• ACM AWARDS 2020 WILL BE A STAR-STUDDED SHOW.

    The Academy of Country Music will present its annual awards show on Wednesday night (September 16th). The show was postponed from April in Las Vegas to September in Nashville due to the global pandemic (COVID-19).

    For the first time in the show’s history, the awards will take place in Nashville, broadcasting from three iconic Country Music venues: Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. The reigning Entertainer of the Year, Keith Urban, will host the show from The Grand Ole Opry House.

    Performances include a star-studded medley from the night’s Entertainer of the Year nominees – Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett – to kick off the show, as well as other performances by Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Pink, Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Riley Green, Tenille Townes, Thomas Rhett with Jon Pardi, Eric Church, Mickey Guyton, Morgan Wallen, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Trisha Yearwood, Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan.

    Eric Church is set to perform the anthemic “Stick Tat in Your Country Song,” while Luke Bryan will sing his multi-week No 1 summer smash “One Margarita.” Taylor will perform her Top 40 country hit, “betty,” and Carrie Underwood will turn in a medley of songs by the format’s most iconic female artists, including Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. Mickey Guyton will sing the critically-acclaimed “What Are You Gonna Tell Her,” and the night’s host Keith Urban will perform with P!ink on his new song, “One Too Many from his upcoming album, The Speed of Now Part 1.

    Newcomer Caylee Hammack picked up her first ACM Award for Music Event of the Year for the Miranda Lambert-led collaboration, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” which also featured Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes and Elle King.

    Universal Music Group Nashville is celebrating its honorees (see below).

    Eric Church leads our nominees with three, including his second nod for Entertainer of the Year. He was also nominated as artist and songwriter in the Song of the Year category for “Some of It” – marking his eighth and ninth nominations in the category.

    Reigning Female Artist of the Year Kacey Musgraves earned three nominations including her seventh nod for Female Artist of the Year. Additionally, she received her first Single of the Year nomination as both artist and producer for “Rainbow.”

    Carrie Underwood is nominated for a pair of awards, including Entertainer of the Year, as well as Female Artist of the Year.

    Little Big Town also picks up a pair of nods for Group of the Year and Video of the Year for “Sugar Coat.”

    Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban are nominated for Male Artist of the Year; Jon Pardi is up for Album of the Year for Heartache Medication; and Brothers Osborne and Maddie & Tae are up for Duo of the Year.

     

    The 55th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Keith Urban, will be broadcast Wednesday, September 16th (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on CBS  and will be available to stream on demand on CBS All Access.

     

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    Luke Bryan

    Eric Church

    Luke Combs

    Thomas Rhett

    Carrie Underwood
    FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Kelsea Ballerini

    Miranda Lambert

    Maren Morris

    Kacey Musgraves

    Carrie Underwood
    MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Dierks Bentley

    Luke Combs

    Thomas Rhett

    Chris Stapleton

    Keith Urban
    DUO OF THE YEAR

    Brooks & Dunn

    Brothers Osborne

    Dan + Shay

    Florida Georgia Line

    Maddie & Tae
    GROUP OF THE YEAR

    Lady Antebellum

    Little Big Town

    Midland

    Old Dominion

    The Highwomen
    ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett

    Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Thomas Rhett, The Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson

    GIRL – Maren Morris

    Producers: busbee, Greg Kurstin, Maren Morris

    Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi

    Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi

     

    What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs

    Producer: Scott Moffatt

    Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

    Producer: Jay Joyce

     

    SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Producer: Scott Hendricks

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Producer: Shane McAnally

    Rainbow – Kacey Musgraves

    Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves, Daniel Tashian

    Rumor – Lee Brice

    Producers: Lee Brice, Dan Frizsell, Kyle Jacobs, Jon Stone

    What If I Never Get Over You – Lady Antebellum

    Producer: Dann Huff

     

    SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Songwriters: Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Jessie Jo Dillon, Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

    Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Shay Mooney Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI), Big Machine Music (BMI) / Buckeye 26 (ASCAP), Jreynmusic (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Bieber Time Publishing (ASCAP), Universal Music (ASCAP) / Poo B Z Inc. (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP).

    Girl Goin’ Nowhere – Ashley McBryde

    Songwriters: Jeremy Bussey, Ashley McBryde

    Publishers: Songs of Song Factory (BMI) / Universal Tunes (SESAC).

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt

    Publishers: Relative Music Group (BMI), Administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI) / WB Music Corp. / Georgia Song Vibez / We-volve Music (ASCAP) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / Neon Cross Music (BMI).

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Songwriters: Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi

    Publishers: WB Music Corp/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing. Rezsongs/Reehits World/Smacktown Music, a division of Smack Blue, LLC/Unfair Entertainment  (ASCAP) adm. by Me Gusta Music. We’re Really Doin’ It Publishing (ASCAP) adm by Words & Music. Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing.

