NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Oct. 8, 2015) – Scotty McCreery will turn 22 tomorrow (Oct. 9). Instead of sending him gifts, the singer/songwriter encourages his fans to honor his fan club president Sharon Eaves, who passed away suddenly on Sept. 25, and support a cause that was near and dear to her heart — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital via this link: http://walkrun.stjude.org/southernbelle.
“I have many blessings in my life and I don’t need ‘things’ to celebrate my birthday,” said McCreery. “But I miss my friend Sharon, who would have had a birthday just yesterday if she was still with us. I’d love to see my fans honor her and continue her great work with St. Jude.”
Eaves, a music industry veteran and longtime member of St. Jude’s Music Industry Advisory Council, had created the Southern Belles team to participate in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Nashville on Sept. 26 in McCreery’s honor. The team raised $4,000 by the time of the event, and the donor link remains open through November.
McCreery will host a live Twitter Party this Sunday, Oct. 11 at 10:09 PM/ET (for his birthdate 10-09) for 22 minutes (in recognition of being 22) where he will chat with fans. The ACM and CMT Award winner will also share stories from his birthday celebration, a two-day trip with his best friends to play golf and support North Carolina State in their football game against Virginia Tech.
One of country music’s most followed artists on social media, McCreery is frequently on Twitter and Facebook and has been known to re-tweet and re-post when his followers use those channels to request his current single “Southern Belle” with their local radio stations. In-between sporting events this weekend, he will be looking for as many fan tweets and posts to favor and re-tweet as possible. “Southern Belle,” which has received more than one million streams on Spotify, continues to move up the country singles charts and can be purchased online at http://umgn.us/southernbelle. It is the first single from his eagerly awaited new album due out in 2016.
About Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery burst onto the national scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. His first album, Clear As Day (released four years ago this week as he turned 18), made history when he became both the youngest artist in any genre and the first country artist to have his initial album debut at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. That album went Platinum in 13 weeks and featured the Platinum-certified hits “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls.” After releasing his Gold-certified Christmas with Scotty McCreery which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart, the talented vocalist delivered See You Tonight in 2013 which contained two Top Ten Hits: the Platinum-certified title cut which McCreery co-wrote with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, and the Gold-certified “Feelin’ It.” Now on the eve of turning 22, McCreery has sold more than 2.5 million albums, received more than 50 million Spotify streams, earned an ACM and CMT Award, toured with Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts, amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter and received more than 150 million YouTube views. Earlier today, it was announced that he has written his first book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, which will be released on May 3, 2016 from Zondervan, and will be available for pre-orders beginning Nov. 15. #GoBigOrGoHomeBook. For more information, visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com. Visit him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ScottyMcCreery and on Twitter @ScottyMcCreery.
Toby Keith’s new album, 35 mph Town, arrives in stores and online Friday, October 9th. The Oklahoma native, who was just inducted into New York’s prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame, co-wrote nine of the 10 songs on the new collection, including his new single “Beautiful Stranger.” The album also features the song “Drunk Americans,” a “sly, social commentary” song, which was written by Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero and Shane McAnally.
The legendary Jimmy Buffett is featured on the song “Sailboat for Sale,” while Mr. Margaritaville’s Coral Reefer Band is backing Toby on “Rum is the Reason.”
“Beautiful Stranger” will be released to country radio next week.
Toby Keith (what fans can expect) OC: …to his guns. :36
“I hope they go away and go, ‘You know what? He’s not converting with what type of music’s being played on the radio. He’s not converting.’ I said this before – there’s two things I’d never do and that’s mistreat an opening act, because we were mistreated, and I said, I’ll never do that, and I heard the guys whining, saying the youth like, twenty years ago when I was coming in, there were people that were saying my generation wasn’t country enough, and I was like, ‘Man I never want to be that guy.’ So, I don’t care what the kids are doing. It doesn’t make anything different. But, I hope they look at this album and go, ‘Same ol’, same ol’. He’s sticking to his guns.’”
Scotty McCreery will be releasing his debut book Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream on May 3rd, 2016 with Zondervan. The book will be available for pre-orders beginning November 15th, with more details to be announced soon.
