C2C festival opening night

Here’s a special report on the opening event of this year’s C2C festival. The CMA(Country Music Association) handpicks some of Nashville’s best songwriters to perform and tell the stories behind their hits.

Kristian Bush from the band Sugarland hosted an evening of songs in the round from Grammy/ CMA winners Liz Rose, Maren Morris, Mac McAnnally and new comer Drake White.

It was a night of laughter, tears and talent.

I cried when Kristian Bush sang the Sugarland classic ‘ Baby Girl’ and explained how he hoped he’d be able to pay his parents back for their support when he was struggling.

The laughter came when Liz Rose explained a girls night in inspired her song ‘I don’t have ex-boyfriends, just ex-husbands to my name’. Still humming it now. She is best known for co-writing with Taylor Swift. Her dignified, humble approach shone through when she sang ‘White Horse’ and ‘You Belong with Me.’

The talent on stage was unsurpassed.

Mac McAnnally writes songs for country legends such as Kenny Chesney – sometimes between 3- 6am on Christmas morning. The result was ‘Down the Road’ – it’s one of his most famous songs. Not to mention he’s an amazing guitarist.

When Maren Morris sang ‘Rich’ it was clear why she won a Grammy. She then performed ‘My Church’ and explained it had special memories of being in London at C2C last year when the crowd sing it back to her.

Drake White’s strength of voice and heart captured ours when he played his songs ‘I Need Real’ and ‘You Make Me Look Good’

UK band The Shires made a surprise appearance. Ben Earle has said ‘Love and Money’ by Sugarland is his favourite songs, so, it was a beautiful moment when Kristian handed the band their first CMA award. It was the perfect end to the night.

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