SiriusXM has helped to break many of today’s top country stars, such as Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line, both of whom attribute a large amount of their success to exposure on The Highway. So, it makes sense that the satellite channel is announcing an exclusive partnership with the CMA during next month’s 2015 CMA Music Festival in Nashville.
On Thursday, the CMA is revealing the performers for the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert featuring SiriusXM Highway Finds at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. The free event, which will take place Wednesday, June 10, is curated by The Highway’s on-air talent and will include performances by artists who are featured on The Highway’s Highway Finds, the SiriusXM channel’s ongoing initiative to introduce new country artists to listeners.
Billboard has exclusive details on the lineup: The concert will feature many of the format’s rising stars, including James Otto, A Thousand Horses, Greg Bates, Annie Bosko, Ruthie Collins, Jessie James Decker, Clare Dunn, Haley Georgia, Haley & Michaels, Sonia Leigh, LoCash, Jackson Michelson, Logan Mize, Jess Moskaluke, Old Dominion, Outshyne, Parmalee, Carly Pearce, Adam Sanders, Canaan Smith, Dallas Smith and Sundy Best.
“The CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert has been extremely popular with our fans and adds another day of free music to the event,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer. “It is just another way we can thank the local fans for supporting the festival while also welcoming country music fans from around the country and world to Nashville.”
“We are excited to be working with the CMA for the first time on the official kick-off event for CMA Music Fest featuring SiriusXM Highway Finds,” adds John Marks, CMA board member and senior director, music programming, SiriusXM. “We’re looking forward to curating a lineup of Highway Finds artists and putting together a great stage to kick off the week’s festivities,”
The CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert featuring SiriusXM Highway Finds at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage will take place at the foot of Broadway and First Avenue. In other festival news, the CMA has also announced the names of the artists that will be performing the National Anthem during the Nightly Concerts at LP Field. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will sing the anthem on Thursday, June 11, followed by Restless Heart on Friday, June 12; Kellie Pickler on Saturday, June 13; and Lee Greenwood on Sunday, June 14.