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Chris Young Will Host CMA’s Third Annual Keep The Music Playing All Star Concert

Chris Young photo by Randee St. Nicholas, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Chris Young will host the CMA’s Third Annual Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert on January 31 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. The event will showcase groups from Metro Nashville Public Schools who have benefited from the CMA’s Keep the Music Playing program.

Five Nashville school groups will perform during the show, including a special duet with Suzy Bogguss and the Glengarry Elementary Orff Ensemble and Singers. Chris will perform with Nashville School of the Arts students Mignon Grabois and Charley Woods, who performed their rendition of “If I Die Young” during the CMA Awards in November.

“This event is an inspiring reminder of what students can achieve if given the right tools and support,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said. “We’re extremely grateful to the artists who played during the 2011 CMA Music Festival for giving the next generation of musicians the opportunity to learn the joys of music and shine on this exquisite stage.”

“Keeping the arts alive in schools is influential on their growth as students and young adults,” Chris said. “Music education played an important role in my childhood and I’m proud to be a part of this Keep the Music Playing event.”

“One of my favorite memories is the image of my grade school teacher pounding on the piano and leading us in rousing renditions of folk songs,” Suzy said. “I think every child should have the opportunity to learn music in school.”

Since 2006, half of the proceeds from CMA Music Festival have been donated to Keep the Music Playing to provide Metro Nashville Public Schools with instruments and music labs. To date, CMA has donated $4.7 million on behalf of the artists who appear and perform during CMA Fest for free. The CMA will announce the 2011 CMA Music Festival financial contribution to the cause during a private reception before the concert.

The concert is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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