Kimberly Schlapman

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Go Inside the CMA Awards 2021 Portrait Studio — and Get the Story Behind the Strings
Country music is a community. Behind the headliners of every album and tour are the bands, the guitar techs, the session players, the repair shops, and other vital talents whose work you hear but don't necessarily see — until you take a closer look.  For this year's CMA Awards, I wanted to spotlight the inner workings of the Country Music industry and also celebrate a return to touring. This year's portrait studio is designed entirely out of upcycled guitar strings — more than 3,000 sets — that have been plucked and strummed by the industry's finest musicians. Over the past six months, I've collected approximately 16,500 individual strings from the bands of Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Ashley McBryde, Darius Rucker, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Jimmie Allen, Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Luke Combs, Zac Brown Band and Carly Pearce, as well as Grand Ole Opry players. Local guitar shops in Nashville like Gruhn Guitars, Carter Vintage Guitars, Corner Music and Artisan Guitars also graciously contributed used strings. These individual strings were soldered into 10-foot-long strands and arranged into a visually compelling backdrop for artists and other CMA attendees on the red carpet. The resulting portraits echo the experience of listening to your favorite country songs: You'll notice the star right away — but take a closer look and you'll find their hardworking community shining brightly right behind them.
Kimberly Schlapman on Having the Family She Dreamed of After Loss, Infertility: 'There Were Miracles for Me'
After losing her first husband and being unable to get pregnant for years, Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman thought she might never be a mom. Now she tells her story to help others considering adoption
Nashville Heads to Austin! See the iHeartCountry Festival's Star-Studded 2021 Group Photo
The eighth annual event was held Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas
Cole! Carly! Jake! Bobby! Go Inside the iHeartCountry Festival 2021 Photo Booth
The eighth annual iHeartCountry Festival presented by Capital One was held Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas  
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2020 CMA Awards: See Every Country Star Hitting the Red Carpet
The 54th annual awards, hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, are underway from Nashville

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Take a Peek Inside Spotify House's Mirror Booth at CMA Fest 2019 — and See All the Stars Who Struck a Pose

Held at Ole Red for the second year in a row, Spotify House featured a stacked lineup of performances during Nashville's annual CMA Fest