The Shires become first ever UK country act to win a CMA award

Mar - 17 2017 | no comments

UK Country superstar duo, The Shires, today announced they have become the first ever UK Country artist to win a CMA award.

Winning the prestigious CMA Jeff Walker Global Artist Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements by a Country Music artist originally signed outside of the United States.

The Shires were very happy to receive a surprise presentation of the award during the CMA songwriters series show featuring artists including Maren Morris and Drake White.

Check out a video of The Shires receiving the award here:

UK Country Duo The Shires Receive the Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award | CMA

During the CMA Songwriters Series at the fifth annual C2C Festival in London, singer/songwriter Kristian Bush surprised U.K. Country duo The Shires with CMA’s Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements by a Country Music artist originally signed outside of the United States – in both furthering the popularity of Country Music and bringing attention to the Country Music format in their foreign-based territory.

Commenting on this incredible achievement The Shires stated: “We are completely thrilled to win the CMA Jeff Walker Global Artist Award. To win a CMA Award this early in our career and to be the first band from the UK to be acknowledged by the CMAs in this way is huge for us – thank you to everyone who voted for us and thank you to our fans who support our music and the UK country movement.”

Last week The Shires were presented with their second GOLD disc in just 12 months as they officially announced their hit album ‘My Universe’ had sold more than 100K copies in the UK.

The Shires are the fastest selling UK country act ever – going Gold with two albums within a year of release as well as reaching this level of sales with ‘My Universe’ a mere 20 weeks after its release.

The new album has not left the Top 60 since release in October last year, and has been back up in the Top 20 numerous times.

They also recently announced the release of their next single ‘Drive’. The country-rock tinged single, with its delayed guitars and stadium sized drums is the latest single from the UK Country duo.

SPRING UK TOUR:
April 18th: Blackpool Opera House
April 19th: Aberdeen Beach Ballroom
April 20th: Edinburgh Usher Hall
April 23rd: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
April 24th: Guildford G Live
April 25th: Warwick Arts Centre
April 27th: Southend Cliffs Pavilion
April 28th: Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
April 30th: Nottingham Royal Centre
May 1st: Ipswich Regent Theatre
May 2nd: London Palladium


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