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CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S MY GIFT (SPECIAL EDITION) AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE TODAY.

Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner and 2021 CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood’s My Gift (Special Edition) is available worldwide today – listen hereThe album, featuring three new tracks, is available digitally and on CD now and pre-orders begin today for vinyl, which will be available November 5.  Initially released September 25, 2020, Underwood’s first-ever Christmas album, My Gift, debuted #1 across multiple global charts, including Billboard’s Country, Christian and Holiday album charts.  The album remained at #1 on the Christian album chart 11 weeks after it was released and debuted #1 on the UK and Canadian Country album charts. It consistently remained in the Top 5 on the Billboard Holiday album chart throughout the 2020 holiday season, hitting #5 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200.

My Gift is a combination of beloved traditional songs celebrating the spiritual nature of Christmas and several originals, two of which were written by Underwood, frequent collaborator Brett James (“Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Something In The Water”), and her Cry Pretty and My Savior co-producer, David Garcia.  In addition to a special appearance by Underwood’s then 5-year-old son, Isaiah Fisher, on the holiday classic that inspired the album title, “Little Drummer Boy,” My Gift also features her first collaboration with Emmy, GRAMMY®, Oscar, and Tony Award-winner John Legend, on the original track, “Hallelujah,” written by Legend and Toby Gad (“All of Me”).  The video for “Hallelujah,” directed by Randee St. Nicholas, won the CMT Music Award for Video of the Year, continuing Underwood’s record as the most-awarded artist in that show’s history.

My Gift (Special Edition) will feature three additional tracks:

  • “Favorite Time Of Year” was previously released exclusively as an Amazon Original and featured in Ring’s 2020 Doorbell Season holiday campaign.  Written by Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Chris DeStefano and produced by Greg Wells, “Favorite Time Of Year” also opened the HBO Max Original, “My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood.”
  • “All Is Well” (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) is an all-new studio recording of Smith’s classic, produced by Greg Wells.
  • “Let There Be Peace/Something In The Water (LIVE From HBO Max’s MY GIFT: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood)” (Carrie Underwood, Brett James, David Garcia, Chris DeStefano), the live recording of the powerful medley that provided a stunning finale to the Max Original special.

My Gift is an album I’ve wanted to make from the beginning of my career,” says Underwood.  “It’s been such a blessing to share this special music and I’m excited to share even more with the release of My Gift (Special Edition).”

Fans can view the official My Gift video playlist here. Preorders of the vinyl are available now.

GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, mixer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Wells produced and arranged My Gift, which features a world-class orchestra, led by the pre-eminent arranger, composer, and conductor David Campbell.   The album was mixed by 14-time GRAMMY® Award winning mixer, Serban Ghenea.  Acclaimed gospel quartet The McCrary Sisters, who have performed backing vocals on previous Underwood songs including “Choctaw County Affair” and “The Champion,” can also be heard on the album’s “Let There Be Peace.”

Carrie Underwood My Gift (Special Edition) Track List:

  1. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Traditional)
  2. O Come All Ye Faithful (Traditional)
  3. Let There Be Peace (Carrie Underwood, Brett James, David Garcia)
  4. Little Drummer Boy (featuring Isaiah Fisher) (Harry Simeone, Henry Onorati, Katherine Davis)
  5. Sweet Baby Jesus (Carrie Underwood, Brett James, David Garcia)
  6. Hallelujah (with John Legend) (John Stephens, Toby Gad)
  7. O Holy Night (Traditional)
  8. Mary, Did You Know? (Buddy Greene, Mark Lowry)
  9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
  10. Away In A Manger (Traditional)
  11. Silent Night (Traditional)
  12. Favorite Time Of Year (Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, Chris DeStefano)
  13. All Is Well (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick)
  14. Let There Be Peace/Something In The Water (LIVE From HBO Max’s MY GIFT: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood) (Carrie Underwood, Brett James, David Garcia, Chris DeStefano)

Additionally, HBO Max began streaming My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood” in December 2020, a breathtaking musical holiday special with Carrie performing songs from My Gift with a full orchestra and choir.  The Max Original special was executive produced by Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks for Playtone, along with Underwood and her manager Ann Edelblute. My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood” has become an instant holiday classic and will continue to stream this holiday season.

