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Adam Craig Band Added to Line Up for C Spire Concert on May 23 Featuring Country Music Superstar Miranda Lambert at Renaissance in Ridgeland

Nashville group will join Lambert and rising singer-songwriter RaeLynn in live Memorial Day weekend performance as part of the C Spire Concert Series presented by Alcatel-Lucent

Ridgeland, Miss. (February 12, 2015) – Renowned Nashville singer-songwriter Adam Craig and his band will perform with Miranda Lambert, the reigning queen of country music and its top female performer over the past five years, during a special Memorial Day weekend concert at Renaissance at Highland Colony in Ridgeland.

Craig, who has written chart-topping songs for country music stars Jason Aldean, Josh Thompson and Parmalee, will join Lambert and RaeLynn, one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, on stage for the May 23 concert sponsored by C Spire and presented by Alcatel-Lucent.

The band, originally formed in 2006, features Craig, keyboard player and cousin Ryan Jones, bassist Jimi Hendrix and drummer Brian Smith. Their strong work ethic, tight harmonies and stellar musicianship has earned the band opening gigs with Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Little Big Town and Billy Currington. Their 2014 single, “Little Bit More of You,” was showcased on Sirius XM’s The Highway.

Dubbed “Miranda Lambert Live,” the concert will also feature RaeLynn, who scored the highest charting debut single by a solo female artist in 2014 and catapulted to the #1 spot on the iTunes country songs chart with the gold-certified “God Made Girls.”

Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert, which will be held in the green open space area just off Highland Colony Parkway between the Renaissance shopping center and the C Spire corporate headquarters office building, go on sale through Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 13. Tickets are $45 each for general admission and $99 each for a limited number of premium VIP passes, which offer special access to an exclusive experience tent in a fenced area near the stage with complimentary food and beverages. Gates will open at 6 p.m.

Lambert is currently on a 30-city nationwide tour to promote her latest album, Platinum, which just won a Grammy award for Best Country Album of the Year. She had a total of 4 Grammy nominations this year, including best country collaboration for her performance with Carrie Underwood of her single “Somethin’ Bad”.

The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter from Longview, Texas has received some of country music’s highest honors, including a record five consecutive Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) Female Vocalist of the Year awards. Lambert currently leads with eight nominations for the upcoming 50th annual ACM awards.

Another track off the Platinum album, “Automatic,” already has landed Lambert CMA’s best single of the year and CMT’s best female music video of the year. The wistful, nostalgic track also was nominated for Grammy awards as best country solo and best country song of the year.

Currently on the road with the Certified Platinum Tour, Baytown, Texas native RaeLynn will continue to share the stage with Lambert. The Voice season 2 alum, RaeLynn, is featured on “Buzzin” from coach Blake Shelton’s latest album and has recently released her Me EP.

This is the second major country music concert hosted by C Spire at the iconic Renaissance at Colony Park. In 2013, Darius Rucker, the former front man for Hootie and the Blowfish and the first black artist to score a No. 1 country single since Charlie Pride’s “Night Games” in 1983, rocked the stage with tracks off his True Believers album, including the bluegrass-infused “Wagon Wheel.” Other top artists who performed with Rucker included The Swon Brothers.

City and company officials said they are looking forward to bringing more top-caliber entertainment to Ridgeland. “We’re proud to partner with C Spire and provide premium quality of life experiences for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Gene McGee.

“We’re excited about partnering with the city of Ridgeland and Alcatel-Lucent to bring Miranda Lambert and some of the best country music performers around to Mississippi, which has a long, rich tradition as the birthplace of America’s music,” said Jim Richmond, vice president of Corporate Communications for C Spire.

Richmond said industry research, including Arbitron’s 2014 “Radio Today” report, shows that country music is the most popular format in the U.S. today among all age groups and listeners. “We know folks around here are passionate about their sports and their music – so providing opportunities for them to enjoy some of the best entertainment anywhere is another way for us to engage with music fans throughout the region.”

For more details on the Miranda Lambert Live concert, visit the C Spire Concert series website at www.cspire.com/concert.

About Miranda Lambert
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert is the reigning five-time CMA and reigning five-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year (the first time any female has won 5 consecutive years for either of these organizations). The first single off of Lambert’s fifth studio album, Platinum, “Automatic,” was Lambert’s highest charting first week single to date and won CMA Song of the Year. Her duet with Carrie Underwood, the album’s second single, “Somethin’ Bad,” has been certified as an RIAA Platinum Digital Single. Her 3rd single “Little Red Wagon” is currently chasing up the charts.

Platinum made history when it debuted atop Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart, making Lambert the first country artist in the history of the chart to have each of her five albums debut at number one. Platinum, which just won a Grammy for Best Country Album of the Year, also debuted at the top of the all genre Billboard 200 as the number one album in the nation.

In addition to her award-winning music, Lambert dedicates much of her time to her MuttNation Foundation. She owns two lifestyle boutiques, general stores she named, The Pink Pistol, that are located in her hometown of Lindale, Texas, and Tishomingo, Oklahoma. She also added The Ladysmith, a bed & breakfast in Tishomingo, to her empire this past year. In addition, Lambert has designed a shoe line that is available at DSW, Off Broadway, Shoe Dept, and other retailers across the country.

About C Spire
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