    Some Of It – Eric Church

    Songwriters: Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, Bobby Pinson

    Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Longer and Louder Music, admin. by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC; Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music/Little Louder Songs, admin. by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music/Not A Track Guy Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights (BMI).
     

    MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Producers: Dan Smyers

    Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

    Dive Bar – Garth Brooks Featuring Blake Shelton

    Producers: Garth Brooks

    Record Label: Pearl Records, Inc.

    Fooled Around And Fell In Love – Miranda Lambert Featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King

    Producer: Jay Joyce

    Record Label: Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville

    Old Town Road – Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

    Producers: Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross, YoungKio

    Record Label: Columbia Records

    What Happens In A Small Town – Brantley Gilbert Featuring Lindsay Ell

    Producer: Dann Huff

    Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

    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 / LAST YEAR, CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKED ABOUT HER ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FOR LAST YEAR’S CMA AWARDS…AND THE SAME SENTIMENT HOLDS TRUE FOR THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

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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 / A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, LUKE BRYAN TALKED ABOUT BEING NAMED ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR FROM BOTH THE ACM AWARDS AND CMA AWARDS.

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    Luke Bryan (Entertainer wins) OC: …got it right. :49
    “The title is what it is, you know? I mean, my focus in life when I’m on stage is entertaining these fans. If it’s my smile and my demeanor, if it’s my song that does it, if it’s me picking up a child out of the audience and letting them sing, it’s not being so premeditated that you can see it from a mile away. I mean, my main thing is be a fan up there that just gets to sing. That’s kind of how I’ve always approached it, and being called the Entertainer of the Year makes me want to do that to the best of my ability every night for the rest of my life as long as I’m on stage. I want people to leave my shows and go, ‘You know what? Whoever’s voting him Entertainer of the Year, they got it right.’”

    Audio / Caylee Hammack, who was nominated for a pair of awards going into this year's ACM AWARDS, has won her first for Music Event of the Year.

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    Caylee Hammack (ACM Music Event of the Year win) OC: …of women. :42
    “Getting to recreate this song with women that inspire me so very much was already a huge blessing for me. To get to perform it every night for the encore of Miranda Lambert’s show that I got to be on tour with her for, it was already this huge blessing for me and then to be nominated was a huge deal and now, we’ve won an ACM for vocal event of the year, this is unreal. And I wish there was another word I could use for it, but unreal is truly it. This is so very special, and I’m just so honored to be in this group of this caliber of women.”

    Audio / KACEY MUSGRAVES SAYS SHE WROTE “RAINBOW” AS A MEMO TO HERSELF, BUT SAYS IT CAN HELP PEOPLE ACTUALLY SEE THE SUN THROUGH THE CLOUDS.

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    Kacey Musgraves (Rainbow) 1 OC: …make it through. :48
    “The song ‘Rainbow’ was actually written a handful of years ago as sort of a little bit of a memo to myself. I think we can all get stuck in a mindset that things are never gonna improve or you can easily focus on kind of the bad parts of whatever you’re going through and not really realize that if you pulled your head above the water you’d see that the sun is actually shining and that everything’s actually okay. I think one of the reasons that people may relate to the song a lot is because, though it was written to myself, I think that it can take the shape of like whatever someone’s going through – whether it’s coming out and not having the support or just any kind of a situation that they don’t feel like they may make it through.”

    Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT HIS SONG "SOME OF IT."

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    Eric Church (Some of It coming of age) OC: …figure it out. :56
    “That’s a song, a coming-of-age song, it’s an adult song. It’s adult music. If you listen to the thematics in that and what it’s about, it’s about being older and having some wisdom about you. I think that’s something that I appreciate in my fan base now that early on probably wasn’t there. We were young and drunk and fighting and stupid. But I think now to see them grow – to see the fan base grow – it’s just one of those songs that came along at the right time. And again, it was such a blessing that happened. It wasn’t going to be on the album. It was just one of those freak things that I put it on the album, the last song on the album. The album was done, and all of a sudden it becomes the pillar, one of the pillars on the album. I think again, you go back to it’s one of the great things about music, is you just never know what’s going to happen until it’s all said and done. You can try to plan all you want to, but you’ll probably not going to figure it out.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi is excited for his ACM Album of the Year nomination.

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    Jon Pardi (nominated for ACM AWARD for album) OC: …it’s awesome. :32
    “Being nominated for an ACM Award is always awesome, especially when it’s for Album f the Year. From all the hard work we put in to making this record to seeing it as a nominee for Album of the Year is amazing. It’s such a great honor to just have a nomination – to still be in the game is what I’m saying, and I put in a lot of hard work and it’s just so fun. It’s my favorite category to be in and the most, it’s the one I want to be in because that means all the songs help you get that nomination. I think that’s so great, and we work so hard on picking songs. So, it’s awesome.”

