Music Row Breaks for CMT Next Women of Country Showcase

Martina McBride Will Headline 2017 Tour With Special Guest Lauren Alaina

Members of the Nashville music community broke from a very busy CMA Awards week to pack the local City Winery for a Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 1) of live music by rising stars in CMT’s Next Women of Country program.

Aubrie Sellers, Maddie & Tae, Maggie Rose, Mickey Guyton, Tara Thompson, Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, Lucie Silvas, Margo Price and RaeLynn each entertained with their words and music in a traditional guitar pull, covering a variety of subjects including heartache, funding big dreams with empty pockets, taking the road less traveled and living in a world without Willie Nelson.

New additions to the Next Women platform are Price, Rose, Silvas, Logan Brill, Jillian Jacqueline, Kree Harrison, Caitlyn Smith and Jamie Lynn Spears. For the first time, two trios — Post Monroe and Runaway June — join the initiative.

Brandy Clark opened the show with “Three Kids No Husband” from her latest album Big Day in a Small Town and co-hosted the event with CMT senior vice president of music strategy and talent Leslie Fram. After her performance, Clark was with the CMT Next Women of Country’s first Impact Award for her numerous accomplishments in music.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01:  Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark (L) recieves an award onstage from Senior Vice President of Music Strategy for CMT Leslie Fram (R) during CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Since joining the inaugural Next Women class in 2013, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker and Kacey Musgraves have all recorded Clark’s songs. She is a four-time Grammy nominee, and she was a part of the 2016 Next Women of Country tour with Ell, Thompson and Jennifer Nettles.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01:  (L-R) Singer-songwriters Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride and Senior Vice President of Music Strategy for CMT Leslie Fram speak onstage during CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Halfway through the show, surprise guest Martina McBride was welcomed onstage to reveal that she will be headlining the 2017 Next Women of Country Tour with Alaina. Before Fram gave McBride the floor, she asked McBride what it meant to her to support other women in music.

“I wanted to create a space on tour where fans can come and really just share the love and positivity and leave feeling stronger and more positive,” McBride said. “And so I’m excited to make that happen again.

“For me,” she added, “it’s not really a cause. It’s more of a movement and it’s a movement that I really and truly believe in — championing women in songs — and I feel like mentoring is really important. I feel like passing along any kind of lessons and knowledge that we’ve learned to the new generation is important and learning from them. I feel like as women, when one of us wins, we all win and I feel like we’re stronger when we support each other.”

CMT’s Next Women franchise has been a launching pad for several of today’s superstars and Grammy winners. Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris are among the alumnae of the prestigious program.

Earlier this year, CMT grew the franchise yet again to include a digital performance series, Next Women of Country Live, featuring exclusive new performances each week on CMT.com.

To join the conversation, follow along on social media using #CMTNextWomen.

Check out some of the photo highlights from Tuesday afternoon:

Lauren Alaina

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: Singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina takes photos before CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Logan Brill

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: Singer-songwriter Logan Brill answers questions during an interview before CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Mickey Guyton

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01:  Singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton takes photos before CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Maddie & Tae

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01:  Maddie Marlow (L) and Tae Dye (R) of Maddie and Tae, perform onstage during CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Margo Price

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01:  Singer-songwriter Margo Price takes photos before CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Post Monroe

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: Whitney Duncan, Shelby McLeod and Ashlee Hewitt of Post Monroe answer questions during an interview before CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Maggie Rose (L) and RaeLynn

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01:  Singer-songwriter Maggie Rose (L) and Raelynn (R) take a photo together before CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Runaway June

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01:  Singer-songwriters Hannah Mulholland, Naomi Cooke and Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June take photos together before CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Lucie Silvas (L) and Lindsay Ell

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) Singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas and Lindsay Ell perform onstage during CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Aubrie Sellers

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01:  Singer Aubrie Sellers performs onstage during rehersals before CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Tara Thompson

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: Singer-songwriter Tara Thompson performs onstage during CMT's Next Women of Country on November 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT) Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT
Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.