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CARRIE UNDERWOOD ANNOUNCES MY GIFT (SPECIAL EDITION).

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

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

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

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

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

Fans can pre-order the My Gift (Special Edition) CD here and view an album teaser for My Gift (Special Edition) here. Pre-orders of the vinyl will be available soon.

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

My Gift (Special Edition) Track List:

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

 

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

Underwood also released a companion album of beloved gospel hymns, My Savior, this past March.  My Savior debuted #1 on the Billboard Country chart, making it her ninth consecutive release to do so, extending her record as the only artist to accomplish that feat with all nine of her album releases from the beginning of her career. The album was brought to life with a virtual livestreamed event from the legendary Ryman Auditorium on Easter Sunday which raised over $112,000 for Save the Children.  The My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman concert DVD and television special were released this month (https://lnk.to/MySaviorDVDCU).

About Carrie Underwood:
Carrie Underwood is a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, film, and as a New York Times bestselling author and successful entrepreneur.  She has sold more than 64 million records worldwide, recorded 27 #1 singles (14 of which she co-wrote), and has seven albums that are certified Platinum or Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, all while continuing to sell out arena tours across North America and the UK.  All nine of her consecutive album releases (two of which she co-produced) from the beginning of her career debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Chart, making her the only artist to accomplish that feat.  She has won over 100 major awards including 7 GRAMMY® Awards, 15 ACM Awards including three for Entertainer of the Year (the first female in history to win twice and the only female ever to win three times), 23 CMT Music Awards (holding the record for the most award wins ever for the show), 7 CMA Awards, and 15 American Music Awards. She has also built a successful business portfolio inspired by her passion for health and wellness, including her fitness and lifestyle brand, CALIA by Carrie Underwood, bestselling book, FIND YOUR PATH, her fit52 app, and a partnership with BODYARMOR Sports Drink.  She recently announced her first-ever residency, REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency, at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, which will begin December 1.

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LITTLE BIG TOWN EARNS PLATINUM CERTIFICATION FOR “WINE, BEER, WHISKEY.”

Little Big Town‘s “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” has been certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America). They received their official plaque when they performed at the Grand Ole Opry this past Saturday.

 

 

The song, written by Tofer Brown, Karen Fairchild, Sean McConnell, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook was a fun moment of levity for the band and their co-writers and was completed in under an hour paying homage to friends named Jack, Jose, Brandy, Sherry, and Captain. “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” is featured on the band’s 9th studio album Nightfall, which debuted at the top spot of Billboard’s Country Chart upon its release in January 2020.

Audio / LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KAREN FAIRCHILD TALKS ABOUT THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THEIR NEW JAM, “WINE, BEER, WHISKEY.”

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LBT (WBW) 1 OC: …we need right now. :22
“I really love the spirit of this song so much. We wrote it and it was really just like in the moment – ‘Hey, who wants a glass of wine or a beer or whiskey?’ And next thing you know we have a song, and now here we go, we’re putting it out. So, I hope the fans love it like we do. It’s a jam. It’s a party, and that’s what we need right now.”

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PARKER McCOLLUM WANTS FANS TO BELIEVE IN THE SONGS ON HIS NEW ALBUM, GOLD CHAIN COWBOY.

Parker McCollum is set to release his major label debut album Gold Chain Cowboy on Friday (July 30th) on MCA Nashville. Parker wrote all of the 10-song project, produced by Jon Randall, including his Platinum-selling No. 1 hit “Pretty Heart” and his latest song on country radio “To Be Loved By You.”

Parker’s only hope is for fans to believe every song on the album. “The only thing I can ask is that they believe it,” says Parker. “I really believe in all the songs and wrote all the songs. As long as the listener will believe every song when they listen to it, that’s about all I can ask for.”

Straddling Texas and Nashville, Parker has not only written on his own – the staggering Green Day-evoking “Rest of My Life” – he shares songwriting credits with Randall, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Randy Montana, Rhett Akins, Miranda Lambert and Songwriters Hall of Famer Tony Lane.

