In Pictures: Artists Light Up Nashville Stages For CMA Fest

Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell performs at the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater Presented by BBR Music Group during CMA Fest Thursday, June 7. Photo: Hunter Berry/CMA

 

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley answers questions and performs for fans at Xfinity Fan Fair X inside Music City Center during the Artist of the Day session at CMA Fest Thursday, June 7.

 

Jon Pardi

Reigning CMA New Artist of the Year Jon Pardi opens the Riverfront Stage during CMA Fest Thursday, June 7.

 

Spotify at CMA Fest

Blake Shelton performs on stage at Spotify’s Hot Country Presents Hunter Hayes, Chris Lane, Michael Ray and more at Ole Red during CMA Fest on June 7, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Spotify

Several artists, including Blake Shelton, Nashville star Charles Esten, Hunter Hayes and more, have been performing at Shelton’s newly-opened Ole Red venue in Nashville, as Spotify takes over CMA Fest.

Spotify is shining a bright light on the country music scene with their newly enhanced video playlist Hot Country, which has over 4.6 million listeners, giving fans a chance to dive deeper into the country music they love, explore up-and-coming artists, and jive to their favorite singers.

The Sisterhood and Hunter Hayes (center) perform on stage at Spotify’s Hot Country Presents Hunter Hayes, Chris Lane, Michael Ray and more at Ole Red during CMA Fest at on June 7, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Spotify

Jillian Jacqueline performs on stage at Spotify’s Hot Country Presents Hunter Hayes, Chris Lane, Michael Ray and more at Ole Red during CMA Fest on June 7, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Spotify

 

Pandora at CMA Event

Carly Pearce at Pandora Presents: Backroads at Marathon Music Works on June 5, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Pandora

On Tuesday, June 5 Pandora hosted Backroads, a concert featuring performances by Brad Paisley, Morgan Evans and Carly Pearce in Nashville at Marathon Music Works. Highlights included an on stage wedding proposal right before Evan’s performance of his hit “I Do,” Pearce’s cover of Shania Twain’s classic, “Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” and Paisley’s set.

Brad Paisley at Pandora Presents: Backroads at Marathon Music Works on June 5, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Pandora

 

Dan+Shay

Pictured (L-R): Dan Smyers, John Esposito (Chairman & CEO, WMN); Jason Owen (Sandbox Entertainment); Shay Mooney

Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville’s Dan + Shay followed their milestone-making evening at the CMT Music Awards, where they won “Duo Video of the Year,” with a performance at Nissan Stadium for CMA Fest. The duo’s brand new self-titled album is due on June 22.

 

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes and John Esposito

Hunter Hayes performed a slew of hits this afternoon (June 8) during his CMA Fest performance at the Chevy Riverfront Stage. The five-time GRAMMY© nominee belted his 5X Platinum No. 1 single “Wanted” as well as two-time Platinum “I Want Crazy” and Gold-certified “Storm Warning.”

 

Sara Evans with Song Suffraggettes

Sara Evans surprised Song Suffragettes’ Kasey Tyndall, Cassadee Pope, Chloe Gilligan, Evans’ recent tourmate Kalie Shorr, and Jenna McDaniel to perform Evans’ “Born To Fly” at the CMA Close Up Stage inside Music City Center during CMA Fest Thursday, June 7.

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