• CHRISTMAS 2019: Josh Turner

    Having four sons now (Hampton, Colby, Marion, Hawke), Josh Turner and his wife Jennifer say it’s easier for their extended families to come to them rather than traveling during the holidays. However, since the boys are used to being on the road throughout the year, it wouldn’t be a huge burden to travel during the holidays either.“We have kind of made it a point to be at home at Christmas, ‘cause we want the boys to grow up with memories of being at home for Christmas, instead of traveling around going to this place and that place,” says Josh. “It’s definitely a lot easier when people come to us, but we have no problem going somewhere too.”One thing he’s got to have on the table wherever he is celebrating Christmas is his father’s fried turkey. “My favorite food to eat at Christmas time is probably the fried turkey that my daddy makes every year,” He says. “He started that several years back, and it became a hit with our family, and so he ended up doing it.”

    Josh released his first gospel collection, I Serve a Savior, last year.

    Audio / JOSH TURNER SAYS HE WANTS HIS FOUR BOYS TO GROW UP HAVING MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS IN THEIR OWN HOUSE.

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    Josh Turner (Christmas kids) OC: …somewhere too. :19
    “We have kind of made it a point to be at home at Christmas, ‘cause we want the boys to grow up with memories of being at home for Christmas, instead of traveling around going from this place to that place. It’s definitely a lot easier when people come to us, but we have no problem going somewhere too.”

    Audio / JOSH TURNER, A FATHER OF FOUR BOYS, TALKS ABOUT HIS FAVORITE CHRISTMAS FOOD.

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    Josh Turner (favorite Christmas food) OC: …favorite food. :15
    “My favorite food to eat at Christmas time is probably the fried turkey that my daddy makes every year. He started that several years back, and it became a hit with our family, and so he ended up doing it. He’s been doing it every year since, so that’s always been my favorite food.”

    Audio / JOSH TURNER TALKS ABOUT A COUPLE OF HIS FAMILY’S CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS.

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    Josh Turner (Christmas traditions) OC: …to beat that smell. [laughs] :18
    “Since we started having children, we try to just stay at home for Christmas. We used to have a fake tree for several years, but we’ve kinda gone back to having a real tree, and it’s just, I don’t know, hard to beat that smell.” [laughs]

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Happy Holidays)

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  • CHRISTMAS 2019: Mickey Guyton

    Mickey Guyton usually goes home to Texas for Christmas every year, and the thing that has to be on the dinner table is her mom’s Italian Cream Cake, which is also a staple at Thanksgiving.

    “My mom makes this homemade, from scratch, Italian Cream Cake. It’s so freaking good, and every Christmas and every Thanksgiving, she makes this,” says Mickey. “Our families all come to my parents’ house, and we have a big dinner, and that’s the first thing that to go. That’s like the first thing that people eat the most.”

    The songstress released her version of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” from the smash hit, Frozen, a few years ago. She says it, along with a classic, are her favorite holiday songs. “My favorite Christmas song is ‘O Holy Night,’ but I really love ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman.’ So, both of those are like my all-time favorite.”

    Audio / MICKEY GUYTON SAYS HER FAVORITE CHRISTMAS DISH IS THE ITALIAN CREAM CAKE HER MOTHER MAKES EVERY YEAR.

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    Mickey Guyton (Christmas dish) OC: …the most. :19
    “My mom makes this homemade, from scratch, Italian Cream Cake. It’s so freaking good, and every Christmas and every Thanksgiving, she makes this. Our families all come to my parents’ house, and we have a big dinner, and that’s the first thing that to go. That’s like the first thing that people eat the most.”

    Audio / MICKEY GUYTON RECALLS HER FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MEMORY.

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    Mickey Guyton (Christmas memory) OC: …for me. :21
    “One of my favorite Christmas memories is my family, [laughs] there’s a lot of us, and one day we did an impromptu play before we opened our Christmas presents. We just pretended like we were the Wise Men. We did the story of the birth of Jesus, and we filmed it. It was just a really cool memory for me.”

    Audio / MICKEY GUYTON TALKS ABOUT HER FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONGS.

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    Mickey Guyton (Christmas songs) OC: …favorite. :09
    “My favorite Christmas song is ‘O Holy Night,’ but I really love ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman.’ So, both of those are like my all-time favorite.”

    Audio / MICKEY GUYTON SAYS SHE LOVES SINGING “DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN.”