Gold Chain Cowboy follows his widely praised Hollywood Gold EP released last fall which became the top-selling debut country EP of 2020. Parker has been named an ‘Artist to Watch’ by Rolling StoneBillboard, SiriusXM, CMT, RIAA and more. Rolling Stone calls Parker, “a no-holds-barred, confessional singer-songwriter who excels at relatable tales,” while American Songwriter notes, “The Texas native teeters on the edge of next-level superstardom.”

Listen to “Rest of My Life” HERE | Pre-Save Gold Chain Cowboy HERE

Gold Chain Cowboy Track Listing:

  1. Wait Outside (Parker McCollum, Jon Randall, Randy Rogers)
  2. Dallas (Featuring Danielle Bradbery) (Parker McCollum, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers)
  3. To Be Loved By You (Parker McCollum, Rhett Akins)
  4. Drinkin’ (Parker McCollum, Lee Miller)
  5. Falling Apart (Parker McCollum, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, Randy Rogers)
  6. Heart Like Mine (Parker McCollum, Tony Lane, Ben West)
  7. Why Indiana (Parker McCollum, Erik Dylan, Randy Montana)
  8. Rest Of My Life (Parker McCollum)
  9. Pretty Heart (Parker McCollum, Randy Montana)
  10. Never Loved You At All (Parker McCollum, Corey Crowder, Brian Kelley)

Audio / Parker McCollum talks about his hopes for fans when they hear the album, Gold Chain Cowboy.

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Parker McCollum (what he wants fans to go away with) OC: …can ask for. :26
“What do I want the listeners to take away from listening to Gold Chain Cowboy? The only thing I can ask is that they believe it. I think my best album is yet to come, and I think this one is really good. I really believe in all the songs and wrote all the songs. As long as the listener will believe every song when they listen to it, that’s about all I can ask for.”

Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (GCC available July 30th)

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Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (GCC available this week)

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ERIC CHURCH’S CHIEF IS CELEBRATING ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY.

Eric Church celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the release of his third studio album, Chief. The collection, which he says “changed his life,” produced five singles, including Eric’s first two No. 1 hits on the country charts, including “Drink In My Hand” and “Springsteen,” as well as the Top 10 tunes “Creepin’” and “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 20 “Homeboy.”

The title of the album was a combination of his nickname on the road, as well as his grandfather’s title as he was the Chief of Police in Granite Falls, North Carolina. “The initial inception was, my contacts would fall out, pop out on stage, and I would be blind for half the show, so I started wearing sunglasses. Then I put on a hat to stop the sweat and it just became this thing, and we got in bigger venues, I tried to adjust that, but people in the crowds would have on hats and sunglasses and wouldn’t let me adjust that, so it just became this thing naturally. So, that was show time, it was kind of my uniform. The band started joking with me, when I put the hat and sunglasses on, they go ‘Alright, its Chief time, Chief’s here.’ But I laughed about it, it was a joke,” says Eric. “But what they didn’t know, the really cool part of the story, my grandpa was the chief of police in Granite Falls, North Carolina, and everybody called him Chief. Everybody, my dad called him chief as his son-in-law, so it was just very neat to me, that across generations, it became my nickname naturally and nobody knew about it being my grandpa’s nickname, nobody. When it came time to title the record, because it felt live, and because it was something I wanted to show — a part of the live show, Chief was the right title from my point of view, but also because of my grandfather and what he meant to me.”

When it came time to record the album, Church had a sound that felt different from his first two releases, Sinners Like Me and the gold-certified Carolina. “This record, more than anything else I’ve done, is breathing and alive,” he says. “There’s a wildness to it. It’s untamed and not very harnessed.”

