CMA Songwriters Series Returns To London For 2017 C2C Festival

The CMA Songwriters Series returned overseas Thursday (March 9) to kick-off the fifth annual Country 2 Country (C2C) Festival at London’s indigo at The O2. The highly-anticipated show featured an award-winning lineup of country music hitmakers: five-time CMA award-winner Kristian Bush, former CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally, reigning CMA New Artist of the Year Maren Morris, former CMA Song of the Year winner Liz Rose, and rising star Drake White. The sold-out show was the CMA Songwriters Series debut for McAnally, Morris, and White.

Midway through the set, Bush made a special announcement from the stage, surprising U.K. country duo The Shires with CMA’s Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements by a country music artist originally signed outside of the United States–in both furthering the popularity of country music and bringing attention to the country music format in their foreign-based territory.

The intimate CMA Songwriters Series launched in 2005 at Joe’s Pub in New York City and made its European debut in 2012 with stops in London, Dublin, and Belfast. It has returned to London annually as part of C2C since 2014. C2C is the U.K.’s largest country music festival.

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