Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter and CRS 2018 Artist Humanitarian of the Year, Dierks Bentley, has been announced as Monday’s featured speaker (Feb. 5 from 4 – 5:00 p.m.) for CRS 2018, set for Feb. 5-7 in Nashville, Tenn. This will be one of his few corporate-style event gigs before spending the summer sharing the stage with artists like Luke Bryan and Kenny Chesney.
The conversation, sponsored by DAV and titled “Climbing The Mountain,” will spotlight Bentley’s rise to superstardom built by following his own path and not trends, ultimately celebrating a career built on the combination of commercial success and critical acclaim. The CRS 2018 Artist Humanitarian Award presentation, sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, will take place during the CRS Opening Ceremonies (sponsored by Sarah Cannon), prior to Bentley’s conversation.
Since moving from Phoenix to Nashville in the 1990s, Bentley has established his own artistic path in country music. Instead of rehashing proven formulas, he’s doggedly reinvented his sound with every album and has ultimately built one of the most enviable careers in any genre of music. His program will explore the last decade of trials and triumphs that developed him into the artist who “sells out enormous tours, is a perennial favorite of format radio stations, and earns critical acclaim without compromising his artistic vision” (Entertainment Weekly).