Lainey Wilson Dominates ‘CMA Fest’ With Multiple Performances

Wilson had four performances featured in during the three-hour special.


Madeleine O’Connell

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June 25, 2024


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Lainey Wilson with Jelly Roll, Terri Clark; Photos Courtesy CMA

Lainey Wilson dazzled Nashville’s 51st CMA Fest crowd with four epic appearances at Nissan Stadium, including her own set and three collaborations with fellow country stars. Tonight, June 25, fans got to relive her performances during the three-hour broadcast on ABC.

For her solo performance, Wilson appeared on stage in stunning blue studded bell bottoms and matching vest and delivered her scorching new release, “Hang Tight Honey.” The performance leveled up the excitement and energy within the venue, proving that Wilson’s stage presence is unmatched.

Each time the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year stepped on stage, she lit up the venue with her signature bell bottoms and unbelievably talented voice.

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Terri Clark and Lainey Wilson — “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me” 

Wearing the same bright blue look, Wilson brought nostalgia to the stage alongside country icon Terri Clark. Together, they delivered the reimagined version of Clark’s hit “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me,” which appears on her new full-length duets album titled, Terri Clark: Take Two.

Lainey Wilson and Terri Clark perform at Nissan Stadium on Saturday, June 8 during CMA Fest 2024 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA
Lainey Wilson and Terri Clark perform at Nissan Stadium on Saturday, June 8 during CMA Fest 2024 in downtown Nashville; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

While the studio recording is an incredible celebration of the tune that has been loved by country fans for over two decades, but the live performance with Wilson was something truly magical. The pair of female artists honored traditional country music while simultaneously adding a bit of modern flair to the signature tune.

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Keith Urban with Lainey Wilson — “GO HOME W U”

Lainey Wilson’s surprise appearances didn’t end there. During Keith Urban’s set, she greeted the crowd in a fresh ensemble featuring black leather bell bottoms, a brown fringe vest and matching brown cowboy hat. The pair of artists proudly showcased their latest collaboration titled, “GO HOME W U.”

Urban performed the opening verse solo while jamming out on his guitar and moments later, he was joined by Wilson who helped carry out the chorus in a string of soaring harmonies. Together, they illustrated the electric chemistry between the characters in the narrative before taking turns on the remaining verses. 

The smooth, carefree tune penned by Urban with BRELAND, Sam Sumser, and Sean Small blends Wilson’s authentic country-bred vocals meshed with the Australian singer’s soulful sound to create the perfect late-night weekend anthem.

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Jelly Roll with Lainey Wilson — “Save Me”

The “Country’s Cool Again” singer once again stepped in front of the massive crowd to join Jelly Roll in honoring their chart-topping collaboration, “Save Me.” As soon as Jelly Roll hit the opening notes among the stripped-down instrumentals, concert-goers couldn’t help but join him in singing the first set of lyrics, causing a powerful display of emotions to curse through the venue.  

Midway through the song, he paused to introduce his “dear friend from Baskin, Louisiana,” Lainey Wilson. The addition of her vocals took the song to a new level as she and Jelly Roll collectively poured out their passion for the vulnerable track, making the performance a highlight of the star-studded event. 

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CMA Fest 2024

Hosted by Jelly Roll and Ashley McBryde, CMA Fest on ABC also included performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Big & Rich, Clint Black, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Jordan Davis, Jackson Dean, Billy F Gibbons, HARDY, Cody Johnson, Little Big Town, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ashley McBryde, Parker McCollum, Megan Moroney, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Post Malone, Shaboozey, Blake Shelton, Brittney Spencer, The War And Treaty, Thomas Rhett, Gretchen Wilson, and Bailey Zimmerman. 

The three-hour concert special, dubbed “the Music Event of the Summer,” was filmed during CMA Fest in Nashville, which took place Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9, 2024. 

CMA Fest 2025 is scheduled for Thursday, June 5 to Sunday, June 8 in Nashville. Four-day passes are available for purchase now. For more details, visit the official CMA Fest website.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.