CMA's 'Forever Country' Song Features Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & 28 More Country Superstars: Listen
The 50th Annual CMA Awards' celebratory star-studded spectacle of a song "Forever Country" was released Friday (Sept. 16) and it includes 30 of the genre's biggest names of past and present fame.
The song pays tribute to country music's legacy by combining John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads," Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" and Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" as a beautiful medley.
Denver passed away in 1997, but Parton and Nelson are both featured on the track. They are joined by Alabama, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood, all of whom are CMA Award-winning acts.
Listen to "Forever Country" here:
"Forever Country" was produced by songwriter Shane McAnally, who won the CMA Award for song of the year in 2014 for Kacey Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow."
Clips of the artists in the studio are available now here, but a full music video is planned to follow on Tuesday.
"'Forever Country' is a moving tribute to Country Music, Country Music fans, and the artists who have built this format into what it is today," said CMA chief executive officer Sarah Trahern in a statement earlier this week. "This music video is the product of the CMA Board of Directors who came together in support of this project as a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards, a statement on the heritage and future of the Country Music industry, and a reflection of this year’s Awards theme -- 'Then. Now. Forever Country.'"
Country music superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the musical extravaganza which airs live on ABC on Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. EST.