    Audio / MADDIE MARLOW OF MADDIE & TAE TALK ABOUT BEING NOMINATED FOR THE ACM DUO OF THE YEAR AWARD.

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    Maddie & Tae (ACM 2019) OC: …this year. :35
    “Being in the Duo category, especially being the only females in that category, is really, really special. We are just in such good company. Every single duo that’s nominated this year, we are really good friends with and we love and support and root for, but just the fact the industry acknowledges what we’re doing, especially after the crazy past couple of years we’ve had, just to get that nod saying, ‘Hey! You’re doing good. Keep doing what you’re doing,’ is so special. We do not take that for granted ‘cause we didn’t expect that at all, and so it was a huge shock for us and such good news for us this year.”

    Audio / BROTHERS OSBORNE SAYS IT'S AN HONOR TO BE NOMINATED AT THIS YEAR'S ACM AWARDS.

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    Brothers Osborne (being nominated) OC: (TJ) …but it really is. :26
    JOHN: “One of the things I love about the country music genre is “It sounds cliché to say it’s an honor, but it really is that it’s a family. We’re all really, really close. We’re all a bunch of misfits thrown together. We’re all a little different, but we love one another and respect one another, and I’m just honored for the both of us to be a part of this awesome family.” TJ: “I will say to add on that, it sounds cliché to say it’s an honor to be nominated, but it really is.”

  • LAUREN ALAINA HITS NO. 1 ON ITUNES COUNTRY CHART AND NO. 4 ALL-GENRE CHART WITH “WHAT DO YOU THINK OF?”

    Platinum-selling No. 1 singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina, released her brand-new EP, Getting Over Him last week and celebrated the release with a performance of “Run” on ABC’s Good Morning America. Just days after the EP release her duet “What Do You Think Of?”featuring international pop sensation Lukas Graham has shot up the iTunes chart hitting No. 1 on iTunes country and No. 4 on the all-genre chart. “What Do You Think Of?” is playing now on Sirius XM’s The Highway.

    In case you missed her performance on ABC’s Good Morning America click HERE.

    Lauren will present on the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards™ on Wednesday (Sptember 16th) on CBS.

    The Georgia native was just announced as the host of the upcoming new Circle TV series, Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith, the inspirational series, premiering Tuesday, October 6th, based off the namesake book Jesus Calling ® (Thomas Nelson). In tandem, Alaina is also featured on the cover of the popular Jesus Calling magazine (Spring 2020) and is featured in an episode of Stories of Faith, “Loving Yourself and Knowing Who You Are”, HERE.

    The award-winning singer/songwriter was a featured guest on Entertainment Tonight to talk about her new music and she spoke to E! News to talk about her EP. The multi-award winner will have upcoming features and interviews coming in PEOPLE Magazine (9/11 print issue), People.comPeople NowCMT Hot 20 (9/12) as well as Circle Sessions airing on Circle TV (October 14) and on Circle All Access YouTube (Oct 17). More features and appearances to be announced soon.

    Alaina and her Getting Over Him EP has already received rave reviews including American Songwriter saying “What Do You Think Of?,” the duet with pop sensation Lukas Graham, is “stunning” and that “Alaina paints with such vivid colors that it’s like you’re experiencing the fall-out, too.”

    The Tennessean
    who calls Alaina a “heart-on-her-sleeve singer” with a “standout voice,” spoke to her about her healing through her music and the Getting Over Him EP saying she delivers a “subtly powerful performance” on the “standout track” of the EP, “What Do You Think Of?” (the duet with Lukas Graham).

    E! News
     calls this EP the “most empowering music of her career.”

    Haute Living Media Group
     calls the EP “epic” and says Alaina is “a “complete ray of sunshine”.

    Features have run in USA TODAY, American Songwriter, Tennessean, Hollywood Life, FoxNews.com, CMT.com, PopCulture.com, Nashville Lifestyles, Country Now, Sounds Like Nashville, Taste of Country, The Boot and more.

    The EP includes six self-penned songs, embodying confidence, empowerment and resilience, is available at all major digital service providers.

    Getting Over Him
     EP Track Listing:

    1.  Run                                                                      Lauren Alaina/Ben Johnson/Kennedi
    2.  If I Was A Beer                                                    Lauren Alaina/David Garcia/Hardy
    3.  Bar Back                                                             Lauren Alaina/David Garcia/Hilary Lindsay
    4.  Getting Over Him (duet with Jon Pardi)              Lauren Alaina/Paul DiGiovanni/Emily Weisband
    5.  Seen You In Your Hometown                              Lauren Alaina/Ben Johnson/ Kennedi
    6.  What Do You Think Of? (duet with Lukas Graham) Lauren Alaina/Johan Carlsson/Asia Whiteacre

    Alaina, one of the hottest rising female artists in country music, continues to make her way up the country singles chart with her current radio single “Getting Good,” the title track to the EP. Last month the Georgia native released, across all digital platforms, a special mix of “Getting Good” which features her friend/mentor and fellow Georgia native, superstar Trisha Yearwood.