Chief  Track List:

  1. “Creepin” (Eric Church, Marv Green)
    2. “Drink In My Hand” (Eric Church, Michael P. Heeney, Luke Laird)
    3. “Keep On” (Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell)
    4. “Like Jesus Does” (Casey Beathard ,Monty Criswell)
    5. “Hungover & Hard Up” (Eric Church, Luke Laird)
    6. “Homeboy” (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
    7. “Country Music Jesus” (Eric Church, Jeremy Spillman)
    8. “Jack Daniels” (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Lynn Hutton)
    9. “Springsteen” (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell)
    10. “I’m Gettin’ Stoned” (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Casey Beathard, Jeremy Cradey)
    11. “Over When It’s Over” (Eric Church, Luke Laird)

 

 

 

Eric is currently making his way up the country charts with his new single, “Heart On Fire.”

 

Audio / Eric Church talks about how he came up with the title of his album, Chief.

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Eric Church (title of Chief) OC: …title to me. 1:25
“Well, Chief became my nickname on the road, really as a joke, um, for the last couple years, maybe 3 years now, we have been playing a lot of little bars and clubs and honkytonks where the lights are about a foot from your face. And I wore contacts, where this all started, the initial inception was, my contacts would fall out, pop out on stage, and I would be blind for half the show, so I started wearing sunglasses, then I put on a hat to stop the sweat and it just became this thing, and we got in bigger venues, I tried to adjust that, but people in the crowds would have on hats and sunglasses and wouldn’t let me adjust that, so it just became this thing naturally. So, that was show time, it was kind of my uniform. The band starting joking with me, when I put the hat and sunglasses on, they go ‘Alright, its Chief time, Chief’s here.’ But I laughed about it, it was a joke. But what they didn’t know, the really cool part of the story, my grandpa was the chief of police in Granite Falls, North Carolina, and everybody called him Chief. Everybody, my dad called him chief as his son-in-law, so it was just very neat to me, that across generations, it became my nickname naturally and nobody knew about it being my grandpa’s nickname, nobody. When it came time to title the record, because it felt live, and because it was something I wanted to show — a part of the live show, Chief was the right title from my point of view, but also because of my grandfather and what he meant to me. And I just thought it was the right title, and you know it happened so naturally, it happened so not thought out, you know. When I said the title of the record, I had to explain to everyone why, you know. They were going, ‘What’s chief?’ ‘Well, Chief’s a nickname.’ Then it became a cool thing when they heard about it being my grandfather’s nickname, too. It just felt like the perfect title to me.”

Audio / Before Chief was released, Eric Church explained how his first No. 1 song, "Drink In My Hand," was inspired by his fan

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Eric Church (Drink in my Hand) OC: …play that one. :42

“‘Drink in My Hand’ is absolutely, when we wrote this song …we were on tour, this is a song that was written after the cabin, and we were out on tour. I think we were on tour with Miranda at the time, and I was on the bus with a couple of co-writers of mine, and we had just walked offstage and saw the crowd, saw our fans and saw ‘em put their beers in the air. You could just tell that they had worked all week and this was their moment to let all that wash away. And that was where the title was born from really. ‘Everything’s OK now, I’ve got a drink in my hand, and I’m relaxing and I’m chilling.’ That just became a really good song born from our fans. They’re the ones that inspired that, and it was on tour. It was on a tour bus, and I’ll never forget it. I’m happy it turned out the way it did, and I think our fans are gonna love putting their beer, or whatever they’re drinking, up in the air when we play that one.”

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KEITH URBAN TAKES PART IN OPENING CEREMONIES FOR THE TOKYO OLYMPICS.

In a surprise pre-recorded virtual performance, Keith Urban joined artists from around the world in singing John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s song, “Imagine,” near the end of opening ceremonies at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday morning. The other artists included John Legend, Alejandro Sanz, Angélique Kidjo and the Suginami Junior Chorus in an arrangement by Hans Zimmer.

 

The song played while a huge Earth made of drones rotated above the Olympic stadium while athletes representing each country gathered below on the opening ceremony stage.

