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    Date: Jul 03, 2021
    Posted By: Emma Jackson
Parker McCollum is engaged!

The singer-songwriter popped the question to his girlfriend Hallie Ray Light and shared the happy news of their engagement on Instagram on Thursday night (July 1). He shared a photo of the couple seated together, as Light showed off her engagement ring for the camera, with a caption that simply states, “She said yes!”

The post earned praises from his fellow singer-songwriters including Morgan Wallen, Jake Owen, Sunny Sweeney, Koe Wetzel, Randy Montana, Jon Langston and more.

That’s not the only happy news for the Texas native. McCollum will release his major label debut album, Gold Chain Cowboy, July 30 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.” The project follows his 2020 debut country EP Hollywood Gold EP.

Nearly a year ago, he also released a sweet track dedicated to Light.


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    Date: Apr 28, 2021
    Posted By: Emma Jackson
Following up his back-to-back 2019 country radio hits “Good Vibes” and “Done” by dealing with a near-tragic, “very bad” house fire certainly isn’t the way that country singer-songwriter Chris Janson expected to spend the tail end of his quarantine. However, the artist — who is also known as the pen behind hits for Tim McGraw, LOCASH, Hank Williams Jr., and more — did exactly that after the charger of his old laptop overheated while sitting upon an ottoman, causing a fire with “seven foot tall” flames, that destroyed the bottom floor of the Missouri native’s Tennessee home.

To PEOPLE, Janson noted, “Right now, I’m staring at the little laptop I have had for several years and the battery portion is burned up on it and is fused together with the charger. I am quite convinced that it literally just got overheated and one thing led to another.” The performer added, “I encourage people to check smoke alarms. It’s something we don’t think about, but in ours, all of the detectors were supposed to be hardwired in and they are, but for some reason they all didn’t go off at one time. Only the one in that one room was going off.”

Janson, his wife Kelly and their children were in the home, asleep, when the fire started during the night. The faint beeping from that one smoke detector woke up Janson’s wife. While she took their children to a safe location, Janson tried to douse the flames with buckets of water until firefighters arrived.

The object upon which Janson’s laptop was sitting emerged unscathed. Upon closer review, it’s nothing short of a divine miracle. “Our Jesus Calling devotional book [wasn’t destroyed],” Janson notes. “The one that had been sitting on the ottoman was a spare copy since we keep the original copy by our bed. But it was one of the only things on the ottoman not completely burned up. I’ve said it multiple times, but God has our back.”


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    Date: Mar 03, 2021
    Posted By: Emma Jackson
The Country Music Association has announced that its annual CMA Fest has been canceled for 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic, and suffering the same fate as 2020’s CMA Fest.

CMA’s CEO Sarah Trahern announced the news on Tuesday (March 2) via a statement:

“We are deeply disappointed that yet another summer will pass without seeing so many of you who help bring Country Music to our fans around the world. While we are optimistic with the pace at which COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more widely available, we still face several challenges that prevent us from bringing our many artists, crew members and fans together safely for the full CMA Fest experience we know everyone has come to expect.”

Trahern noted that unlike other music festivals that take place in a single location, CMA Fest occupies the entire downtown Nashville area, including entertainment venues such as Nissan Stadium and Ascend Amphitheater.

“To produce CMA Fest at the scale we normally do requires a significant amount of advance planning and production. Given the length of our production window, it was simply impossible to find an available window later this summer or into the fall. Additional challenges we face this year are capacity restrictions, not only with brick and mortar venues but at many of our outdoor locations. We are incredibly grateful that the majority of those who purchased four-day passes for CMA Fest 2020 have made the decision to hold onto their seats for the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium. The last thing we want to do is make a decision that leaves any of our loyal attendees in the dark due to capacity restraints.”

Trahern also noted that travel was another issue taken into consideration. In 2019, CMA Fest welcomed attendees from all 50 states. However, 10 percent of attendees to the event that year were from 37 foreign countries. “With domestic and international travel still significantly impacted, we did not want to disappoint our many participants around the globe.” Trahern said.

Trahern stated that plans are currently going forward for CMA Fest in 2022, with dates scheduled for June 9-12,2022.


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    Date: Feb 03, 2021
    Posted By: Emma Jackson
Country music stars have been spending their quarantines both creating and listening to a ton of new music. Artists like Luke Bryan and Eric Church are releasing new tunes and planning massive album releases, respectively. However, for artists Carly Pearce and Kelsea Ballerini, they’ve taken different action. They’re tweeting about new country artists and songs, elevating the visibility of fast-rising Nashville talents.

Pearce and Ballerini’s most recent support and interest tweets are for Tiera, the African-American vocalist behind singles like “Shut It Down.” They’re not the only ones in support. CMT named her to their 2020 AND 2021 Listen Up classes. Highlighting her as one of their ten artists to watch for 2021, Spotify also noted her work as the flagship songwriter for the female-focused Sons Daughters label. Moreover, she has an EP release planned for March 2021.

As for Pearce and Ballerini, they’ve both had promising starts to the new year. Pearce’s 2019-released Lee Brice duet “I Hope You’re Happy Now” reached the top of Billboard’s Hot Country chart in 2020. As well, the song won a CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year. Ballerini’s Shania Twain duet “Hole In A Bottle” is maintaining popularity since its year-end release. In a recent appearance on the Kelly Clarkson Show, she also performed “Love Me Like A Girl,” a single from kelsea, one of the two albums she released last year.

As for Tiera, she’s been recently spotted in the studio working with the platinum-selling singer-songwriter Breland. The two revealed on social media that they’ll release the song “Miles” on Feb. 12.

Tiera has also released an acoustic take on her single “Found It In You” and eclipsed 100 episodes of her Apple Music podcast program.


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    Date: Dec 31, 2020
    Posted By: Emma Jackson
THE OFFICIAL COUNTDOWN TO 2021 STARTS TONIGHT AT 10PM LIVE ON 979 THE COWBOY!!! PARTY FROM HOME TONIGHT WITH BUDLIGHT BREWED FOR LIVING!!


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