Vince Gill, Mary Chapin Carpenter Set For CMA Songwriters Series Show

Vince Gill, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mac McAnally and Don Schlitz will appear on a special CMA Songwriters Series concert the night before CMA Fest kicks off on June 6 at the CMA Theater in Nashville.

Tickets for the show are on sale April 11 at 11:00 AM CT starting at $20 and can be purchased at

Gill has won 18 CMA Awards, including Song of the Year four times, 21 Grammys, and eight ACM Awards. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005, the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007, and is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In August 2012, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is also a member of the four-time Grammy-winning band The Time Jumpers.

McAnally is a nine-time CMA Awards Musician of the Year, and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. McAnally has spent decades recording countless sessions, releasing solo albums, and writing hits that include No. 1 singles for Kenny Chesney, Alabama, Sawyer Brown and Shenandoah. His 16th and most recent album, Southbound, features his songs arranged for a symphony orchestra, recorded with the FestivalSouth orchestra.

Carpenter has sold over 14 million records, won five Grammys (with 15 nominations), two CMA Awards, two ACM Awards, and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her latest release, Sometimes Just The Sky, celebrates her 30-year recording career with new versions of some of her most beloved songs plus one newly penned track.

Schlitz’s first recorded song, “The Gambler,” won a Grammy for Best Country Song in 1978 and the CMA Song of the Year in 1979. Since then he has scored more than 50 Top 10 singles and 24 No. 1’s. Schlitz was the ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year for four consecutive years from 1988-91, he has won three CMA Song of the Year Awards, two Grammys, and two ACM awards. Schlitz was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association Hall of Fame in 1993, and was presented with the ASCAP Creative Achievement Award in 2007. In 2010, after releasing his first studio album in 30 years, Schlitz received ACM’s Poet’s Award and was also inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. In 2012, Schlitz was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017.


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