Underwood is nominated for two Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for her critically-acclaimed album of gospel hymns, My Savior. The album is up for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year and her duet with gospel superstar CeCe Winans, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” is nominated for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year.  My Savior debuted #1 on the Billboard Country chart in March, making it her ninth consecutive release to do so, extending her record as the only artist to accomplish that feat with all nine of her album releases from the beginning of her career.

Her duet with Jason Aldean, “If I Didn’t Love You,” made the highest debut of a solo male/female duet since the inception of the Billboard Hot Country charts and is currently in the Top 5 and climbing on the Country Airplay Charts. It is available on all digital platforms here and the music video can be seen here.

On September 3, Carrie and Dan + Shay released their much-anticipated collaboration, “Only Us,” from the Dear Evan Hansen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), which will be featured on the film’s soundtrack, and also releases today through Interscope Records. Listen to “Only Us” here and watch the performance video here.

 

About Carrie Underwood:
Carrie Underwood is a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, film, and as a New York Times bestselling author and successful entrepreneur.  She has sold more than 66 million records worldwide, recorded 27 #1 singles (14 of which she co-wrote), and has seven albums that are certified Platinum or Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, all while continuing to sell out arena tours across North America and the UK.  All nine of her consecutive album releases (two of which she co-produced) from the beginning of her career debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Chart, making her the only artist to accomplish that feat.  She has won over 100 major awards including 7 GRAMMY® Awards, 15 ACM Awards including three for Entertainer of the Year (the first female in history to win twice and the only female ever to win three times), 23 CMT Music Awards (holding the record for the most award wins ever for the show), 7 CMA Awards (nominated again this year for Entertainer of the Year), and 15 American Music Awards. She has also built a successful business portfolio inspired by her passion for health and wellness, including her fitness and lifestyle brand, CALIA by Carrie Underwood, bestselling book, FIND YOUR PATH, her fit52 app, and a partnership with BODYARMOR Sports Drink.  She recently announced her first-ever residency, REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency, at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, which will begin December 1.

 

Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT THE TITLE OF HER FIRST CHRISTMAS ALBUM, MY GIFT.

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Carrie Underwood (My Gift album title) OC: …good title. 1:21
I chose My Gift as an album title. It’s a bit of a story. I wanted something to kind of define this album and me in it. And “Little Drummer Boy” kind of became a cornerstone for this whole project and it does tie back to that story of a little boy not having anything to give Jesus and he gave him what he could, which was his talent, his gift which was given to him by God, his love of music. I always say I like to imagine that he was good at it. He was a good drummer. Had to be. And that’s what he wanted to give to Jesus, which was a gift that was given to him by God. I feel like my gift in my life, which I’m blessed enough to have many gifts that I’m so thankful for, but my heart and my cornerstone is the gift and the love of music. That’s what I get to do. That’s my gift that I get to do when I get on stage or when I record a song that is something for me and I’m so thankful for it. So I want ultimately with this album to give it back to Jesus like the little drummer boy. So, I thought My Gift was a good title.”

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MICKEY GUYTON WILL RELEASE HER DEBUT ALBUM, REMEMBER HER NAME, ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 24TH).

Mickey Guyton is set to release her debut album, Remember Her Name, tomorrow (September 24th). The title of the 16-song collection that’s been nearly a decade in the making comes from a song she wrote following the tragic killing of Breonna Taylor last year. As she was writing it, Mickey says it also turned into her story.

“’Remember Her Name’ I was really inspired by Breonna Taylor, watching that whole tragedy go down was really hard for me. And anytime you see someone that has been murdered unjustly they’ll say, ‘Remember Her Name,’ ‘Say Their Name,’ ‘Say His Name,’ ‘Say Her Name.’ So, I was inspired by that, and when I was writing this song, it also turned into my story,” says Mickey. “When we first start out in any career that we want, we are so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and so confident and then life happens and slowly your confidence goes away. And tis song is just reminding you that person, that little girl, that little boy that was in you when you first started is still there and to not forget that person; remember that person, remember that fire that you once had.”

You can catch Mickey on NBC’s Today Show tomorrow, as well as The Tonight Show and The View next week.

Mickey was also named CMT’s “Breakout Artist of the Year” at 2021 “CMT Artists of the Year” celebration airing live October 13th at 8pm ET on CMT.

Audio / Mickey Guyton was first inspired by the tragic murder of Breonna Taylor to write “Remember Her Name,” but as she was writing it, it also turned out to be her story as well.