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TRAVIS DENNING ANNOUNCES NEW STUDIO SET DIRT ROAD DOWN WILL BE AVAILABLE ON AUGUST 6th.

Travis Denning is releasing more music as he gears up to hit the road this summer, announcing today that he will release his sophomore six-song set DIRT ROAD DOWN on 8/6, available to pre-order now here. Denning also shared a new track, “Jack And Coke” taken from the collection, which mixes the dark, buzzy flavor of Denning’s favorite cocktail with a nursery-rhyme setup for an epic heartbreaker on the rocks, available to listen here. The forthcoming release also includes previously released tracks “Call It Country” and Denning’s current single “ABBY” that continues to rack up streaming milestones, with over 27 million streams to date.

DIRT ROAD DOWN also includes three additional new tracks co-written by Denning and produced by Jeremy Stover. Full of energy and blazing guitar solos, clever imagery and a uniquely reverent view of small-town life, each track explores what makes him tick. “Grew Up With a Truck” hitches feel-good country nostalgia to a diesel-powered hook, “I Went Fishing,” allows listeners to get to know the guy behind the guitar and the title track “Dirt Road Down” explores his love of a twisted, pure-country lyric, taking multiple routes to the same romantic destination.

“DIRT ROAD DOWN was about going ‘What’s the next step?’” Denning says, describing his new six-song EP. “It’s kind of cheesy, but to me this release makes me feel like we’ve gone a little further down the path of who I am – which I like to think is a dirt road, for sure. I hope those listening get a piece of me they were expecting with this project, and I hope they get a piece of me that they weren’t, too.”

Denning is currently gearing up to hit the road next weekend as support on Brothers Osborne’s “We’re Not For Everyone Tour,” starting in Philadelphia, PA on 7/29.

DIRT ROAD DOWN – Official Track List:

1. Call It Country (Travis Denning, Jessi Alexander, Chris Stevens)
2.  Dirt Road Down (Travis Denning, Taylor Phillips, Cole Taylor, Will Weatherly)
3.  Jack And Coke (Travis Denning, CJ Solar, Chris Stevens)
4.  Grew Up With A Truck (Travis Denning)
5.  I Went Fishin’ (Travis Denning, Thomas Archer, James McNair)
6.  ABBY (Alternate Version) (Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins, Chase McGill)

A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, singer/songwriter Travis Denning’s “clever kiss-off” (Billboard) and “wickedly fun good-riddance anthem” (PEOPLE) “ABBY” follows his first No. One and GOLD-certified single in 2020 with the “shadowy” (Rolling Stone) “After A Few.” Accelerating his ascend from a chart-topping single, the song is taken from his debut EP BEER’S BETTER COLD that debuted in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Country Albums chart. Denning first made waves with the release of his Top 40 debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs.” Denning has previously toured with Dustin Lynch, Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson,, Riley Green, headlined his own “Heartbeat Of A Small Town Tour. With over 422 million streams worldwide, Denning has been spotlighted for his head-turning sound and was previously selected as one of CRS New Faces, an Opry NextStage recipient and a CMA KixStart Artist, as he makes his mark within the industry. Inspired at a young age, Denning developed a love for country, pop, rock and heavy metal and started playing local bars from the age of 16, as he built a strong following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar solos. A prolific writer with an unquestionable stage presence, Denning moved to Nashville and secured outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Michael Ray and more. For more information, visit travisdenning.com.

COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR CARRIE UNDERWOOD’S STIRRING MY SAVIOR: LIVE FROM THE RYMAN CONCERT DVD – OUT TODAY!

Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner and three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood has just released her first-ever gospel LIVE performance DVD, My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman. The DVD was released internationally by Gaither Music Group in partnership with Capitol Records Nashville with distribution by Capitol Christian Music Group/Universal.

