CMA Songwriters Series Announces Seattle Performance with Bailey Bryan, Barry Dean, Sam Palladio and Cassadee Pope
The Country Music Association's critically acclaimed CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank has announced a performance at Showbox SoDo in Seattle Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 PM featuring performances by Bailey Bryan, Barry Dean, Sam Palladio and Cassadee Pope. The series hosts intimate performances with some of Country Music's most exciting songwriting talent taking turns telling the stories behind their hit songs and performing them as originally written. Tickets for the performance cost $25 and go on sale Friday, Nov. 2 at 12:00 PM/CT at CMAsongwritersseries.com.
While in Seattle, the CMA Foundation, CMA's philanthropic arm, and U.S. Bank will visit with local students to advance music education development in the community. There will be a special opportunity for the students to learn from the songwriters themselves in an intimate songwriting session. This will be the fourth city this year to receive music education enrichment from the CMA Foundation and U.S. Bank, which is part of the company's Community Possible Places to Play campaign.
CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank previously hosted performances in Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston and Los Angeles. Visit CMAsongwritersseries.com for more details.
Singer/songwriter Bailey Bryan fell in love with storytelling and songwriting at an early age, penning every track off her impactful debut EP. With critics including Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly touting her as an "Artist You Need To Know," the Billboard "Chartbreaker" has already turned heads with her "rich songwriting" (The New York Times) and infectious sound. The Washington State native has played for live audiences across the country on dates with Kane Brown, label-mates Dan + Shay and major festivals including CMA Fest, Stagecoach, LakeShake, Faster Horses, Watershed and more. Bryan is currently gearing up for the release of new music. Read more at BaileyBryan.com.
Barry Dean takes nothing for granted. Even after earning a Grammy nod and topping charts, he still can't help but think of how he seemed destined to work a 9-to-5 in Kansas--a fate that now seems preposterous, given his track record: two No. 1 singles for Little Big Town, "Pontoon" and "Day Drinkin';" a No. 1 hit for Michael Ray's "Think a Little Less;" and Ingrid Michaelson's Top 40 smash "Girls Chase Boys." In 2016, he co-wrote Tim McGraw's Top 5 radio hit, "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools" which garnered him his first Grammy nomination and a coveted "Songs I Wish I'd Written" Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Award. The runaway success of Michaelson's "Girls Chase Boys" marked Dean's first single on the pop charts and his first BMI Pop Award in 2015. The song ultimately landed at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot AC chart and No. 21 on the Top 40 chart. Dean also co-penned Michaelson's Hot AC hit "Hell No," "Yesterday's Song" from Hunter Hayes, David Nail's "Good at Tonight," and Jordan Rager's "Southern Boy" featuring Jason Aldean. In 2017, he penned four songs that made their way onto Steve Moakler's anticipated album Steel Town-chart-climber "Suitcase," "Just Long Enough," "Siddle's Saloon," and "Hearts Don't Break That Way." Little Big Town also recorded "Free," which Dean co-wrote, and McGraw and Faith Hill recorded "Damn Good At Holding On," which Dean co-wrote with Lori McKenna. With a catalog that also includes singles "1994" (Aldean), "Rum" (Brothers Osborne), "By The Way" (Lindsay Ell), "Tattoo" (Hayes), "Drinks After Work" (Toby Keith), "God's Will" (Martina McBride), "On to Something Good" (Ashley Monroe), and Moakler's debut single "Suitcase," Dean has earned a reputation for writing gems that are both radio-ready and smart. Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, BØRNS, Jon Pardi, Alison Krauss, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Billy Currington, LeAnn Rimes, and others have also recorded his songs. Read more at www.creativenationmusic.com.
Actor and musician Sam Palladio grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded by the beaches, surf and wild coastline of Cornwall. But it was in Music City USA, Nashville, Tennessee, that Sam got his acting and musical big break playing the role of soulful, Country songwriter Gunnar Scott on ABC's hit TV drama "Nashville." Sam found himself immersed in the worlds of Americana, folk and Country and was able to make music with some of the finest musicians and songwriters in the world. Sam has been able to play his music on world famous stages like the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Troubadour and the Royal Albert Hall, play festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia, such as Stagecoach, C2C: Country to Country, Edmonton Folk Fest and CMC Rocks, and showcase his acting talents to over six million viewers a week on prime time TV. Sam's blend of modern Americana is influenced by the folk and rock sounds of the 1960s and 1970s and classic storytellers like James Taylor and Paul Simon. Sam started playing music in his teens and later went on to earn a degree in Actor Musicianship from the prestigious Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London. His other television and film credits include Channel 4's/AMC's BAFTA nominated drama "Humans," BBC/Showtime's comedy "Episodes" alongside Matt LeBlanc, "Runner Runner" starring Justin Timblerlake and Ben Affleck, and Lucasfilms animated musical "Strange Magic." He is currently in the studio working on his debut release set for the end of 2018. Read more at Facebook.com/SamPalladio.
In 2017, everything shifted for Grammy award-nominated, Platinum-certified Country hit maker Cassadee Pope. The singer's powerhouse voice, inimitable presence, and endless charm transformed her into a force of nature beloved by millions worldwide. Following her victory on Season 3 of NBC's "The Voice," her 2013 full-length debut, Frame By Frame, bowed at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and Top 10 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart. Its lead single "Wasting All These Tears" not only notched RIAA Platinum certification, but it also achieved "Breakthrough Video of the Year" at the CMT Music Awards in 2014. Additionally, she received nominations at the American Country Awards and People's Choice Awards, to name a few. During 2016, she teamed with Chris Young for the No. 1 hit "Think Of You" and garnered a 2017 Grammy nod in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category. Along the way, she toured with everybody from Dierks Bentley and Tim McGraw to Rascal Flatts and Young, as well as making fiery appearances at Stagecoach and the U.K.'s C2C: Country to Country festival. Throughout this time, Pope made significant creative strides as a lyricist and performer. The first single "Take You Home" kicks off this phase with swagger, style, and substance. Punctuated by confessional lyrics, it swings towards a guitar-driven refrain as she croons, "I wanna take you home." The follow-up single continues her new-found love storyline in "One More Red Light." In the end, Pope's music resounds and resonates on a new level in 2018 and beyond. Pope is finishing production on her independent album set for release early 2019. Read more at CassadeePope.com.
Currently in its 14th season, CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 100 shows in cities including Austin, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Park City (at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café), Phoenix, Toronto and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress and John F. Kennedy Center. Artists and songwriters who have participated in the series include Jessi Alexander, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brandy Clark, Tom Douglas, Brett Eldredge, Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Little Big Town, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Kacey Musgraves, Tim Nichols, Liz Rose, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Craig Wiseman, Chris Young, and more.
Established in 2011 as the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association (CMA), the CMA Foundation is committed to improving and sustaining music education programs across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music education. Through strategic partnerships, professional development and grant distribution, the CMA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has invested more than $21 million in over 87 programs across the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps and community outreach organizations. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, proceeds from CMA Fest, the four-day long music festival held annually in Nashville, are used to power the CMA Foundation's social impact and unique model of giving.
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