    In the last few months, Alaina has most recently performed on the 40th annual broadcast of the top-rated PBS special “A Capitol Fourth performing “This Land Is My Land,” CMA Summer Stay-Cay livestream special where she performed “Women of Summer” with Lindsay Ell and Cassadee Pope as well as “Say It With a Song” Game with Devin Dawson and HARDY as well as CMT’s Benefit Concert for Love & Acceptance and she and her friend Kane Brown performed their 5XPlatinum-selling “What Ifs” on the recent nationally-televised CMA Best of Fest on ABC.

    Audio / Lauren Alaina talks about the song, "What Do You Think Of," which is featured on her new EP, Getting Over Him.

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    Lauren Alaina (What Do You Think Of) 1 OC: …painful time. 1:20

    “’What Do You Think Of’ is by far the most emotional song on the EP. It was definitely the scariest for me to put on there. I almost didn’t put it on the EP. That’s how scary it is for me cuz it’s such a vulnerable song and I wrote it at a time when I was so sad.  Like, so sad.  And I was on DWTS. I wasn’t writing, which really helps me process everything. But I was in a time of being on Dancing With The Stars and I didn’t have time to write.  And I told my team, I was like… ‘I have to write. I’ve got to get this off my chest because I was drowning in this emotion.’ And the next thing I knew, I’d written “What Do You Think Of.” And I knew it was really special when I wrote it, but it was such a painful time for me. When I hear it, I get this really sad feeling even though I’m not sad anymore over the breakup, the song makes me sad. And it’s a big risk, I feel like, to put a song like that out there because it’s vulnerable and scary. Sometimes the biggest risks give you the highest reward.  So, my management and my publisher really fought me on putting this song out.  They believed in it from day one. And I did too, but the further away I got from the break-up, the more I was like, I didn’t even listen to it anymore, ‘cause that was such a reminder of such a painful time.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD, LAUREN ALAINA AND DARIUS RUCKER ADDED TO THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

    Carrie Underwood has been added to the list of performers at this year’s ACM Awards, along with Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, as well as Trisha Yearwood. They join previously announced performers Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett with Jon Pardi, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Riley Green,  Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old DominionTenille Townes and Morgan Wallen.

    In celebration of the 95th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry, two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year winner and nominated again this year, Carrie will honor trailblazing female Opry members by performing a medley of songs by Patsy ClineLoretta LynnBarbara MandrellMartina McBrideReba McEntire and Dolly Parton. Carrie is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.

    Also joining the telecast’s all-star lineup are presenters Lauren AlainaLily AldridgeClint Black & Lisa Hartman BlackBobby BonesCamDarius Rucker and Runaway June.

    For the first time in the show’s history, the awards will take place in Nashville, broadcasting from three iconic Country Music venues: Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe.

    The 55th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Keith Urban, will be broadcast September 16th (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on CBS  and will be available to stream on demand on CBS All Access.

  • LAUREN ALAINA PERFORMS “RUN” ON ABC’S GOOD MORNING AMERICA.

    Lauren Alaina performed the song, “Run” from her new EP, “Getting Over Him,” on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday (September 7th).

    The Georgia native is currently making her way up the country charts with “Getting Good.”

     

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  • LAUREN ALAINA RELEASES GETTING OVER HIM EP TODAY.

    Platinum-selling No. 1 singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina releases her brand-new EP, Getting Over Him TODAY. The EP includes six self-penned songs, embodying confidence, empowerment and resilience, and is available now at all major digital service providers.

    The rising superstar celebrates the release of her EP with national tv performance on ABC’s Good Morning America (Monday, Sept 7). Alaina will also appear on the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards on Wed, Sept 16th on the CBS Television Network.

    Alaina, who had just wrapped her sold-out first ever headlining That Girl Was Me Tour before the COVID pandemic, has been anxious to play music LIVE for her fans again. To celebrate the release of Getting Over Him directly with her fans, Alaina has partnered with VYE Live for a virtual livestream concert on September 12 at 7 PM CT. Tickets for virtual admission are on sale now HERE.

    The Georgia native was just announced as the host of the upcoming new Circle TV series, Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith, the inspirational series, premiering Tuesday, October 6, based off the namesake book Jesus Calling ® (Thomas Nelson). In tandem, Alaina is also featured on the cover of the popular Jesus Calling magazine (Spring 2020) and is featured in an episode of Stories of Faith, “Loving Yourself and Knowing Who You Are” HERE.

