Presented by CMT Next Women of Country, MCA/Universal Nashville singer/songwriter Clare Dunn will bring her musical talents to MusicRow‘s 8th annual Rising Women on the Row event on March 26th.
Dunn’s transfixing vocals and unparalleled guitar chops contributed to her inclusion into CMT’s 2015 class of Next Women of Country. As one of 64 talented female artists to be inducted into CMT’s Next Women franchise since 2013, Dunn will have the distinction next month to be highlighted further in the 2019 Next Women of Country Tour, which will stop in major markets including New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Boston with Hannah Ellis and Cassadee Pope.
Over the years, several of CMT’s Next Women of Country inductees have found commercial and critical acclaim, including Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Maren Morris and Ashley McBryde. Two years before “Tomato Gate” CMT executive Leslie Fram noticed a distinct divide on the country charts, which were dominated by male artists. The Next Women of Country franchise has gone on to fulfill its commitment to highlight signed and unsigned female country music up-and-comers with on-air programming, online programming, with exclusive video premieres and live performances.
Such is the decision to feature Dunn at MusicRow‘s eighth annual Rising Women on the Row honors. Before signing to Universal Music Group Nashville in 2014, the Colorado Native found success on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart as the highest charting indie female from the prior decade. That same can-do attitude helped her pay her way through Belmont University by driving harvest and silage trucks cross-country. After hearing her sound check only once, rock legend Bob Seger invited her to open his Ride Out Tour. Recently, her charitable spirit helped raise over $25,000 for her home state of Colorado’s FFA Foundation and Children’s Hospital with help from the Academy of Country Music. That drive to give back also led to her Heartland Tour early on in her career, to benefit and highlight small, struggling farming communities similar to her own in Southeast Colorado, with a population of approximately 30.
Her self-titled EP was released in 2015 and includes “Tuxedo,” a song about the example her dad set in displaying strength of character in a man, in addition to her debut single, “Move On.”
Last year Dunn gave fans a glimpse of her sentimental side with the co-written single, “More,” co-written with Gordie Sampson and Josh Kear
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