CMT Empowering Education Enlists Courtney Cole as Ambassador

Singer-Songwriter Headling 10 Community College Throughout the Nation

CMT has named emerging artist Courtney Cole as the new spokesperson for its CMT Empowering Education campaign.

The national campaign, now in its fourth year, encourages CMT viewers to pursue a postsecondary education no matter their age or circumstance.

Cole is not a new face to the campaign, having kicked off the very first event for CMT at Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, Kentucky. She will return to headline 10 events this year at partner community colleges across the nation, helping raise awareness about the resources available for potential students interested in earning degrees and certificates.

“I’m excited to partner with CMT on their Empowering Education initiative,” said Cole, a recent graduate of Belmont University in Nashville. “Music and education are a powerful combination. Having the opportunity to meet students and hear their stories is something I’m looking forward to.”

”We are thrilled to have Courtney join us as our CMT Empowering Education spokesperson because she’s seen first-hand the power of these events in small communities. Courtney provides a great example of how education can enhance your career options and we know with her help–we’ll continue to grow the impact of CMT Empowering Education.”

Cole, a native of Mandeville, Louisiana, is introducing her unique brand of fun-filled, energetic sound to fans with her new self-titled EP, now available on iTunes and Spotify. Her latest single, “Ladylike”, co-written with Shane McAnally and Jimmy Robbins, has been added to Spotify’s New Bootsplaylist. After being named a Spotify Spotlight Artist and one of Huffington Post’s Country Artists to Watch in 2015, Cole ended last year with a bang as the opening act on Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour.

With a new publishing deal at Warner/Chappell and named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Cole will be will be expanding her fan base this year as the opening act for headliners such as Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett and Lambert.

Check her out at CourtneyColeMusic.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

CMT Empowering Education is a comprehensive educational campaign that provides both an online resource, www.CMTEmpoweringEducation.com, and on the ground support to aid prospective students in overcoming the most commonly perceived obstacles to furthering education. The initiative is founded on education research and insights through a partnership between Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Advising partners for the CMT Empowering Education campaign include Achieving the Dream, the Association of Career and Technical Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Center for Workforce and Economic Development at the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Skills Coalition and Skills for America’s Future (the Aspen Institute).