Each June, Country Music connoisseurs from all over the world travel to Nashville for CMA Music Festival, but fans aren’t the only ones crossing borders to attend Country Music’s largest event. International Country artists from all over the globe make the pilgrimage to Music City each year to perform at CMA World GlobaLive!, a free showcase featuring international Country Music artists on Monday, June 2 (6:00-11:15 PM/CT) in downtown Nashville.
The CMA World GlobaLive! concert will be held on an outdoor stage on Broadway and First Avenue in downtown Nashville. The concert is open to the public and will feature performances by Country artists from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and the U.K.
CMA World GlobaLive!, which began in 2004 as the Global Artist Party, serves as a showcase for overseas talent during the Festival. Each year, the concert attracted standing-room-only crowds of enthusiastic fans, which prompted CMA to move the event from a club setting to a larger outdoor stage. The concert will now have the capacity to house its largest crowd yet with an audience of fans and press from around the world.
2014 CMA Music Festival is now a sold-out event with attendees traveling from across the U.S. as well as 21 foreign countries. More than 150 artists were submitted for consideration to perform on the CMA World GlobaLive! stage, according to Jeff Walker, CMA Board member and Executive Producer of CMA World GlobaLive!.
Artists performing during CMA World GlobaLive! include Jaida Dreyer,who was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year in Canada and is signed to U.S. label Streamsound Records; Canadian super group Emerson Drive, who has had a successful U.S. career since the late ‘90s; Kira Isabella, the reigning Canadian Female Vocalist of the Year; Kaylens Rain, who was recently named CRA winner by radio station professionals throughout Australia; Wes Mack, the Canadian Country Music Association’s Discovery Winner; One More Girl, the rising Canadian duo comprised of sisters Britt and Carly McKillip, who have an impressive past and present touring schedule; Australian duo, O’Shea, who are routinely found in the Australian Top 5 and also host an Australian television show on the CRC; David Park, rising star in his native Sweden who has also earned the nickname of “Banjo Man”; Jared Porter, the reigning winner of the nationwide Star Maker talent search in Australia; Cameron Scott, the New Zealand Horizon Award winner; Dallas Smith, previous frontman of rock group Default, who was already a huge star in Canada before he made the transition from rock to Country; and Tamara Stewart, the recent winner of a CMAA Golden Guitar for her composition entitled “Women in Song.”
In addition to CMA World GlobaLive!, several other international artists will be making appearances during CMA Music Festival at the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage Wednesday, June 4 (11:00 AM/CT). The line-up includes renowned vocalist/guitarist Lindsay Ell of Canada who is signed to Stoney Creek Records; Morgan Evans, a rising Country star in Australia; Tom Hicks, an impressive new Canadian artist with an ever-growing fan base; and Canadian brother and sister duo Small Town Pistols, made up of Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson who were previously part of the Grammy-nominated trio The Wilkinsons.
U.K. artist David Bradley will host both the CMA World GlobaLive! and CMA Music Festival Kick-Off concerts. Bradley will also perform on the Samsung Galaxy Stage in Walk of Fame Park on Friday, June 6 (2:45 PM/CT). An additional international act, Sam Hollyman, will perform on the very same stage Sunday, June 8 (10:45 AM/CT).