    The award-winning singer/songwriter was a featured guest this week on Entertainment Tonight to talk about her new music and she spoke to E! News to talk about her EP. The multi-award winner will have upcoming features and interviews coming in PEOPLE Magazine (9/11 print issue), People.com, People Now, CMT Hot 20 (9/12) as well as Circle Sessions airing on Circle TV (October 14) and on Circle All Access YouTube (Oct 17). More features and appearances to be announced soon.

    Alaina and her Getting Over Him EP has already received rave reviews including American Songwriter saying “What Do You Think Of?,” the duet with pop sensation Lukas Graham, is “stunning” and that “Alaina paints with such vivid colors that it’s like you’re experiencing the fall-out, too.”

    The Tennessean, who calls Alaina a “heart-on-her-sleeve singer” with a “standout voice,” spoke to her about her healing through her music and the Getting Over Him EP saying she delivers a “subtly powerful performance” on the “standout track” of the EP, “What Do You Think Of?” (the duet with Lukas Graham).

    E! News calls this EP the “most empowering music of her career.”

    Features have also run in USA TODAY, Hollywood Life, FoxNews.com, CMT.com, PopCulture.com, Nashville Lifestyles, Country Now, Sounds Like Nashville, Taste of Country, The Boot and more.

     

    Getting Over Him EP Track Listing:

    1. Run   (Lauren Alaina/Ben Johnson/Kennedi)
    2. If I Was A Beer   (Lauren Alaina/David Garcia/Hardy)
    3. Bar Back   (Lauren Alaina/David Garcia/Hilary Lindsay)
    4. Getting Over Him -Jon Pardi   (Lauren Alaina/Paul DiGiovanni/Emily Weisband)
    5. Seen You In Your Hometown   (Lauren Alaina/Ben Johnson/ Kennedi)
    6. What Do You Think Of? -Lukas Graham   (Lauren Alaina/Johan Carlsson/ Asia Whiteacre)

    Alaina, one of the hottest rising female artists in country music, continues to make her way up the country singles chart with her current radio single “Getting Good,” the title track to the EP. Last month the Georgia native released, across all digital platforms, a special mix of “Getting Good” which features her friend/mentor and fellow Georgia native, superstar Trisha Yearwood.

    In the last few months, Alaina has most recently performed on the 40th annual broadcast of the top-rated PBS special A Capitol Fourth performing “This Land Is My Land,” CMA Summer Stay-Cay livestream special where she performed “Women of Summer” with Lindsay Ell and Cassadee Pope as well as “Say It With a Song” Game with Devin Dawson and HARDY as well as CMT’s Benefit Concert for Love & Acceptance and she and her friend Kane Brown performed their 5XPlatinum-selling “What Ifs” on the recent nationally-televised CMA Best of Fest on ABC.

     

    ***Lauren will perform “Run” from her new EP Monday morning (September 7th) on ABC’s Good Morning America.

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (new EP available now)

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    Audio / Lauren Alaina talks about writing for her new EP.

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    Lauren Alaina (writing for new EP) OC: …where I am. :59
    “I’ve always written from a really vulnerable place. It’s very important to me as a songwriter. Some of these songs that I’ve been writing in the last year though, feel really different because they’re not about me, really. They’re about the way that someone treated me and hurt me. And that feels really scary to me to put that out. “What Do You Think Of” is one of my favorite songs on the EP, but it also scares me the most because it’s from a really broken and sad place and someone else made me feel that way. ‘Road Less Travelled,’ a lot of my sadness came from my own insecurities and my own feelings. And this music is kind of someone else did things to make me feel this way. And so that adds a whole layer of fear and anxiety almost. I don’t know what to do, but I just know that I have to say it and it’s where I am.”

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  • LAUREN ALAINA READIES NEW EP, GETTING OVER HIM, AVAILABLE FRIDAY.

    Lauren Alaina is set to release a new six-song EP on Friday (September 4th). Lauren co-wrote every track on the new collection, which is an emotional take on getting over lost loves.

    “The last couple of years of my life have been very interesting to say the least.  I spent the last 10 years in the public eye.  And I spent the first few years really working on myself and learning to love myself and becoming the person that I am now.  I was 15 when I started out, so I was a child.  And I became a woman and most of my music up until now has been about that,” says Lauren. “About coming into my own.  And then I had a couple of really public relationships that ended very publicly.  And I wrote this 6-song EP called GETTING OVER HIM about how I handled that.  And I really kept quiet and I didn’t say much because when there are other people involved, it always makes me nervous on what the right thing is to say and when I’m in the middle of the feelings, I don’t wanna get emotional.  I don’t wanna say the wrong thing from an emotional standpoint.  So, I waited until I was healed, and I addressed everything that’s happened over the last couple of years. And it’s kind of my response of how I learned to love myself and continued to love myself when others didn’t.

