CMA Fest: 20 Artists You Won't Want To Miss

When you visit CMA Fest 2015, make sure to catch these artists at their free performances! Click on the artist photo or website link to learn more. Have fun & can't wait to see all you country music fans out there!


Adam Sanders

Spending summers on Music Row with his uncle, professional session musician Scotty Sanders, Adam taught himself how to write songs.  Several artists such as Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, and Dustin Lynch have since recorded Adam’s songs, including #1 single “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” recorded by Cole Swindell. Adam’s most recent single, “Somewhere That You Don’t Go” was released earlier this year. [

When: Wednesday, June 10th, 4:45 – 5:00 PM & Sunday, June 14th, 3:25 – 3:50 PM

Where: Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe

Ashla Taylor

Growing up in Alabama, singer-songwriter Ashla Taylor’s biggest music idols were Dolly Parton and Shania Twain.  Now ready to conquer her own music career, she released her debut record The Honeymoon Phase in May 2015. [

When: Friday, June 12th, 11:00 – 11:20 AM

Where: Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage

Ashley Monroe

Ashley is a singer-songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee, and one-third of the country girl band “Pistol Annies” alongside Miranda Lambert and Angeleena Presley.  Ashley was featured in Blake Shelton’s recent hit “Lonely Tonight”, and her next upcoming album, “The Blade”, will be released in July 2015.


When: Thursday, June 11th, 12:45 – 1:15 PM

Where: Chevrolet Riverfront Stage

Brian Davis

Raleigh, North Carolina native Brian Davis brings a rock n’ roll and edgy element to his music. His latest EP is available, titled All About That Life. [

When: Friday, June 12th, 2:05 – 2:30 PM

Where: Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe


The Cadillac Three

Originally known as The Cadillac Black, this group straddles the line between outlaw country and traditional Southern rock.  Their hit single, “The South”, features Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, and Mike Eli. []

When: Thursday, June 11th, 12:00 -12:30 PM

Where: Chevrolet Riverfront Stage


A fresh new force in country music, Cam’s songwriting has spanned country and pop, including Miley Cyrus’ “Maybe You’re Right” (Bangerz album 2013).  Her EP Welcome to Cam Country was released earlier this year. [

When: Friday, June 12th, 2:05 – 2:30 PM

Where: Bud Light Plaza Stage

Canaan Smith

Since 2012, Canaan has toured with Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, and Florida Georgia Line.  As a songwriter, Canaan says, “I’m an everyday guy, but I want people to see the layers…I’ve known my share of pain and I’ve got a lot to say.” []

When: Wednesday, June 10th, 12:30 – 1:00 PM & Sunday, June 14th, 2:15 – 2:45 PM

Where: Chevrolet Riverfront Stage

Charlie Worsham

Some tidbits that most don’t know about Charlie Worsham: he played the Grand Ole Opry at age 12, won a Junior National Banjo Competition, and attended Berkelee School of Music in Boston. With his hit “Could It Be”, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Charlie Worsham has caught widespread attention. [

When: Sunday, June 14th, 6:50 – 7:30 PM

Where: BMI Tailgate Party Stage

Chris Carmack

As a former model and, most notoriously, an actor on the country music drama Nashville, Chris Carmack has successfully touched on almost every aspect of the entertainment business.  He is currently testing out the waters for a music career, and is putting the finished touches on his EP titled Pieces of You.

When: Saturday, June 13th, 12:05 – 12:30 PM

Where: Belk Park Stage

Chris Janson

Prior to his hit single “Buy Me A Boat”, Chris Janson’s songwriting cuts were his biggest successes (which have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Randy Houser, Joe Nichols, and many more).  “Buy Me A Boat” continues to top the country charts. [

When: Saturday, June 13th, 2:05 – 2:30 PM

Where: Bud Light Plaza Stage

Danielle Bradbery

Season 4 winner of The Voice, eighteen-year-old Danielle Bradbery has already toured with Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, and Hunter Hayes.  She is a philanthropist and supports several causes, including Outnumber Hunger to stop hunger in the US. [

When: Sunday, June 14th, 6:00 – 6:40 PM

Where: BMI Tailgate Party Stage

David Fanning

As a producer who has overseen three #1 hits by Thompson Square and Parmalee, David Fanning is taking his own performing talents to the forefront.  “Country to me is about people wanting to have a good time, but it’s not just about partying all night. There is also depth there,” he says, when commenting on his forthcoming album. [

When: Friday, June 12th, 12:05 – 12:30 PM

Where: Bud Light Plaza Stage

John King

John’s music career took shape while he was a music student at University of Georgia, and was quickly signed to Black River Entertainment.  He recently co-wrote Randy Houser’s single, “We Went”, as well as releasing his sophomore single, the Southern-rock-infused track, “On Your Lips”. [

When: Thursday, June 11th, 3:25 – 3:50 PM

Where: Belk Park Stage

Kelsea Ballerini

Featured on several “artists to watch” lists for 2015, Kelsea’s refreshing authenticity has caught the country music world’s attention and gained public approval from huge stars like Taylor Swift and Little Big Town.  Her full-length album debut, “The First Time”, was recently released in late May. [

When: Friday, June 12th, 12:45 – 1:10 PM

Where: Bud Light Plaza Stage


Enduring obstacles that most bands would never overcome, brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox, and longtime friend Josh McSwain succeeded in becoming a chart-topping country rock band.  Parmalee’s debut album, Feels Like Carolina, has earned critical praise since it’s release. []

When: Wednesday, June 10th, 1:15 – 1:45 PM & Saturday, June 13th, 3:00 – 3:30 PM

Where: Chevrolet Riverfront Stage

Rainey Qualley

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Rainey Qualley grew up in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.  This year alone Rainey has signed her first record deal, heard her first single on the radio, opened for Willie Nelson, and performed at SXSW. [

When: Thursday, June 11th, 2:05 – 2:30 PM & Friday, June 12th, 2:15 – 2:45 PM

Where: Belk Park Stage, AT&T U-verse Showcase Stage

Ruthie Collins

“Whether it’s something that’s timeless or something brand new that aspires to that, I am drawn to things that speak of permanence. And that’s how I feel about my music,” says Ruthie about her fusion of traditional bluegrass and modernized country.  Her introductory EP Vintage was released in December 2014. [

When: Wednesday, June 10th, 3:15 – 3:30 PM / Friday, June 12th, 12 – 12:30 PM / Sunday, June 14th, 12:45 – 1:10 PM

Where: Chevrolet Riverfront Stage / AT&T U-verse Showcase Stage / Bud Light Plaza Stage

The Shuggah Pies

Sisters Amy, Angela, and Courtney all have a sweet tooth, which inspired their band name at its inception.  These three sisters deliver a lot of sass and good music influenced by classic rock and country. [

When: Friday, June 12th, 1:30 – 1:50 PM

Where: Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage

Sonia Leigh

Described as a “gamechanger” in the country music scene, Sonia Leigh has co-written multiple chart-topping songs including “Sweet Annie” and “Goodbye In Her Eyes” on Zac Brown Band’s Grammy Award-winning album Uncaged. Her single, “Booty Call”, is available now. [

When: Wednesday, June 10th, 5:30 – 5:45 PM & Friday, June 12th, 5:15 – 5:45 PM

Where: Chevrolet Riverfront Stage & BMI Tailgate Party Stage

Stephanie Quayle

“Modern-day cowgirl” Stephanie Quayle grew up on a farm in Montana taking care of horses and singing in choir.  Her powerful and soulful vocals will stun any crowd. [

When: Saturday, June 13th, 1:25 – 1:50 PM

Where: Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Café