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    Date: May 24, 2023
    Posted By: Lisa Wulff

Tina Turner, the unstoppable singer and stage performer who teamed with husband Ike Turner for a dynamic run of hit records and live shows in the 1960s and `70s and survived her horrifying marriage to triumph in middle age with the chart-topping Whats Love Got to Do With It, has died at 83.

Turner died Tuesday, after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, according to her manager. She became a Swiss citizen a decade ago.

Few stars travelled so far -- she was born Anna Mae Bullock in a segregated Tennessee hospital and spent her latter years on a 260,000 square foot estate on Lake Zurich -- and overcame so much. Physically battered, emotionally devastated and financially ruined by her 20-year relationship with Ike Turner, she became a superstar on her own in her 40s, at a time when most of her peers were on their way down, and remained a top concert draw for years after.

How do we say farewell to a woman who owned her pain and trauma and used it as a means to help change the world? Angela Bassett, who played Turner in the 1993 biopic Whats Love Got to Do With It, said in a statement.

Through her courage in telling her story, her commitment to stay the course in her life, no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve out a space in rock and roll for herself and for others who look like her, Tina Turner showed others who lived in fear what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like.

With admirers ranging from Mick Jagger to Beyonce to Mariah Carey, the Queen of Rock n Roll was one of the worlds most popular entertainers, known for a core of pop, rock and rhythm and blues favourites: Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, River Deep, Mountain High, and the hits she had in the 80s, among them Whats Love Got to Do with It, We Dont Need Another Hero and a cover of Al Greens Lets Stay Together.

Her trademarks included a growling contralto that might smoulder or explode, her bold smile and strong cheekbones, her palette of wigs and the muscular, quick-stepping legs she did not shy from showing off. She sold more than 150 million records worldwide, won 12 Grammys, was voted along with Ike into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 (and on her own in 2021 ) and was honoured at the Kennedy Center in 2005, with Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey among those praising her. Her life became the basis for a film, a Broadway musical and an HBO documentary in 2021 that she called her public farewell.

Until she left her husband and revealed their back story, she was known as the voracious on-stage foil of the steady-going Ike, the leading lady of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Ike was billed first and ran the show, choosing the material, the arrangements, the backing singers. They toured constantly for years, in part because Ike was often short on money and unwilling to miss a concert. Tina Turner was forced to go on with bronchitis, with pneumonia, with a collapsed right lung.

Other times, the cause of her misfortunes was Ike himself.

As she recounted in her memoir, I, Tina, Ike began hitting her not long after they met, in the mid-1950s, and only grew more vicious. Provoked by anything and anyone, he would throw hot coffee in her face, choke her, or beat her until her eyes were swollen shut, then rape her. Before one show, he broke her jaw and she went on stage with her mouth full of blood.

Terrified both of being with Ike and of lasting without him, she credited her emerging Buddhist faith in the mid-1970s with giving her a sense of strength and self-worth and she finally left in early July 1976. The Ike and Tina Turner Revue was scheduled to open a tour marking the countrys bicentennial when Tina snuck out of their Dallas hotel room, with just a Mobil credit card and 36 cents, while Ike slept. She hurried across a nearby highway, narrowly avoiding a speeding truck, and found another hotel.

I looked at him (Ike) and thought, `You just beat me for the last time, you sucker, she recalled in her memoir.

Turner was among the first celebrities to speak candidly about domestic abuse, becoming a heroine to battered women and a symbol of resilience to all. Ike Turner did not deny mistreating her, although he tried to blame Tina for their troubles. When he died, in 2007, a representative for his ex-wife said simply: Tina is aware that Ike passed away.

Ike and Tina fans knew little of this during the couples prime. The Turners were a hot act for much of the 1960s and into the 70s, evolving from bluesy ballads such as A Fool in Love and Its Going to Work Out Fine to flashy covers of Proud Mary and Come Together and other rock songs that brought them crossover success.

They opened for the Rolling Stones in 1966 and 1969, and were seen performing a lustful version of Otis Reddings Ive Been Loving You Too Long in the 1970 Stones documentary Gimme Shelter. Bassett and Laurence Fishburne gave Oscar-nominated performances in Whats Love Got to Do with It, based on I, Tina, but she would say that reliving her years with Ike was so painful she couldnt bring herself to watch the movie.

Ike and Tinas reworking of Proud Mary, originally a tight, mid-tempo hit for Creedence Clearwater Revival, helped define their sexual aura. Against a background of funky guitar and Ikes crooning baritone, Tina began with a few spoken words about how some people wanted to hear songs that were nice and easy.

