Women shine on Nissan Stadium stage on Night 2 of CMA Fest

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Night two of CMA Music Festival brought some fierce female talent to the main stage from Carrie Underwood closing out the night and Lindsay Elle kicking it all off.  

On a stadium stage in front of tens of thousands of fans is what artists like Lindsay Elle dream of being.  

“This is my first time,” Elle said about playing Nissan stadium.  

She sang the National anthem and then surprises fans with Brantley Gilbert and their song “Small Town Boy.”  

“This is the TV debut of the single so it’s a big deal,” Elle explained.  

It’s also still a big deal for Kelsea Ballerini, who’s become a stadium staple at CMA Music Fest.  

“I’ve gotten to be a part for several years on the artists’ side, but I used to be here as a fan and me and my mom would drive in from Knoxville and I have these pictures fro. The first time I did this at the old convention center, with like these weird flower power shorts waiting in line to meet Taylor and Lady and Justin More. I have the pictures. So just being able to be on this side of it now I feel like I really get to appreciate the fans and the lines that they wait in and saving up to buy these tickets. It’s a big deal,” said Ballerini.  

Friday night Ballerini felt that excitement as a fan again, seeing one of her female idols Jo Dee Messina.  

“Honestly seeing her in person freaks me out. I’m like you’re real? You’re Jo Dee Messina. I can’t really handle that,” said Ballerini.  

And despite Messina’s success, no one seemed more grateful for the invitation to play the main stage than she did.  

“When I got the call, I was like they remembered me. Like here I am just trying to get to tomorrow and CMA reached out and was like, hey we want you to perform on the big stage and my heart is so filled with gratitude. So for me, it’s important for me to be here because number one I love the people. I’ve always loved them anyone that’s been with me for years and has known me for years, there’s always been a spirit of gratitude in my career and to be able to stand out there, sing a few songs and  
tell them and not leave the stage without telling them I tell you why God loves you more than any of you could imagine that’s the greatest gift of all and that’s why it’s important for me to be here,” Messina teared up.  

Messina says it’s an important message to share with the crowd as says leans on God while she battles cancer. Messina even took time backstage to walk around and shake hands or hug every press person in the room. 

Country powerhouse Carrie Underwood closed out Friday night of the CMA Music Festival. 

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