Lady Antebellum to Headline Nashville’s Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th

Chris Janson, Lucie Silvas, Shannon Sanders Part of Diverse Lineup

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY-winning super group Lady Antebellum will headline Nashville’s Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th presented by Dr Pepper, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp has announced. Newly-inducted Grand Ole Opry member Chris Janson, whose hits include “Buy Me a Boat” and “Fix a Drink,” along with pop artist Lucie Silvas and R&B producer, musician and artist Shannon Sanders, are part of the lineup.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th presented by Dr Pepper is a free, family-friendly event that showcases the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony and one of the largest fireworks shows in the country.

“There’s no better place to watch fireworks than Nashville’s downtown riverfront on a night filled with music,” Mayor David Briley said. “That’s why Nashville’s July 4th celebration has quickly become one of the biggest and best in the country. It’s a huge hit for our city and our local businesses as thousands of visitors come to town, and it’s a free, family-friendly event for Nashvillians too. Nashville has musical talent that no other city can match, and it will be on display once again this July 4th.”

The main concert stage will again be located at Fifth Avenue and Broadway and will include a DJ and live music from 4-9:15 p.m. After the concert, the event will shift to the Cumberland Riverfront with a fireworks show synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony. The program at Ascend Amphitheater will start at 9:15 p.m. with the pyrotechnics running from 9:30-10 p.m.

The Independence Day celebration will kick off with the Wyler’s Light® Family Fun Zone, which includes inflatables and other kid-friendly activities, from noon to 5 p.m. at Music City Walk of Fame Park.

Let Freedom Sing! July 4th in Music City vacation packages are available for purchase. Packages include a minimum of one-night stay at a participating hotel and a July 4th Fun Pack, which includes the following for each member in a package reservation: Commemorative July 4th event t-shirt, event koozie, and a pair of patriotic-themed sunglasses. Visitors also have the option to add a Music Note outdoor blanket to their package – great to sit on while watching the fireworks. Please call 1-800-657-6910 or visit www.visitmusiccity.com/vacationpackages.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is presented by Dr Pepper and partners include Advance Financial, Anderson Benson Insurance, Wyler’s Light, HARIBO, ORCA Coolers, Kroger, Hilton Nashville Downtown, Jack Daniel’s, Budweiser and Bud Light.

Lady Antebellum

Current ACM nominee and performer Lady Antebellum share an empowering call of independence in their latest single “Heart Break,” serving as the title track from their No. One selling sixth studio album. The current release provides “a bedrock for the entire record” (Paste) as “Scott takes satisfaction in feminine independence” (NPR) with “a touch of darkness and a clever play on words” (Rolling Stone). After teaming up in 20016, bandmates Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have sold more than 18 million unit and have nine No. One hits, ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors, including seven GRAMMYs, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. ladyantebellum.com

Chris Janson

Country artist and prolific singer/songwriter Chris Janson began his professional music career more than a decade ago, but his recently released sophomore album Everybody has elevated him to the next level. Called “quite possibly the most important song to come out of Nashville in years” (CMT), Janson’s current single “Drunk Girl” is already drawing praise from fans and critics alike. The “heart-piercing ballad” (People) follows chart-topping singles “Fix A Drink” and his debut album’s Platinum-certified smash “Buy Me A Boat.” Lauded for his “infectious” (Billboard) performances, the electrifying multi-instrumentalist is hitting arenas across the nation this spring alongside label mate Cole Swindell on the Reasons To Drink Tour and will join Jake Owen for the Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour this summer. After receiving an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry from Keith Urban during his headlining show at the Ryman Auditorium, Janson is now the youngest living member of the hallowed organization. The breakout country star has brought his live show to national stages on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, TODAY, Live with Kelly & Ryan and more. chrisjanson.com

Lucie Silvas

Nashville-based pop singer Lucie Silvas recently released her “Letters To Ghosts” album, which has garnered critical acclaim globally, along with a trilogy of videos, which has been embraced by MTV and CMT, which named her a Next Woman of Country. She was most recently Spotify’s 2016 Spotlight Artist and performed on BBC Sessions “60th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Sun Sessions.” As a writer, Silvas has singles on both Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert’s current albums. She has also just released a Limited Edition 7” vinyl single in support of her touring with Chris Stapleton. She has toured with Kasey Musgraves, James Bay, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne and Willie Nelson. She was born in the U.K. and grew up, in part, in New Zealand. luciesilvas.com

Shannon Sanders

Shannon Sanders is a GRAMMY, Emmy and Dove award-winning producer, having worked with artists like John Legend, India.Arie, Jonny Lang, Robert Randolph and P!nk. He is a renowned musician and a Music City R&B legendary singer. Sanders has been instrumental in developing Nashville’s current soul scene. He is founder and program director of Nashville’s 102.1 The Ville FM. He currently serves as a national trustee of The Recording Academy and is the first African-American president of the Nashville GRAMMY Chapter. shannonsanders.com

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com and follow us on social media:

Suggested tweet: The lineup has been announced for Nashville’s FREE July 4th celebration! Go to visitmusiccity.com/july4th to get all the details and see who’s playing. #NashvilleJuly4

Media Contact:

Heather Middleton

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

Direct: 615-259-4745

heather@visitmusiccity.com

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