Music heals! Tenille Townes covers “Lean On Me” with Kassi Ashton, Adam Hambrick, Caylee Hammack, Abby Anderson, Keelan Donovan and Alex Hall.
Music heals! Tenille Townes covers “Lean On Me” with Kassi Ashton, Adam Hambrick, Caylee Hammack, Abby Anderson, Keelan Donovan and Alex Hall.
Kassi Ashton is one of the most compelling rising stars in Nashville and with her latest song “Hopeless,” the desperation of unrequited love is palpable in every note.
The song, written by Kassi with Josh Kerr and Jason Saenz, is available at all digital retailers.
“Kassi Ashton isn’t afraid to push creative limits” says CMT of the “striking” music video for “Hopeless,” which premieres today across the platform. Watch Kassi Ashton’s “Hopeless” video HERE
“I wanted to visually show the mental asylum we put ourselves in when we feel hopeless and alone,” Kassi shares with CMT. “That’s where the stark room and bare mattresses come from, sort of an alternate mental version of your bedroom where you cry over a lost lover. It’s my favorite video I’ve ever done.”
Kassi brings a whole new attitude to country music. The California, Missouri singer/songwriter touched down with a string of critically acclaimed tracks released by UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope Records. Her introductory release “California, Missouri” stirred up widespread critical acclaim from Taste of Country, CMT, The Boot, and many more. Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post, The Tennessean, and radio personality Bobby Bones. Rolling Stone lauded her as “a devilish songwriter who isn’t afraid to flip convention on its head,” while Refinery29 claimed, “she blends pop aesthetics with a presence doused in no-fucks-left-to-give authenticity,” and PAPER Magazine called her “the next big country superstar.”
Spending much of the fall as direct support for Maren Morris, Kassi’s live performances have led many to the shared opinion, “Everyone needs to know this girl … Love her voice, love her attitude, love her vibe.” Fans can find Kassi out now with Jordan Davis on the Trouble Town Tour with upcoming dates in Charlottesville, Va.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Atlanta, Ga.
Little Big Town will perform on Live With Kelly and Ryan on January 31st.
Kacey Musgraves will be among the performers for this year’s Primavera Sound music festival. The 2020 event, taking place June 3rd through June 7th in Barcelona, Spain, will also feature performances by Maggie Rogers, Lana Del Rey, Bad Bunny, Beck, Tyler, the Creator and many more.
Kassi Ashton will release a new song “Hopeless” on Friday (January 24th).
Keith Urban is a huge Tennessee Titans fan, and while he had a private show on Sunday, he and his band watched the AFC Championship game during soundcheck at the venue. Later he posted how proud he was of the NFL team as well as the Kansas City Chiefs who advance to this year’s Super Bowl.
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) January 19, 2020
Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi will headline this year’s Windy City Smokeout country music and barbecue festival in Chicago. The three-day event, taking place July 10th through July 12th, will also feature performances by Morgan Evans, Ryan Hurd, Riley Green, Cody Johnson and many others.
Here are holiday liners from some UMG Nashville artists, including Adam Hambrick, Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brandon Lay, Brothers Osborne, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Gary Allan, George Strait, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Kassi Ashton, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maddie & Tae, Parker McCollum, Sam Hunt, Shania Twain, Travis Denning and more!
“Hey everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”
“Hey everybody! I’m Adam Hambrick. Happy Holidays.”
“Hi! This is Alan Jackson, and I’m wishing y’all a very Merry Christmas.”
“Hi! Billy Currington here, wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday Season.”
“Hey! This is T.J., and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”
“Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”
“Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, hoping you have a Merry Christmas.”
“Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”
“Hey! This is Dierks Bentley, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”
“Hey everybody! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”
“Hey! This is Gary Allan. Merry Christmas.”
“Hey everybody! This is George Strait, wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season.”
“Hey! This is Jon Pardi, wishing you a Merry Christmas!”
“Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”
“Hey! I’m Josh Turner, wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.”
“Hey! This is Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”
“Hi folks, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.”
“Hi everyone, this is Keith Urban, wishing you and all your family the very best this holiday season.”
“Hey guys, this is Kip Moore, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”
“Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”
“Hey! We’re Little Big Town, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”
“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”
“Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”
“Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Merry Christmas.”
“Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”
“Hi! This is Shania Twain, wishing you a very Merry Christmas.”
Kassi Ashton grew up in a rural town called California, Missouri, and she took ballet and other dance classes for many years. So, one of her favorite Christmas memories include being in The Nutcracker every year. “One of my favorite Christmas traditions growing up was always being a part of The Nutcracker,” says Kassi. “[I took] ballet my entire life, and now that I’ve graduated and moved on, I go see The Nutcracker at the Nashville Ballet every year. I can’t wait to have a little girl some day and put her in ballet class.”
Kassi loves Christmas music, especially the holiday classics. “My favorite thing about Christmas hands down is Christmas music. I start playing eh, the day after Thanksgiving usually, if not a little sooner. I love the classics – Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, anything that you know by heart and you don’t have to really think about. Christmas songs are the best,” she says. “My favorite Christmas song is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ by Judy Garland in the key of G, because that’s my key [laughs], and I can sing along perfectly.” [laughs]
Kassi is set to join Jordan Davis on his Trouble Town Tour, kicking off January 10th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Kassi Ashton (Christmas traditions) OC: …ballet class. :21
“Hey, it’s Kassi Ashton. One of my favorite Christmas traditions growing up was always being a part of The Nutcracker. [I took] ballet my entire life, and now that I’ve graduated and moved on, I go see The Nutcracker at the Nashville Ballet every year. I can’t wait to have a little girl some day and put her in ballet class.”
Kassi Ashton (Christmas music) OC: …the best. :23
“Hey, it’s Kassi Ashton. My favorite thing about Christmas hands down is Christmas music. I start playing eh, the day after Thanksgiving usually, if not a little sooner. I love the classics – Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, anything that you know by heart and you don’t have to really think about. Christmas songs are the best.”
Kassi Ashton (Christmas song) OC: …along perfectly. [laughs] :11
“My favorite Christmas song is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ by Judy Garland in the key of G, because that’s my key [laughs], and I can sing along perfectly.” [laughs]
Dierks Bentley will take a break from his Burning Man Tour to perform during NBC’s Today Show’s 2019 Citi Concert Series on Thursday (August 1st).
Keith Urban, Maddie & Tae, Barbara Mandrell, Chris Janson, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes and Trisha Yearwood are among the initial list of artists announced for the 13th annual ACM Honors ceremony. The event will take place August 21st at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and will honor Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, Rodney Crowell, Kye Fleming, Billy Joe Shaver, Gayle Holcomb and the film, A Star is Born.
George Strait and Loretta Lynn will be honored at the 2019 Nashville Songwriter Awards. King George will receive the President’s Keystone Award while the legendary Loretta will receive the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2019 Nashville Songwriter Awards will take place at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium September 17th.
Kassi Ashton will be among the singer-songwriters to perform at BMI’s fifth annual Maui Songwriters Festival December 5th – 7th. The event will also feature performances by Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Natalie Hemby and Bob DiPiero.
Caylee Hammack will make her national television debut on Wednesday (May 29th) during the 10am (local time) hour of NBC’s Today Show. She will perform her song, “Family Tree.”
Kacey Musgraves is among the recipients for the Academy of Country Music’s 13th Annual ACM Honors, which will be presented August 21st at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. She will receive the Jim Reeves International Award, in recognition of her efforts to spread country music around the globe by playing shows in Japan, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Other honorees include Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Rodney Crowell, Shane McAnally and many others. The film A Star is Born will received the Tex Ritter Award.
