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    Date: Oct 05, 2021
    Posted By: Emma Jackson
In a July Pollstar interview, Kane Brown summarized the inclusive allure of the unique universal appeal that has led him to be honored as one of CMT’s 2021 Artists of the Year. “I’ve got people who like all kinds of music and say, ’I don’t like country music, but I like you.’ There are country radio fans, who hear the songs that are hits, and the Kane Brown fans who know songs radio doesn’t touch. And it’s all good,” he says. But, he also offers, “I’m a guy who wants to make people realize you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I’m just somebody who’s [saying], if you like country music, if you want to be in country music, then you can be. Just look at me, and come on.”

Kane Brown rode into the past twelve months upon the crest of a wave of acclaim. Five number-one singles in five years, high streaming numbers, viral social media appeal, and consistently top-tier sales receipts on the road yielded even more remarkable achievement for the Chattanooga, TN-born artist in 2021. He ultimately landed in a position in his career where he’s able to have an incredible amount of control his vision of what his music, his brand, and he, himself, looks like in the country music industry. In so many ways, there has never been a country music superstar like Kane Brown. However, the things about Brown that lie beneath the surface provide the most significant space for conversation about the dynamic style of unity that his songs and moves represent.

At the 2021 CMT Music Awards, Brown was the co-host of the event alongside Kelsea Ballerini. He also won two awards: Male Video of the Year for “Worship You” and Collaborative Video for his pairing with Chris Young for “Famous Friends.” The latter song, “Famous Friends,” is his highest chart achievement since 2017’s “Heaven.” However, that isn’t to say that Brown’s been laying dormant in that time. In fact, the idea that multiple Brown hits — even those not released within the calendar year — surged forward and showed impressive long-tail appeal also adds to Brown’s artistic growth. Creating songs that generate popularity long after their release is a trait familiar to country music for generations. The story of his 2020 hit “Worldwide Beautiful,” showcases this notion.

“I think it’s the biggest music video that we’ve done,” said Kane Brown to Variety about the clip for his summer 2020-released “Worldwide Beautiful.” The song was a top-40 country, and Billboard Hot 100 crossover hit. However, its video, a call for racial justice and social unity that notably features the singer’s baby daughter, Kingsley Rose Brown, was nominated for a 2021 MTV Video Music Award, plus won the 2021 Video of the Year award at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Moreover, proceeds from sales and streams of the song have been donated to the vocalist’s favorite charity, the Boys and Girls Club of America.

An emerging facet of Brown’s charm and appeal as an artist lies in how effortlessly he’s able to seamlessly take his stylish country crooning into other genres of music. In twelve months, he’s achieved Top 10 Billboard Pop chart success with rappers Swae Lee and Khalid for “Be Like That,” released “Memory” with EDM production powerhouse Blackbear, just debuted “Blessed Free,” a single with Grammy and Oscar-winning R B star HER, plus also appeared on rap icon Nelly’s Heartland EP track “Grits and Glamour,” and the “Ride Wit Me” artist’s recent CMT’s Crossroads episode alongside Florida Georgia Line, Blanco Brown, and BRELAND.

As for Brown’s future, it continues to look brighter than ever. He’s continuously teased a forthcoming third studio album. Also, he’s kicked off his Blessed and Free Tour, an unprecedented, 35-date, cross-country jaunt that will see him play at all 29 National Basketball Association arenas. In February 2021, he started his own Sony Music imprint, 1021 Entertainment, plus Verse 2 — his own publishing company, as a joint venture with Sony Music Publishing Nashville. Upon the announcement of the label’s formation, he offered, “I want to give people chances to succeed. I feel like we have a platform and team that can mentor and build up talent in country music. With my own label, I want to use it as an opportunity to shape and promote artists that may not have gotten a chance otherwise.”

Intriguingly, summer 2021 anthem “One Mississippi” — which chronicles the countdown is on to a freewheeling, summertime love affair — involves a co-writer, Alabama native Levon Gray, who Brown notes is a newcomer to songwriting with Brown, highlighting his new label and publishing goals. The country star says, “[’One Mississippi’] is the first single that we worked on together. He tagged me in an Instagram story…[I] brought him up, and we wrote a song. He brought the title and the meaning behind it, and this is his first cut with me.”

More notably, when thinking about Brown in the future, it’s a quote from Billboard’s 2021 Country Power Players issue that best defines where he’s headed and how he’s getting there, fearlessly. “Part of owning your power is not being afraid to take chances or try things our own way. Or even if you are afraid, doing it anyway.”


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    Date: Sep 03, 2021
    Posted By: Emma Jackson
Ace is originally from Georgia, and at age 10 started a band with his three older brothers called the Suggs Brothers Band. At age 15 Ace moved to South Florida where he continued performing. Two years after moving to Florida he left the band and began his solo career. After a few years, Ace had hits with “X-Ray Eyes,” “I Get Lonely Too,” and “Physical.” Since then, he has been performing, producing, and writing for numerous music projects. The many years of experience in the music industry has contributed to the singer, songwriter and producer that he is today.

Ace has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Edwin McCain, Daniel De Los Reyes (Zack Brown Band), Mo Pleasure (Earth Wind Fire, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, etc...), Joe Smith (Back Street Boys, NSync, etc...), Rick Washington (Joe Walsh, Kenny Loggins, etc...) Albie Manno (Backstreet Boys, Eugene Wilde, etc...), Ernest Tubb, Trinere, T.K.A., Merle Haggard, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Selena, Crystal Gayle, John Anderson, Leon Everett, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Stevie B. Jim Owen, Sylvia, etc. He has produced over 25 albums for various artists and has performed nationally for over 25 years.

Check out his website here: http:www.acesuggs.com


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    Date: Aug 04, 2021
    Posted By: Emma Jackson
In a recent PEOPLE interview, country hitmaker LeAnn Rimes revealed that she was “so triggered” by making her return to live performances after quarantine. “I don’t think I’ve ever been off the road for 16 months like this at one point for a solid period of time,” says the “Can’t Fight The Moonlight” vocalist.

“I recognized when I went out, how unhealthy some of this [was]. I’m like, this is not the normal experience that I’m supposed to be having,” she added while hosting the current edition of her Wholly Human podcast. “And I’ve been having this heightened, energetic experience for my whole life.” However, she also noted that she was able to overcome her initial stress, too. “I’m like, oh my God, the experience that I’m having right now is so intense. And it was also like, nothing happened. I walked out, it’s like riding a bike, it didn’t feel like there were 16 months in between.”

For Rimes, 2021 is a momentous year as it marks the 25th anniversary of Blue, her debut album. To Apple Radio’s Kelleigh Bannen, the “How Do I Live” singer noted about her momentous release, “I don’t ever really listen to my own music. When I was forced to listen to it by sitting there in the car, I really could appreciate how classic of a record that is. It brought kind of the roots of country music into a genre in the ’90s that was very, very different. That was a very different sound for the time. When I think of country music for myself, there are so many classic songs that an artist and that kind of vibe of the genre that really plays to my heart and so that spoke very, very much to who I was as a country music lover.”


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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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