THE SHIRES become first ever UK country act to win CMA AWARD: ‘Jeff Walker Global Artist Award’

The Shires Shine at C2C

UK’s most successful Country act
– 2 GOLD ALBUMS IN 12 MONTHS –
Hit second album ‘My Universe’ certified Gold alongside debut ‘Brave’

The duets between The Shires’ Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes were an upbeat treat, particularly on party tune Friday Night”
Evening Standard on C2C 2017

Two genius singer-songwriters”
Metro

A fantastic second album”
Sunday Express

Their place in the vanguard of homegrown country is assured”
Daily Mail

UK Country superstar duo, The Shires, today announced they have become the first ever UK Country artist to win a CMA award. Winning the prestigious CMA Jeff Walker Global Artist Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements by a Country Music artist originally signed outside of the United States. The Shires were very happy to receive a surprise presentation of the award during the CMA songwriters series show featuring artists including Maren Morris and Drake White.

Check out a video of The Shires receiving the award here: https://twitter.com/CountryMusic/status/840286404521426944

Commenting on this incredible achievement The Shires stated: “We are completely thrilled to win the CMA Jeff Walker Global Artist Award. To win a CMA Award this early in our career and to be the first band from the UK to be acknowledged by the CMAs in this way is huge for us – thank you to everyone who voted for us and thank you to our fans who support our music and the UK country movement.”

Last week The Shires were presented with their second GOLD disc in just 12 months as they officially announced their hit album ‘My Universe’ had sold more than 100K copies in the UK. This unprecedented achievement further cements the band’s position as the UK’s most successful Country act. The Shires are the fastest selling UK country act ever – going Gold with two albums within a year of release as well as reaching this level of sales with ‘My Universe’ a mere 20 weeks after its release. The new album has not left the Top 60 since release in October last year, and has been back up in the Top 20 numerous times.

The Shires also recently announced the release of their next single ‘Drive’. The country-rock tinged single, with its delayed guitars and stadium sized drums is the latest single from the UK Country superstars who landed three consecutive A-list on BBC Radio 2 for previous singles releases including; ‘Beats To Your Rhythm‘, ‘My Universe‘ and ‘A Thousand Hallelujahs’. Co-written with USA Country music star Kip Moore, the song has potential to break across the pound as well as the UK. Discussing the tracks potential Decca’s Managing Director, Rebecca Allen stated:Drive is one of those tracks that has potential to break not just the UK, but it will no doubt resonate with USA Country Radio too. Kip and the band have written a modern country pop classic and I’m sure when the time is right the USA label Big Machine, will launch it into the stratosphere.”

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