Reigning CMA New Artist of the Year Zac Brown Band has scored a multitude of success over the past two years, making the band a prominent fixture in the world of Country Music. They return to the “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” on Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8|7c on ABC) with four nominations (Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year for You Get What You Give, Single of the Year for “Colder Weather,” and Musical Event of the Year for “As She’s Walking Away” with Alan Jackson). In addition to the band’s numerous CMA nods, band members Zac Brown and Coy Bowles are also nominated for Song of the Year for penning the band’s tune, “Colder Weather.” The band ties fellow Vocal Group of the Year nominee, the Band Perry, for second-highest number of nominations in 2011.
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Success and stardom may have seemed far off in the distance for Georgia-bred Zac Brown in 2001, while playing local bars and restaurants around the University of West Georgia campus. Fast forward a decade later and he and his band have become one of the most popular Country Music groups of their generation. Their major-label debut, The Foundation, launched the band into stardom in 2008, producing four No. 1 singles, including hits like “Toes,” “Free,” and “Chicken Fried,” (for which they were nominated for CMA’s Single of the Year and Song of the Year in 2009.)
The Zac Brown Band exceeded expectations with their Sept. 2010 release, You Get What You Give, debuting at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts. Their first single, “As She’s Walking Away” (nominated for Musical Event of the Year,) featured Country Music icon Alan Jackson and earned the band their fourth consecutive No. 1 single. The second single from the album, “Colder Weather,” is up for CMA’s Single of the Year. The band scored yet another No. 1 with the album’s third single – the tropical-escape tune “Knee Deep,” a collaboration with “Margaritaville” singer Jimmy Buffett.
The band embarks on a headlining tour this fall throughout October and November, which includes hosting their very own 3-night festival in Charleston, SC, appropriately titled the “Southern Ground Music & Food Festival,” and features fellow CMA Award nominees, Eric Church (New Artist of the Year,) and Levi Lowrey (Song of the Year, “Colder Weather.”)