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Jimmie Allen, Wife Alexis Expecting Second Child Together POSTED BY: Skip Wulff ON Jun 09, 2021
Date: Jun 09, 2021 Posted By: Skip Wulff
Jimmie Allen recently wed his longtime love, Alexis Gale. Now, the couple has more happy news to share: they are expecting their second child together.
The couple shared the news on June 7 via Instagram, with Allen announcing the news with a funny mashup of iconic movie scenes. The movie concludes by showing a piece of paper with the names Jimmie, Lexi, Aadyn, Naomi and Baby Allen written on it. Meanwhile, Gale shared a slideshow of photos adorning her baby bump in a white ensemble and she captioned the photo with a dove emoji.
They also included snapshots with their two children — including their daughter Naomi and Allen’s son, Aadyn, from a previous relationship.
The couple wed in an intimate ceremony in May, and welcomed guests including Darius Rucker, Chuck Wicks and Tyler Rich. Allen and Gale got engaged at Disney World in July 2019.
Allen currently has a Top 40 hit with his duet with Brad Paisley, “Freedom Was a Highway.” He also has two No. 1 singles to his credit, including the two-week chart-topper “Best Shot,” as well as “Make Me Want To.”
BJ Thomas, Country Icon, Dead At 78 POSTED BY: Paige Davis ON Jun 02, 2021
Date: Jun 02, 2021 Posted By: Paige Davis
“It’s kind of an American song. The rain falls on everybody, but as long as you are free, everything is okay.” In a March 2021 interview with the Tennessean, singer-songwriter BJ Thomas reflected on what made his version of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David-penned country classic, “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” a timeless performance. Sadly, in a press release sent Saturday evening, the Country Music Hall of Famer’s representatives revealed that Thomas, 78, had sadly passed away.
The five-time Grammy award-winning artist who sold over 70 million albums worldwide — including eight No. 1 hit and 26 Top 10 singles — was fondly remembered as having a six-decade-long career wherein his “smooth, rich voice and unerring song sense…crossed multiple genres, including country, pop, and gospel.”
His top-sellers included the previously mentioned “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” an Oscar winner for “Best Original Song” that was most famously used in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Other instantaneously iconic BJ Thomas songs include his 1966 cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” as well as 1975-released and Grammy-winning “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”
An Oklahoma native, Thomas moved to Houston, Texas, where the blend of country traditionalists like Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams alongside early soulful rock and rollers Jackie Wilson and Little Richard, plus singing in his church choir inspired his musical aspirations. Friendships with icons including pop superstar Dionne Warwick and country music great Ronnie Milsap continued his climb. The relationship with Warwick led to his connection to Burt Bacharach and his singing “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.”
The late 1970s saw Thomas struggle with substance abuse. However, by 1976, both he and his beloved wife, Gloria, became born-again Christians. His debut gospel album, 1976’s Home Where I Belong, became the first gospel record to sell a million copies. As noted via a press release, Thomas’ voice’s “warmth and emotional timbre” was “well suited to gospel.” Furthermore, his rendition of “Amazing Grace” is considered one of the most profoundly impacting of the hymn’s many covers.
BJ Thomas is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gloria, their three daughters Paige Thomas, Nora Cloud, and Erin Moore, and four grandchildren, Nadia Cloud, Keira Cloud, Ruby Moore, and Billy Joe Moore. In the previously mentioned 2021 Tennessean interview, the Nashville Songwriters Association’s Bert Herbison told the noted vocalist, “BJ, you are one of my favorite artists of all time…When you hold the microphone, there’s just some magic, and I just want to thank you for all the years of music from all the fans.”
Regarding his own career and life, Thomas noted via his website, “All I am is just another guy. I’ve been very lucky. I’ve had a wonderful life, I’ve been a husband and a father who cherishes his children and now I’m a grandfather, and I’m motivated like all these teachers and preachers and mothers and fathers to help my kids grow up with character and self-respect. I hope that doesn’t sound too grandiose, but that’s what it comes down to. It’s what I’ve tried to do with my music and with the majority of my life.”
BJ Thomas’ funeral arrangements are forthcoming and will remain private. Instead of flowers, in-memoriam donations will be accepted by Mission Arlington, Tarrant Area Food Bank, and the SPCA of Texas.