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Mickey Guyton (Remember Her Name song) OC: …you once had. :53
“’Remember Her Name’ I was really inspired by Breonna Taylor, watching that whole tragedy go down was really hard for me. And anytime you see someone that has been murdered unjustly they’ll say, ‘Remember Her Name,’ ‘Say Their Name,’ ‘Say His Name,’ ‘Say Her Name.’ So, I was inspired by that, and when I was writing this song, it also turned into my story. When we first start out in any career that we want, we are so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and so confident and then life happens and slowly your confidence goes away. And tis song is just reminding you that person, that little girl, that little boy that was in you when you first started is still there and to not forget that person; remember that person, remember that fire that you once had.”

JON PARDI HAD A BLAST RECORDING “GETTING OVER HIM” WITH LAUREN ALAINA.

Jon Pardi had a really good time recording “Getting Over Him” with pal Lauren Alaina. He says the song, written by Lauren, Emily Weisband and Paul DiGiovanni, was a blast and feels like they should have some shots.

The pair first sang together when they hosted the ACM Honors show a few years ago and realized they sounded really good together. Since then, they recorded a pair of duets — “Don’t Blame It On Whiskey” on Jon’s Heartache Medication album and “Getting Over Him” on Lauren’s new album, Sitting Pretty On Top Of The World.

“I loved the song. I loved the attitude of it. I love the aspect of girls going out and having a good time and saying basically like, ‘Whatever. This is what it is. We’re gonna have a good time and I’ll see you when I see you,’ basically. It’s a fun thing,” says Jon. “I thought it was a great song for Lauren and to be a part of it was awesome. So, this is our second duet together. It all kinda started from the first ACM honors when we first sang together, like we’re kind of good at singing (LAUREN: “singing together.” Laughs) and also making people laugh and messing up names. But that’s what kind of sparked it on top of our long friendship. But, I think this one’s a lot of fun, ‘cause our other duet ‘Don’t Blame It On Whiskey’ is awesome, but it’s very chill where this is like, ‘Let’s do some shots!’”

Jon is currently sitting around Top 15 on the country charts with his latest single, “Tequila Little Time.”



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CARRIE UNDERWOOD WILL RELEASE THE SPECIAL EDITION OF HER CHRISTMAS ALBUM, MY GIFT, TOMORROW.

Carrie Underwood is set to release My Gift (Special Edition) on CD/digital on Friday (September 24th), and on vinyl November 5th, featuring three additional tracks. Initially released September 25th, 2020, Carrie’s first-ever Christmas album, My Gift, debuted #1 across multiple global charts, including Billboard’s Country, Christian and Holiday album charts.  The album remained at #1 on the Christian album chart 11 weeks after it was released and debuted #1 on the UK and Canadian Country album charts. It consistently remained in the Top 5 on the Billboard Holiday album chart throughout the 2020 holiday season, hitting #5 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200.

My Gift is a combination of beloved traditional songs celebrating the spiritual nature of Christmas and several originals, two of which were written by Carrie, frequent collaborator Brett James (“Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Something In The Water”), and her Cry Pretty co-producer, David Garcia.  In addition to a special appearance by Carrie’s son, Isaiah Fisher, on the holiday classic that inspired the album title, “Little Drummer Boy,” My Gift also features her first collaboration with Emmy, GRAMMY®, Oscar, and Tony Award-winner John Legend, on the original track, “Hallelujah,” written by Legend and Toby Gad (“All of Me”).  The video for “Hallelujah,” directed by Randee St. Nicholas, recently won the CMT Music Award for Video of the Year, continuing Carrie’s record as the most-awarded artist in that show’s history.

My Gift (Special Edition) will feature three additional tracks:

  • “Favorite Time Of Year”was previously released exclusively as an Amazon Original and featured in Ring’s 2020 Doorbell Season holiday campaign.  Written by Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Chris DeStefano and produced by Greg Wells, “Favorite Time Of Year” also opened the HBO Max Original, “My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood.”
  • “All Is Well”(Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick) is an all-new studio recording of Smith’s classic, produced by Greg Wells.
  • “Let There Be Peace/Something In The Water (LIVE From HBO Max’sMY GIFT: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood)” (Carrie Underwood, Brett James, David Garcia, Chris DeStefano), the live recording of the powerful medley that provided a stunning finale to the Max Original special.

GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, mixer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Wells produced and arranged My Gift, which features a world-class orchestra, led by the pre-eminent arranger, composer, and conductor David Campbell.   The album was mixed by 14-time GRAMMY® Award winning mixer, Serban Ghenea.  Acclaimed gospel quartet The McCrary Sisters, who have performed backing vocals on previous Carrie Underwood songs including “Choctaw County Affair” and “The Champion,” can also be heard on the album’s “Let There Be Peace.”

My Gift (Special Edition) Track List:
1. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Traditional)
2. O Come All Ye Faithful (Traditional)
3. Let There Be Peace (Carrie Underwood, Brett James, David Garcia)
4. Little Drummer Boy (featuring Isaiah Fisher) (Harry Simeone, Henry Onorati, Katherine Davis)
5. Sweet Baby Jesus (Carrie Underwood, Brett James, David Garcia)
6. Hallelujah (with John Legend) (John Stephens, Toby Gad)
7. O Holy Night (Traditional)
8. Mary, Did You Know? (Buddy Greene, Mark Lowry)
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
10. Away In A Manger (Traditional)
11. Silent Night (Traditional)
12. Favorite Time Of Year (Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, Chris DeStefano)
13. All Is Well (Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick)
14. Let There Be Peace/Something In The Water (LIVE From HBO Max’s MY GIFT: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood) (Carrie Underwood, Brett James, David Garcia, Chris DeStefano)

Additionally, HBO Max began streaming My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood” in December 2020, a breathtaking musical holiday special with Carrie performing songs from My Gift with a full orchestra and choir.  The Max Original special was executive produced by Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks for Playtone, along with Carrie and her manager Ann Edelblute. My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood” has become an instant holiday classic and will continue to stream this holiday season.

 

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about the song "Favorite Time of Year," which is included on the special edition of her Christmas album, My Gift.

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Carrie Underwood (Favorite Time of Year) OC: …song collection. :34
“’Favorite Time of Year’ is a song about all of the things that make you smile during Christmas. There’s so much about Christmas that is absolutely wonderful. Obviously, the birth of Jesus, that’s what we’re celebrating, but there’s so many other things too – like the presents, the family, the weather, the decorations – just all those things all wrapped up to make the favoriteist time of year, the favorite of year. So, I love the song because it’s hard to sing it without smiling. It’s hard to listen to it without smiling. I think it’s a perfect edition to the rest of my Christmas song collection.”

NEWS AND NOTES: Mickey, Taylor, Kacey

Mickey Guyton will perform several songs from her new album, Remember Her Name, on NBC’s Today Show on Friday (September 24th). On Monday (September 27th), she’ll perform one of the tracks from the new album on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and will perform and chat with the ladies of ABC’s The View on Tuesday (September 28th).

Taylor Swift pays tribute to the one and only Shania Twain on a recent post on tiktok. “Country girls can’t go pop…” the global superstar shrugs her shoulders and the video cuts to images of Shania. She said she “learned from the best.”

https://www.tiktok.com/@taylorswift/video/7010729851334282502?lang=en&is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1

 

Kacey Musgraves just announced she will be the musical guest for this season’s premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live October 2nd. Actor Owen Wilson will host the show.

 

 

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is set to release full-length debut album Remember Her Name, on September 24th. The music, grooves, melodies, and lyrics of its 16 songs lay bare the heart of a woman and the life she began to lead once she decided to let her truth set her free. That freedom has been mesmerizingly translated into intimately confessional ballads of piercing power including “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and “Black Like Me” and also fizzy ditties like “Rosé” as well as the sultry “Dancing in the Living Room” that remind us that playfulness and passion are necessary partners to reflection. Remember Her Name finds Guyton celebrating her truest voice in ways that will resonate with any listener who has loved, lost, struggled, laughed and lived.

“It’s crazy that the album is a story essentially,” says Guyton of the project that has been both three years and, in some ways, a lifetime in the making.

“I was just writing and writing,” she says. “I didn’t even know what the album meant or what it was going to be, when I was writing these songs. I just started writing songs about my feelings.”

The Texas singer-songwriter understandably had a lot of those having arrived in Nashville a decade ago and been lauded for her powerhouse voice. While some success and accolades followed, including her 2015 hit “Better Than You Left Me,” barriers within the industry seemed insurmountable.

Until one day, she decided to be herself and not the woman Nashville expected her to be. “I had a conversation with my husband three years ago asking him why my career wasn’t really taking off and why it wasn’t working out for me,” recalls Guyton. “He said it was because I was running away from everything that made me different.”

