KEITH URBAN TO APPEAR ON GRAND OLE OPRY AS FIRST PERFORMANCE AFTER VOCAL SURGERYPerformance Set for Friday, Feb. 3 at the Ryman AuditoriumUrban to Make 2nd Opry Appearance of 2012 in MarchNASHVILLE, Tenn. – (January 12, 2012) –Country superstar Keith Urban will appear on the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, Feb., 3, his first performance back on stage since successfully undergoing vocal cord surgery late last year. His appearance will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium, where the Opry will be concluding its winter run. The Opry will return to the Grand Ole Opry House the next day.Urban is also confirmed to be among those playing the Opry Fri., March 9 at the Opry House.Additional performers scheduled to appear on the Opry in upcoming weeks include Opry members Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury, Craig Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, and Josh Turner as well as special guests Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, and more.In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Keith Urban with its Horizon Award, designating him a talented artist with a bright future. He is the first Horizon Award winner in history to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. More than 15 million albums later, Keith is a four-time Grammy Award winner, who has also won a People’s Choice and American Music Award. He’s won five Academy of Country Music Awards, had 14 #1s, including 26 Top 5 hits and two consecutive #1 CDs. Last year, his Get Closer 2011 World Tour solidified Urban as one of the music industry’s best live performers. His latest CD, Get Closer, comes on the heels of his fifth consecutive platinum or multi-platinum release.About the Grand Ole OpryThe Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. The Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program, America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels. For more information, visit opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com.
The past year of 2011 brought Lady Antebellum on an amazing adventure — from The GRAMMYs to Australia, to Saturday Night Live and their first headlining tour, plus, everything in between. It has been one incredible year, and they wanted to thank you all for being a part of it. Take a look back on Lady A’s 2011 in the latest edition of Webisode Wednesday!
Keith Urban is taking his music to the big screen. He co-wrote “For You,” with pal Monty Powell for the new Navy SEAL action thriller, Act of Valor. The song, which will be featured during the film’s end credits, marking the first time the singer has written and recorded a song specifically for a movie. “I loved the challenge of writing for a film,” Keith said in a statement. “I’ve never done that before. After seeing Act Of Valor, my co-writer and I wanted to capture the essence of not only what these men and women do so extraordinarily [well], but how that relates to all of us. ‘Valor‘ shows us what they are willing to give their all for, which made me wonder, ‘What am I willing to give my life for?’” Act of Valor, which stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs along with Roselyn Sanchez, Jason Cottle and Nestor Serrano, will hit theaters nationwide February 24th, while the soundtrack is set for release February 21st.
Keith is currently scaling the country singles charts with his latest, “You Gonna Fly.”
AUDIO: Keith Urban says he would love to act onscreen…some day.
Keith Urban (acting) OC: …my music. :15
“I was actually in a theater group when I was a kid for about three years. We did quite a few stage productions, which was really my starting board for learning how to perform on stage. So, I’d love to do some of that down the track. I wouldn’t want it to interfere with my music.”
Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night once again claims the No. 1 spot on the country album chart. The trio has already enjoyed two No. 1 singles from the Grammy-nominated album – “Just a Kiss” and “We Owned the Night” – and they’re starting to make the climb up the country chart with their latest, “Dancin’ Away With My Heart.” “More than anything with this record, I think we’re more proud of the record as a whole,” says Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “I think we feel we found our sound a little bit more, you know, just keep honing in on what kind of sound we want to represent.”
- Luke Bryan’s tailgates & tanlines is No. 3 on the country album chart, while Eric Church’s Chief – which is also nominated for a Grammy – is at No. 7.
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley says he, as well as the rest of the group, are proud of the music on their latest album Own the Night.
Lady A (new music) OC: …represent. :11
“More than anything with this record, I think we’re more proud of the record as a whole. I think we feel we found our sound a little bit more, you know, just keep honing in on what kind of sound we want to represent.”
Luke Bryan’s single “I Don’t Want This Night to End” has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (R.I.A.A.). The song, which has already sold more than 800-thousand digital downloads, is the second single from Luke’s gold-certified album, tailgates & tanlines. The single has sold over 128-thousand downloads in the past week alone, and was Luke’s highest digital track sales week of his career. It follows his platinum smash hit, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).”
- Luke is getting ready to head out on the My Kinda Party Tour 2012 with his buddy, Jason Aldean, January 20th in Greenville, South Carolina.
AUDIO: Luke Bryan explains what his latest hit, “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” is all about.
Luke Bryan (I Don’t Want This Night to End) 2 OC: …over also. :21
“Obviously, the song is about a guy meeting a girl and kinda them having this connection right off the bat and just kinda getting lost in the country and with each other in the country. And certainly me being the singer, not wanting the night coming to an end because when you feel like the night’s over maybe this whole romance and thing is over also.”
Eric Church is enjoying the biggest hit of his career! His latest single, “Drink in My Hand,” has climbed to No. 3 on the country charts, and not only is it exciting for him as an artist, but it’s also exciting for his staunch supporters. “I think the coolest thing is, as much validation and excitement as it is to have a song Top 5, a song Top 3 – all these are firsts for me – also I think it’s somewhat validation and excitement from some of the radio folks that believed in me early on,” says Eric. “I know who they are. We’ve had talks, we have great relationships, and they were there for me when it was very unpopular, or maybe uncool to be there for me. They stuck their neck out. And to look back at it now where we are and to have a chance to have a No. 1 song and especially the momentum of the career, it makes me feel good to know that, and I hope makes them feel good that they believed early on and they stayed the course. They never abandoned me.” “Drink in My Hand” is the second single from Eric’s album, Chief.
