Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Carly Pearce and Mickey Guyton To Join LeAnn Rimes for ‘CMT Crossroads’
“It was such a magical and surreal experience,” Rimes shares of the show.
Carly Pearce, Brandy Clark, LeAnn Rimes, Ashley McBryde and Mickey Guyton; Photo via Facebook
The GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter will headline CMT Crossroads: LeAnn Rimes & Friends, premiering Thursday, April 14th at 8p/7c exclusively on CMT. The 90-minute special will feature Rimes performing her biggest chart-topping, genre-bending hits alongside new songs with McBryde, Clark, Pearce and Guyton.
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“It was such a magical and surreal experience, celebrating the past 25 years of my music as a full installment of ‘CMT Crossroads.’ And to share the stage with women who are each, so unique and truly standing in their own magnificence, to get to hear firsthand how I have, in some special way, influenced their artistry… it was humbling and special,” said LeAnn Rimes, who recently announced her upcoming tour, the story…so far, in support of her 25th music anniversary and forthcoming album, god’s work. “This is such an expansive year for me, from my new album release later this year to my upcoming tour, and I could not think of a better way to kick it all off than to celebrate the past, present and future with this memorable show.”
“What better way to celebrate LeAnn’s music and legacy than to bring together those who credit LeAnn for inspiring their own careers,” said Margaret Comeaux, Executive Producer & Senior Vice President, Production, CMT. “The reciprocal admiration amongst these women is more than evident throughout filming, and makes for a truly magical connection on stage in this special extended episode of CMT Crossroads.”
Rimes holds an extensive history with CMT, from the premiere of her first hit music video for “Blue” to her show-stopping tribute to Reba at the first-ever “CMT Giants” taping, the list goes on. A 3x CMT Music Awards nominee, Rimes first took home her first trophy in 2008 (“Collaborative Video of the Year” with Bon Jovi) and has shared many unforgettable performances on CMT stages throughout her career, including a world premiere of “Swingin’” and outstanding performance of “Nothin’ Better To Do” at past CMT Music Awards. Rimes also previously teamed up with British soul singer Joss Stone for a highly praised “CMT Crossroads” episode.
CMT Crossroads: LeAnn Rimes & Friends will premiere during the first-ever CMT Music Awards week, featuring all-new original programming culminating with the CMT Music Awards Extended Cut featuring 30 extra minutes of bonus content and performances on Friday, April 15th at 8p/7c. Additional details on the week-long CMT programming event to be announced at a later date.
For a sneak peek of the show, click above to watch Rimes, Pearce and McBryde perform “One Way Ticket.”
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.