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All-star single "Forever Country" out today

Friday, September 16, 2016 – An all-star single, "Forever Country," celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association was released today, featuring the likes of Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, George Strait and Dolly Parton.

"The artists who stepped up to participate in this one-of-a-kind project span all five decades of the CMA Awards," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "They represent the heart of this song, the strength of our relationship with the fans, and the future of country music."

"Forever Country" is a fresh take on three classics: John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads," Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" and Parton's "I Will Always Love You." Denver, Nelson, and Parton are all former CMA Entertainers of the Year.

A video for the song features Alabama, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Lambert, Strait, Parton and Urban.

The song premiered on hundreds of radio stations simultaneously at 8:30 a.m. eastern across the United States and in several international markets. The audio single is now available for digital download and streaming.

"Good Morning America" announced both the full list of talent for the music video plus that a portion of the video will premiere in an exclusive sneak peek during "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

"Forever Country" was produced by Shane McAnally, while the video was directed by Grammy Award-winning director Joseph Kahn.

CMA profits from the sales and streaming of "Forever Country" will benefit music education causes through the CMA Foundation.

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