Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Superstar Artists Added to 2013 CMA Music Festival Lineup

By the CMA Staff

NASHVILLE – Where can you find more CMA Award winners and nominees 
than at the annual CMA Awards? Try the 2013 CMA Music Festival! 

The star-packed lineup is bursting at the seams with reigning trophy winners, 
former Award recipients, and nominees all performing for the most ardent, 
passionate fans in the world during CMA Music Festival, Thursday through 
Sunday, June 6-9, in Nashville.

“We have an amazing lineup of talent for this year’s Festival,” said Steve 
Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “I know our fans will be entertained and 
enthralled to see our annual family reunion of the best and brightest 
performers in the industry.” 

More artists have just been announced including Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, 
Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Miranda 
Lambert, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band 
Perry, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band. 

Previously announced performers for this one-of-a-kind, award-winning 
festival include Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and Carrie 
Underwood (with more artists to be announced soon). 

Allan made his first appearance at Fan Fair in 1997. In 2003, he received his 
first CMA Awards nomination for the Horizon Award (now known as the New 
Artist of the Year). He last played LP Field in 2006 and he opened the concerts 
at Riverfront Park in 2011. 

Bentley made his first Festival appearance in 2003 at Riverfront Park. He has 
performed at LP Field seven times and has 10 CMA nominations to his credit 
including a win in 2005 for the Horizon Award. 

Reigning CMA Album of the Year winner for Chief, Church will be making his 
second, consecutive appearance at LP Field in 2013. He played Riverfront from 
2006-2009. Church was the top CMA Awards nominee in 2012. 

Clarkson is no stranger to the LP Field stage having played the Nightly Concerts 
in 2007 and 2011. She has four CMA Award nominations to her credit and one 
win for Musical Event of the Year with Jason Aldean in 2011 for “Don’t You 
Wanna Stay.” 

What a difference a huge hit (“Cruise”) and a year make for Florida Georgia 
Line. In 2012, the duo performed on one of the events numerous free stages 
downtown, and now they will have their first LP Field performance in 2013. 

Reigning New Artist of the Year Hayes made his first Festival appearance in one 
of the free areas in 2011. In 2012, he was invited to LP Field, and he will be 
making his return appearance in 2013. 

Reigning CMA Female Vocalist and Song of the Year winner Lambert first 
played Riverfront in 2004 and has performed at LP Field every year since (2005-
2012). She has 22 CMA Awards nominations and has won six times, including 
three for Female Vocalist of the Year (2010-2012). 

Owen has played Riverfront four times (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011) and LP Field 
three times (2008, 2009, 2012). Owen has two CMA Awards nominations 
including Musical Event of the Year (2008) and New Artist of the Year (2009). 

Paisley, who has hosted the CMA Awards with Underwood for the past five 
years, made his first Fan Fair appearance in 1998. Since then, he has performed 
on the LP Field stage 10 times (2001-2004, 2006, 2007, 2009-2012). He has 58 
CMA Awards nominations and 14 wins including three for Male Vocalist of the 
Year (2007-2009) and one for Entertainer of the Year (2010). 

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Shelton performed at Riverfront for 
the first time in 2001. Since then, he has played at LP Field six times (2002, 
2005, 2006, 2010-2012). He has 15 CMA Awards nominations and five wins 
including three for Male Vocalist of the Year (2010-2012) and Song of the Year 
with wife Lambert for “Over You” (2012). 

Swift first played Riverfront in 2006 and has played LP Field four times (2007-
2009, 2011). She has 15 CMA Awards nominations and seven wins including 
her first for the Horizon Award in 2007 and two for Entertainer of the Year 
(2009, 2011), which ties her with Barbara Mandrell for wins in that category by 
a female artist. 

The Band Perry’s first CMA Music Festival performance was at Riverfront in 
2010. They performed at LP Field in 2011 and 2012. The sibling trio has 
garnered six CMA Awards nominations and two wins including New Artist of 
the Year in 2011 and Single and Song of the Year (for composer Kimberly Perry) 
for “If I Die Young” in 2011. 

Urban has played LP Field seven times. He has collected 25 career CMA Awards 
nominations and won six trophies from the Horizon Award in 2001 to 
Entertainer of the Year in 2005. He has been named CMA Male Vocalist of the 
Year three times (2004-2006). 

Zac Brown Band has appeared at CMA Music Festival every year since 2008 
when they performed at Riverfront and have played LP Field every year since 
(2009-2012). The band has 12 CMA Awards nominations and one win for New 
Artist of the Year in 2010. Zac Brown has six solo CMA Awards nominations to 
his credit. 

Now is the time to experience CMA Music Festival. According to Budget 
Travel Magazine, Nashville is one of the Top 10 Best Budget Destinations and 
CMA Music Festival is “the” time to visit. And Conde Nast Traveler selected 
Nashville as one of the Best Places to Go in 2013 citing easy access to 
“incredible live music.” 

Fans can purchase tickets to 2013 CMA Music Festival through Ticketmaster 
at or 1(800)745-3000. They can also purchase them by 
calling 1(800)CMA-FEST (262-3378). Ticket prices are based on the level of 
seating at LP Field for the Nightly Concerts, and range from $135 to $350plus 
handling fees. A limited number of four-day parking passes for LP Field are also 
available (parking is not included in the Festival ticket price), ranging from $60 
for Cars to $140 for an RV/Motorcoach, plus handling fees. 

Ticket and parking prices are subject to change without notice. All sales are 
final and non-refundable. Children 3 years and younger are admitted FREE. For 
information on ADA seating, please call 1-800-CMA-FEST. 

Fans can stay in the loop by visiting, the official website of CMA 
Music Festival, where they can sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news, follow 
the CMA Facebook and Twitterfeeds for more insider info and of course see 
the entire lineup of Country Music’s biggest stars as they are announced in the 
coming weeks. 

The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, 
bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. More than 40 years 
later, the legendary festival has become the city’s signature event, which 
annually attracts tens of thousands of fans from all 50 states and around the 
globe and has raised $7.6 million for music education. 

CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to 
air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 10th consecutive year that the 
event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music 
festival has achieved. "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" will be 
executive-produced by Robert Deaton. 

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music 
Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA. Chevrolet™ is the 
Official Ride of Country Music. Bud Light is the Official Beer of the CMA Music 
Festival. Pepsi is the Official Soft Drink of the CMA Music Festival. Transitions® 
Adaptive Lenses: the Official Eyewear of the CMA Music Festival. 

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