MacKenzie Porters and Dustin Lynch; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
MacKenzie Porters and Dustin Lynch; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter Surprise With Memorable Performance Of “Thinking ‘Bout You” At CMA Fest

Dustin Lynch and MacKenzie Porter made a surprise appearance during 2022 CMA Fest in Downtown Nashville.

The country hitmaker joined forces to perform their chart-topping collaboration, “Thinking ‘Bout You,” from the B-stage at Nissan Stadium.

Donning an iridescent mini-skirt, Porter flawlessly blended her powerhouse vocals with Lynch’s smooth, clean vocals. The pair effortlessly worked the stage and interacted with the fans on the front row.

Co-written Lynch, Andy Albert, Hunter Phelps and Will Weatherly, “Thinking ‘Bout You” tugs the heart strings as it tells the tale of a broken connection.

The duet marks Lynch’s eighth U.S. and second Canadian No.1 at Country radio. It’s also his third career chart-topper as a songwriter. The tune is a monumental No.1 for Porter, who is celebrating her first U.S. No.1 and fourth chart-topper in Canada.

CMA Fest ABC Special was filmed in Downtown Nashville at Nissan Stadium during the star-studded, four-day festival, which took place Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12.

The three-hour music event of the summer featured 30+ performances and surprise collaborations from some of Country music’s hottest stars, including Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Russell Dickerson, Lady A, Parker McCollum, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Lainey Wilson, and Zac Brown Band and more.

The Music Event of Summer, which marked the 49th year of the festival, was hosted by first-time hosts Dierks Bentley and Elle King.

“I think Elle brings so much to the table,” Bentley shared. “Onstage she’s just a riot and also super talented – a great combination of talent with comedic humor. A lot of spontaneous moments between the two of us and just a lot of laughs.”

“I am co-hosting this whole shebang,” King added. “Not only do I get to do it with my buddy Dierks, I also get to see all these incredible performances and be a part of a big party!”

The CMA Fest special aired at 8/7c on Wednesday, Aug. 3 via ABC Network and will stream via Hulu on Thursday (Aug. 4).

Additionally, CMA Fest will return to Nashville in 2023 for its 50th anniversary. The event will take place June 8-11 and tickets are on sale now.

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