• CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO HOST “THE 53RD ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” WITH SPECIAL GUEST HOSTS REBA McENTIRE AND DOLLY PARTON, CELEBRATING LEGENDARY WOMEN IN COUNTRY MUSIC.

    Carrie Underwood will host “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” with special guest hosts and Country Music Hall of Fame members Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, celebrating legendary women in Country Music throughout the ceremony.

     

     

     

    Combined, the three hosts hold 124 CMA Awards nominations and 22 total wins, 11 of which are for Female Vocalist of the Year. In addition, the three superstars hold a combined 14 nominations in the Entertainer of the Year category, with Parton receiving the award in 1978 and McEntire winning in 1986.

     

    Final nominees for “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” will be announced live August 28th during ABC’s “Good Morning America” from their Times Square studio in New York and via livestream following the broadcast.

    Carrie, who is making her way up the country charts with “Southbound,” has won seven CMA Awards, has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 No. 1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote. Underwood has co-hosted the CMA Awards since 2008, creating an unforgettable legacy, from celebrating the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards in 2016 to countless other highlights across the legendary broadcast’s history.

    This year’s CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 13th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC.

     

  • KEITH URBAN AND TAYLOR SWIFT HAVE A MUSICAL “LOVE” FEST ON TWITTER.

    Keith Urban appreciates all art, including music, movies, paintings, sports, and he lets the artist know how much he enjoys it. This weekend on Twitter, he expressed “gratitude” and his appreciation to Taylor Swift for her new song, “Lover,” saying, “Huge shoutout today to @taylorswift13 on the SUPERB new single LOVER. When a song so exquisitely written becomes a record so gorgeously crafted I feel such a deep sense of gratitude for the “art” of making music. – KU”

     

    Taylor responded to Keith, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME THIS IS THE NICEST THING ANYONE HAS EVER SAID – you’re just the best and so kind to say this!”

    In 2013, the Keith and Taylor appeared on Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care,” which earned the trio a CMA Award for Music Video of the Year.

    Keith is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest song, “We Were.”

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  • KIP MOORE RELEASES A VIDEO OF HIM PERFORMING A FESTIVAL VERSION OF HIS NEW SONG, “SHE’S MINE.”

    Kip Moore shot a video while he was performing his song “She’s Mine” at the recent Watershed Festival at the Gorge in George, Washington. Check out all the action below:

     

     

  • KEITH URBAN ON STRAHAN AND SARA

    Keith Urban appeared on ABC’s Strahan and Sara to talk new music, success, his “We Were” one-shot video, fatherhood, tattoos and more.

    Country music superstar Keith Urban talks fatherhood, upcoming tracks, tattoos & more. #StrahanAndSara

    Posted by Strahan And Sara on Friday, August 16, 2019

    Keith, who is making his way up the country charts with his latest hit “We Were,” also talked about appreciating other artists and revealed he was in the studio recently with Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. You may recall Keith performed “To Love Somebody” during the CBS tribute special, “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees” and it was the most talked about performance on the night.

  • VINCE GILL RELEASES ANOTHER TRACK FROM HIS UPCOMING OKIE ALBUM.

    Multi Grammy Award-winning MCA Nashville country artist Vince Gill released the latest focus track from his upcoming album OKIE today. “Forever Changed” is a song that is both timeless and of the moment. Inspired by Gill’s personal experience with attempted sexual abuse, “Forever Changed” gives voice to survivors of trauma and speaks to the cultural moment in a singular way. “I knew it was important for people to hear—it’s a real thing and you can’t sweep it under the rug,” Gill says, “It’s a story about sexual abuse and grew out of an incident that happened to me in junior high school—I was lucky and I escaped, but who knows how my life could have been different had I not gotten away.”

    In 2018, Gill performed the song at the Ryman Auditorium for the Universal Music Group Nashville Artists’ Showcase during Country Radio Seminar. “We’re living in a time right now when finally people are having the courage to speak out about being abused, and I think that is beyond healthy and beyond beautiful—to see people finally have a voice for being wronged,” Gill told the audience, “maybe what’s been going on has given me a little bit of courage to speak out, too.”

    Audio / Vince Gill talks about the song, “Forever Changed,” from his new album, OKIE.