The lightbulb officially clicked on. The positive consequences were almost immediate on every level. Guyton began writing songs that spoke to powerful truths and gained recognition for them, including a Grammy nomination for “Black Like Me,” making her the first black female solo artist to earn a Grammy nomination in a country category. Critical plaudits also poured in from The New York Times, L.A. Times, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and more with NPR proclaiming succinctly, “Guyton raises the rafters and distills emotion with impeccable clarity. Her high notes thrill, her nuance in storytelling captivates. A star for our times claims her place.”

You can hear Guyton, who was preparing to be a new mom amidst the maelstrom of 2020, staking that claim on the title track, a triumphant anthem of self-assurance: “Where did you lose the girl with no fear?/Oh, she never left/Take a good look, she’s right in the mirror/Don’t let yourself forget/ Remember the fire/Remember her face…Remember the girl that didn’t let anything get in her way.”

She decided to make that song the title track “to remind all of us, including myself, about the strength we have inside that we don’t always know is there,” says Guyton. “As women, there are so many times where we lose ourselves and our dreams as we’re growing up and living life. This song is about a woman rediscovering herself and what made her strong. That is my life story, discovering my own power, and that felt like the right title for the whole album since it explains all the facets of my story.”

ALAN JACKSON RELEASES POWERFUL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “WHERE HAVE YOU GONE.”

Country music superstar Alan Jackson releases a new music video later today – the very special piece created for “Where Have You Gone,” the title track from his acclaimed new album, premiering Thursday evening (September 23rd) at 6:00pm CT – watch HERE.

Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium provides the setting for the Peter Zavadil directed video. Filmed in black-and-white, creating an instantly dramatic and cinematic feel, Jackson can be seen alone on the stage of the Mother Church of Country Music. The Country Music Hall of Famer is surrounded by instruments – a fiddle, steel guitar, banjo, upright bass, acoustic guitar, simple drums – all just waiting to be played.

The lone figure strums his favorite guitar as he sings the mournful lament on the famous stage, his eyes drawn to the light from windows high above the building’s pews. As the song unfolds, Jackson is joined behind the Ryman’s footlights by the ethereal-but-very-real images of bonafide legends who made history on that very same stage: Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams and Tammy Wynette.

“This is Alan’s idea…capturing all of this incredible history that’s happened here,” Zavadil shares. “The goal was to make the Ryman as much of a character in this as Alan is the artist onstage,” he adds. “This is a magical place.”

“The song kind of starts out like it’s a lost love,” Jackson says. “I love what I call ‘real country music,’ and I just see it fading away more than I ever have,” he explains. “I just wanted to say that.”

“Where Have You Gone” is just the latest music video by Jackson, who embraced the medium with his debut single and has gone on to create and star in nearly 60 music videos (including such career-defining clips as “Chattahoochee” and “Midnight in Montgomery,” both CMA Video of the Year winners and “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” an ACM Video of the Year). In 2014, the CMT Music Awards recognized Jackson’s unparalleled music video history by presenting him with the inaugural Impact Award.

“Where Have You Gone” – written by Jackson – is the title track from the 2021 album that HITS calls “the quiet superstar’s rebuke to those who would forget the roots of where this music comes from.” American Songwriter notes the project “finds him wielding his poet’s perspective to weave together a masterful love letter to country music,” while Billboard cites Jackson’s “penchant for writing honestly,” adding, “the new album continues that tradition.” Where Have You Gone topped the country album chart upon its debut and became Jackson’s 15th Top 10 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200. It also topped the country charts in the UK, Canada and Australia.

Jackson is set to wrap his 2021 tour schedule with a “hometown concert” Friday, October 8 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

ABOUT ALAN JACKSON:
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and an inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson’s membership among music’s all-time greats is part of a long line of career-defining accolades that include three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, 30 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years.

The man from rural Newnan, GA has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide, ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time (rock, pop and country). He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 major music industry awards – including 19 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.

Jackson – one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music – just released his latest album, Where Have You Gone, in May. The 21-track collection, which topped the country album chart, features 15 songs penned solely by the music icon. He’s also the man behind one of Nashville’s most-popular tourist stops, AJ’s Good Time Bar, a four-story honky-tonk in the heart of downtown featuring daily live music and a rooftop view of Music City.

DEANA CARTER ANNOUNCES DID I SHAVE MY LEGS FOR THIS? 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 5TH.

