMBER: MITCHELL TENPENNY

CMA welcomes one of its newest members Mitchell Tenpenny who stopped by CMA recently to sign up for membership. Mitchell was born and raised in Nashville, TN. With family already working in the music business, he…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: DIANA UPTON-HILL

CMA welcomes one of its newest members Diana Upton-Hill who stopped by CMA recently to sign up for membership. Originally from Bloomfield, Iowa, Diana’s passion for music started from a young age. She would get up on…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: LAURA MCCORMICK

CMA welcomes one of its newest members Laura McCormick who stopped by CMA recently to sign up for membership. On Laura’s debut album Box Full of Trouble, she mixes powerful folk and country vocals with a classic rock…Read full article…

CMA NEW MEMBER: ABI ANN

CMA welcomes one of its newest members Abi Ann who stopped by CMA recently to sign up for membership. At just 17 years old, Abi is already an accomplished singer and songwriter. Originally from Midland, Texas, this…Read full article…

PHOTOS: CMA Songwriters Series in Nation’s Capitol at Library of Congress

For the fourth time since 2010, the popular CMA Songwriters Series returned to the Library of Congress’ Coolidge Auditorium for a special performance on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 featuring Bill Anderson, Mac Davis, Mo Pitney and Pam…Read full article…

PHOTOS: Newest members of Country Music Hall of Fame lift their voices at Artist Luncheon

The room was full of singers, so it seemed only fitting that the conversation should start with harmony when The Oak Ridge Boys (Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban) and The Browns…Read full article…

PHOTOS: CMA Songwriters Series at 2015 Tin Pan South

As part of the annual Tin Pan South songwriters festival in Nashville, CMA presented its famous CMA Songwriters Series Wednesday, March 25, 2015 during a sold out show at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville.…Read full article…

PHOTOS: Stars, CMA Connect with UK Fans at C2C

Country fans in the U.K. were treated this past week to over-the-top Country performances with hit artists and songwriters at C2C, Country To Country. Heralded as the largest Country Music festival in the U.K. — C2C is presented by AEG Europe and…Read full article…

PHOTOS: 2015 CMA Triple Play Awards

Today the Country Music Association awarded Nashville’s top songwriters with the CMA Triple Play Awards — which are awarded annually to songwriters who write three No. 1 hits in a 12-month period. The gala event was at…Read full article…

Vince Gill Spearheads Celebration of Rural America

Eighteen-time CMA Award winner Vince Gill has joined the America’s Best Communities (ABC) partnership to revitalize small towns and cities across America. The Country Music Hall of Fame member introduced the initiative on Jan. 15…Read full article…

Producer Robert Deaton Takes Us Inside “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock”

Producer Robert Deaton knows better than anyone how challenging, complex and exhilarating it can be to capture the best of CMA Music Festival and trim it down to three hours of killer television. The results…Read full article…

CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES BLOWS INTO THE WINDY CITY

On Wednesday night, July 30, five songwriters brought their guitars to Joe’s Bar in Chicago to play their old songs, new songs and songs that are so recent they haven’t even been titled yet. Such…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: CODY BRYAN

CMA welcomes one of its newest members, Austin, Texas’ Cody Bryan, who is now touring in Texas as the Cody Bryan Band and is promoting his single, “Wreck Me.” Bryan talks about his love of…Read full article…