• CMA AWARDS 2019: Entertainer

    This year’s Entertainer of the Year nominees include Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, as well as Garth Brooks.

    Eric Church tallies up three nominations with his third nod for both Entertainer and Music Video of the Year (this time for “Some of It”). He also notched his fourth career nomination for Album of the Year for Desperate Man.

    Chris Stapleton has 16 prior nominations and 10 wins. Chris earns his fifth nod for Male Vocalist of the Year, which he has won consecutively since 2015. “Millionaire” has earned his third nomination for Single of the Year. Chris is also nominated for Entertainer of the Year, his fourth nomination in the category.

    Carrie Underwood has three nods this year. She picks up her second nomination for Entertainer of the Year, and she scored her 14th consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist, a title she’s won five times, including last year. This marks her fifth nomination for Album of the Year with Cry Pretty.

    Keith Urban, who is the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, is once again nominated for the night’s top honor, as well as for Male Vocalist of the Year.

    The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday (November 13th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Audio / Eric Church talks about the energy exchanged between him and his fans in the audience at his shows.

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    Eric Church (performing energy) OC: …type of crowd. :40
    “Well, I think for me every night I try to empty the tank. There’s always that energy floating around. It’s a palpable thing, and it’s up to me to start that exchange and get the crowd to give it back to me and then watch it build on itself and just to have that experience. We have one night here in whatever city we’re in, you know, we’ve got this night. I’m not gonna see you for a while you’re not gonna see me for a while, you know? And I love being able to capitalize on that moment and trying to live in that moment and get as much energy exchange between myself and the crowd as we can. I love that. That’s my favorite part of what we do. I love being around people, I’m very passionate about my music, and I love people who are passionate about the music too and I love playing a show for that type of crowd.”

    Audio / BACKSTAGE AT THE 2018 CMA AWARDS, CHRIS STAPLETON SAYS HE'S ALWAYS SURPRISED AND GRATEFUL FOR RECOGNITION OF HIS CRAFT.

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    Chris Stapleton (CMA 2018) OC: …grateful for it. :30
    “These things are always fantastic to win, but when you get nominated or invited to these parties, in my estimation, you’ve already won and you’ve already gotten to be far beyond anything, you know, anybody who’s a musician could ever dream of getting to do, and we get to do that every day, we get to live it every day. As far as thinking about going into anything, I’m always genuinely surprised to win anything, and I’m always grateful for it.”

    Audio / Prior to her No. 1 party for Southbound a few weeks ago, Carrie Underwood talked about her Entertainer of the Year nomination.

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    Carrie Underwood (Entertainer nod 2019) OC: …sorry boys! (laughs) :28
    “I personally feel like entertainer. It’s everything, right? So, I feel like people kind of narrow it down to tours, but I feel like there’s so many more components to it. And, you know, I’m blessed and lucky to be nominated, obviously, and fantastic company. It would be amazing, but of course, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it. (laughs) Sorry boys.” (laughs)

    Audio / BACKSTAGE AT LAST YEAR’S CMA AWARDS, KEITH URBAN WAS OVERWHELMED WITH HIS WIN FOR ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR, AN AWARD HE’S BEEN NOMINATED FOR NUMEROUS TIMES, BUT HASN’T WON SINCE 2005.

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    Keith Urban (Entertainer win 2018) OC: …feeling. :28
    “It’s an indescribable feeling to get that tonight, because I love playing, I love entertaining, I love putting on shows. I started playing guitar when I was six, so playing, and I came up playing in the clubs – four hours a night, five hours a night, five nights a week. I wasn’t writing songs. I was just schlepping my gear and playing cover tunes and learning my craft. To get to play three or four hours a night of original material is the most extraordinary feeling.”

  • GO BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH KEITH URBAN AND ERIC CHURCH IN THE STUDIO.

  • ERIC, KEITH, CARRIE AND CHRIS ARE AMONG THE FIRST PERFORMERS OF THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS.

    The first round of performers for this year’s CMA Awards have been announced. Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton with Pink will perform, as well as Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton with for King & Country and Zach Williams.

    The 53rd annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie with special guests Reba and Dolly, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 13th at 8pm ET on ABC.

  • KEITH URBAN IS JOINED BY ERIC CHURCH ON NEW VERSION OF THE HIT SINGLE “WE WERE.”

    Four-time GRAMMY® Award winner and reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban released a brand-new version of his hit single, “We Were,” now featuring labelmate and friend Eric Church. Church, a three-time CMA and six-time ACM winner himself, wrote the song along with Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde. He adds his own unmistakable vocals to the nostalgic track.

     

    “I heard that my buddy Eric was a writer on ‘We Were,’ so I thought ‘hey, what a cool opportunity for people to get to hear a writer singing,’” Keith says. “I think this guy could be really big!!!!!”