 

 

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Deana Carter’s 5X platinum debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?, she announced Capitol Nashville/UMe will release Did I Shave My Legs For This? 25th Anniversary Edition on November 5, but it isn’t just Carter doing the singing this time around. The project includes two new tracks with Carter performing and producing 2021 versions of the CMA award-winning, and 2X platinum hit single “Strawberry Wine,” featuring  Lauren Alaina, Martina McBrideAshley McBrydeKylie Morganand Vince Gill on guitar, as well as the title track, featuring Terri ClarkSara EvansAshley McBrydeand Vince Gill.

The 25th anniversary editions of the album have been remastered from the original recordings and will be released on CD with two bonus tracks, as well as a Digital Deluxe with an additional ten songs, seven of which will be available digitally for the first time. Pre-order/Pre-save HERE

“I am beyond blown away to see the generational connection between my first single, ‘Strawberry Wine’ and all the fans, young and seasoned,” award-winning country singer-songwriter Carter shares. “Being a part of a song that has become an anthem for the ’90s and beyond is such a blessing and more than I could’ve ever dreamed of. The fans have been the catalyst for the success of ‘Strawberry Wine’ and the whole Shave album because of their connection to the truth and realness behind the songs.

“They lived it — just like I did — and just like all of my collaborators did. It was an honor to re-record two favorites with my fellow female artists who inspire me and who I admire. These new versions are a way of raising a glass to everyone who loves these songs, and to the country radio stations still playing them, and to say thank you. I hope everyone enjoys celebrating 25 years of Did I Shave My Legs For This? as much as I’ve enjoyed putting together these very special releases.”

1997 CMA Single and Song of the Year “Strawberry Wine,” written by Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison, was also nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Country Song, the Academy of Country Music Awards Best Country Song, and the Country Music Radio Awards for Song of the Year. Carter co-wrote the title track “Did I Shave My Legs for This?” with Rhonda Hart.

“Who knew that some girl talk would end up becoming a cultural catchphrase for decades to come? Wow! This song is proof that a genuine, heartfelt message can be delivered with a sense of humor,” she added, “yet stand firm in the conviction to not settle for less in this life. Thanks to all the ladies who have sung this anthem at the top of their lungs and to my record label for letting me boldly title my debut album so memorably.”

Other chart-toppers from Carter’s debut album included “We Danced Anyway” (co-written by Berg and Randy Scruggs), “How Do I Get There” (co-written by Carter and Chris Farren), and “Count Me In” (co-written by Carter and Chuck Jones).

As part of the album’s 25th Anniversary celebration, Carter will perform on the Grand Ole Opry Saturday, October 16th, as part of the Opry’s 4,998th show. To purchase tickets, click HERE

Did I Shave My Legs for This? 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION CD + DIGITAL DELUXE

CD

  1. “I’ve Loved Enough To Know”
  2. “We Danced Anyway”
  3. “Count Me In”
  4. “If This Is Love”
  5. “Love Ain’t Worth Making”
  6. “Before We Ever Heard Goodbye”
  7. “How Do I Get There”
  8. “Strawberry Wine” (remastered original)
  9. “That’s How You Know It’s Love”
  10. “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” (remastered original)
  11. “To The Other Side”
  12. “Strawberry Wine” (2021 version)
  13. “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” (2021 version)

DIGITAL DELUXE

  1. “I’ve Loved Enough To Know”
  2. “We Danced Anyway”
  3. “Count Me In”
  4. “If This Is Love”
  5. “Love Ain’t Worth Making”
  6. “Before We Ever Heard Goodbye”
  7. “How Do I Get There”
  8. “Strawberry Wine” (remastered original)
  9. “That’s How You Know It’s Love”
  10. “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” (remastered original)
  11. “To The Other Side”
  12. “Strawberry Wine” (2021 version)
  13. “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” (2021 version)
  14. “Angel Without A Prayer”
  15. “Rita Valentine”
  16. “I Can’t Shake You”**
  17. “Are You Coming Home Today?”**
  18. “Turn Those Wheels Around”**
  19. “Graffiti Bridge”
  20. “We Share a Wall”**
  21. “Don’t Let Go”**
  22. “Just What You Need”**
  23. “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” (alternate version)**

** Previously unreleased digitally

PARKER MCCOLLUM RELEASES SPOTIFY SONG OF THE GEORGE STRAIT CLASSIC “CARRYING YOUR LOVE WITH ME.”