    Getting Over Him features two duets, including the title track duet with her labelmate and friend Jon Pardi. The Georgia native also enlisted International pop sensation Lukas Graham to duet with her on her most vulnerable and heartbreaking “What Do You Think Of.”

    Getting Over Him EP Track List:

    1. Run — Lauren Alaina/Ben Johnson/Kennedi
    2. If I Was A Beer – Lauren Alaina/David Garcia/Hardy
    3. Bar Back – Lauren Alaina/David Garcia/Hilary Lindsay
    4. Getting Over Him (duet with Jon Pardi) – Lauren Alaina/Paul DiGiovanni/Emily Weisband
    5. Seen You In Your Hometown — Lauren Alaina/Ben Johnson/ Kennedi
    6. What Do You Think Of? (duet with Lukas Graham) – Lauren Alaina/Johan Carlsson/ Asia Whiteacre

    Alaina, one of the hottest rising female artists in country music, is making her way up the country singles chart with her current radio single “Getting Good.” The vocal powerhouse recently released a special mix of “Getting Good” which features her friend/mentor, superstar Trisha Yearwood.

     

    Lauren will do her first ever livestream, performing tunes from her new EP, as well as some of her older songs, on September 12th.

     

    Alaina has most recently performed on the 40th annual broadcast of the top-rated PBS special “A Capitol Fourth performing “This Land Is My Land,” CMA Summer Stay-Cay livestream special where she performed “Women of Summer” with Lindsay Ell and Cassadee Pope as well as “Say It With a Song” Game with Devin Dawson and HARDY as well as CMT’s Benefit Concert for Love & Acceptance and she and her friend Kane Brown performed their 5XPlatinum-selling “What Ifs” on the recent nationally-televised CMA Best of Fest on ABC.

     

    Audio / Lauren Alaina talks about her new EP, Getting Over Him.

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    Lauren Alaina (Getting Over Him EP) 1 OC: …others didn’t. 1:15

    “The last couple of years of my life have been very interesting to say the least.  I spent the last 10 years in the public eye.  And I spent the first few years really working on myself and learning to love myself and becoming the person that I am now.  I was 15 when I started out, so I was a child.  And I became a woman and most of my music up until now has been about that,” says Lauren. “About coming into my own.  And then I had a couple of really public relationships that ended very publicly.  And I wrote this 6-song EP called GETTING OVER HIM about how I handled that.  And I really kept quiet and I didn’t say much because when there are other people involved, it always makes me nervous on what the right thing is to say and when I’m in the middle of the feelings, I don’t wanna get emotional.  I don’t wanna say the wrong thing from an emotional standpoint.  So, I waited until I was healed, and I addressed everything that’s happened over the last couple of years. And it’s kind of my response of how I learned to love myself and continued to love myself when others didn’t.”

    Audio / Lauren Alaina covers a lot of emotional ground on her new EP, Getting Over Him.

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    Lauren Alaina (Getting Over Him EP) 2 OC: … six-song EP. :51
    “Up until now in my career I feel like most my songs have really been about myself.  And these songs kind of feel like they’re about other people and how they treated me or how I responded to certain situations I was in. And really I think that Road Less Travelled was so important for me to write before I wrote this music because I learned how to be vulnerable and how to be honest about myself and that really kind of set me up to be vulnerable and honest about other things that happened to me.  And I’m really proud of it. I think that I covered all of the emotions I felt.  Anger, sadness, happiness.  New love; what’s gonna happen for me next.  Grrrr!  Meh! All of the emotions are all wrapped up into this one six-song EP. “

    Audio / Lauren Alaina talks about naming her new EP, Getting Over Him.

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    Lauren Alaina (Getting Over Him EP) 3 OC: …little break-up. :31
    “The first EP was Getting Good, and then I was trying to name this EP. Most of the songs are about getting over him. It felt like the overall theme of this EP was ‘getting over him’ and how I did that. Even the ones that are love songs now, or… like “Seeing You In Your Hometown” is about a newer love and how you feel about that. Well, that was part of getting over him, so it kind of just made sense. All of them just made sense. My little break-up.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (new EP available this week)

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    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (new EP available Friday)

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: LUKE, CHURCH, LAUREN AND MORE

    Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Mickey Guyton havebeen added to the list of performers at this year’s ACM Awards. They’re joined by Kane Brown, Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen, Florida Georgia Line and more. Luke will perform his 25th No. 1 smash; two-week chart-topper “One Margarita;” Church will give an unforgettable rendition of his latest single, “Stick That in Your Country Song;” and Mickey, who has one of the best voices in the business will perform her critically-acclaimed “What Are You Gonna Tell Her.” For the first time in the show’s history, the awards will take place in Nashville, broadcasting from three iconic Country Music venues: Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. As previously announced, artists performing at the Ryman include Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Riley Green, Maren MorrisOld Dominionand Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, and Tenille Townes. Artists at The Bluebird Cafe include Jimmie AllenLuke CombsMiranda Lambert featuring songwriters Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick, and Tim McGraw. Hosted by reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban, the 55th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS will be broadcast on Wednesday, September 16th (live 8:00-11:00pm ET/delayed PT) on CBS and available to stream on demand on CBS All Access.

