Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — “This is all really beautiful,”  shared four-time GRAMMY-nominee and CMA Award winning singer/songwriter Brandy Clark after being surprised today at CMT’s Next Women of Country (NWOC) event with their first-ever “Impact Award.” The NWOC Impact Award was created this year to honor Clark’s accomplishments in growing the female voice in the country music industry.

“We started this franchise because of this woman, because of Brandy Clark,” shared CMT's SVP of Music Strategy and Talent Leslie Fram, “She has accomplished so much. [Brandy], you have been an amazing inspiration not only to CMT, but to all the women here today.”

After being welcomed onstage as a surprise guest, the critically-acclaimed country singer opened the show with a stirring performance of “Three Kids No Husband,” a lauded fan-favorite from her new album Big Day in a Small Town, which was acclaimed by critics such as Rolling Stone,NPRTIMEThe Associated PressThe Washington Post, and more.
“I first met Leslie a few years ago when I had one album without a label,” shares the artist TIME Magazine calls one of country music’s driving forces, “She is champion behind this whole thing and I am so grateful to her and to CMT.”

Heralded as “country music’s most reliable character witness” (The Washington Post), Clark recently wrapped a sold-out U.K. tour and has been listed on several 2016 “best” lists including NPR and Rolling Stone, for her sophomore album, Big Day in a Small Town. The Jay-Joyce-produced album has garnered national attention with Wall Street Journalcalling it an album that presents “country-song genius on the order that Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard got us used to,” and Rolling Stonesaying it’s “music tooled alternately for stadiums and songwriting circles, commercial and public radio, line-dance bars and coffee shops.”

The Morton, Washington-native received her first of four career GRAMMY nominations in 2013 in the Best Country Song category for co-writing the Miranda Lambert No. 1 hit “Mama’s Broken Heart.” She won the 2014 CMA Song of the Year Award for “Follow Your Arrow,” which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, and was also named the 2014 Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The Academy of Country Music voters nominated her for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2015. 

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