    “We Were” is Keith Urban’s 40th Top 10 single on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart, marking another in a long line of Top 10 hits, including a record setting streak of 38 – the longest by any artist on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart.

    Keith’s recently announced European tour, his first in more than a decade, kicks off in Amsterdam on May 2nd.

    Church, meanwhile, recently topped the charts with his reflective track “Some Of It” and is currently making his way up the charts with his latest, “Monsters.” He’s on the road with his unrivaled Double Down Tour, featuring back-to-back nights of marathon shows sans-opening act in nearly 30 markets, as well as select one-night-only engagements including at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, where he broke the venue’s concert attendance record with 56,521 fans.

     

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    Audio / Keith Urban talks about the writers of his latest hit, "We Were."

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    Keith Urban (We Were writers) OC: …completely original. :28
    “It made sense when I heard it, not only Eric, but Ryan and Jeff as well. The three of them together have a particular thing, you know?  I think they wrote ‘Springsteen,’ as well. They just have a good chemistry, the three of them. But Eric has such a knack for storytelling anyway and choosing images and lyrics that they seem like a thousand people must have used them before, and yet they’re completely original.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (We Were feat. Eric Church) 1

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    “Hey everyone! It’s Keith Urban here. This is a brand new version of my song ‘We Were’ featuring one of the song’s writers and my good friend, Eric Church. Check it out.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (We Were feat. Eric Church) 2

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    “Hey! Keith Urban here. That was ‘We Were’ featuring me and of course my good buddy, Eric Church.”

    Video / We Were (one-shot video)

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  • KEITH URBAN LIVE – LAS VEGAS TO PLAY 12 CONCERTS AT THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE IN 2020.

    Four-time GRAMMY© Award winner Keith Urban will bring Keith Urban Live – Las Vegas to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for 12 unprecedented concerts to premiere in January 2020. After two sold-out performances at the award-winning and newly renovated venue in September 2019, Urban will now return with an all-new show, packed with hit songs, explosive showmanship and usual unpredictability. The shows will be a once-in-a-lifetime concert event – an arena-sized production in a theater setting, up close and personal. Keith Urban Live – Las Vegas will utilize The Colosseum’s new general admission capability on the main floor for a dynamic and re-imagined fan experience for the landmark venue. The shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

    Performances are scheduled for:

    January 2020: 10, 11, 17, 18

    April 2020: 24, 25

    July 2020: 10, 11

    August 2020: 7, 8

    November 2020: 20, 21

    Urban is one of the world’s most electrifying live performers in music today. His concerts are critically hailed the world over and feature many of his 24 chart-topping songs including Graffiti U’s “Coming Home,” Ripcord’s “Wasted Time,” “The Fighter,” his mega hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” and seminal No. 1’s including “Somebody Like You,” “Days Go By,” “Long Hot Summer” and “Stupid Boy.” Never knowing what will happen next, crowds have seen Urban performing with fans, with special guests, giving away used show guitars and performing solos perched atop audience seating.

    General ticket prices beginning at $69, plus applicable tax and fees, go on sale to the general public starting Friday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. PT at ticketmaster.com/keithurbanvegas or in-person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office. Members of The ‘Ville, Keith Urban’s official fan club, will have access to a presale beginning Sunday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. PT.

    Citi is the official presale credit card for Urban’s performances at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. PT through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

    In addition, Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, as well as Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers will have access to a presale beginning Thursday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. PT. All presales end Thursday, Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. PT.

    The current CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year and four-time GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban released “We Were,” his first new single of 2019 in May of 2019. “We Were” quickly entered the Billboard Country Airplay Chart, marking his 40th Top 10 song. It comes after the 2018 release of Graffiti U and his acclaimed “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR,” which played to more than 1 million fans in seven countries on three continents. Besides four GRAMMY Awards, Urban has won 13 Country Music Association Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, four People’s Choice Awards and four American Music Awards. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

  • KEITH URBAN TEASES A NEW COLLABORATION.

  • KEITH URBAN MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCES AT NOT ONE, BUT TWO COUNTRY SHOWS ON THE SAME NIGHT.

    Keith Urban has been touring London and the U.K., and a few of his good buddies are across the pond doing the same thing. He ended up making special appearances at a Hootie & the Blowfish show, as well as a Brad Paisley concert…the same night!

     

    Keith is making his way back to the States and will make a stop in Durant, Oklahoma on Friday (October 18th). Keith is now sitting inside the Top 10 (on his way to the top) on the country charts with his latest “We Were.”

  • KEITH URBAN CELEBRATES HIS 50TH TOP 10 SINGLE WITH “WE WERE.”