But theres this one thing, she warned, you see, we never ever do nothing nice and easy.

We always do it nice -- and rough.

But by the end of the 1970s, Turners career seemed finished. She was 40 years old, her first solo album had flopped and her live shows were mostly confined to the cabaret circuit. Desperate for work, and money, she even agreed to tour in South Africa when the country was widely boycotted because of its racist apartheid regime.

Rock stars helped bring her back. Rod Stewart convinced her to sing Hot Legs with him on Saturday Night Live and Jagger, who had openly borrowed some of Turners on-stage moves, sang Honky Tonk Women with her during the Stones 1981-82 tour. At a listening party for his 1983 album Lets Dance, David Bowie told guests that Turner was his favourite singer.

She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous, Jagger tweeted Wednesday. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her.

More popular in England at the time than in the U.S., she recorded a raspy version of Lets Stay Together at EMIs Abbey Road studios in London. By the end of 1983, Lets Stay Together was a hit throughout Europe and on the verge of breaking in the states. An A&R man at Capitol Records, John Carter, urged the label to sign her up and make an album. Among the material presented was a reflective pop-reggae ballad co-written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle and initially dismissed by Tina as wimpy.

I just thought it was some old pop song, and I didnt like it, she later said of Whats Love Got To Do With It.

Turners Private Dancer album came out in May 1984, sold more than eight million copies and featured several hit singles, including the title song and Better Be Good To Me. It won four Grammys, among them record of the year for Whats Love Got to Do With It, the song that came to define the clear-eyed image of her post-Ike years.

People look at me now and think what a hot life I must have lived -- ha! she wrote in her memoir.

Even with Ike, it was hard to mistake her for a romantic. Her voice was never pretty, and love songs were never her specialty, in part because she had little experience to draw from. She was born in Nutbush, Tennessee in 1939 and would say she received no love from either her mother or father. After her parents separated, she moved often around Tennessee and Missouri, living with various relatives. She was outgoing, loved to sing and as a teenager would check out the blues clubs in St. Louis, where one of the top draws was Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm. Tina didnt care much for his looks the first time she saw him, at the Club Manhattan.

Then he got up onstage and picked up his guitar, she wrote in her memoir. He hit one note, and I thought, `Jesus, listen to this guy play.

Tina soon made her move. During intermission at an Ike Turner show at the nearby Club DLisa, Ike was alone on stage, playing a blues melody on the keyboards. Tina recognized the song, B.B. Kings You Know I Love You, grabbed a microphone and sang along. As Tina remembered, a stunned Ike called out Giirrlll!! and demanded to know what else she could perform. Over her mothers objections, she agreed to join his group. He changed her first name to Tina, inspired by the comic book heroine Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, and changed her last name by marrying her, in 1962.

In rare moments of leniency from Ike, Tina did enjoy success on her own. She added a roaring lead vocal to Phil Spectors titanic production of River Deep, Mountain High, a flop in the U.S. when released in 1966, but a hit overseas and eventually a standard. She was also featured as the Acid Queen in the 1975 film version of the Whos rock opera Tommy. More recent film work included Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and a cameo in Whats Love Got to Do with It.

Turner had two sons: Craig, with saxophonist Raymond Hill; and Ronald, with Ike Turner. (Craig Turner was found dead in 2018 of an apparent suicide). In a memoir published later in 2018, Tina Turner: My Love Story, she revealed that she had received a kidney transplant from her second husband, former EMI record executive Erwin Bach.

Turners life seemed an argument against marriage, but her life with Bach was a love story the younger Tina would not have believed possible. They met in the mid-1980s, when she flew to Germany for record promotion and he picked her up at the airport. He was more than a decade younger than her -- the prettiest face, she said of him in the HBO documentary -- and the attraction was mutual. She wed Bach in 2013, exchanging vows at a civil ceremony in Switzerland.

Its that happiness that people talk about, Turner told the press at the time, when you wish for nothing, when you can finally take a deep breath and say, `Everything is good.


    Date: Feb 08, 2023
    Posted By: Lisa Wulff

Two of musics most beloved icons – Dolly Parton and Dionne Warwick – are joining for a mega duet on the gospel song Peace Like a River, that Parton wrote and Warwicks son and manager Damon Elliott produced.

I was honored to get to sing with one of my idols, Dionne Warwick, Parton said in a statement. I have loved her since we were younger and getting to sing with her was one of the highlights of my career. I loved that she loved my song, and I loved singing it with her.

The women also filmed a video for Peace Like a River in Nashville on Tuesday. The song and video will be released on February 24 on Warwick and Elliotts Kind Music Group label. Elliott directed the video with Nick Pres.

