CMA Songwriters Series returns to the UK in 2015

CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES RETURNS TO THE UK
indigo at The O2 – Friday 6th March 2015
Featuring
Host Kix Brooks is Joined by Brandy Clark, Sam Palladio (Gunnar from the ‘Nashville’ TV series), Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall

C2C is proud to present the Country Music Association (CMA) Songwriters Series, in London on Friday 6th March 2015 at indigo at The O2, with host Kix Brooks and featuringBrandy Clark, Sam Palladio, Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall.

The CMA Songwriters Series showcases the best of Country Music’s hit songwriters. The two-hour show presents the songwriters and artists together on stage, taking turns telling the stories behind their songs and performing them acoustically as originally written. With entertaining anecdotes and powerful performances, music fans have the opportunity to hear the stories, challenges, personalities and processes involved with writing songs that have become huge hits. In 2015, the CMA Songwriters Series will once again take place on the evening before C2C, a huge two-day music festival extravaganza at The O2 featuring an outstanding line up of music stars from across the Atlantic.

As one-half of country music’s most successful duo of all time, Kix Brooks is a multi-faceted entertainer with a long list of songwriting credits to his name. Brooks, whom Rolling Stone calls “one of the most versatile guys in country music,” is continuing his career as a solo touring/recording artist and songwriter while simultaneously exploring new paths including recently writing and producing the music for a full-length feature film. The acclaimed artist and entrepreneur has notched three CMA National Broadcast Personality of The Year wins for “American Country Countdown”, hosts his “Kickin It with Kix” radio show five nights, co-owns Nashville’s award-winning winery Arrington Vineyards and is a regular columnist for Country Weekly.

Brandy Clark has enjoyed great success as a ground-breaking songwriter and is now critically acclaimed as a singer too.  She won the 2014 CMA Song of the Year A-ward for Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow,” which she co-wrote with Musgraves and Shane McAnally. Clark also co-wrote Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two”. Her debut album 12 Stories was named the Best Album of 2013 in any genre by New York Magazine.   She will also perform at C2C at The O2 on Sat. March 7.

Sam Palladio is a very talented young Cornish actor who plays Gunnar Scott on the More4 TV series “Nashville” (with a most convincing American accent).  Sam has also appeared in the BBC's "Episodes" alongside Matt LeBlanc. He is a singer-songwriter in real life and has a band that performs regularly in Nashville venues and has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry.  Palladio was on the first-ever “Nashville” Concert Tour with many of his cast mates and performed in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC.

Jessi Alexander is one of Nashville’s most prolific and talented songwriters.  She recorded for Columbia Records and released her debut album, Honeysuckle Sweet, in 2005 and enjoyed a couple of hits before changing course and focusing on a very successful career as a songwriter. She has co-written big hit singles for Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Miley Cyrus and more.  She won the 2013 CMA Song of the Year Award for co-writing “I Drive Your Truck”, a No. 1 hit for Lee Brice.  She is married to John Randall and their co-writes together include “Drink On It”, a No. 1 hit by Blake Shelton.

Jon Randall is a multi-talented Nashville-based singer, songwriter and musician.  As a teenager in 1992, he won a Grammy Award as a member of Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers, then forged a solo career beginning in 1995 when he was signed to RCA Records. He has four albums to his credit.  He subsequently focused more on songwriting, winning the 2005 CMA Song of the Year Award for “Whiskey Lullaby”, which he co-wrote with Bill Anderson and was a hit for Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.  He is married to Jessi Alexander.  

Tickets for the CMA Songwriters Series at indigo at The O2 can be purchased via www.AXS.com and www.gigsandtours.com

C2C 2015 follows the acclaimed success of Country to Country 2013 and 2014 and will take place in London on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March 2015. C2C is going to Ireland on the same dates at 3Arena, Dublin and will, for the first time, also  be taking place at the Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo Spektrum Arena, Norway on Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 March.

Headlining C2C 2015 will be the current CMA Entertainer Of The Year award winner Luke Bryan and the seven-time Grammy winning Nashville trio Lady Antebellum.

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