Go Big or Go Home narrates McCreery’s journey from a kid imitating Elvis on the school bus to 30 million viewers across America tuning in to see him win Season 10 of “American Idol” to building a successful country music career. Now on the eve of his 22nd birthday (Friday, October 9th) as he completes his eagerly awaited fourth album (due out in 2016), McCreery shares a glimpse of where he came from and the impact his faith, family and friends have had on a humble guy who keeps asking “why me?” This is his journey from his North Carolina roots to winning America’s most popular singing competition and moving on to launch the musical career he had always dreamt about.
“God gave me a voice and America gave me a chance,” says McCreery. “This book is about those two things, and about the amazing journey that began the moment I decided to say two words about this show I knew and loved. ‘Why not?’”
McCreery captured the hearts of millions of viewers nationwide after winning Season Ten of “American Idol” in 2011 at the age of 17. Subsequently, the talented vocalist released his debut break-out album,Clear As Day, which was the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. The Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope recording artist also became the youngest man in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. McCreery has sold more than 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications. He has earned three Platinum singles (“I Love You This Big,” “The Trouble With Girls” and the Top Ten hit “See You Tonight”) and one Gold single (the Top Ten hit “Feelin’ It”). McCreery earned the Academy of Country Music Award for New Artist of the Year in 2011; CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year (for “The Trouble With Girls”) in 2012; and two American Country Awards: New Artist of the Year in 2011 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013.
McCreery toured with Rascal Flatts as the Special Guest on their RIOT TOUR 2015 this summer in addition to performing solo dates throughout the year. In-between concerts, he has been writing and recording songs for his highly anticipated new studio album, due out in 2016. The first single from the album, “Southern Belle” can be heard on country radio now and can be previewed and purchased online at http://umgn.us/southernbelle.
Go Big or Go Home was acquired by John Sloan, senior executive editor for Zondervan. Margaret Riley King of WME Entertainment serves as McCreery’s literary agent.
Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now 22 years old, the talented singer/songwriter has sold more than 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles and two Top Ten hits, toured with Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts, headlined his own tours, earned industry and fan accolades, amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter, received more than 150 million YouTube views…and he’s just getting started! www.ScottyMcCreery.com
Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream
By Scotty McCreery with Travis Thrasher
ON SALE: May 3, 2016
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDERS: Nov. 15, 2015 (More details to be announced soon)
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“Fair Child is a blend of everything I love,” said Karen Fairchild. “It’s a collection of rich textures, details and embellishments in iconic pieces that are easy to wear, glamorous and affordable. These versatile pieces are made to be worn together through mixing, matching and layering.”“We’re always looking to offer our customers product and personalities reflective of what’s hot and, in the world of country music, there are very few artists who are as relevant today as Karen Fairchild,” said Russell Nuce, EVINE Live’s Chief Strategy Officer. “Karen has worked closely with our team from the beginning, directing almost every aspect of the collection’s design. We’re excited to add Fair Child to our growing proprietary fashion business.”
Combining details and embellishments like studs, embroidery, and sequins, along with a variety of textures and silhouettes the line forms into one sleek and seamless collection. Fair Child will include jackets, tops and bottoms, dresses, and statement pieces for endless mixing and matching possibilities.
The latest episode of Lauren Alaina‘s SWAK (Sealed With a Kiss) videos has been posted, and it’s a little disturbing. The singer is giving you tips on how to stalk someone you like.
Lauren’s new single, “Next Boyfriend,” is hitting the airwaves, and she just released her self-titled EP last week.
If you have a crush and you want to stalk his/her every move... You're welcome. I've come up with some really great tools to be a creepy but effective stalker. Lol. Enjoy. X #SWAK My Country NationPosted by Lauren Alaina on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
The members of Lady Antebellum were featured on ABC’s Nightline last night, and they talked about their plans following their hugely successful Wheels Up 2015 Tour, as well as Charles Kelley‘s new solo project, his single “The Driver” that just arrived at country radio. Check out the interview with the Grammy winners below.
Eric Church will join Hank Williams, Jr. in opening this year’s CMA Awards with the world premiere of Bocephus’ new Nash Icon release. The two will perform “Are You Ready For the Country,” which was written and recorded by Neil Young and later recorded by Waylon Jennings.
Eric’s nominations include Entertainer (his first nomination in the category); Male Vocalist; Single of the Year for “Talladega,” which was produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.; Song of the Year for “Like A Wrecking Ball,” which he wrote with Casey Beathard; and Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.