Filmed at the celebrated Ryman Auditorium, known worldwide as “The Mother Church of Country Music,” the performance brings Underwood’s best-selling, critically-acclaimed studio album My Savior (Capitol Records Nashville) to life on that legendary stage with powerful performances of traditional gospel hymns she grew up singing, including “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”

“This is an album I have always wanted to record and I’m thrilled to be able to bring these uplifting, inspirational songs to life in this special way,” says Underwood of My Savior.

Other highlights of the Ryman concert include a duet with CeCe Winans, the  best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, on the classic hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Singer/songwriter Bear Rinehart, frontman of the rock band, NEEDTOBREATHE, also makes a special appearance, joining Underwood to sing on another traditional hymn, “Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus.” Southern gospel and harmonica legend Buddy Greene and 10-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally, both of whom played on the album, also appear with Underwood. The DVD also features Underwood’s renditions of the time-honored classics “Because He Lives,” “Just As I Am,” “Victory In Jesus,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “Softly And Tenderly.”

In addition, Underwood’s performance video for the gospel classic “Because He Lives” released today across digital video platforms. The country music superstar’s powerful rendition of the song coincides with this year’s celebration of the song’s 50th anniversary.

The My Savior: Live From The Ryman TV special will air tonight on UPtv at 9:30pm ET, and again on Sunday, July 25, at 9:00am ET. The special will air over  the weekend on networks including DIRECTV, DISH TV, TBN, RFD-TV and more; and it will air in Canada on The Miracle Channel, Vision TV, Hope TV and CTS (Crossroads). The special is also available now on GAITHERTV (Roku/Apple/ Amazon) and on the Gaither TV YouTube Channel for a limited time.

The My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman DVD is available for purchase at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Gaither.com, and other national retailers https://lnk.to/MySaviorDVDCU.

My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman DVD SONG LIST:

Jesus Loves Me (instrumental)

Because He Lives

Blessed Assurance

Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus

Just As I Am

O How I Love Jesus

Softly And Tenderly

Great Is Thy Faithfulness (feat. CeCe Winans)

I Surrender All Victory

In Jesus How Great Thou Art

The Old Rugged Cross

Amazing Grace/Something In The Water

 

Carrie recently announced her first-ever residency, REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency, at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, which will begin December 1st.

 

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about having CeCe Winans as a special guest on My Savior.

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Carrie Underwood (CeCe Winans on “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”) :58
“I feel like one thing I will never forget about the day CeCe and I recorded  ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness ‘ together is when she walked in she was like ‘oh, thank you for having me’ I was like ‘Oh my gosh, thank you so much for coming.’ And she’s like ‘I love this song so much,’ and she said, ‘because he IS faithful.’ And obviously she has this incredible gift from God and uses it, you know, to give back to God, but for her to come in and just like, “Oh my gosh, you believe what you’re singing.’ It sounds so silly to say that. Of course, you should, but then to hear that it’s just like ‘Oh, yes, yeah.’ So, getting to work with her and feel the power that she has in her voice, it was just such a beautiful day and just she’s a light in the world and in music and to me in the studio she certainly was that day.”

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DIERKS BENTLEY PERFORMS ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA’S “SUMMER CONCERT SERIES” TOMORROW MORNING

Dierks Bentley will kick off the weekend on ABC’s Good Morning America “Summer Concert Series” tomorrow (7/23 at 7:00a Local Time). Bentley will perform his latest No. One and 20th career chart-topping hit “Gone” along with fan-favorites like the summertime anthem “Somewhere On A Beach.” As “an artist made for the outdoor summer concert season” (Sun-Sentinel), Bentley’s latest television performances takes place before venturing out on his 2021 BEERS ON ME TOUR with specials guests Riley Green and Parker McCollum, launching Aug. 13th at Salt Lake City, UT’s USANA Amphitheatre.