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    Mickey Guyton (Do You Want to Build a Snowman) OC: …I really do. :23
    “I love this song, and it’s an emotional song. It’s a story about a love between two sisters, and I just think it’s really cool that I get to do this song. I told my sister that I was doing it, and I sent her a copy of it and all of her kids – she’s a teacher – so all of her kids just love this song. When I walk through the hall, they’re like ‘Frozen!’ And I’m like, that’s right. I love that movie. I really, really do.”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (Christmas)

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  • CHRISTMAS 2019: Jon Langston

    Jon Langston’s father tried to pull a fast one on Christmas. Jon kept pestering his parents for a green bicycle when he was a young child, but something seemed a little off when Jon came downstairs on Christmas morning.

    “When I was like five or six, I had a red bike, and all I wanted was a green bike. I wanted a cool, green, long goose bike. So, I came downstairs to see what Santa brought me, and I see a green bike down next to the tree, and I come rushing to it and I’m looking at it, and I’m like, ‘Hold up. Something’s not right.’ It’s the SAME bike. My dad just spray painted it green,” laughs Jon. “I was like, ‘This is the same bike!’ I’m like picking at it, looking at the paint under it. Oh yeah, that’s one of my favorite Christmas memories is dogging on my dad, because it’s just funny.”

    Jon can’t really pick out one Christmas movie, because he loves them all, but if he had to watch just one, it would have to be The Christmas Story. “My favorite holiday movie would have to be Elf, The Grinch, Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation. I could go on,” says the Georgia native. “I love Christmas movies, but I think I would have to say my favorite is probably The Christmas Story ‘cause I just grew up watching it.”

    Jon is making his way up the country charts with his latest “Now You Know,” which is the title track from his new EP.

    Audio / JON LANGSTON RECALLS HIS FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MEMORY.

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    Jon Langston (Christmas memory) OC: …just funny. [laughs] :52
    “When I was like five or six, I had a red bike, and all I wanted was a green bike. I wanted a cool, green, long goose bike. So, I came downstairs to see what Santa brought me, and I see a green bike down next to the tree, and I come rushing to it and I’m looking at it, and I’m like, ‘Hold up. Something’s not right.’ It’s the SAME bike. My dad just spray painted it green. [laughs] I swear to you. [laughs] Omigosh. I knew it. I was like, ‘This is the same bike!’ I’m like picking at it, looking at the paint under it. Oh yeah, that’s one of my favorite Christmas memories is dogging on my dad, because it’s just funny.” [laughs]

    Audio / JON LANGSTON TALKS ABOUT HIS FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIES.

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    Jon Langston (Christmas movies) OC: …watching it. :20
    “My favorite holiday movie would have to be Elf, The Grinch, Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation. I could go on. I love Christmas movies, but I think I would have to say my favorite is probably The Christmas Story ‘cause I just grew up watching it.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Christmas)

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    Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Happy Holidays)

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  • CHRISTMAS 2019: Travis Denning

    Travis Denning grew up in Warner Robins, Georgia with his parents and sister. One of the family’s Christmas traditions was to open presents on Christmas Eve, which actually gives them more time to spend together.

    “My favorite Christmas tradition is we always open presents the night before and used to, I always thought it was ‘cause me and my sister ragged on my parents until they let us. But now the older I get, and to me it really does make a difference. I wake up on Christmas Day and think about what it really means instead,” says Travis. “My parents always do a big breakfast; mimosas on Christmas morning. It’s just such a great family affair, and I just think ultimately in opening presents on Christmas Eve versus Christmas Day, we get to spend time reflecting on what it really means.”

    What Christmas means to Travis goes beyond exchanging gifts. “The older I got, as cliché as it sounds, I mean it really isn’t about the gifts. It’s more about drinking some whiskey with dad while the little nephew or whatever open presents or my little cousins,” he says. “It turns into sentimental things and what matters. For me one year, that was a shotgun and then it was a, just a Stranger Things coffee mug that my mom got me, which I drink [out of] every morning. Those things that are just more like, ‘Hey-I thought about you and I put a lot of you in this gift,’ you know, and that’s what I love about it.”

    Travis will be enjoying his Christmas this year, especially with a nearly Top 25 song with “After a Few,” as well as with his family, including his nephew Jameson and the very real possibility of becoming an uncle twice more as his sister is pregnant with twin girls.

    Audio / TRAVIS DENNING TALKS ABOUT HIS CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS.

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    Travis Denning (Christmas tradition) OC: …it really means. :41
    “My favorite Christmas tradition is we always open presents the night before and used to, I always thought it was ‘cause me and my sister ragged on my parents until they let us. But now the older I get, and to me it really does make a difference. I wake up on Christmas Day and think about what it really means instead. Now I think about it all the times anyways. I think about the birth of my Savior, and it’s like it just makes Christmas morning awesome. My parents always do a big breakfast – mimosas on Christmas morning. It’s just such a great family affair, and I just think ultimately in opening presents on Christmas Eve versus Christmas Day, we get to spend time reflecting on what it really means.”