Winners of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is tabulated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 8. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT).
The 49th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 4th beginning at 8pm ET on ABC.
EMI Records Nashville breakthrough country artist Eric Paslay releases his new single “High Class” from the celebrated singer-songwriter’s highly-anticipated sophomore album today. Co-penned by Paslay, Corey Crowder and Jesse Frasure, the back beat-driven groove is the No. 1 most added song at Country radio this week.
“High Class is a song for everyone. It’s about seizing the moment, putting your worries aside and enjoying a night out as if you have no cares in the world. I’m excited to release this song as the first look into my second album,” shares Paslay. “I promised myself and my fans that I would always do my best to never record the same song or the same album twice. I feel like I have kept that promise, and I can’t wait for my fans to hear more new music!”
Since releasing his critically-acclaimed debut self-titled album, Paslay has celebrated a No. 1 with smash Platinum-selling hit “Friday Night” as well as GOLD-certification for “Song About A Girl” and success with his powerful ballad single “She Don’t Love You.” A true artists’ artist, the Texas native co-penned five No. 1 hits as a songwriter including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night.” An ACM, CMA and GRAMMY-nominee Paslay has been sought after for his songwriting prowess by artists including Steven Tyler, Lady Antebellum and Hunter Hayes.
Fans have the exclusive opportunity to hear Paslay’s new music first this fall as he joins Chris Young on the cross-country I’m Comin’ Over tour and Brad Paisley for dates on the Country Nation College Tour presented by Zaxby’s playing surprise pop-up shows on college campuses during football season.
“High Class” is available on all digital retailers now: http://umgn.us/HighClass
For tickets and additional information on Paslay, visit www.EricPaslay.com
Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley revealed details about his new solo single, “The Driver,” on Good Morning America, and he squashed any rumors of a band breakup. Charles tells ABC’s Juju Chang, “Lady Antebellum is always going to be my priority. There was just this artistic pull that I just wanted to just try this.”
“The Driver” is the debut single from his forthcoming solo project on Capitol Records Nashville. It was written by Charles, Eric Paslay and Abe Stoklasa.
His unmatched perspective of hours spent on the road pursuing a life-long dream is present through his impeccable voice, along with special guests Dierks Bentley and Paslay.
“The perspective seemed like a Crosby, Stills, and Nash story song,” Charles says of the lyrics. “We went in the studio to record it with no agenda. I thought maybe it’ll be the start of the next Lady Antebellum record, maybe we’ll scrap it, maybe I’ll pitch the song to other singers.”
“Having Hillary and Dave’s support means a lot to me,” adds Kelley. “We love each other and we’re having a blast. This was just a pure musical detour, to take myself out of my own head and off the treadmill for a minute. I hope and think it can bring in a fresh perspective when we go back in to make the next Lady Antebellum record.”
Tonight, Kelley will also appear on ABC’s Nightline (ABC at 11:35P CT) when Lady Antebellum takes cameras backstage for their sold out first headlining hometown arena show in Nashville. For more information and for a full list of upcoming appearances, visit www.facebook.com/CharlesKelley.
Link to audio stream on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_byNyVlSQ0
Charles Kelley (new project started with The Driver) OC: …different sound. :55
“You know I think picking the songs for me was the most fun part of the project. It started out, the main catalyst was I wrote a song called ‘The Driver,’ which is my first single, and I wrote it with a buddy of mine, Eric Paslay, and Abe Stoklasa. It just felt like for me that I was one of the songs that I was most proud of. It felt like one of the best songs I’d written in a long, long time. You know I think that song, once Dierks Bentley, I played it for him and he wanted to sign on, it really kind of, I don’t know, it was like the stars were aligning that this project really could happen, you know? So, in having a talk with Dave and Hillary about taking a break, it was just kind of perfect timing to chase after this. I don’t know, this was a perfect opportunity for me to kind of chase down a little bit of a different sound.”
Charles Kelley will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday (October 5th) to talk about his upcoming solo project with the network’s JuJu Chang.
Charles and his bandmates, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, are featured on ABC’s Nightline. The trio take cameras backstage for an exclusive inside look at their sold-out headlining show during their hometown stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Canaan Smith stopped by the ESPN studios to discuss his love of Tar Heel basketball, why Tony Stewart has always been his favorite NASCAR driver and his father’s early influence on music and sports.