Chart-topping RCA recording artist Martina McBride will be the June 7 keynote Q&A at the first annual Billboard Country Music Summit in Nashville. Billboard senior chart manager Wade Jessen will conduct the Q&A session.

The Billboard Country Music Summit launched this year in association with the Country Music Association and it will take place June 7-8 at the historic Hermitage Hotel. The event will gather today’s top country music executives and artists to network and discuss all aspects of the country music business. Tim McGraw has already been announced as the June 8 Q&A session with Billboard executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment Ray Waddell.

A Grand Ole Opry member since 1995, McBride has charted 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including five number ones and 19 top 10s. She has 13 charting Top Country albums, including eight platinum titles and four number one albums. She has won numerous CMA and ACM top female vocalist awards, and her 10th studio album “Shine” was released last year.

Featuring two days of panel sessions, roundtable discussions and keynote interviews, the Billboard Country Music Summit will break down the most challenging issues and exciting opportunities in recording, radio, touring, publishing, sponsorships, digital/mobile, and other areas. The program will include the most influential executives and artists in the genre, and will kick-off the activities leading up to the annual CMA Music Festival, which takes place in Nashville June 10-14.

For more information, go to countrymusicsummit.com.

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