    Audio / TRAVIS DENNING EXPLAINS WHAT HE LOVES ABOUT CHRISTMAS.

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    Travis Denning (Christmas) OC: …love about it. :47
    “You know, my parents, they took it very seriously. I mean, we had four Christmas trees up in the house all over the place. The older I got, as cliché as it sounds, I mean it really isn’t about the gifts. It’s more about drinking some whiskey with dad while the little nephew or whatever open presents or my little cousins. It turns into sentimental things and what matters. For me one year, that was a shotgun and then it was a, just a Stranger Things coffee mug that my mom got me, which I drink [out of] every morning. Those things that are just more like, ‘Hey-I thought about you and I put a lot of you in this gift,’ you know, and that’s what I love about it.”

    Audio / TRAVIS DENNING SAYS HE LOVES “JINGLE BELL ROCK” AND “ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE,” AS WELL AS KACEY MUSGRAVES’ A VERY KACEY CHRISTMAS.

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    Travis Denning (Christmas songs) OC: …Christmas music. :21
    “I love hearing singers that I love sing Christmas music. That’s what makes it for me. I mean, I’ll sing ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ on karaoke in the middle of August. I love that song that much, and ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree?’ I love it. I’ve listened to Kacey Musgraves’ Christmas record a thousand times. It’s so good. So, yeah, I’m very pro-Christmas music.”

    Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Happy Holidays)

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD WINS 14th AND 15th AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS.

    2019 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS.® – Hosted by Ciara and broadcasting live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 8:00 p.m. EST, on ABC. (ABC/Image Group LA) CARRIE UNDERWOOD

    Superstar Carrie Underwood broke the record for most wins for Favorite Country Album with her 6th win in the category on the “2019 American Music Awards,” broadcast live on ABC from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 24th.  Underwood was recognized by fans this year for her critically acclaimed album, Cry Pretty, giving her the most wins in the category and making her the only artist in the history of the AMAs to win Favorite Country Album for all six of her studio album releases (Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, Blown Away, Storyteller, and now, Cry Pretty).  Other nominees in the category this year included Dan + Shay’s Dan + Shay and Kane Brown’s Experiment.

    Underwood also won her 7th award as Favorite Female Artist – Country.  With previous wins for Favorite New Breakthrough Artist in 2006 and the T-Mobile Text-In Award for Artist of the Year in 2007, this year’s ceremony brings Underwood to 15 career total American Music Awards, tied with Reba McEntire as the most awarded female country artists in AMA history, and ranking her among the top 10 all-time winners in all categories, across all genres.

    The American Music Awards is the world’s largest fan-voted award show, paying tribute to today’s most influential and iconic artists.  The show is produced by dick clark productions and is seen in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.  Nominations are based on key fan interactions as reflected on Billboard.com, including streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound, and reflect the time period of September 28, 2018 through September 26, 2019.

    Underwood recently completed her stellar The Cry Pretty Tour 360, closing out the tour in the #1 spot on Pollstar’s LIVE75 chart (11/04/19), which ranks worldwide active tours by average tickets sold.  On November 13, she hosted ABC’s CMA Awards for the 12th consecutive year.  She was joined this year by special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton for the three-hour live telecast, which dominated the night, ranking #1 in all 6 half-hours of primetime, as well as the becoming the #1 most social entertainment program across broadcast and cable for the night, with 2.4M total social interactions across all platforms, marking a 104% increase over the 2018 telecast, as measured by Nielsen Social.

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD PICKS UP TWO AMA AWARDS.

    Carrie Underwood, who looked stunning in a purple, glittery gown on Sunday night’s (November 24th) American Music Awards, took home not one, but two awards for Favorite Female Artist – Country and Favorite Country Album for Cry Pretty.

     

    “Tonight was a dream! Thank you, fans, for voting…and for the love and support that you CONSTANTLY give! @amas I also want to say what an honor it was to be nominated with @kelseaballerini @marenmorris @danandshay and @kanebrown_music ! You guys are the best! Annnnnnd @shaniatwain is the Queen!!! ❤️❤️❤️ #AMAs!”

    Right after announcing she won for Favorite Country Album, the presenters – told her she ALSO won for Favorite Female Country Artist. During her emotional acceptance speech, she thanked God, her husband, Mike Fisher, and two sons, Isaiah and Jacob, as well as her record label, manager Ann and most importantly, her fans.