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    “That’s a real thing and you can’t – you can’t sweep it under the rug. And that song, I changed that song too from the way I had written it originally. It has to have a little bit of compassion to it and that probably is – if there’s one song that might be the most judgmental on this record it might be that one. But it used to have a much harsher ending and I didn’t feel comfortable with saying that. I remember Keb Mo said one time, he said, ‘I have a hard time singing this Johnny Cash song because it said, ‘I shot a man in prison just to watch him die.’’ He said, ‘I can’t go there.’ And so, I softened the ending quite a bit, and in the last verse. And I think it’s better because then it has – it has a little bit of forgiveness. It has a little bit of compassion and that’s not easy to do, to forgive. It’s very hard, and especially yourself. But the person that’s been wronged has all the power if they forgive to let the guilty party, they’re going to live in that forever. Some people say well they should. Great but it would be good if…So yeah, that song is hard. It’s very, very hard to hear. I’ve even talked about in the past that my basketball coach and gym teacher who acted out on me in junior high school, and I was lucky. I knew it was weird in what he was trying to do, and I jumped up and I ran. S, in a sense nothing happened. Something happened but the results of it didn’t happen, and who knows what my life would have been had it happened if it would have been changed. It might have been whatever. So, I just think it’s good to reach out to people that have been wronged and say somebody has got a heart for you.”

  • JON PARDI RELEASES “TEQUILA LITTLE TIME” AHEAD OF HIS NEW ALBUM.

    Jon Pardi is increasing the anticipation for his new album, Heartache Medication, with the release of another instant grat track, “Tequila Little Time.”

    Jon is making his way up the country charts with his latest hit, the title track “Heartache Medication.” The California native is also on the road with Dierks Bentley on the Burning Man Tour, which makes stops this weekend in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Jon will take his Heartache Medication on tour with his own headlining trek beginning with two sold-out shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium October 1st and 2nd.

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  • CLARE DUNN LIFTS SPIRITS FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES AT NASHVILLE’S SEACREST STUDIOS

     

     

     

    MCA Nashville recording artist Clare Dunn took a break from a nonstop touring and recording schedule to brighten the day of some very special Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt patients on Friday, August 9th.

    The “absolutely magnetic” (Rolling Stone) singer/songwriter/producer spent the afternoon with a group of children at the hospital’s Seacrest Studio where she visited with patients, signed autographs, wore a surgical mask in solidarity with a young fan, and performed a couple of songs to the group’s delight.

    “It was such an honor to spend time with these sweet kids and their families,” says Dunn. “Music is a big part of my world, and to get to share it with these children and see their eyes light up warmed my heart! I absolutely loved spending time with them, and hope I was able to bring a few hours of carefree joy to their families as well. Big thanks to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation for having me — I can’t wait to go back.”

    Dubbed an “undeniable artistic force” by MusicRow Magazine, Dunn continues to build her autumn schedule, following a jampacked summer. The prolific songwriter will take her “masterful vocals and crushing guitar” (Miami New Times) on the road with Cody Johnson for three fall dates: October 10 (Mankato, MN), 11 (Dubuque, IA) and 12 (Sioux Falls, SD).

    About Clare Dunn:
    MCA Nashville singer/songwriter/producer Clare Dunn is known for her transfixing live shows, powerful vocals, and unparalleled guitar playing. As part of CMT’s 2019 Next Women of Country Tour, Clare took her “big voice” (The Boston Globe) on the road with Hannah Ellis and Cassadee Pope to cities including New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Boston. The Colorado native who “can do it all” (CMT) with “swaggering confidence and soulful vocals” (Rolling Stone) caught the attention of rock legend Bob Seger who, after hearing her sound check only once, invited her to open his Ride Out Tour. Clare has been named “One to Watch” by USA Today, Billboard, The Boston Globe and Rolling Stone.

  • ERIC CHURCH LEANS INTO HIS DOUBLE DOWN TOUR.

    Eric Church has given his fans something on tour they probably won’t see from him again…twice. In 2017, he launched his Holdin’ My Own Tour where he performed two full sets with an intermission in-between them with no opening act, and the show lasted between 3 ½ to 4 hours. Earlier this year, he kicked off the Double Down Tour where he does it two nights in a row in the same city, with different set lists. During the previous leg of his Double Down Tour, he brought his show to Nashville’s Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans) performing over three hours and nearly 40 songs, setting a new attendance record with 56,521 people, breaking the previous record set by Taylor Swift in 2018.

    “I feel like from now on, I hope that we can focus on those people that come one night of the year that they’ve traveled however many miles, they want to hear ‘Round Here Buzz,’ they get to hear ‘Round Here Buzz,’ and I still want it to be unique. I want it to be different, but I don’t know if I did another tour like this. I think that the Double Down Tour was as far as I want to go from a challenge point,” says Eric. “I love that we did it. I love that it was a success. I love that there were people that came to both nights and go it. There were people that came to one of the two nights and got it, but at the same time, it’s not something I would do again. I think that’s good. I think that if you’re a fan, you got to see something that – we stretched and you’re not gonna get to see it again. I’ve been to some of those shows before, a fan of artists, and I knew that I was not gonna see this again. For the Double Down Tour, they saw something they’re never gonna see again.”