Following his set last month at the 48th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Bentley surprisingly dropped “a gift that Country music fans didn’t know they needed” (The Tennesseean) with the release of LIVE FROM TELLURIDE, available now. As he tapped The War And Treaty, Larkin Poe and Sam Bush, “the result is equally as entertaining and cements the collaboration as one of the year’s best,” (CMT). Next Wednesday (7/28), the “format superstar” (Entertainment Weekly) will return to Nashville, TN where he will perform for CMA Summer Jam with the special to air at a later date.

Bentley continues to be a dominant voice for the genre with over 6.4 billion streams and 20 No. One singles at Country radio. Reaching a new creative high while “making music designed to challenge” (New York Times), Bentley co-wrote 10 of 13 tracks on THE MOUNTAIN, which earned him the highest debut sales of his career and became his seventh chart-topping release. Bentley has amassed countless nominations from the ACM‘s, CMA‘s, Billboard Music Awards and more while also earning 14 GRAMMY nominations. He just recently celebrated his 15 year anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry and has also created professional endeavors outside of the music with his Flag & Anthem lifestyle collection Desert Son, along with his “Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row” franchise hosting five locations. For more information visit Dierks.com.

PARKER McCOLLUM ENLISTED HIS SISTER TO HELP WITH HIS ENGAGEMENT.

Just a few short weeks ago, Parker McCollum got engaged to his girlfriend Hallie Ray, and he enlisted the help of his event planning sister to help out to surprise his future wife.

“The proposal I got really lucky with. My sister’s an event planner in Washington, D.C., and I’ve been so busy on the road there was no way that I was going to pull that off on my own,” says Parker. “So, her and Hallie Ray’s mom killed it. I mean, just absolutely took care of the whole deal (and) flew her family and my family in to surprise her. She’d had no idea. She thought we were going to a label dinner. She thought she was walking into this private room where everybody with the record label would be there, and then obviously, when she pulled back the curtain and saw all the flowers and all that stuff. I don’t remember what I said. She doesn’t remember what I said either, but I did the thing and then they all came down and surprised her and we had a little party. It really went off without a hitch. It was great.”

Parker, who is making his mark on the country charts with “To Be Loved By You” (the follow-up to his No. 1 “Pretty Heart”), is set to release his new album, Gold Chain Cowboy, next Friday (July 30th).

Audio / Parker McCollum talks about how he enlisted his sister for his proposal to is girlfriend.

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Parker McCollum (proposal) OC: …it was great. :37
“Well, the proposal I got really lucky with. My sister’s an event planner in Washington, D.C., and I’ve been so busy on the road there was no way that I was going to pull that off on my own. So, her and Hallie Ray’s mom killed it. I mean, just absolutely took care of the whole deal (and) flew her family and my family in to surprise her. She’d had no idea. She thought we were going to a label dinner. She thought she was walking into this private room where everybody with the record label would be there, and then obviously, when she pulled back the curtain and saw all the flowers and all that stuff. I don’t remember what I said. She doesn’t remember what I said either, but I did the thing and then they all came down and surprised her and we had a little party. It really went off without a hitch. It was great.”

NEWS AND NOTES: Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Chrissy Metz and more

Dierks Bentley will perform during Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on Friday (July 23rd) on ABC.

Jon Pardi covers Metallica’s massive hit “Wherever I May Roam,” on the heavy metal band’s The Blacklist — a reimagined version of their Black album, available on digital September 10th. The collection features 53 artists, including Jon, Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Jason Isbell, Miley Cyrus and Elton John, among others with all proceeds going to the charities of the artists choice.

 

Chrissy Metz will headline Chrissy Metz & Friends July 30th at the iconic The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Joining her will be celebrated songwriter and producer Jimmy Robbins (Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie & Tae, Brett Young) and the singer/songwriter and Bowyer & Bow/Capitol Christian Music Group recording artist Blessing Offor. Proceeds from Chrissy Metz & Friends benefit the CMA Foundation and its mission to provide resources and support for music teachers, students, and music education programs across the US.

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