    “Thank you so much,” she said. “Thank you, God for the talents you give to people and the gifts you give people and not just what you give to the people who are up to tonight but for every single person. We all have gifts and hopefully we use them to make the world a better place.

    “Thank you, Mike, Isaiah, Jacob – my boys – going out on the road with us this year. It was hard, but it was amazing. You guys are my whole world, so I love you so much.”

    “Thank you to the fans. Thank you so much,” she continued. “You guys support each and every one of us. You’re the ones that show up to the shows. You’re the ones that stream the music, buy the music. You guys love on us so well. Thank you so much for that. And I want to thank the AMAs for making this awards’ show fan-voted, because they’re the ones that matter. They’re the ones that count. They’re the ones that allow us to do what we do.”

    Carrie recently released her latest single and music video for “Drinking Alone,” and she has some downtime to spend with family with her only date on the books for the annual Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California on April 25th, 2020.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood explains why she named her new album, Cry Pretty.

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    Carrie Underwood (Cry Pretty album title) 1 OC: …out of my head. :41
    “I felt like that song was as good a representation as I was going to get as an example of what was to come on the rest of the album. So, it’s really hard to sum up the album in one theme or one sound, but I felt like that song, it was like okay, it’s different. I don’t know, we decided to break some rules, and I felt like that was a really good representation of that. I could see everything visually. I could just kind of see the album cover in my head and all the things we could do with it as far as pictures and video and tour and stuff like that, once it just popped into my head that this should be the title I kind of couldn’t get that out of my head.“

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO FOR “SUGAR COAT” FROM THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM, NIGHTFALL.

    Little Big Town just released the music video for the song, “Sugar Coat,” which will be featured on their forthcoming album, Nightfall.

     

    They said on their socials, “Watching this come to life has been extraordinary. Thank you, @katebosworth  @isaiahstratton Alexa King & Stephen Kinigopoulos for making this video with us. “Sugar Coat” is out now. strm.to/SugarCoat

    @ksrhoadsThe “Sugar Coat” official music video will also world premiere Friday morning at 10am CST/11am EST and stars acclaimed actress and producer Kate Bosworth (The Long Road Home, 21, Superman Returns, Blue Crushin a breathtaking performance.  The video also showcases actor Isaiah Stratton (Homeland) as the lead male.

    “I play a woman who is in a complicated marriage,” says Bosworth. “She is often lonely and unfulfilled – realizing that she is not getting what she needs from a partner, devastated by the choices that her husband is making. As she slowly discovers what is happening, while it’s a sad moment, it is ultimately a resilient one. She finds her strength, her fortitude, and ultimately herself. It was an honor to bring this song to life with a band that I love.”

    The video was shot outside of Nashville and was directed by brother-sister duo, Stephen and Alexa Kinigopoulos (Running Bear) who set the stage in the early 1960s. The story gives a look into the all too familiar comfort of putting on a pretty face in times of duress, and beautifully captures the tale of a betrayed housewife that takes viewers not only through a music video but what also feels like a short film.

    Nightfall is set for release January 17th following an album release show at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in NYC on January 16th.

  • CHRIS STAPLETON ANNOUNCES NEW ROAD SHOW TOUR DATES FOR 2020.

    Chris Stapleton just announced dates and opening acts for his 2020 All American Road Show Tour. The trek, which will feature Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson & Family, Sheryl Crow, Yola and the Marcus King Band on select dates, is set to kick off March 11th in Corpus Christi, Texas.

    Dates in Corpus Christi, Biloxi and Birmingham go on sale Friday, December 6th. Austin and Columbus are on sale Friday, December 13th.

    Prior to the tour kick-off, he’ll join Keith Urban and his friends for the All for the Hall benefit at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena February 10th.

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  • KACEY MUSGRAVES APPEARS AND PERFORMS ON TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON.

    Kacey Musgraves appeared and performed on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She sang a new holiday song she recently wrote called “Glittery.”

    She enjoyed her first late-night talk show interview by discussing Dolly Parton, singing with Willie Nelson on the CMA Awards, an adorable clip of her 9-year-old self singing “Rainbow Connection” and becoming a triple threat with her Amazon Prime Christmas special.

     

  • LUKE BRYAN AND THE REST OF THE AMERICAN IDOL CAST RETURNS TO ABC EARLY NEXT YEAR.

    In August of this year, ABC announced the return of American Idol for an all-new season. Returning to the singing competition show as judges are our own Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. It was just announced today the new season will premiere February 16th via Twitter.

    Luke, who recently picked up the ACM Award for Album of the Year for Crash My Party, is making his way up the country charts with “What She Wants Tonight.”