Lauren Alaina is set to play in Craig Campbell’s 7th Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge at the Nashville Omni during this year’s CMA Music Fest on June 4th. The benefit will raise funds and awareness for colorectal cancer. Jerrod Niemann, Jimmie Allen, Tyler Rich and Teagan Marie will also take part.
Travis Denning, Kassi Ashton, Caylee Hammack will be among the artists performing on the DISH Presents Next From Nashville Stage during the ACM Festival of the Year, Faster Horses, taking place July 19th-21st in Brooklyn, Michigan. Previously announced performers include Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Brothers Osborne, Kip Moore, LANCO, Maren Morris, Cassadee Pope, Michael Ray, Mitchell Tenpenny and Brett Young.
Adam Hambrick, Billy Currington, Clare Dunn, Kassi Ashton and Travis Denning have been added to the list of performers at this year’s CMA Fest, running June 6th – 9th in downtown Nashville. Check out when and where you can find these free performances, plus many others below.
Chevy Breakout Stage at Walk of Fame Park, Maui Jim Broadway Stage at Bridgestone Plaza and Nashville Acoustic Corner Stage will feature over 110 performances Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9, highlighting fan favorites and rising Country stars daily.
Located at Walk of Fame Park, the lineup at the Chevy Breakout Stage will highlight rising artists from 11:10 AM – 4:55 PM on Thursday, and 10:30 AM – 4:55 PM Friday through Sunday including Carlton Anderson, Tenille Arts, Kassi Ashton, Drew Baldridge, Chris Bandi, Kelleigh Bannen, Bailey Bryan, Austin Burke, Dillon Carmichael, Adam Craig, Travis Denning, Cale Dodds, Adam Doleac, Clare Dunn, Brooke Eden, Filmore, HARDY, Jillian Jacqueline, James Barker Band, Austin Jenckes, Brett Kissel, Love and Theft, Tegan Marie, Steve Moakler, Muscadine Bloodline, Brandon Ratcliff, Brandon Ray, Teddy Robb, Noah Schnacky, Dylan Schneider, Seaforth, Smithfield, Matt Stell, Sweet Tea Trio, Tenille Townes, Rachel Wammack, Waterloo Revival, The Wild Feathers and Carter Winter. Gates for the Chevy Breakout Stage will open to the public at 10:40 AM Thursday, June 6 and 9:30 AM Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9. In addition, Miranda Lambert will lead MuttNation’s Mutt March on Thursday, June 6 from 8:30 to 10:30 AM. Starting at Nissan Stadium, the parade of pups will wind its way across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and into Walk of Fame Park, where Storme Warren will interview Lambert in a live broadcast from the Chevy Breakout Stage on SiriusXM’s The Highway. Register for the MuttMarch here: https://www.MuttNationFoundation.com.
The Maui Jim Broadway Stage at Bridgestone Plaza entertains fans from 10:45 AM – 4:30 PM daily, with the “BMI Tailgate” performances Thursday, June 6 from 2:45 PM – 5:10 PM, which includes Colin Elmore, House Whiskey, Josh Phillips and Dan Smalley. Additional acts taking the stage include The Adelaides, Jay Allen, Roan Ash, Gabby Barrett, Stephen Carey, Troy Cartwright, Crowder, Kyle Daniel, Jaida Dreyer, Ross Ellis, Everette, Fairground Saints, Ray Fulcher, Noah Guthrie, Adam Hambrick, Levi Hummon, Hunter Brothers, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Lauren Jenkins, Willie Jones, King Calaway, The Last Bandoleros, Leaving Austin, Baylee Littrell, Hayley Orrantia, Drew Parker, Stephanie Quayle, Faren Rachels, Elvie Shane, Kalie Shorr, The Sisterhood Band, The Swon Brothers and Lainey Wilson. Gates for the Maui Jim Broadway Stage at Bridgestone Plaza will open to the public at 9:45 AM each day, Thursday through Sunday.
