DUTCH ARTIST ILSE DELANGE RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD FROM THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION

13/08/2020

Surprised with 2020 CMA Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award via Video Message from Country Superstar Carrie Underwood  

NASHVILLE – The Country Music Association awarded Dutch Country artist Ilse DeLange with the 2020 CMA Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award on Wednesday, Aug. 12. DeLange was presented the award through a 
surprise video message from Country superstar Carrie Underwood, while being interviewed on German television show “Volle Kanne.” The CMA Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award recognizes outstanding achievements by a Country Music artist signed outside of the United States. The award acknowledges an international artist who has furthered the popularity and brought attention to the Country Music format in his or her foreign-based territory. Underwood and DeLange first worked together in 2018 when Underwood performed at DeLange’s Tuckerville festival in the Netherlands. 

As one of the best-selling female artists in the Netherlands, DeLange has spread Country Music globally since beginning her music career in 1998. In addition to earning over 40 music awards, the 18-time Platinum certified artist has served as a coach on “The Voice of Holland” and has her own national TV show, “Ilse’s Veranda.” Following her solo career, DeLange launched the Americana band, The Common Linnets, who participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with their song “Calm After The Storm,” which charted at No. 1 in 14 countries. In 2017, DeLange appeared in a reoccurring role on the hit TV show “Nashville” and released her album Gravel & Dust last year, which was produced by T Bone Burnett. Most recently, DeLange has been a featured artist on the seventh season of the German music reality TV show “Sing My Song,” which was filmed in South Africa.  

"For years, Ilse has dedicated herself to exposing European fans to Country Music," says Milly Olykan, CMA Vice President, International Relations & Development. "She consistently uses her platform to benefit artists in her own country, in addition to providing opportunities for Nashville Country artists to reach a wider European audience. We are thrilled to congratulate her on winning this award." 

The CMA International Awards honor industry executives and artists who have supported and made a difference towards the growth and promotion of Country Music in the international marketplace. Nominees are recognized in five categories acknowledging their dedication and efforts in growing opportunities for Country Music in their local territories. 

Earlier this year, CMA awarded Ben Earle of U.K. Country duo The Shires with the 2020 CMA International Country Broadcaster Award. Winners of the three remaining 2020 CMA International Awards categories will be presented with their awards later this year. 

About the Country Music Association   
Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association is the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music worldwide. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Fest, which benefits music education through the CMA Foundation and is taped for a television special, “CMA Fest”; and “CMA Country Christmas.” CMA’s television properties are screened internationally in Australia, Canada, Germany, Latin America, Scandinavia and the U.K. CMA brings music worldwide, by presenting live performances featuring artists and songwriters through its touring series Introducing Nashville and CMA Songwriters Series. With more than 7,500 CMA members around the globe, the organization is represented in Australia, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and the U.K. through its task force groups comprised of industry leaders working to further Country Music in these territories. CMA presents five annual international industry awards to acknowledge the efforts of individuals working to develop Country Music in markets across the world.  


 


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