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Eric Paslay, CMA 'Keep the Music Playing'

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Eric Paslay, CMA 'Keep the Music Playing'

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Jan 13, 2014

Singer-songwriter Eric Paslay will be on hand as Music City's finest student musicians take the stage for the CMA's Fifth Annual Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert, Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6:00 PM. For the first time, the always-inspirational event will take place at the CMA Theater at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

"CMA’s support of music education is so important and I am honored to be part of this special event," says Eric, writer of the 2012 CMA Song of the Year nominee "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," by Eli Young Band. "Music was such a huge part of my childhood and I was lucky to have teachers and family who encouraged me. I can't wait to see these talented students perform."

The concert, which honors several of the brightest music groups from Metro Nashville Public Schools that have benefited from CMA's Keep the Music Playing music education initiative, will feature performances from five music groups from Nashville schools, spotlighting the next generation of Music City's musicians. It is made possible by the hundreds of artists who play the annual CMA Music Festival for free. Since 2006, proceeds from CMA Music Fest have been donated to Keep the Music Playing to provide Metro Nashville Public Schools with much needed musical instruments and music labs. To date, CMA has donated more than $7.6 million to the cause, including $6.5 million donated directly to Metro Nashville Public Schools on behalf of the artists who make appearances and perform at the yearly event.

Eric Paslay's self-titled debut album, featuring the Top 10 single "Friday Night," will be released Feb. 4.

Stephen L. Betts

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Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.