The highly anticipated line up has been now been revealed for CMA Songwriters Series on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at indigo at The O2, London. C2C and CMA are pleased to announce that CMA New Artist of the Year, Grammy Nominated artist Maren Morris, will join songwriters Liz Rose, a CMA Award winner and frequent collaborator of Taylor Swift’s, former CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally, and Drake White who all take to the stage, which will be hosted by five-time CMA Award winner Kristian Bush, who – among many accolades – surpassed 22 million album sales with his band Sugarland.
CMA Songwriters Series celebrates the art and craft of storytelling through song and the stories behind Country Music’s greatest hits.
Launched in 2005, CMA Songwriters Series will enter its 13th year in 2017. In 2012, the Series made its European debut with shows in London, Dublin, and Belfast. The Series returned the following year with shows taking place in Ireland, London, and Paris. Since 2014, CMA Songwriters Series has returned annually to London, and in 2016 there was such a demand for tickets it almost sold out before any songwriters were announced. CMA Songwriters Series has hosted talent such as Brandy Clark, Kix Brooks, and Charles Esten amongst others over the years, as part of County to Country, the three day Country Music festival at The O2, London featuring an outstanding line-up of Country Music’s biggest stars.
The 26 year-old Texan singer/songwriter who is also performing on the main stage at C2C, has quickly established herself with vocal styling’s that reflect her country, folk and pop influences. Armed with sheer talent, honest lyrics and a completely magnetic presence. Morris’ album, Hero, (which includes the huge hit singles “My Church” and “80’s Mercedes”) entered the US country albums chart at No. 1. She was tied for the most nominations at “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” including Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year and New Artist of the Year.
Liz Rose is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, 2007 SESAC Nashville Songwriter of the Year, and founder of music publishing company Liz Rose Music. Most recently her song “Girl Crush” performed by Little Big Town was named CMA Song of the Year (2015) and won the Grammy for Best Country Song. Rose is also a frequent collaborator of Taylor Swift’s, having co-penned 16 songs together, including the No. 1 crossover hit “You Belong With Me.”
You can look far and wide throughout the music world, but you’ll never find anyone more deserving of respect and acclaim than Mac McAnally. He’s been releasing albums since he was 20 years old, currently his 13th so far. His star shines even brighter among music business insiders. For years a first call musician in both Nashville and Muscle Shoals, he has amassed vast session credits
with George Strait, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Keith Whitley, George Jones, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Billy Joel, Trisha Yearwood, Reba …really, it’s probably easier to list who Mac hasn’t played with. His peers have voted him CMA Musician of the Year for an unprecedented eight years in a row. He’s a member of the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.
Drake White’s debut album SPARK (Dot Records) immediately shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart upon its release last summer and has earned praise from critics and fans alike. The 2016 Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards Album of the Year is a 12-track labor of love that showcases his exemplary songwriting with a rock-infused, organic Country sound and signature foot-stomp. His new highly-anticipated single, “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” recently impacted Country radio which follows his Top 15 hit “Livin’ The Dream.” Drake continues to stun crowds with his incredible live show and soulful voice. Backed by his band The Big Fire, Drake has previously toured with Superstars including Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Toby Keith and more. It is no wonder that the Alabama native was featured in Entertainment Weekly’s New Artists Who Will Rule 2017, Rolling Stone’s 10 Country Artists You Need To Know as well as Billboard’s Hot New Country Artists to Watch and was recently chosen as one of the CRS New Faces for 2017. Major corporations have also taken notice of Drake’s talent with Geico showcasing his song “Heartbeat” in their current national television commercial featuring Dallas Cowboy’s tight end Jason Witten. Drake just kicked off his first headline dates with the SPARK TOUR 2017. He will also be take the stage at Tortuga Music Festival on April 7 in Ft. Lauderdale. Currently nominated for CBS.com’s “Artist of Tomorrow” fans can vote now for Drake’s chance to perform during GRAMMY Live® on February 12
GRAMMY-winning recording artist Kristian Bush has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. The singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist started his career with folk-rock duo Billy Pilgrim in the early ‘90s; in 2004, he exploded onto the country music scene with Sugarland, surpassing sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieving five No. 1 singles and winning numerous awards, including GRAMMYs, AMAs, ACMs, CMT Music Awards and CMAs. In 2014, Bush made his solo debut with Top 20 hit “Trailer Hitch,” featured on his critically-acclaimed album SOUTHERN GRAVITY, which COUNTRY WEEKLY named the “feel-good album of the year” and ROLLING STONE named one of the Top 10 country albums of 2015. He recently wrote and performed “Forever Now,” the theme song to TLC’s hit reality series SAY YES TO THE DRESS, and his songs anchor the world premiere of TROUBADOUR, a musical set in 1950s Nashville, which debuted at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre Center in January 2017. Currently signed to Wheelhouse/BBR Music Group, his latest single, “Sing Along,” is at radio now. For more information, visit www.kristianbush.com.