- Eric will perform “Drink in My Hand” during his Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, which kicks off January 19th in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Eric Church (having a hit song) OC: …from theirs. :51
“I think the coolest thing is as much validation and excitement as it is to have a song Top 5, a song Top 3 – all these are firsts for me – also I think it’s somewhat validation and excitement from some of the radio folks that believed in me early on. I mean, I know who they are. We’ve had talks, we have great relationships, and they were there for me when it was very unpopular, or maybe uncool to be there for me. They stuck their neck out. And to look back at it now where we are and to have a chance to have a No. 1 song and especially the momentum of the career, it makes me feel good to know that, and I hope makes them feel good that they believed early on and they stayed the course. They never abandoned me. They stayed there, and to have this moment that we can try to have a No. 1 song and then go from there with what’s left on this record. It feels good from my standpoint in the way it happened, and I hope it feels good from theirs.”
Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott has tied the knot! She and her new husband Chris Tyrell announced to their fans they are officially married through a video posted on the band’s website [ladyantebellum.com] on Sunday (January 8th). “I’d like to introduce you to Ms. Hillary Scott Tyrell,” says Chris, as Hillary shows off her new wedding ring. “We got married, and we just wanted you to hear it from us first,” adds the blushing bride. “We love you, and we’re so excited to be starting our life together, and we just had to let you in on the exciting news.”
Check out the video at: http://ladyantebellum.com/news/message-hillary-and-chris-tyrrell
The two met in 2010 on Tim McGraw’s Southern Voice Tour when Lady A was the special guest, and Chris played drums for Love & Theft.The couple was engaged last summer around the Fourth of July weekend.The pair were married on Saturday, January 7th during an intimate ceremony surrounded by family and close friends; Hillary and Chris exchanged vows just before sunset in upstate New York. The bride wore a custom Vera Wang strapless mermaid dress with abstract all-over lace underlay, layered tulle skirt with horsehair banding and hand-cut corded lace applique with hand-applied crystal and pearl beading. She complemented the gown with a mantilla veil with hand-cut chantilly lace applique. The groom donned a gray Ermenegildo Zegna suit. According to People.com, Contemporary Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman performed for the couple’s first dance. Check out more of the ceremony coverage right here: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20559788,00.html
Lady A have just hit the airwaves with their latest single, “Dancin’ Away With My Heart,” from their platinum-certified album, Own the Night.
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott explains what kind of advice she received for her wedding day.
Lady A (wedding advice) OC: …of your life. :25
“If I ask(ed) advice to like newlyweds, most of them have literally said, ‘At a point during the reception, sneak away, the two of you sneak away and hide behind a wall and look through a window and just observe what’s going on and just see everyone enjoying it and having a great time. It’s like to have that visual, to have that mental picture for the rest of your life.’”
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley gives Hillary a bit of marital advice.
Lady A (marriage advice) OC: (HILLARY) …Oh, boy! :26
CHARLES: “My only advice, and I’ve told her and told them, I think the first year was getting to know, it was definitely a learning experience and learning [singing] getting to know you. It was just learning how to compromise, and I feel like after that, it really got just easy. And so, just be patient and love each other [sings “as hard as you can love…’].” HILLARY: “[laughs] Oh, boy!”
Not only did Dierks Bentley make his annual New Year’s Day plunge into Nashville’s Percy Priest Lake once…but he did it twice!! Catch all the action and craziness in the latest episode of DBTV – the first of many in 2012!
Eric Church heads into rehearsals this week for his first headlining arena tour, and while it’s going to be slightly bigger and bolder than his previous outings, don’t expect the production to overtake the music. “The trick’s gonna be still keeping it about the music, still keeping that, you know, what we do this for, and the passion and impart that to the crowd, but at the same time, trying to make sure the people way back in the back of the arena in some of these places can feel the same energy as the people down front,” says the “Drink in My Hand” singer. “So, we’ve got some plans as how to do that, and I think a lot of it still comes down to how the people relate to the music, as opposed to how many things I can blow up and set on fire.”
- The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, which also features newcomer Brantley Gilbert, is set to kick off January 19th in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
- Eric’s latest hit, “Drink in My Hand,” is closing in on the top spot on the country charts. It’s the second single from his No. 1 album, Chief.
- Chief is nominated for Best Country Album at this year’s Grammy Awards, which will air live beginning at 8pm ET February 12th on CBS.
AUDIO: Eric Church explains what fans should expect on his upcoming Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour.
Eric Church (arena tour 2012) OC: …set on fire. :29
“This tour’s gonna be different than any other tour, just because it’s an arena tour. It’s our first headline arena tour, so the trick’s gonna be still keeping it about the music, still keeping that, you know, what we do this for, and the passion and impart that to the crowd, but at the same time, trying to make sure the people way back in the back of the arena in some of these places can feel the same energy as the people down front. So, we’ve got some plans as how to do that, and I think a lot of it still comes down to how the people relate to the music, as opposed to how many things I can blow up and set on fire.”
Lady Antebellum resolve to find more balance between their personal and professional lives in 2012, especially as the personal lives of all of the members grow more full. Lady A’s Hillary Scott and her fiance, Chris Tyrell, are planning their wedding, while Dave Haywood recently proposed to his girlfriend, Kelli Cashiola. “We’ve got a pretty heavy touring schedule, but we’ve learned this fall how to balance that, how to have a good time at home,” says Dave. “So, I think continuing to find the balance, which is where we get our inspiration and where our songs come from, is this personal life.”