Enjoy free music at CMA Fest

Mickey Guyton will perform on The Park Stage at Walk of Fame Park during the 2016 CMA Music Festival (photo: Catherine Powell).

Mickey Guyton will perform on The Park Stage at Walk of Fame Park during the 2016 CMA Music Festival (photo: Catherine Powell).

Momentum continues to build for the 2016 CMA Music Festival. There are nearly 40 acts confirmed to perform during free daily concerts on The Park Stage in downtown Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12. Video screens are returning to The Park Stage to ensure everyone enjoys a close-up view of their favorite artists. Additionally, a new placement of the stage will allow fans to be even closer to the action during performances. Enjoy hours of back-to-back performances starting Thursday, June 9 at 10:30, featuring music from the genre’s hottest new hit makers and crowd favorites each day until approximately 5:00 pm.

“We consistently seek to improve the experience for fans at CMA Music Festival. This year The Park Stage will feature a new configuration to accompany the video walls and state of the art production,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The Park Stage has always been a fan favorite and with this year’s lineup we are taking it to the next level.”

Artists performing on The Park Stage at Walk of Fame Park include Lauren Alaina, Keith Anderson, Drew Baldridge, Tucker Beathard, Big Smo, Kristian Bush, Ashley Campbell, Chris Carmack, Jason Michael Carroll, Russell Dickerson, Drake White and the Big Fire, Clare Dunn, Lindsay Ell, Emerson Drive, Andy Griggs, Halfway to Hazard, Ty Herndon, JT Hodges, Jack Ingram, Ryan Kinder, Natalie Stovall and The Drive, Native Run, Mo Pitney, RaeLynn, Julie Roberts, Maggie Rose, Lucie Silvas, Jamie Lynn Spears, The Swon Brothers, Josh Thompson, Tara Thompson, Chuck Wicks, Mark Wills, and Brett Young. Also joining the lineup with their debut performances at CMA Fest are Luke Combs, Crowder, Mickey Guyton, Aubrie Sellers, and The Sheepdogs.

Free daily concerts take place on five outdoor stages across the Festival footprint. Attendees can also enjoy the many lifestyle exhibits, which appeal to a wide variety of ages and interests. The concerts on The Park Stage offer fun for everyone and are easily accessed with a short walk from all Festival venues, including Fan Fair X where fans can enjoy more concerts, exhibits, a marketplace, live broadcasts, demonstrations, one-on-one interactions with artists during meet and greets in the state-of-the-art Music City Center.

For the second year, fans will be able to purchase a four-day pass to the Fan Fair X that includes a general admission ticket to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that is good for use any day in 2016. The package deal is on sale now through Friday, June 10 and costs $39.95. The combination Fan Fair X/Country Music Hall of Fame tickets are available via the Country Music Hall of Fame website, http://countrymusichalloffame.org, and will also be sold at their box office during the week of CMA Music Festival.

The daily concerts are free and open to the public, and offer you the rare opportunity to see one of country music’s rising African American talents – Mickey Guyton.

Meet Mickey Guyton

Born in Arlington, Texas, Mickey Guyton moved around the Lone Star state as her father’s engineering job took them to Waco, Tyler, Dallas and Fort Worth. Music was a constant in her nomadic life. She began singing gospel in church when she was only five and grew up listening to a variety of artists, including Dolly Parton, LeAnn Rimes, Whitney Houston and gospel innovators BeBe and CeCe Winans.

“Those were huge influences,” she says, recalling a particularly pivotal moment. “I was at a Texas Rangers baseball game and LeAnn Rimes was singing the National Anthem. This was right when she came out with ‘Blue’. I was completely mesmerized.”

Mickey knew instantly what she wanted to do with her life, and although she possesses the kind of strong, evocative voice that could succeed in any genre, Country music is her passion. “Of all the music out there, Country is the most honest, the most genuine and speaks to my heart” she says.

Mickey moved to Los Angeles after high school to attend Santa Monica College. She worked long hours at two jobs, struggling to make ends meet, but held on to her dream of becoming a Country singer. Mickey moved to Nashville in 2011 to pursue her dream and has embedded herself in the town’s songwriter community.

In 2011, Mickey signed to Capitol Records Nashville and made her first national television appearance on stage at the White House during an all-star concert that included James Taylor, Dierks Bentley, Kris Kristofferson, The Band Perry, Darius Rucker and Lyle Lovett. The show was captured by PBS and broadcast as part of their “In Performance at the White House” series. Mickey’s riveting rendition of Patsy Cline’s classic “Crazy” was one of the highlights of the night.

Mickey Guyton performs several times during CMA Fest.

Songwriter Session: Mickey Guyton is Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 01:00 pm in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Mickey Guyton co-wrote her single “Better Than You Left Me,” and she has written most of the material she has recorded for Capitol Nashville. She was nominated for Top New Female Vocalist at the 2016 ACM Awards; Billboard, Huffington Post, and National Public Radio all called Guyton an artist to watch, and CMT tagged her as one of its “Next Women of Country.” This program takes place in the Museum’s Ford Theater. Following the program, Guyton will sign copies of her EP, purchased from the Museum Store. She will perform a free show on the The Park Stage in downtown Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park on Sunday, June 12.