The 53rd annual Country Music Awards nominations have been revealed! Maren Morris leads the pack! Watch Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8|7c on ABC to see winners revealed live from Nashville, TN. Here’s a look at the full list of nominations:
On this week’s episode of Songland, country group Old Dominion sought their next hit, which is to be featured in a Jeep commercial.
They meet four undiscovered songwriters: Katelyn Tarver, Jacobi.E, Maci, and Jake Scott.
First up is Katelyn Tarver with “Young.” Old Dominion and producers, Ester Dean, Shane McAnally, and Ryan Tedder love the simple, beautiful statement of the lyrics, “I just wanna be young forever with you.” In terms of feedback, the guys of Old Dominion want to play with the verses so they’ll feel less feminine and more applicable to them and to the Jeep commercial.
Next, Jacobi.E pitches his song, “Westside.” Old Dominion and the producers praise the cool melody nuggets within the song, but feel the production needs to be stripped a little.
Third is Maci with “Take A Ride.” Old Dominion and the producers feel that the song showcases a strong sense of adventure, which would make it perfect for Jeep. They also discuss a few minor word changes to strengthen the lyrics.
Finally, Jake Scott shares his song, “Is This Love.” Old Dominion and the producers like the rhyme scheme in the song, but feel the sentiment is “too bright” and needs to be a bit darker in order to work for the group.
Having heard all four songs, Old Dominion must choose which songwriters will advance to the studio round. They select Jacobi.E, Jake Scott, and Katelyn Tarver.
During the studio round, Jacobi.E teams up with Ryan, Katelyn teams up with Shane, and Jake teams up with Ester to refine each of their songs in preparation for the performance round.
When the performance round arrives, Katelyn is first with “Young.” She has brought in a male singer to give Old Dominion a better sense of what the song will sound like coming from their perspective. Olivier Francois, a representative from Jeep, is also present. At the conclusion of the performance, Olivier says that the song really captures what it is to be young at heart. The guys of Old Dominion and the producers agree that the song is special.
Next, Jacobi.E performs his song, whose title has been changed to “Where The Road Ends.” Old Dominion and the producers can hear the song being played on the Jeep commercial and the radio. Olivier from Jeep praises the song’s imagery and says it’s a hit.
Finally, Jake Scott shares his song, which has been re-named “Journey.” Old Dominion and the producers feel that it’s a completely different song and praise many of the lyrical changes Jake has made. Olivier from Jeep says the song isn’t a song at all, but rather pure poetry.
Having heard the new versions of each of the songs, Old Dominion and Olivier from Jeep must decide which will work best for the commercial. After a brief deliberation, they choose Katelyn’s song, “Young.”
On next week’s episode of Songland, Leona Lewis appears as the artist on deck.
The HGTV Lodge is back for another great round of performances during CMA Fest! The HGTV Lodge always offers the hottest talent with entrance gained by winning tickets! Make sure you are signed up for Fan Access for CMA Fest. You can access it here!
Check out the lineup below!
Miranda Lambert will be embarking on the road for her Highway Vagabound Tour. The tour is scheduled to begin on Jan. 26 in Evansville, Indiana with a total of 18 stops confirmed so far. The tour will be running through mid-March and the complete list of dates and cities can be seen below.
Just this past summer, Lambert headlined the Keep of the Flame Tour. Currently, Lambert is gearing up to release her highly anticipated album, The Weigh Of These Wings, which is due to come out on November 18th. Lambert’s lead single, “Vice,” has been climbing the charts while receiving praise throughout the country music world.
Lambert will take opening acts, Old Dominion and Aubrie Sellers along with her on the tour. Old Dominion is just coming off of their summer tour with superstar Kenny Chesney. While Sellers is currently on the Rock On College Tour with Tucker Beathard.
Highway Vagabound Tour Dates:
Jan. 26 – Evansville, Ind. @ Ford Center
Jan. 27 – Springfield, Mo. @ JQH Arena
Jan. 28 – Kearney, Neb. @ Viaero Event Center
Feb. 2 – Providence, R.I. @ Dunkin Donuts Center
Feb. 3 – Amherst, Mass. @ Mullins Center
Feb. 4 – Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun
Feb. 23 – Reading, Pa. @ Santander Arena
Feb. 24 – Charlottesville, Va. @ John Paul Jones Arena
Feb. 25 – Charleston, S.C. @ North Charleston Coliseum
March 2 – Green Bay, Wis. @ Resch Center
March 3 – Brookings, S.D. @ Swiftel Center
March 4 – Grand Forks, N.D. @ Ralph Engelstad Arena
March 10 – Wichita, Kan. @ Intrust Bank Arena
March 11 – Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center
March 12 – Bossier City, La. @ CenturyLink Center
March 17 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
March 18 – Rockford, Ill. @ BMO Harris Bank Center
March 19 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Van Andel Arena
Visit https://www.mirandalambert.com/tour/ for more information!
CMA Music Festival Kick Off Concert will be featuring Sirius XM Highway Finds! It will be hosted by Chris Young and the lineup is stellar! The free concert takes place at Ascend Amphitheater.
Things kick off Wednesday, June 8!
11:00am-11:45am – Opening Ceremonies with Chris Young
12pm-12:45pm – Old Dominion
1:00-1:20pm – Aubrie Sellers
1:45-2:15pm – Kalie Shorr
2:30-3:00pm – High Valley
3:15-3:45pm – Steve Moakler
4:00-4:30pm – Michael Ray
4:45-5:15pm – William Michael Morgan
5:30-6:00pm – Clare Dunn
6:15-700pm – Frankie Ballard