Jana Kramer & Kelsea Ballerini to Headline CMT’s First-Ever Next Women of Country Tour – Dates Inside!

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CMT today announced its leaving the guysat home and hitting the road this spring for its inaugural CMT Next Women of Country Tour headlined by platinumartistJana Kramerand hit-singer/songwriterKelsea Ballerini. The networks first-ever ladies-only tour will make 10 stops across the country this spring. Both Kramer and Ballerini are rapidlyclimbing at country radio with their respective current singles, I Got The Boy and Love Me Like You Mean It.In its first week out, Kramers single I Got The Boy from her forthcoming sophomore album was the most-added female at country radio. Ballerini co-wrote her debut single, Love Me Like You Mean It and this week it broke the Top 20 at #19. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 10 at participating venues.

I am beyond excited to be a part of the first Next Women of Country tour, Kramer noted. Im a big advocate for us girls sticking together and encouraging each other. I cant wait to see everyone on the road!

My first summer in Nashville, I was 15 and didnt have a drivers license yet, said Ballerini. So I spent it at home, writing songs and watching music videos on CMT. That was a way I knew I could learn and feel like I was growing. Since then its always been a dream of mine to have a music video on CMT. To now have that and for me to be part of the CMT Next Women of Country Tour is a huge honor.

The tour is the latest extension of CMTs Next Women campaign, which launched in 2013 as a way to give more attention and airplay to emerging female country artists across all screens. Several Next Women alumnae Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Cassadee Pope and Ashley Monroe included found success ranging from commercial and critical acclaim. CMT also has a long history of launching artists on the road, having recently capped off year 13 of its CMT On Tour with Kip Moore.

The Next Women of Country campaign seamlessly connects music fans with the rising generation of female country artists, said Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President of Music Strategy for CMT. With the tour, were now able to create zero-distancing between fan and artist and deliver an amazing night of discovery.

The CMT Next Women of Country Tour is scheduled to hit the following cities:

**Kelsea Ballerini only, featuring Special Guests from CMT Next Women of Country

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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