Before Music Sam Hunt’s First Dream Career Was the Rodeo POSTED BY: Dakota Cloutier ON May 18, 2021
Date: May 18, 2021 Posted By: Dakota Cloutier
“We had goats and calves, I wanted to get into bull riding, so we had some steers out at the cabin. I had spurs and the whole thing. I wanted to rodeo when I got older.” For “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90s” vocalist Sam Hunt, a career in country music wasn’t necessarily what he originally believed was in the cards for the rest of his life. In a recent Audacy Country interview, Hunt revealed that, in his youth, he was a farm sports enthusiast.
“Every day after school, I would go to a babysitter in elementary school, and they had horses,” he continued. “I started riding and showing horses with them…I would ride in some of the shows and I got a horse when I was probably 10. A mustang named Comanche, and then I had a paint horse named Snowball and I had another horse named Jiggalo, which I didn’t name,” he noted with a chuckle.
Sam Hunt is in the midst of completing a follow-up to his 2020-released album Southside, which he has recently offered will be arriving in the next three months. The previously mentioned “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90s” has recently ascended to the number-one position on country radio. The October 2020-released track joins “Hard To Forget” and the 2017-released “Body Like A Back Road” as chart-topping hits from his current album.
To Audacy Country upon its release, Hunt noted, “My favorite line from that song is ’Modern love leads to modern hearts breaking. I’m just a product of my generation. It’s just a fun kinda simple reflection on how much more difficult it is to be so connected – the downside of being so connected nowadays.”
Trisha Yearwood Dishes on What Surprised Her Most About Husband Garth Brooks POSTED BY: Lisa Wulff ON May 18, 2021
Date: May 18, 2021 Posted By: Lisa Wulff
Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks have been married for 15 years and been friends long before then, as both of them got their starts in the Nashville music industry as demo singers–singers paid to quickly record vocals for rough, first-draft versions of songwriters’ compositions, which are then pitched to recording artists who might choose to record their own version of those songs for their albums.
“The first time we ever sang together, we were booked to do a duet, and when we sang together, and it felt like we’d been singing together forever,” she told ET about those early days in Nashville. “He brings so much energy in everything he does. He challenges me in the studio to go beyond what I think I can do.”
Yearwood recently told ET one thing about Brooks that surprised her the most.
“For a long time I really thought, ’Nobody’s this nice.’ The other shoe’s gotta drop, you know? And I’m not saying he’s perfect, but he’s pretty dang close!”
Over the years, Yearwood and Brooks have teamed up for duets such as “Where Your Road Leads,” “Squeeze Me In,” the Grammy-winning “In Another’s Eyes,” their recent rendition of “Shallow,” and their 2016 holiday album Christmas Together. But Yearwood says there is more where that came from.
“We definitely want to do another record,” Yearwood confirms.
Currently, Yearwood has been hard at work with her latest cookbook, which will release in the Fall, and is gearing up to resume filing her cooking show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. She also recently expanded her business empire with the launch of the Trisha Yearwood Pet Collection, a range of pet accessories.
During the interview, Yearwood was also candid about why she has been (literally) unfiltered with her social media posts, regularly posting snapshots of herself with no makeup and with a relaxed, unpolished hairstyle, alongside occasional glam shots.
“We all have the same anxieties, we all have the same good days and bad days. Let’s own this together,” she says.
Jake Owen Reveals His Daughter Spent Her Second Birthday in the Hospital POSTED BY: Skip Wulff ON May 03, 2021
Date: May 03, 2021 Posted By: Skip Wulff
Jake Owen recently shared a photo from his daughter Paris’ second birthday—but it wasn’t quite the typical birthday snapshot one would expect. Owen shared that his daughter spent her birthday in the hospital at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.
“Our little sweet Paris is TWO years old today,” he said in an Instagram post. “Never imagined spending her bday in the hospital.” Though Owen did not detail why his daughter was in the hospital, he did tell fans that she is getting better. Owen and his fiancée Erica welcomed daughter Paris Harley into the world in April 2019.
“She seems to be doing a lot better and Erica and I are very thankful and overwhelmed by the kindness and support that so many of y’all out there have shown to us,” Owen said in his Instagram post. “Hoping to go home soon and blow some candles out! Love y’all.”
Owen’s current hit, “Made For You,” penned by Neil Medley, Benjy Davis and Joey Hyde, is on the verge of becoming another chart-topper for the entertainer.