Cirque du Soleil and Universal Music Group Nashville Reveal New Theatrical Show, Songblazers — A Journey Into Country Music

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Cirque du Soleil and Universal Music Group Nashville present a new theatrical show, Songblazers, a country-themed show featuring Sam Williams, grandson of country pioneer Hank Williams.

Written and directed by Amy Tinkham, the dynamic theatrical production pays tribute to the legendary and contemporary trailblazers of country music. Songblazers explores the journey of two main characters as they forge their own path to country recognition, promising an unforgettable experience for audiences.

The show premieres July 2024 in Nashville, while Cirque du Soleil has announced seven additional US cities. Pre-sale tickets are available now, with a general on-sale beginning March 28.

Songblazers — A Journey Into Country Music by Cirque du Soleil and UMG Nashville:

  • July 2 – 28 | Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) — Nashville, TN
  • August 1 – 11 | Smart Financial Center — Sugar Land, TX
  • August 14 – 18 | Bass Concert Hall — Austin, TX
  • August 21 – 25 | Majestic Theatre — San Antonio, TX
  • September 12 – 15 | BJCC Concert Hall — Birmingham, AL
  • September 18 – 22 | Saenger Theatre — New Orleans, LA
  • September 25 – October 20 | Music Hall at Fair Park — Dallas, TX
  • October 23 – 27 | The Fabulous Fox Theater — St. Louis, MO

Cirque du Soleil also proudly announces its collaboration with modern country artist Sam Williams, grandson of country pioneer Hank Williams and the son of outlaw legend Hank Williams Jr., for the creation of an original song for the show, “Carnival Heart.”

Fusing “gut-wrenching honesty and plainspoken poetics with raw vulnerability and deep empathy,” the song is inspired by a personal yearning of self-discovery, friendship, and hope. Williams wrote “Carnival Heart” alongside fellow songwriters PJ Harding and Ned Houston.

“The title idea came to me pretty easily after becoming acquainted with Cirque du Soleil,” says Williams. “Where I come from, most people don’t get to go to the circus. We go to county fairs and carnivals, and the carnival in a small town is filled with joy, excitement, mystery, euphoria, you name it. That feeling is one you always remember, and I think the roller coaster of emotions lines up with what you want to feel seeing such an incredibly beautiful production such as Cirque’s.”

Audiences are invited to witness breathtaking acrobatics and displays of extraordinary strength, entranced by the skills of Cirque du Soleil artists while grooving to beloved country tunes when Songblazers premieres this summer.