The Nashville Acoustic Corner Stage, located inside the NCVC Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena, will take place daily from 11:00 AM – 4:40 PM. Thursday’s performances are presented by ASCAP and feature Haley Mae Campbell, Seth Cook, Cross Atlantic, Jobe Fortner, Makayla Lynn, Jill Martin, David Ray, Maggie Renfroe, Joe Robinson and Anna Rose. Friday’s performances are presented by SESAC and feature Blanco Brown, Nora Collins, Spencer Crandall, Erin Enderlin, Aaron Goodvin, Kelly McGrath, Tom O’Connor, Jake Rose, Scott Stevens and Jenny Tolman. Saturday and Sunday’s lineups includes Beoga, Jordan Brooker, Brown & Gray, Shy Carter, Robert Counts, Crawford & Power, Hannah Dasher, Larry Fleet, Kylie Frey, Tony Jackson, Angie Keilhauer, Cory Marks, Jaden Michaels, Emily Ann Roberts, Shane Runion, SixForty1, Tiera, Tyler Reese Tritt, Anna Vaus and The Wandering Hearts.
Additional performers at CMA Fest include Billy Currington at the Chevy Riverfront Stage on Thursday, Randy Houser at Firestone Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater Presented by BBR Music Group on Thursday and Pam Tillis on the Budweiser Forever Country Stage on Sunday.
All outdoor daytime stages including the Budweiser Forever Country Stage, Chevy Breakout Stage at Walk of Fame Park, Chevy Riverfront Stage, Maui Jim Broadway Stage at Bridgestone Plaza and Nashville Acoustic Corner Stage are free and open to the public. All stage lineups are available in the Official CMA Fest App. Additional stage lineups, Xfinity Fan Fair X activities and more will be announced in the coming weeks. All artist lineups are subject to change.
Artists performing at CMA Fest donate their time so a portion of ticket proceeds can directly benefit high-quality music education initiatives across the United States through the CMA Foundation.
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MCA Nashville’s Kassi Ashton released the music video for “Pretty Shiny Things” this week. Check it out below:
Kassi Ashton, one of the most compelling rising stars in Nashville, has today released a new song entitled, “Pretty Shiny Things.” Produced by Luke Laird and co-written by Kassi and Emily Landis, the emotional ballad highlights Kassi’s incredible vocal talent and showcases a more raw and vulnerable side to her musical style. “Pretty Shiny Things” is available now on all digital streaming platforms HERE.
“Three years ago, this song was there for me in the middle of the night. Like a diary entry that was writing me, not me writing it,” says Kassi. “It has silently waited, given guidance, and reminded me that honest art is the best art. I’m honored to be passing it along to whoever needs it now.”
Coming up, Kassi is set to play a few festivals this summer to include: CMA Fest in Nashville, TN, LakeShake Fest in Chicago, IL, Hometown Rising in Louisville, KY and Country Concert in Ft. Loramie, OH.
About Kassi Ashton
Kassi Ashton brought a whole new attitude of her own to country music upon arrival in 2017. The California, Missouri singer and songwriter initially touched down with a string of critically acclaimed tracks. Released by UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope, her introductory release “California, Missouri” stirred up widespread critical acclaim from Taste of Country, CMT, The Boot, and many more. As her profile grew, she lent her voice to the standout “Drop Top” on Keith Urban’s chart-topping 2018 album, Graffiti U. He went on to describe her as “such a unique, original creature.” Expanding on her confessional and catchy storytelling, she maintained momentum on the summer solo song “Taxidermy.” Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post and The Tennessean, radio personality Bobby Bones included her among his Class of 2018. Rolling Stone lauded her as “a devilish songwriter who isn’t afraid to flip convention on its head,” and Refinery29 also claimed, “she blends pop aesthetics with a presence doused in no-fucks-left-to-give authenticity.” She continues to defy convention and define a signature style on the 2019 single “Violins”—and a whole lot more to come.