Brad Paisley Announces Return of Highly Successful "Country Nation College Tour"
Following the success of the 2015 Brad Paisley Country Nation College Tour, the country music superstar will bring his free concerts to a new group of IMG College partners this fall with support from presenting sponsor Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR).
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The "Country Nation College Tour presented by Frontier Communications" will debut with a free show on Sunday, September 4th in Downtown Orlando, Florida, ahead of the Camping World Kickoff Game featuring Ole Miss vs. Florida State. Paisley will then travel to two IMG College partner universities during the month of September.
Paisley returns to his home state for an on-campus show at West Virginia University on Friday, September 9th, in advance of the Mountaineers' match-up with Youngstown State the following day. He will also perform at The Ohio State University on Thursday, September 15th.
"Frontier is excited to be partnering with Brad Paisley and to announce the first stops on the tour," said Cecilia McKenney, EVP and Chief Customer Officer of Frontier Communications. "Music and college sports are a winning combination, and we're thrilled to help bring this experience to fans across the country. Sponsoring the Country Nation College Tour is the perfect opportunity for us to show appreciation to our customers."
Additional stops on the "Country Nation College Tour presented by Frontier Communications" will be announced later this month. More than 120,000 fans took advantage of Paisley's free Country Nation College Tour concerts in 2015.
Paisley's "Country Nation" single from his chart-topping album, Moonshine in the Trunk, debuted in 2015. Written by Paisley and his longtime collaborators Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace, "Country Nation" is a celebration of the college spirit and America's passion for sports that weaves-in a shout-out to 18 college sports mascots.
IMG, which serves more than 200 universities nationwide, is a division of WME | IMG, which also represents Paisley and brokered the college tour deal.
Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 songs and his current single is "Without A Fight" featuring multi-platinum artist Demi Lovato. His 2016 Life Amplified World Tour kicked off on May 19 and will travel across the US and Canada this summer, with more dates to be added. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. He will return in 2016 for a ninth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood. Connect with Brad at www.BradPaisley.com, www.Facebook.com/BradPaisley, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at YouTube.com/BradPaisley.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation, a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leader in providing communications services to urban, suburban and rural communities in 29 states. Frontier offers a variety of services to residential customers over its fiber-optic and copper networks, including video, high-speed internet, advanced voice and Frontier Secure digital protection solutions. Frontier Business Edge offers communications solutions to small, medium and enterprise businesses. Frontier's approximately 30,000 employees are based entirely in the United States. More information about Frontier is available at www.frontier.com.
IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world's greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.
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