Saturday, June 10
Emerging Artist Stage – 3:50 & 8 p.m.
Country newcomer Ryan Hurd has had hit songs coming through radio speakers across America since he signed with Universal Music Publishing as a songwriter three years ago. Hurd has written songs that have been recorded by Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Randy Houser, Darius Rucker, The Cadillac Three, Brothers Osborne and the Swon Brothers.
Hurd recently celebrated his first number-one single as a songwriter with the CMA-nominated duet “Lonely Tonight,” recorded by Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe.
Now, the Kalamazoo, MI native is lending his own voice to the songs he writes and taking them on the road.
“Songwriting will always be a huge part of who I am,” said Hurd. “I am excited to follow the full life of the songs I’ve written. I’m ready to perform and connect with people out on the road and grow as an artist.”
Ryan and his childhood friend, writer and producer Aaron Eshuis, went into the studio to record four-song EP, Panorama, which was released promotionally to a sold out crowd of over 500 at Nashville’s Basement East in August of 2015 and is now available via streaming.
“Aaron and I have been writing songs and playing music together since we were 14 years old in Kalamazoo,” reflected Hurd. “So, Panorama feels like we’ve come full circle. It’s amazing to start down this new part of my artistic journey with so many supportive and creative people.”
You can check out Ryan Hurd LIVE as the featured artist performing at the CMT: On Tour After-Party shows this fall.