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The critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” and the Country Music Association have teamed up to present four all-new CMA Songwriters Series episodes set to air as part of “Front and Center’s” Spring season on public television (check local listings).


The shows will feature performances from some of the hottest names in Country Music including Sara Evans, Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, and Charlie Worsham, who have collectively sold more then 20 million albums, won 12 CMA Awards, had 11 No.1 albums and charted more than 30 No.1 singles. 


Along with a virtual who’s who of songwriters, the shows will be filmed from Marathon Music Works in Nashville on Dec. 1 and 2.


“CMA is extremely proud of our songwriters and their many contributions to the success of Country Music,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “And we are thrilled to partner with ‘Front and Center’ again to shine a national spotlight on this important segment of our industry. It’s great knowing that we have a partner who truly appreciates the talent of Nashville’s creative community.”


“The reaction that we received as a result of our partnership with the CMA, and subsequently from the shows that we aired with Lady Antebellum and Dierks, was overwhelming,” said “Front and Center” Executive Producer Don Maggi.  “The acceptance that ‘Front and Center’ has received from the Nashville music community, and its fans, left no question that we should do even more for the forthcoming Spring season.  Four NEW CMA Songwriters Series shows, with some of the best that Country music has to offer – a clear victory for the fans that will get to see these artists in a one-of-a-kind setting.” 


Evans and McBride will take the stage at 6:30 PM/CT on Monday, Dec. 1, followed by a 9:30 PM/CT performance with Hayes.  Tickets for all shows will go on sale at 10:00 AM/ET, Saturday, Nov. 21st, and can be purchased at


CMA Award winners Evans and McBride will join forces for a CMA Songwriters Series “Ladies Night Out.”  Sara’s recent studio album Slow Me Down debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. She is also a CMA Award-winning artist who has had five No. 1 songs, two No. 1 Country albums and has been nominated and/or won nearly 10 major music awards.  McBride has sold more than 18 million albums, which have included 20 top 10 singles and six No. 1s.  She has earned more than 15 major music awards including four wins for the CMA Female Vocalist of The Year.  They will take the stage with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters, with whom some of their best-loved songs have been crafted.


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Citi® cardmembers will have exclusive access to purchase tickets to these shows through its Citi Private Pass® program beginning Saturday, Nov. 23rd.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit


About “Front and Center: “Front and Center” is the critically-acclaimed concert series that was launched in the spring of 2012. The original one hour, commercial-free, all-music series airs nationwide on public television (check local listings). Through the years, it has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, Country Music Association, American Music and Academy of Country Music Award winners, rock icons, and multi-platinum sellers including Keith Urban, The Fray, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Dierks Bentley, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows and The Avett Brothers.

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