I so admire Dolly Partons talent and work ethic, Warwick said in a statement. I am thrilled to have this opportunity for us to work together.

Elliott said he knew as soon as Parton sent him the song that his mother would want to sing it and that Parton should sing it with her.

The magic is in the dynamic of the duo, and let me say, with all the chaos in this world, we all need peace and cleansing, he said.

Parton has had an action-packed few months. She was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, co-wrote a novel and accompanying album, Run Rose Run, released her own line of baking mixes, is featured in greeting cards, put out a new Christmas movie and is even depicted in two new Funko Pops! She has had 26 No. 1 songs, a record for a female artist. She topped Billboards Christian Airplay Chart for the first time for her Grammy-winning Zach Williams duet There Was Jesus.

Parton has donated more than 200 million books to children worldwide through her Imagination Library. Her childrens book, Coat of Many Colors, was dedicated to the Library of Congress to honor the Imagination Librarys 100 millionth book donation.

Warwick is a six-time Grammy winner and recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Warwick recently performed at the MusiCares gala honoring Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson. Then she traveled to Memphis to perform in concert and to Nashville to record the music video with Parton. The Dionne Warwick: Dont Make Me Over documentary will begin streaming on HBO Max this month.


    Date: Oct 22, 2022
    Posted By: Lisa Wulff

World Mental Health Day recently passed, but Brett Eldredge wants fans to be emotionally fit on the daily.

The Songs About You singer turned to social media (Oct. 20) to reveal his five go-to tips on how he improves his mental health.

I was a little down today, just a little tired. Just worn out mentally, Eldredge declared. So I was like, I gotta change my movement. I gotta get moving. I started doing this, and I am feeling a hundred times better, he added.

The country crooner filmed himself in his home gym. The convenient space included a bench press, dumbbells, and a yoga mat – everything one needs to escape reality and transform into their best self.

He continued to share his mental health hacks. First,  Eldredge challenged his devoted followers to get moving!

If you can, do something every day to get you moving, said Eldredge. Get your heart pumping. Get you out of your comfort zone. It is a mental health game. Moving has been the number one thing thats helped me.

Next, he stressed the importance of an uninterrupted sleep cycle and fitness routine.

Get some good sleep, he pointed out. Get a good workout in.

The chart-topping artist did not fail to mention that a balanced diet is a vital component of maintaining a strong mindset and body.

Get a good diet plan – eat your best.

Most importantly, he encouraged everyone to be kind to one another and themselves.

Dont be too hard on yourself, he uttered. Thats my tip for the day. I am not a master, but I am figuring it out slowly, one day at a time. I guarantee you can too. What are you waiting for? Eldredge questioned.

Country music fans flocked to the comments to thank the hitmaker for the reminder and for sparking the conversation.

Thanks, BE. I really needed this. I have been down a lot lately. You are the best! said a TikTok user. So true, and I definitely needed this reminder. It is a struggle some days, BUT Im trying, added another. I write in a gratitude journal nearly every morning. It helps me to keep my soul in check.

This is far from the first time the singer-songwriter has opened up about his mental health, as he has become an advocate throughout the years. In early 2021, he shared an eye-opening poem that touched upon his struggles.

I woke up feeling less than myself | Tried writing down all the words but it didnt help | I walked along the bridge through the park at the commons | Still hurt held its grip much more than I wanted | I tried to escape every way that I could, he wrote on Instagram. Then I realized that feeling this way could be good | For how could I know the feeling of bliss | If life was all smiles and love without risk |So Today Ill soak in all of this pain | The more that I feel |The more that I gain.

Music and writing has become a getaway for Eldredge. He penned his emotional ballad Raymond while wrapping his head around his grandmothers Alzheimers diagnosis. His vulnerability and helpful storytelling are also displayed in his latest album, Songs About You.

He previously told Hello Magazine, that working out and self-care have become a form of medicine. The vocalist also declared that he had to get comfortable with being alone and embracing his own company.

I think we all struggle with that in some ways, but there are definitely days when Im like - I mean, I dont hate myself, but there are times when its tough, and youve got to give yourself some grace, he said to the publication. Some space, and thats what Ive been doing.

While keeping his mental health in check, the Chicago native is gearing up for his highly anticipated Glow Live Tour. Eldredge will kick off the 14-city run with a three-night residency at Nashvilles Ryman Auditorium and end in Boston.


    Date: Jul 08, 2022
    Posted By: Lisa Wulff

Multi-platinum artist Chase Rice had the ultimate Fourth of July.