Today rising country star Parker McCollum released his own version of fellow Texan George Strait’s classic “Carrying Your Love with Me,” as part of a campaign launching today by Spotify which celebrates one of the most iconic decades of country music: The 90s. As fans return to listening to songs and albums of that decade in droves, Spotify is honoring those timeless classics with a microsite, Spotify Singles, video content, and more. Featured as one of three 90s Spotify Singles, Parker McCollum’s reimagined version of “Carrying Your Love With Me,” which was a hit by Strait in 1997, was recently recorded in Nashville.

“George Strait has been my favorite country singer my whole life. I wasn’t going to pass on the chance from Spotify to cover one of his songs,” says McCollum.  “This song is such a classic staple in country music so I was really hoping we could get it right and do the song justice. I think we did. I sure hope he and (producer) Tony Brown would think so too if they heard it.”

According to unique user data from Spotify, US streams of the 90s Country playlist have grown 150% since 2018, and 70% among Gen-Z users in that time. Additionally, there are currently 89 million playlists from Gen-Z users containing iconic 90s Country tracks. Spotify also found that as many fans between 19-24 listen to Spotify’s 90s Country playlist as fans over 45.  That means interest in 90s Country is just as prevalent amongst fans who were just born or not born yet than it is amongst fans who were young adults at the time, showing the timeless nature of these songs.

To listen to “Carrying Your Love With Me” as performed by Nashville-via-Texas singer-songwriter Parker McCollum, click HERE

 

McCollum sat down with Spotify to talk about his Singles selections and the impact of 90s Country on his own music.  To view click link HERE

 

To visit the Spotify Single microsite click HERE

LUKE BRYAN WRAPS FARM TOUR 2021.

Country music superstar and five-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan wrapped his FARM TOUR 2021, his twelfth since 2009, over the weekend. Luke played six concerts between September 9 and September 18 in harvest fields across six different states. Five of the farms had never-been-played before. The special guest line up for the tour included Dylan Scott, Whitney Duncan, The Peach Pickers and DJ Rock.

Since its inception in 2009, Luke has granted 66 scholarships to students from farming families who are attending the local college or university near the tour stops.

Bayer will continue its partnership with Luke to help fight hunger across the United States with the hashtag #HerestotheFarmer to help families in need. The campaign continues through November 30, 2021, and supports Bayer’s vision of Health for All, Hunger for None and asks fans across the United States to share the hashtag #HerestotheFarmer on their social media channels to show their gratitude to America’s farmers. For every share, Bayer will provide one meal* to a person in need through Feeding America ® with the goal of helping to provide 1 million meals.

FARM TOUR 2021

9/9         Marshall, WI                       Statz Bros. Farm

9/10       Cedar Rapids, IA                Brown Farms

9/11       Chillicothe, IL                    Three Sisters Park

9/16       Kingman, IN                       Martin Farms

9/17       Baltimore, OH                    Miller Family Farms

9/18       Fowlerville, MI                   Kubiak Family Farms

 

The tour was sponsored by Fendt, TRACKER OFF ROAD, Farmland, American Building Components (ABC™), DISH, Monster and Citi.

 

About Luke Bryan

Since his debut, Luke Bryan has garnered 27 #1 hits and has more RIAA certified digital singles than any other country artist with 68.5 million, has 15.6 billion streams worldwide, and has sold nearly 13 million albums. His headline concert tours have played sold-out shows for 12 million fans inclusive of 36 stadium concerts, Farm Tours, Spring Break shows, and seven sold-out ‘Crash My Playa’ destination concert events. Luke has won over 50 major music awards including five wins as Entertainer of the Year. His third and most recent Entertainer win was awarded by the Academy of Country Music this April, and he also holds two Entertainer honors by the Country Music Association. Additional awards include six recognitions as a CMT Artist of the Year, NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year, the first-ever recipient of the ACM Album of the Decade Award for Crash My Party, seven CMT Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, and four American Music Awards – as well as being named Billboard’s Top Country Artist of the 2010s, the ‘Most Heard Artist of the Decade’ by Country Aircheck, and the ‘Artist Humanitarian Recipient’ by the Country Radio Broadcasters this February. Luke is set to return as a celebrity judge for a fifth season, alongside Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, on ABC’s American Idol in 2022.

 

Visit www.LukeBryan.com or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook.

 

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  • Alan Jackson with WUSN/Chicago’s Jeff Kapugi and Marci Braun, as well as UMG Nashville’s Mike Dungan and Steve Hodges.