    Eric will launch the next leg of the Double Down Tour September 13th and 14th in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    Double Down Tour dates for Fall 2019:

    September 13 & 14 — Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
    September 20 & 21 — Calgary, Alberta @ Scotiabank Saddledome
    September 28 — San Francisco @ Chase Center
    October 4 & 5 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
    October 11 & 12 — Philadelphia @ Wells Fargo Center
    October 25 — Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
    October 26 — Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at the BJCC
    November 1 — Manchester, NH @ SNHU Arena
    November 2 — Hartford, CT @ XL Center
    November 15 & 16 — Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
    November 22 & 23 — Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

    Audio / Eric Church reflects on his Double Down Tour.

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    “You had your Friday night set and your Saturday night set, but then you have people that came to both nights. I feel like from now on, I hope that we can focus on those people that come one night of the year that they’ve traveled however many miles, they want to hear ‘Round Here Buzz,’ they get to hear ‘Round Here Buzz,’ and I still want it to be unique. I want it to be different, but I don’t know if I did another tour like this. I think that the Double Down Tour was as far as I want to go from a challenge point. I love that we did it. I love that it was a success. I love that there were people that came to both nights and go it. There were people that came to one of the two nights and got it, but at the same time, it’s not something I would do again. I think that’s good. I think that if you’re a fan, you got to see something that – we stretched and you’re not gonna get to see it again. I’ve been to some of those shows before, a fan of artists, and I knew that I was not gonna see this again. For the Double Down Tour, they saw something they’re never gonna see again.”

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  • JOSH TURNER EARNS THREE GMA DOVE AWARD NOMINATIONS WITH HIS ALBUM, I SERVE A SAVIOR.

    MCA Nashville recording star Josh Turner earned his first ever Dove Award nominations following the release of his long-awaited faith-based album, I Serve A Savior. The Gospel Music Association announced today the nominees for this year’s Dove Awards including Turner’s three nods for Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year with “How Great Thou Art” featuring Sonya Isaacs, Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year with “I Saw The Light” featuring Sonya Isaacs, and Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year for I Serve A Savior.

    “This is a project that I have wanted to record for a long time,” shares Turner. “To be recognized in these categories is sincerely such an honor. I’m a big fan of Sonya Isaacs and thankful she shared her beautiful voice on these songs.”

    I Serve A Savior debuted at No. 1 on Nielsen’s Top Current Country Albums Chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and Billboard’s Top Christian Albums Chart. The “musically brilliant” (Worship Magazine) album remained Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart for 17 consecutive weeks and it currently sits Top 10 on the Top Current Country Albums chart and Top 5 on the Top Current Contemporary Christian Albums chart and, as it has for 38 of the past 41 weeks since its October release.

    The 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards take place Oct. 15 in Nashville, Tenn. and will be broadcast exclusively on Trinity Broadcasting Network Sunday, Oct. 20 at 8pm ET.

    Fans can find Turner performing at the Grand Ole Opry tonight before he heads back out on tour. For tour information, music and photos, visit www.JoshTurner.com.

    Check out Turner’s Gospel Greats playlist here and to hear more music from I Serve A Savior, click here.

     

    About Josh Turner:
    With his rich, deep voice and distinctive style, MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, Turner has scored multiple GRAMMY®, CMA, ACM and GMA Dove Award nominations and received six Inspirational Country Music Awards. As one of the youngest members inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Turner has sold more than 8.5 million units, topped more than 2 billion in global streaming and populated radio with such memorable hits as “Hometown Girl,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Your Man,” “Time Is Love,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and “Long Black Train.”

    With his latest, I Serve A Savior, Turner adds an exciting new dimension to his already acclaimed career. I Serve A Savior is a thoughtful gospel collection that finds Turner’s rich, distinctive baritone paired with timeless classics including “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Great Is Your Faithfulness,” as well as introducing originals including the title track, “I Serve A Savior,” and “The River (of Happiness),” written by his wife, Jennifer, and their eldest son, Hampton.

    Turner is a disciple of traditional country music, a mentor to up-and-coming artists, and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry.  Turner has been an Opry member for over 10 years and he recently reveled in his 150th performance on the famed Opry circle.

    The Hannah, S.C. native has been songwriting and performing since he was a child, and in support of music education, he created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music. As a high school student, Turner had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts education in schools. For more information on Josh Turner including a list of his upcoming tour dates, visit www.JoshTurner.com.

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD PERFORMS WITH CHILDHOOD IDOL AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY.

    Before she hits the road next month on the next leg of The Cry Pretty Tour 360, Carrie Underwood has a handful of dates performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. On Tuesday night (August 13th), Carrie realized a childhood dream of performing with Bryan White, one of her idols growing up.

     

    This pic pretty much sums up my night at the @opry . This was my #FullCircleMoment !! Growing up, I was a member of the @bryan_white  Fan Club and even sang to him in a meet and greet. Tonight, I sang WITH him in the circle!,” she posted on Twitter.

    Carrie, who is closing in on Top 5 on the country charts with her song, “Southbound,” returns to the road, along with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, September 10th in San Diego.