Zac Brown Band Teams Up with Shawn Mendes for “CMT Crossroads”

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Zac Brown Band have been teasing a collaboration with Shawn Mendes and now the pairing is official. The two acts will team up for the first time as part of an upcoming episode of “CMT Crossroads,” set to air on Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.

On Sept. 7, ZBB hinted at a project with the pop singer/songwriter. “We have an idea @ShawnMendes… what’s your October looking like?” the band asked Shawn on Twitter.

His response? He’s coming to Nashville!

Later in the day, frontman Zac Brown revealed the partnership in a short video message. “What’s happening everybody?” Zac said. “The band and I will be collaborating with our good friend, Shawn Mendes, and CMT Crossroads. We’ll see y’all there October 24.”

“I’m so excited to head to Nashville to play with Zac and the band on Crossroads. It’s going to be a blast,” Shawn said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Zac, shares the same excitement to share the stage with the young singer/songwriter.

“Shawn is an incredibly talented artist and it’s been exciting to watch his career rise over the past few years,” Zac added. “We’ve had fun collaborating together, this Crossroads will be very special with huge vocals and musicality. It will be unexpected and something that both sets of fans will enjoy.”

Shawn recently released his self-titled third album in May. The first two songs off the project, “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan,” hit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S. Past singles including “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” and “Stitches” also charted at No. 1 at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart.

Zac Brown Band has no shortage of No. 1 hits under their belt. The group has notched 15 chart toppers and are the second act to top both the Country and Active Rock formats. The three-time GRAMMY Award winning band have sold more than 9 million albums to date.

“CMT Crossroads” debuted in 2002 with Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams. Since then, memorable musical collaborations have included Kid Rock and Hank Williams, Jr.; Ray Charles and Travis Tritt; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire; Def Leppard and Taylor Swift; Sting and Vince Gill; John Mayer and Keith Urban; Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood; Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum; Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves; and Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line, among others.

Annie Reuter
Annie Reuter is a freelance journalist based in Nashville. When she's not covering the latest music news or interviewing countless country artists, she can be found at a writers round listening to the best up-and-coming songwriting talent Music City has to offer.

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