The country crooner packed his bags and celebrated America’s birthday on Island time in Hawaii. Rice spent the holiday performing for the Armed Forces at Pearl Harbor and before he took center stage, he shared why the opportunity holds weight.

“Just wanna say I love ya’ll from Hawaii. Thanks for this awesome ride y’all got me on,” he wrote alongside a beach selfie. “Headed now to play a show for our troops on Pearl Harbor here in a couple hours. One of the greatest honors of my life 🙏🏻”

The paradise-like portrait features Rice smoking a cigar on a golden sand beach with a purple lai wrapped around his neck. Supportive fans rushed to the comments to cheer Rice on and to give thanks to the brave soldiers fighting for our country.

“I’m a retired Marine officer’s daughter and proud sister of an active duty Marine officer. Thank you for supporting the men and women in uniform. Having been to the Pearl Harbor memorial, it is an experience you will never forget. Truly an honor for you,” said a devoted follower. “Enjoy the high it’s once in a lifetime ride…❤️❤️,” said another.

Rice served as the headliner for the 4th of July Freedom Fest at Joint Base Pearl Harbor– Hickam. The USAA-sponsored show also included musicians Mark Bassy, MAX, and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. The unforgettable evening finished with a bang, as spectacular fireworks lit up the sky.

This is not the first time Rice has dedicated his time to honor the courageous troops. The “Eyes On You” singer previously joined forces with the Boot Campaign, a national nonprofit that spreads awareness, promotes patriotism and assistance to military personnel. Rice’s love for the United States military is deep rooted, as his grandfathers both served.

“I have unbelievable respect for any man or woman who’s willing to lay down their life for our freedom and country,” shared the hitmaker. “Personally, I’ll do anything to help our military out in any way I can.”

In 2011 the chart-topping artist released “Die Tryin,” a tribute track that honors veterans who have placed their lives on the line. The tear-jerking melody lives on his self-titled album, “Chase Rice – Country As Me.”

“We get up each mornin’, knowin’ this could be the end | But we still put our boots on and do it all again | We all love livin’ free, and we’ll keep Old Glory flyin’ Or die tryin’,” Rice sings. “My little girl, my whole world | She’s growin’ up in pictures | I’d give anything to be on a plane and be back home there with here.”

Die Tryin,” is one of many songs the chart-topping artist performs live. Rice is expected to hit the road with Jason Aldean in the fall. Tickets to see the country icon and Rice together are currently available for purchase, here.


    Date: May 04, 2022
    Posted By: Lisa Wulff

Chris Janson teamed with Travis Tritt for a song on his new album “All In,” and now the men are taking their partnership on the road for their co-headlining Can’t Miss Tour.

“I’m really looking forward to the ‘Can’t Miss Tour’ with Chris this fall,” Tritt said in a statement. “Our high-energy performances complement each other so well. Audiences are going to be thoroughly entertained.”

Janson added: “Excited to be out touring with one of my favorites. It’s gonna be a rowdy fall, and I’m looking forward to it!”

Tritt joined Janson for his song “Things You Can’t Live Without” on “All In.” Janson co-wrote the uproarious banger with David Lee Murphy, Deric Ruttan and Chris Stevens, and Tritt told him it sounded like a track he would have had a hit with in the ‘90s. The compliment was music to Janson’s ears.

“I was like, ‘Exactly,’” Janson said. “That was the vibe that I wanted when we wrote it. I wrote it with David Lee Murphy and it’s par for the course. From day one, I said, ‘I’ve got to get Travis on this with me.’ It would just be so killer. Dream day, big win, it’s same thing I’ve always been saying. I asked and he said yes. Then it was, ‘Poof, off to the races.’”

The War Hippies, featuring Scooter Brown and Donnie Reis, will appear as special guests on the tour.

More tour dates to be will be announced in the coming weeks. For tickets and more information, visit www.TravisTritt.com or www.ChrisJanson.com.

The Can’t Miss Tour tour dates are:
Oct. 7: Huntington, WV Mountain Health Arena
Oct. 8: Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
Oct. 9: Allentown, PA PPL Center
Oct. 13: Jonesboro, AR First National Bank Arena
Oct. 14: Grand Prairie, TX Texas Trust CU Theater
Oct. 20: Highland Heights, KY BB&T Arena
Oct. 22: Corbin, KY The Corbin Arena
Oct. 23: Charlotte, NC Bojangles’ Coliseum
Oct. 27: Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Oct. 28: Estero, FL Hertz Arena
Oct. 29: Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater
Nov. 5: Richmond, VA Altria Theater
Nov. 11: Tupelo, MS BancorpSouth Arena
Nov. 19: Atlanta, GA Gas South Arena


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