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Sunday, 4 November, 2007 12:37 PM

The Year's Top Artists Perform on the CMA Awards

PHOTO BY ANDREW MACPHERSON

Eagles will perform on "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 7, 2007, broadcast live on ABC Television from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn. (l-r) Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley.

By Wendy Pearl
© 2007 CMA Close Up News Service

The list of Country luminaries performing on "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" reads like a who's who of the format's finest and freshest faces.

"The slate of nominees for the 2007 CMA Awards speaks to the strength, diversity and vitality of the format," said CMA Chief Operating Officer Tammy Genovese. "And this year's Awards will reflect that in every performance. The CMA Awards is the industry's biggest single opportunity to expand the format and reach a broader audience with our music. And we have a strong slate of nominees and an incredible pool of music to draw from. We are dedicated to delivering the best-of-the-best."

Artists performing on the CMA Awards include Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Eagles, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire in a duet with LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Rascal Flatts will open the festivities and also perform with Jamie Foxx later in the broadcast.

The Eagles will make their first-ever awards show performance at "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" airing live on Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8-11 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from the Sommet Center in Nashville.

The band's decision to appear on the CMA Awards follows the success of their recently released Country single, "How Long," which has been embraced by Country Music fans and is climbing the Country Music charts. "How Long" is the first single from the group's new double album, Long Road out of Eden, featuring 20 new studio recordings.

"From the early '70s this group has defined Country rock, and more than three decades later they are still creating music that resonates with our audience," said Genovese. "They are an outstanding addition to the incredible lineup of performers for the CMA Awards."

Multi-talented, Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx joins reigning CMA Awards Vocal Group of the Year Rascal Flatts for a duet performance during the CMA Awards. Rascal Flatts will open "Country Music's Biggest NightT" with the title track from their third consecutive No. 1 album, Still Feels Good. Later in the broadcast, they will perform "She Goes All the Way" with Foxx. The duet with Foxx was penned by Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney and is also on the album.

LeVox and Foxx have known each other for more than a decade. They were introduced by Foxx's manager Marcus King and were roommates for a brief time in the late 1990s while LeVox was pursuing a music career on the west coast. They reestablished their friendship after running into each other at the 2007 Grammy Awards and have been in regular contact since, which resulted in the duet.

"Jamie is an incredible talent and we were thrilled he took us up on our invitation to join us on the song," said LeVox. "He said he'd do it if we would sing on one of his records, so it's a pretty good swap. He came to Nashville just after finishing his comedy tour to work on it with us."

"It was an easy song to write once we had the first few lines and it's a really wonderful thing to have Jamie join us on the record," said DeMarcus. "We run into him at awards show and he always tells us how much he enjoys the music and how proud he is of Gary. We sent the song to him early this year and he said he'd love to do it."

"This is destined to be the sort of one-of-a-kind performance for which the CMA Awards are known for," said Genovese. "When there is a meaningful and tangible connection between artists from seemingly diverse musical styles, bringing them together on the CMA Awards creates magical moments that resonate with our audience and expand awareness of the format."

For the first time in the history of the CMA Awards, multiple artists will share hosting duties during the three-hour gala including Sara Evans and LeAnn Rimes. Other segment hosts will be announced soon.
"The CMA Awards are a platform for reaching a large network audience with our best and brightest stars," said Genovese. "Providing additional on-air opportunities for several of our artists to host segments of the program provides a different point of view throughout the night and keeps the pace of the CMA Awards fresh and exciting. These artists are personable, engaging, respected by their peers and beloved by the fans. Having artists host the CMA Awards is a cornerstone of this event - we are simply inviting a few more to the podium."

Presenters on the CMA Awards include Luke Bryan, Jason Michael Carroll, Bucky Covington, Sheryl Crow, Jewel with Ty Murray, Kid Rock, Montgomery Gentry, Blake Shelton, Gretchen Wilson and Dwight Yoakam.

Additional artists performing and presenters at the CMA Awards will be announced at a later date.
And just like their favorite nominated artists and CMA Awards' performers and presenters, fans too can dress up for "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" with a complete line of branded merchandise available now at the official Web site of the CMA Awards, www.CMAawards.com.

"While the legends, rising stars, and superstars of Country Music are shining at 'The 41st Annual CMA Awards,' our fans can also look like stars in their official CMA Awards merchandise," said Genovese.
Thirteen items are currently available at www.CMAawards.com. To view the selection, click on the Official CMA Awards Store. Featured CMA Awards attire includes a polo-style shirt; quarter zip pullover; track jacket; two ball caps; and various men and women's T-shirts. CMA Awards field and mini-duffle bags are available as well as a commemorative coffee mug.

CMA is once again proud to announce Music City Merchandise as the official merchandiser for the CMA Awards. Music City Merchandise is the official merchandiser for Country artists including CMA Awards nominees Jason Aldean and Dierks Bentley, in addition to Trace Adkins, Travis Tritt as well as legendary artists The Beach Boys and B.B. King.

"We have enjoyed working with Music City Merchandise to develop merchandise which embodies the fun and excitement of the CMA Awards," Genovese said.

Tickets for the 2007 CMA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com; calling (615) 255-9600; or in person at the Sommet Center box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, in Nashville). Ticket prices begin at $164 (excluding applicable service/handling fees), with prices increasing depending on seating level.

"The 41st Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Walter C. Miller is the Executive Producer, and Robert Deaton is the Producer. Paul Miller is the Director. David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards, including a stereo-radio simulcast of the gala event. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2007 CMA Awards. Chevy: The Official Ride of Country Music. Mary Kay is the Official Beauty Sponsor. Additional promotional partners include AOL, LLC.; Borders Books & Music; Carl Black Chevrolet; Coca-Cola; Dr Pepper; Gibson Guitar; Greased Lightning Cleaning Products; Hard Rock Cafe Nashville; Mr. Coffee; and The Yankee Candle Company.

 

PHOTO BY JOHN RUSSELL / CMA

Carrie Underwood will perform on "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 7, 2007, broadcast live on ABC Television from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn. Underwood is pictured performing on "The 40th Annual CMA Awards."

 

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