Caroline Jones has officially been announced as the newest member of the Zac Brown Band.

The singer-songwriter announced the news on Thursday, making her the first ever female member of the country rock group.

She said: “Joining Zac Brown Band as an official member is the greatest honour of my career so far.  To be validated not only as a singer and songwriter but as a musician and member of the family, means more to me that I can put into words.”

Meanwhile a star-studded group have been named as presenters of next week’s CMA Awards.  Country artists Jordan Davis, Wynonna Judd, Lady A and Reba McEntire are just part of the list.

And Phil Vassar has teamed up with Deana Carter to release a Christmas duet together.  The pair, responsible for country hits including ‘Just Another Day In Paradise’ (Vassar) and ‘Strawberry Wine’ (Carter), recorded the duet titled ‘Brand New Year’ which they co-wrote with famed songwriter Steve Dorff.