Jennifer Nettles will soon rule the road on the “CMT Presents Jennifer Nettles with 2016 Next Women of Country Tour” with Brandy Clark and special guests Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson for over 30 dates across the USA and Canada starting in January. The tour is an extension of CMT’s Next Women of Country campaign, an effort that seeks to give more attention and airplay to female country artists. “I always take any opportunity to champion women in music and throughout society at large,” said Nettles. “I am absolutely energized to headline this year's ‘CMT Next Women of Country’ tour and celebrate these exciting artists on the precipice of so much greatness.” CMT first launched its “Next Women” campaign in 2013 in an effort to emphasize undiscovered female artists in the male-dominated format. The campaign showcases emerging female artists across screens throughout the year, and several alumnae – Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Cassadee Pope and Ashley Monroe included – have achieved both commercial and critical acclaim. In 2015, CMT expanded the franchise to include its first-ever female-powered tour featuring Jana Kramer and Kelsea Ballerini.