Eric Church, Maren Morris & Carrie Underwood Among First Round of CMA Awards Performers

As the excitement for “Country Music’s Biggest Night” continues to build, the Country Music Association is revealing the first round…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 23, 2019


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Eric Church, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

As the excitement for “Country Music’s Biggest Night” continues to build, the Country Music Association is revealing the first round of performers for the star-studded 53rd Annual CMA Awards.

Confirmed to take the CMA Awards stage on November 13 are Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton with for KING & COUNTRY and Zach Williams, P!NK and Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

According to a press release, Parton will join for KING & COUNTRY and Williams for the live performance debut of a gospel medley of “God Only Knows,” “There Was Jesus,” and Parton’s yet-to-be-released new song “Faith.” Stapleton will join P!NK to perform their duet “Love Me Anyway,” in what is sure to be an epic show moment.

Hosted by Underwood with special guest hosts McEntire and Parton, this year’s CMA Awards will be a celebration of women in country music.

Additional performers and presenters for the show will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Fans can tune in to The 53rd Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on ABC.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.