Billboard and CMT Partner For Second Annual 'Billboard Live Featuring CMT Next Women Of Country' Event

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Performers include Ingrid Andress, Caylee Hammack, Lauren Jenkins and the Sisterhood Band.

Billboard and CMT will present the second annual Billboard Live Featuring CMT Next Women of Country showcase in Nashville on June 3. The event, held at the Analog at the Hutton Hotel, kicks off at 6 p.m. with performances by country newcomers Ingrid Andress, Caylee Hammack, Lauren Jenkins and the Sisterhood Band.  

All singer-songwriters themselves, the evening’s artists will provide a diverse range of styles from Hammack’s soulful, gospel-influenced debut single “Family Tree” to the Sisterhood Band’s stunning two-part harmonies. 

A staunch advocate for country music’s female artists, CMT first launched its Next Women of Country campaign in 2013 in an effort to support and expose developing female talent in a male-dominated format. Notable alumni of the franchise include Maren MorrisKelsea BalleriniLauren AlainaRaeLynn and Lindsay Ell.

“You can expect real stories from behind the songs,” the Sisterhood Band’s Alyssa Bonagura tells Billboard over the phone during a recent tour stop in Washington, D.C.  "Country used to have so many badass females. Now everybody is fighting for those slots. We shouldn’t be fighting for them, we should be supporting each other and lifting each other up. This event does that.”

Jenkins will perform songs from her March debut, No Saint, which highlights her haunting vocals and top-notch song craft (she co-wrote every song on the album), while Andress, who frequently co-writes with Jenkins, has made an impact with her feisty, anthemic kiss-off “Lady Like,” poignant ballad “More Hearts Than Mine” and triumphant “Both.”  

Billboard Live Featuring CMT Next Women of Country leads up to Billboard’s Country Power Players invite-only event on June 4 and the 2019 CMT Music Awards on June 5.



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