CMT.COM REVEALS THE TOP 64 CONTENDERS FOR ITS ANNUAL ONLINE TALENT SEARCH, “MUSIC CITY MADNESS”

10/21/09

Finalists from 28 States Represent Wide Cross-section of America

Fans Vote to Determine Winners over Six Rounds of Online Competition


NASHVILLE – October 20, 2009 – The madness begins as CMT.com kicks off voting for its fourth annual MUSIC CITY MADNESS. The top 64 finalists for the annual online talent search have been revealed and must now compete for votes in a single-elimination tournament over the next eight weeks. The finalists represent unsigned artists from 28 different states across the U.S., and subjects range from honky tonks and Texas, to loving and leaving.

MUSIC CITY MADNESS offers up-and-coming artists a chance to showcase their talent and let fans narrow the field in an online battle of the bands. One lucky winner will take home the title and win a chance to audition for label execs at The Valory Music Co., as well as a trip to CMT in Nashville to record Studio 330 Sessions and a backstage experience with The Valory Music Co. recording artist Reba at one of her concerts.

In addition, Reba serves as an online mentor and will provide exclusive insight for the contestants via CMT.com video blogs offering up tips from how to create a music video, to writing hit songs and building a music career. CMT has also added star participants Jack Ingram, Jewel, Justin Moore and Jimmy Wayne, who will support contestants throughout the competition. MUSIC CITY MADNESS is sponsored by Rhapsody.

Visit madness.CMT.com to stream each of the top 64 contenders and vote, or to learn more information about MUSIC CITY MADNESS. A complete list of winners is attached.

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