The Country Music Association’s critically acclaimed CMA Songwriters Series will return to C2C on 7 March 2019, at indigo at The O2. Hosted by Cam and featuring Jimmie Allen and Ross Copperman, it will also introduce Travis Denning and Laura Veltz to U.K. audiences for the first time. The performance follows October’s successful second annual CMA Songwriters Series tours in Europe and the U.K., while also marking the sixth London appearance for CMA Songwriters Series during C2C.
CMA Songwriters Series introduces new artists and songwriters through its intimate storytelling format. Audiences get to know the performers, their journey and the stories behind their songs throughout the two-hour seated show, as artists take turns performing their songs acoustically. Each CMA Songwriters Series is unique—the one-off performances are unrehearsed, uplifting and heart-warming, leaving audiences feeling closer to the artists and the music.
“The CMA Songwriters Series has developed a reputation for delivering some wonderful magic moments on the eve of C2C each year,” said Milly Olykan, CMA Vice President, International Relations and Development. “We anticipate our next performance will be no different and we’re thrilled to reveal the 2019 line-up. Presenting hit songwriters and introducing new acts to U.K. audiences is so gratifying, with fans in the U.K. being so attentive and open to discovering new country artists.”
Currently in its 14th season, CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 100 shows including multiple cities across the U.S. and the U.K. as well as Dublin, Belfast, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, Oslo and Hamburg. Artists and songwriters who have participated in the series internationally include Jessi Alexander, Kristian Bush, Brandy Clark, Chris DeStefano, Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Maren Morris, Liz Rose, Drake White, Charlie Worsham, The Striking Matches, Chris Young and more.
Cam Cam’s eccentric candor is supported in the brazen, bold song, “Diane”, the first single from her forthcoming sophomore release. “Diane” made quite an impact, holding a multi-week residency on Spotify’s Viral 50 USA Chart and peaking at No.1 on the iTunes U.K. Country charts. In addition to performing the song on multiple American television shows, “Diane” was expedited on BBC Radio 2’s A-List in the U.K. This spring, Cam joined Sam Smith on stage for their co-write “Palace” during all four nights of his sold-out shows at The O2 and went on to open for the international superstar on the North American summer leg of his The Thrill of It All Tour. Smith is among the impressive list of artists that Cam has shared the stage with in the last couple years. Others include a personal invite from Harry Styles at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their blockbuster Soul2Soul Tour, George Strait during his 2017 residency at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Eric Church, Alicia Keys, Smokey Robinson and others.
Jimmie Allen Now signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, Allen’s debut single “Best Shot” is a certified hit, claiming the spot as the No.1 most Shazamed song in the format for eight consecutive weeks, and claimed the No.1 spot on Country radio, marking the first time a black artist has launched a career with a No.1 hit on Country radio. In October, Allen released his hotly-anticipated debut album, Mercury Lane, named in tribute to the street he grew up on. Featuring a cutting-edge mix of Country, rock, R&B, and pop, Mercury Lane draws upon the influence his family and small-town upbringing of the critically-acclaimed rising star.
Ross Copperman Copperman has written upwards of 16 No.1 singles – from Dierks Bentley’s “I Hold On,” “Drunk On A Plane,” and “Black” to Brett Eldredge’s “Beat of the Music” and “Wanna Be That Song” – revolutionizing the sound of Nashville’s Country Music. He has produced and written songs for a wide range of Country artists including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Chase Rice, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban. Copperman is a six-time CMA Awards nominee, a two-time BMI Songwriter of the Year (2016 and 2017) and winner of five CMA Triple Play Awards.
Travis Denning Denning started playing local bars at the age of 16 and built a solid following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar licks. He moved to Nashville in 2014 and within a year signed a publishing deal with Jeremy Stover’s RED Creative Group. Denning just released his debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs”: an upbeat coming-of-age song that paints a picture of a young man reminiscing on his carefree college memories. The singer/songwriter has previously opened shows for Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, Moore and Rice and is set to hit the road with LANCO on the “Hallelujah Nights” tour this fall.
Laura Veltz Veltz has garnered cuts and hits by Country’s newest and hottest superstars alike, becoming one of today’s most respected songsmiths. Her list of hits and placements continues to grow daily including the chart toppers “I Could Use A Love Song” by Maren Morris, “Drunk Last Night” by Eli Young Band, and “Lonely Eyes” by Chris Young. Veltz has also co-written songs from the latest albums by Dierks Bentley (“One Way”), Kane Brown (“Live Forever”), Brothers Osborne (“Weed, Whiskey, and Willie”) and Little Big Town (“We Went To The Beach”). Her songs have also been recorded by such artists as Devin Dawson, Maddie & Tae, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope and the Queen of Country Music herself, Reba McEntire.
For more information about CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com/sws-international
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