CMA Music Fest Kicks Off With Music, Music, And More Music

Chris Janson Rocks The Riverfront

(L-R): Kristen Williams, SVP, Radio & Streaming; Matt Signore, COO; John Esposito, Chairman & CEO; Chris Janson; Chris Palmer, VP, Radio & Streaming; Lisa Ray, VP, Head of Brand Management; Cris Lacy, VP, A&R; Megan Joyce, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs; Scott Hendricks, EVP, A&R

Chris Janson performed a full-throttle set for fans at CMA Music Fest at the Riverfront Stage Thursday afternoon, performing songs including his No. 1 smash “Buy Me A Boat” and his new single “Fix A Drink.” The song is the title track from his Fix A Drink EPwhich is out today.


Kane Brown Performs For Music Fest Fans

(L-R): Braeden Rountree, WME; John Zarling, EVP, Marketing & New Business, Sony Music Nashville; Tom Mackay, President, Sony Music Film & Television A&R; Kane Brown; Jim Catino, SVP, A&R, Sony Music Nashville; Martha Earls, EFG Management; Kent Earls, EVP/GM Universal Music Publishing Group; and Randy Goodman, Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Nashville.  Photo credit: Alejandro Alvarez Garcia

Kane Brown performed before a huge crowd of eager fans at CMA Music Fest’s Riverfront Stage. Among the crowd watching his anticipated Music Fest performance were label staffers including Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Randy Goodman.


Levon Plays The Gildan Broadway Stage

(L-R): Levon member Jake Singleton; producer Jamie Houston, GB Productions; Tracy Baskette-Fleaner, VP, Creative Services, Sony Music Nashville; Levon member Ryan Holladay; John Zarling, EVP, Marketing & New Business, Sony Music Nashville; EVP/COO, Sony Music Nashville; Tom Mackay, President, Sony Music Film & TV A&R; Levon member Michael David Hall; and Shawn McSpadden, Red Light Management

New country group Levon performed a rousing set at CMA Music Fest’s Gildan Broadway Stage at the Hard Rock Café Thursday, making their debut at the festival.


CMA Songwriters Series Kicks Off CMA Music Fest

Barry Dean, Brett James, Jon Nite, and Don Schlitz perform at CMA Songwriters Series during the 2017 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville.

Barry Dean, Brett James, Jon Nite, and 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Don Schlitz shared the stories behind their hit songs to get festivities in full swing during a special performance at the CMA Theater leading into CMA Music Festival. The show was part of the CMA Songwriters Series, which since 2005 has presented more than 100 shows in 17 cities.

Jon Nite, Barry Dean, Don Schlitz and Brett James at CMA Songwriters Series.


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