New Statistics About Country Music Fans Revealed at Billboard Country Summit
New Statistics About Country Music Fans Revealed at Billboard Country Summit

Eighteen Country artists representing five different countries were announced for this year's annual Global Events showcases, set for June 6-7 and coinciding with the Billboard/CMA Country Music Summit, which kicks off CMA Music Festival week in downtown Nashville.

Chevrolet Presents the CMA Global Artist Party is set for, June 6, at the Stage on Broadway. Set for 6:30 PM/CST immediately following the Country Music Summit opening cocktail reception, the Global Artist Party kicks off with a performance by Australian native Tommy Emmanuel, who will also sit in on a panel international issues at the Summit on June 7 titled "Country Without Borders."

Also on the bill for the Global Artist Party are Kaylee Bell (New Zealand), Dean Brody (Canada), Chad Brownlee (Canada), Diana Corcoran (Australia), Luke Dickens (Australia), McAlister Kemp (Australia), O'Shea (Australia), Raintown (UK) and Marlee Scott (Canada). Aussie husband and wife duo O'Shea is hosting the event. Sponsors include Chevrolet, CMA, the Stage on Broadway, Billboard, AristoWorks, and Four Seasons Coach Leasing.

The AristoMedia Global Show will be held June 7, at noon/CST at famed downtown honkytonk the Second Fiddle. Hosted by Australian sister trio the McClymonts, performers include High Valley (Canada), Brett Kissel (Canada), Ryan Laird (Canada), Mike & Ashley (New Zealand), Craig Morrison (Australia), Six West (Canada), Springfield (Australia), and Steve & Heather (France). Event sponsors include AristoMedia, CMA, The Second Fiddle, Billboard and Four Seasons Coach Leasing. A free lunch will be offered for attendees.

"This is the fifth year for our Global Events showcases," says AristoMedia President Jeff Walker, who organizes the two shows each year and will moderate the Country Without Borders session at the Summit. "These shows are a great way to help kick off CMA Music Fest, and it provides a valuable opportunity for some of these fantastic artists to be heard. The talent pool of international country acts is very deep, and this year's events are a good balance of up-and-comers and established veterans."

AristoMedia is serving as the executive producer for both events, and admission is open to Summit registrants.

The Billboard Country Music Summit -- featuring Q&As with Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney and two days of programming that encompasses virtually all aspects of the country music business -- takes place June 6 and 7 in Nashville. Head here to register and get information.