CMT Next Women of Country held a special luncheon in Nashville today, celebrating the newest inductees to the coveted school of females who are leaving their footprints on the country music genre. On hand to welcome the newest class were those who have been winning our hearts for years, some of whom performed a song or a medley for a crowd of industry professionals.
Also present were two unannounced performers who surprised the audience with three songs. Jennifer Nettles was introduced to the stage by Big Machine Label Group CEO and President Scott Borchetta, and proceeded to dazzle the audience with two new songs, “Drunk in Heels” and “Unlove You“. While onlookers laughed along with her first, theatrical performance, it was the broken ballad that silenced the crowd in the most beautiful of ways. Using her unique vocals and immeasurable passion to deliver the painful lyrics, Jennifer held the room in the palm of her hands (video below).
Jennifer then introduced her friend and “Unlove You” co-writer Brandy Clark to the stage, announcing that the two would be heading out on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour beginning in January (along with Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson). Brandy, an artist who has consistently pushed the musical envelope in the most intriguing of ways, then performed her new song, which she announced as a forthcoming single. The audience laughed along at the clever wit used to craft the tune, as Brandy, cool and collected, urged somebody to go next door if the girl next door is being desired (video below).
The entire CMT Next Women of Country luncheon event was a day to remember and was culminated by the presence of these two fearless females. Watch Jennifer’s and Brandy’s new songs below and let us know what you think by leaving a comment or tweeting us @NashvilleGab.