    Lauren Alaina has been tapped to host a new show on the Grand Ole Opry’s Circle Network, “Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith.” Some of Lauren’s guests will include Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, Craig Morgan, Randy Travis and his wife Mary, Rita Wilson, Darryl Worley, actress Kristin Chenoweth and many others.  “There are a lot of things that are important to me in life, but Jesus is number one,” says Lauren. “There’s no better compliment than someone recognizing my faith and asking me to help share God’s word.” The faith-based show will premiere October 6th at 8:30pm ET.

     

  • LAUREN ALAINA NEW EP GETTING OVER HIM COMING SEPTEMBER 4TH.

    Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina, releases her new song “Run” on Friday (July 31), across all digital service providers. “Run,” co-written by Alaina, Ben Johnson and Kennedi, is the first song from the multi-award winner’s upcoming new EP, Getting Over Him, coming September 4th.

    “I wrote ‘Run’ with Ben Johnson and Kennedi,” says Alaina. “We are all running. Constantly. Non-Stop. Even in this quarantine we are all still the busiest we’ve ever been. Life just keeps going and going and going in unbelievable paces as we try to race ourselves to the next thing. My idea with the song was to refer to examples of all things that run because no matter what your walk of life is, we are all racing to the next thing. We are all trying to get where we are going. We all get our hearts broken. We all have these childhood dreams. We ‘run’ to make it all happen.”

    “Music is my lifeline,” says Alaina. “Music literally pulls me out of everything I ever go through [career, heartbreak, family, self-worth, love] and I feel really empowered with this music. I feel like this music shows my personal growth and my emotional growth. This EP of songs is all about loving myself through other people not loving me and not staying with me. It’s about me being able to get back to that same confident girl I wrote about on Road Less Travelled and to hold on to that confidence. I get to celebrate that with this music, and I am so excited. I can’t wait for the fans to hear it.”

    Getting Over Him features two duets, including the title track duet with her labelmate and friend Jon Pardi.

    “I’ve done duets with other people for their projects, but I have never done any for my own,” says Alaina. “I’ve got a duet with Pardi on his album, and then he loved this one [“Getting Over Him”]. His energy is so amazing. I can’t believe I have a rebound song – but I do. (Laughs).”

    The Georgia native also enlisted International pop sensation Lukas Graham to duet with her on her most vulnerable and heartbreaking “What Do You Think Of.”  “Lukas Graham’s vocal on this is ridiculous,” says Alaina. “I am the most nervous about releasing this one because I was so vulnerable when I wrote it. Most of my songs come from more of a sassy and empowered place and this song comes from a really broken place. But I think it’s important because it is a part of who I am. It’s a part of what I went through. And if I am going to be honest in my music, I have to share songs like that too.”

    Getting Over Him EP Track Listing:

    1. Run                                                                                    Lauren Alaina/Ben Johnson/Kennedi
    2.  If I Was A Beer                                                                  Lauren Alaina/David Garcia/Hardy
    3.  Bar Back                                                                            Lauren Alaina/David Garcia/Hilary Lindsay
    4.  Getting Over Him (duet with Jon Pardi)                           Lauren Alaina/Paul DiGiovanni/Emily Weisband
    5.  Seen You In Your Hometown                                             Lauren Alaina/Ben Johnson/ Kennedi
    6.  What Do You Think Of (duet with Lukas Graham)          Lauren Alaina/Johan Carlsson/ Asia Whiteacre

    Alaina, one of the hottest rising female artists in country music, is making her way up the country singles chart with her current radio single “Getting Good.” Last month the Georgia native released, across all digital platforms, a special mix of “Getting Good” which features her friend/mentor, superstar Trisha Yearwood.

    Alaina has most recently performed on the 40th annual broadcast of the top-rated PBS special “A Capitol Fourth performing “This Land Is My Land,” CMA Summer Stay-Cay livestream special where she performed “Women of Summer” with Lindsay Ell and Cassadee Pope as well as “Say It With a Song” Game with Devin Dawson and HARDY as well as CMT’s Benefit Concert for Love & Acceptance and she and her friend Kane Brown performed their 5XPlatinum-selling “What Ifs” on the recent nationally-televised CMA Best of Fest on ABC.

  • LAUREN ALAINA AND TRISHA YEARWOOD ARE “GETTING GOOD.”