    Four-time GRAMMY® Award winner and reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban celebrates his 40th Top 10 single on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart, with his latest “We Were.” The song, co-written by Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde, marks another in a long line of Top 10s that includes a record setting streak of 38, the longest by any artist on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart.

    In addition, Urban just this week, announced Keith Urban Live his first official European tour in more than a decade.  The tour gets underway in Amsterdam on May 2nd and includes stops in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, as well as four stops in the UK.

    Keith Urban Live Tour European dates

    May 2nd:         Amsterdam

    May 5th:          London

    May 8th:          Manchester

    May 12th:       Glasgow

    May 14th:       Birmingham

    May 20th:       Munich

    May 22nd:      Frankfurt

    May 23rd:       Cologne

    May 25th:       Hamburg

    May 26th:       Berlin

    May 29th:       Copenhagen

    May 30th:       Stockholm

    May 31st:        Oslo

  • THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM AND KEITH URBAN ANNOUNCE INITIAL LINEUP FOR ALL FOR THE HALL BENEFIT CONCERT.

    Between periods of the Nashville Predators’ nationally televised home opener against the Minnesota Wild, Keith Urban took to the ice to perform and announce that the All for the Hall benefit concert, presented by City National Bank, will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Monday, February 10th, 2020.

     

    Ingrid Andress, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Lauren Daigle, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Tenille Townes and Tanya Tucker will join Urban for his seventh All For The Hall benefit concert, which to date has raised $3.4 million in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s education programs. Additional artists are expected to be named later. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at 10 a.m. central time, and can be purchased at LiveNation.com and the Bridgestone Arena box office. VIP ticketing packages, which include premium seating, meet-and-greet opportunities and more, will also be made available.

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    The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, through its exhibits and educational programs, shares the ever-evolving country music story, from its folk roots to the present day. Throughout this narrative, the inspiration that artists draw from their musical forbearers is tangible. This exploration of how music inspires and influences later generations of artists led directly to the concert’s theme, All for the Hall: Under the Influence. During the concert, each participating artist will perform a song that was recorded by an artist who strongly influences them, in addition to one of their own hits.

    “Ken Burns’ documentary has shown us that we are all very much influenced by our heroes,” said Urban. “So this year’s All for the Hall benefit is our chance to acknowledge those that have been an influence on us and helped shape the artists that we are today. Somehow these shows always seem to take on a life of their own. They’re incredibly fun to do, and you never quite really know what’s gonna happen. So we’ll roll with it and turn Bridgestone (Arena) into one huge club!”

     

    For previous audio of Keith talking about All for the Hall and how it’s a labor of love, click here.

    This All for the Hall concert is presented by City National Bank. Ford Motor Company and Mid-South Ford Dealers are the lead sponsors. Contributing sponsors are the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association; Urban is both organizations’ reigning Entertainer of the Year.

    This All for the Hall show is produced by Live Nation.

    More information about this All for the Hall show and the All for the Hall benefit concert series can be found at www.CountryMusicHallofFame.org

    About All for the Hall
    The All for the Hall campaign began in 2005 when Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill suggested country music artists contribute the proceeds of one annual performance to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The All for the Hall concert series was launched in 2007 in New York. The series has alternated between New York and Los Angeles in succeeding years, with Gill and fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris as hosts. Along with Urban, Gill historically hosts the All for the Hall concert in Nashville.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Lauren Alaina, Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Travis Denning

    Make sure to watch Lauren Alaina and her professional dance partner Gleb Savchenko perform the Tango during ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on Monday (September 30th). The show begins at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Jon Pardi
    will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night (September 30th). Make sure to check local listings for time. Jonathan Van Ness (Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love) and Lucy Boynton (The Politician) will also appear on the show. Jon just released his new album, Heartache Medication on Friday (September 27th).

    Carrie Underwood will be interviewed as well as perform on CBS’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday (October 3rd). Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob) will also appear. Check local listings for time.

    Kacey Musgraves recorded a song “All is Found,” which will appear in Disney’s Frozen 2. The tune is included on the soundtrack, which will be released on November 15th, followed by the feature animated film hitting theaters nationwide November 22nd.

     

    Keith Urban is set to perform the halftime show for the 107th Grey Cup North of the border on November 24th. The Grey Cup (both the championship and trophy) is Canada’s version of the Super Bowl and is between the winners of the Canadian Football League’s East and West Divisional playoffs. It’s also the nation’s largest annual sporting events.

    Travis Denning, as you know, is a huge football fan. He always attended his high school football games and cheered loudly for his hometown team. This past Friday Night, his school played his song “Heartbeat of a Small Town” over the loud speakers for everyone in the stands. For audio of Travis talking about his hometown of Warner Robins, Georgia, click here.