Stars for Second Harvest, presented by American Airlines, is returning on June 7th at the historic Ryman Auditorium, the former home of the Grand Ole Opry. We are excited to have this fan-favorite event return during the Ryman’s 130th anniversary celebration, and the week of CMA Fest. Hosted by Craig Wiseman, acclaimed songwriter and founder of Big Loud Records and Big Loud Shirt. All proceeds help support Second Harvest’s mission to provide food to people facing hunger and work to advance hunger solutions.

Presented by American Airlines 
Stage Sponsor: Hankook Tire

Sam Hunt

Multi-Platinum-selling, award-winning hitmaker Sam Hunt’s sophomore album SOUTHSIDE debuted to critical acclaim and was one of the top country albums of 2020 landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Named one of the Best Albums of the Year by The New York Times and US Weekly, the Platinum-selling project features 12 songs all written by Hunt including his No. 1 hits “Kinfolks,” “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s,” one of NPR’s Best Songs of 2020 “Hard To Forget,” and his three-week No. 1, 8x Platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated smash, “Body Like A Back Road.”  Hunt’s latest song “23” is playing on country radio now.
 
SOUTHSIDE follows Hunt’s GRAMMY-nominated, Triple-Platinum-selling debut album, MONTEVALLO, which also topped the Billboard Country Albums chart and produced four No. 1 singles. All ten tracks on MONTEVALLO are RIAA certified with six achieving Platinum or Multi-Platinum status including “Leave the Night On,” “House Party,” “Take Your Time,” “Break Up In A Small Town” and “Make You Miss Me.” 
 
Called “stylistically provocative” by The New York Times and “deceptively phenomenal” by The Washington Post, Hunt has received accolades from Associated PressBillboardEsquireEntertainment WeeklyLos Angeles TimesNPRRolling StoneSPIN MagazineVillage VoiceThe New York TimesThe Washington Post and more. Since MONTEVALLO’s 2014 release, Hunt has accumulated over 11 billion global streams and has earned 39 million RIAA certified units. 
 
For information on Sam Hunt, visit www.SamHunt.com.
Craig Wiseman

Craig Wiseman

Founder of Big Loud Shirt Industries and Big Loud Records, Craig Wiseman is one of today’s most celebrated songwriters and has played a significant role in shaping country music. To date, Wiseman has had over 350 cuts, 125 singles, 27 #1’s and has had songs on over 90+ million records sold. He has also received countless awards, including a Grammy for Tim McGraw’s 10-week #1, “Live Like You Were Dying”, and CMA & ACM Awards for Song of the Year for consecutive years. Additionally, he was named three times ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year. In 2014, Wiseman was presented with the ASCAP Heritage Award for being the most-performed country music songwriter of the past century. The following year, Wiseman was voted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Amongst many others, he has penned songs for Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Beverly Knight, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn and Tim McGraw. 

ERNEST

ERNEST

Nashville’s most unpredictable hitmaker ERNEST is “The Charmer” (MusicRow), a triple threat talent and one of Music City’s on the rise artist/writers that’s changing the status quo. As a chart-topping songwriter, he fuses influences ranging from Eminem to George Jones, creating a twist-heavy verse style that’s become his signature, proving its mettle, and earning him five #1 hits to date. The eccentric free spirit launched his debut single to country radio “Flower Shops” feat. Morgan Wallen in January to 88 first week stations, the #1 most added single of the week, and was Top 25 after just six weeks. His debut full-length album of the same name – FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM) – is out now, showing off the more classically countryside of his craft. ERNEST appeared alongside 90s country legend David Lee Murphy and labelmate Ben Burgess on HIXTAPE: Vol. 2 track “Red Dirt Clouds” last fall, and his podcast Just Being ERNEST is in its third season, hosting guests like Keith Urban, Diplo, Jason Aldean, Bobby Bones, and Craig Wiseman, with many more to come.

Ben Burgess

Ben Burgess

Born and raised in East Dallas, Burgess was surrounded by music from an early age, and at 20, headed to Austin to perform in the clubs on Sixth Street. After landing his first cut with the Jonas Brothers’ “Chillin’ In the Summertime,” he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. He relocated to Nashville in 2010, and started writing with Warner Chappell Music in 2015, where he began achieving cuts across all genres including Morgan Wallen’s triple Platinum, multi-week No. 1 smash “Whiskey Glasses,” Tyler Rich’s Gold-certified “The Difference,” Pat Green’s “Drinkin’ Days,” Lil Wayne’s “Dreams,” Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan’s “There for You,” Dierks Bentley’s “My Religion,” HARDY’s “Signed, Sober You,” and many others. Burgess has also had TV placements on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and in commercials for Major League Baseball, Lexus, and more. Burgess’ track “Heartbreak,” featured on Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley’s Chapter 1: Snake Oil is out now. The most recent cut from Burgess is ERNEST and Morgan Wallen’s pure country song, “Flower Shops.”

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