    Country superstar Trisha Yearwood joins Lauren Alaina for a special version of Lauren’s latest feel-good tune, “Getting Good.” The two women hit it off instantly when Lauren recently appeared on an episode of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. The idea of “singing together sometime” came up and resulted in a beautiful new version of “Getting Good.”

    “I just love the sentiment of this song,” Yearwood shares. “We all have these dreams. What you learn, is it’s not the goals that you reach that are the things you’re really going to remember, it’s the journey all along the way. So that lyric – once I learn to grow right where I’m planted, maybe that’s when life starts getting good – that’s the truth. That’s the life lesson.”

    “I’m so thankful that I get to share such an important message with one of the most important and impactful voices in my life,” says Lauren. “Trisha is a beautiful person inside and out. I’m honored she said yes to this song and to me. I’m learning to grow right where I’m planted, and I’m realizing, life’s already good.”

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    Listen to “Getting Good” featuring Trisha Yearwood HERE

    Join Lauren Alaina and Trisha Yearwood on Lauren’s Instagram or Facebook Live today at 5:30pm CT.

    Next up, Lauren performs on the iHeart Country 4th of July BBQ airing July 3 at 8 p.m. ET /7 CT on The CW plus, she sings on PBS’ A Capitol Fourth July 4 at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 CT.

    Audio / Trisha Yearwood explains how she and new pal Lauren Alaina ended up doing a duet version on Lauren's hit, "Getting Good."

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    Trisha Yearwood (Getting Good) 1 OC: …actually did it. :48
    “Lauren Alaina was on Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, my cooking show this season, and we had met at an awards show backstage and just really hit it off and we’re talking food and it just turned into an episode idea. And so when Lauren came to the house and we cooked together, ‘Getting Good’ was getting ready to come out and she was sing and I just started singing along, and we just had the best time. We really hit it off, and she said, ‘We should sing together sometime.’ And I said, ‘I’m in.’ It really was that natural. It wasn’t some manager saying, ‘Hey, we think this would be a great collaboration.’ She and I just really wanted to do this. She reached out a couple weeks after the show ended and said, ‘Hey, what if we did a new version of ‘Getting Good’ together?’ And I said I was in, so here we are. I’m so excited that something that was really natural came out of that and we actually did it.”

    Audio / Trisha Yearwood talks about the song, "Getting Good."

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    Trisha Yearwood (Getting Good) 2 OC: …sentiment of this song. :48
    “What I love about ‘Getting Good’ is it’s a song, I think about if that song came along when I was in my 20s singing songs like ‘She’s in Love With The Boy,’ it’s that you’re young and you think you want all these things and then once it happens to you, you’re like, ‘Oh, it didn’t turn out how I  planned.’ We all have these dreams. What you learn when you get to be my age, it’s not the goals that you reach that are the things you’re really gonna remember and that really change things, it’s the journey all along the way. So that lyric – once I learn to grow right where I’m planted, maybe that’s when life starts getting good – that’s the truth. That’s the life lesson. If you can learn it when you’re young to enjoy it along the way, then you’re gonna be happier. Sometimes that’s a lesson we all have to learn as we get older, but I just love the sentiment of this song.”

    Audio / Trisha Yearwood describes having Lauren Alaina on her Food Network cooking show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen.

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    Trisha Yearwood (having Lauren on cooking show) OC: …Trisha’s pal. :31
    “Lauren is, if you go from 1 to 10, Lauren is a 12. Like, she is just high energy. She’s fun. Our show was a blast, one of the most fun days I’ve ever had. We laughed the whole time. The goal is to have a good time. She’s someone who has become a friend and that show had a lot to do with that, and I feel like you’re gonna probably see Lauren on Trisha’s Southern Kitchen more because she’s gone from being celebrity guest to being Trisha’s pal.”

  • ERIC, BRANDON, BROTHERS O, CAYLEE, DARIUS, JON, JORDAN, LAUREN, KASSI, KYLIE, MADDIE & TAE, TRAVIS AND MANY OTHERS WILL BE FEATURED IN THE CMA SUMMER STAY-CAY EVENT NEXT WEEK.

    Eric Church, Brothers Osborne, Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi, Maddie & Tae, Lauren Alaina, Jordan Davis, Brandon Lay, Caylee Hammack, Travis Denning, Kassi Ashton, Kylie Morgan and many others are set to perform during the livestream television special, CMA Summer Stay-Cay, on Wednesday, July 1st, hosted by Jimmie Allen and Lindsey Ell. The event will feature performances, games, Q&As and much more.

    Check it all out on Wednesday, July 1st on CMA’s YouTube and Facebook channels at 6pm ET/5pm CT.

    The Luke Bryan-hosted CMA Best of Fest will now air July 13th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC.