His dream to be a host on a country radio station since childhood, Connor takes that to the next level with his playlists. Connor was just just promoted to Station Manage in May 2020, he takes the role over from Luke Mason. Connor hosts The Drive At Five and Evening With Connor! If you are a new artist looking for exposure, please send your demos to me!!! Im looking forward to hearing from you!!
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KANE BROWN TALKS DISCOVERING HIS CONFIDENCE, HIS COVID DEPRESSION AND THE GRANDFATHER WHO SAVED HIM FROM CHILD ABUSE
Date: Sep 13, 2022 Posted By: Connor Willson
Kane Brown is a Different Man today than he was when he released his first album in 2016. In the early days of his career, Brown struggled with confidence before breakthrough hits, including What Ifs and Heaven. But now – with the release of his third album Different Man – Brown has found his footing.
When Im on stage, I feel like I put on a show now, Brown told Todays Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music Country. When I used to, I would just get up there and say, Heres a couple songs that I wrote. And then even with the music, I know what I want to say now, I know how I want it to sound. And of course, its going to keep progressing, but I just feel like just maturity-wise… I dont care what everybody thinks now. I used to always be like, I hope he likes me or I hope she likes me, and now its just like, Whatever.
He admits hes not as blasé about it as he sounds – especially on social media. But hes getting better.
One of the things that I do that I need to stop, Ive actually done really well; Ive been applauding myself this last couple months … Like social media, he said. So [if I] have thousands of good comments, Ill see one bad comment, and Ill reply to that person. Thats where I need to get out of that headspace, and Ive done very good lately.
Brown, who recently had No. 1 hits with One Mississippi and Like I Love Country Music, has had such a boost of confidence that he now considers himself great at A&R, which means he believes hes fantastic at choosing hit songs and matching them with the right singers. When he heard the albums title track, Different Man, he said he listened to it over and over in an effort to figure out the perfect artist with whom to collaborate on the song.
Blake Shelton was the first person that popped into my head, he said. So I sent it to him, and then within 30 minutes, he texted me back and said hes on it. So that was just a crossing my fingers, hoping he could find time to record it.
His new pop song Grand came out of a much darker place. Brown said he struggled with depression and his wife fought anxiety during the pandemic. Not being able to play shows, release music, or be creative took a significant toll on him. They werent having conversations or leaving the house, and he couldnt think of anything to write about.
(I was) just wondering if any of this is ever going to stop, Brown said. Im a worrier. So, I finally was just like, Ive got a beautiful family. I go outside and look [at] my pool. I never had a pool growing up as a kid, and I was just like, Im so grateful. Lifes grand.
Browns song Pops Last Name also points back to his family. The singer called his grandfather pop. He was Browns only father figure because his biological father has been in prison since Brown was a child. Pop taught Brown baseball and took him on drives. He died last year, and Pops Last Name memorializes Browns beloved grandfather.
I talk about it in the song, going through the battlefield, there was this statue because the Civil War was fought in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in the battlefield, Brown said. And there was these statues, and he would always act like the statue was talking to me when I was young. I remembered it… But when I was going through child abuse and stuff with my stepdad and all that stuff, he was there to... I wasnt going to get to go to baseball practice one day; he came and took me out of the house and was like, Hes coming with me. [He] was just a big father figure. And so I had to write a song about him.
Browns Different Man is available now.
Reba McEntire To Make Lifetime Movie with Boyfriend Rex Linn, Melissa Peterman
Date: Jul 04, 2022 Posted By: Connor Willson
Reba McEntire likes working with her people.
Deadline revealed the Country Music Hall of Famer will star in the new Lifetime movie “The Hammer” alongside her boyfriend Rex Linn and friend and “Reba” show alum Melissa Peterman.
Reba will also serve as executive producer on the show, inspired by the life of traveling circuit judge Kim Wanker.
The movie follows Reba’s character, Kim Wheeler, the outspoken spitfire of an attorney appointed judge of the 5th District of Nevada and one of the few traveling judges left in America. During the saga, the reigning judge dies under questionable circumstances, and Kim must cover the rugged, middle-of-nowhere circuit between Las Vegas and Reno. She bangs her gavel with a no-nonsense brand of justice, which earns her the nickname “The Hammer.” As the show unfolds, Kim’s sister Kris, who operates a brothel, becomes a suspect.
Reba and Peterman became friends on the set of McEntire’s euphonious sitcom “Reba,” which ran from 2001 to 2007. The series follows the Hart family as they navigate life after divorce and blend families. In the series, Peterman plays Reba’s husband’s mistress and eventual wife. The women have a hysterical, adversarial relationship.
“The Hammer” isn’t the only opportunity fans have to catch Reba on television in the coming months. In May, it was announced that she would join the ABC series “Big Sky” in a regular role for its third season.
Variety reports that McEntire will play Sunny Brick, the unpredictable head of the Brick family, a successful backcountry outfitter with a secret history of missing customers.
“Big Sky” is based on books by C.J. Box that follows private detective Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and her former partner, Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick), as they investigate local crimes.
“Big Sky” is far from the Country Music Hall of Famer’s first foray into television. In addition to “Reba,” the “Fancy” singer recently appeared in multiple episodes of the hit CBS prequel series “Young Sheldon.” She also made a name for herself in feature films, appearing in “Tremors,” “The Little Rascals,” and “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.”
Carrie Underwood Will Return To “American Idol” As A Mentor: “Can’t Wait”
Date: May 10, 2022 Posted By: Connor Willson
Carrie Underwood is heading back to her stomping grounds.
ABC’s “American Idol” announced late Sunday (May 8) that the Season four winner-turned country sensation would be returning to Idol. The eight-time GRAMMY winner will appear live on the upcoming episode to mentor the top five singers fighting for the championship title.
America has sent breakthrough contestants – Fritz Hager (22), Huntergirl (23), Leah Marlene (20), Nicolina Bozzo (18), and Noah Thompson (20) into the next round and has provided them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from Underwood.
“Well, here’s a dream come true! ✨#AmericanIdol icon @Carrieunderwood will mentor the Top 5, live from the home of her Las Vegas residency “REFLECTION” at @resortsworldLV! Who better to help our hopefuls earn a place in the Grand Finale?” the “American Idol” official Twitter account shared following the Mother’s Day episode.
Following the shocking announcement, the “Crazy Angels” singer took to social media to confirm the news.
“Can’t wait!” the multi-platinum artist wrote.
Reality TV junkies and country music fans rushed to the comment section to share their excitement and to applaud Underwood for her successful career since scoring the Idol crown.
“SO cool that you STILL give back to AI after all your success! You are the PERFECT mentor for these kids because you’ve done it all and done it all RIGHT 👏” declared a follower. “Yay! Can’t think of a better mentor than someone who’s been there, done that! So looking forward to this @carrieunderwood!! 👸❤️,” said another.
Budding country competitor HunterGirl, Leah Marlene, and Nicolina Bozzo recently caught up with E! News’ Daily Pop to chat about Underwood’s upcoming appearance. Despite the friendly rivalry, they all agree that they are over the moon.
“I’m so excited, I’m losing my mind,” gushed HunterGirl, who recently wowed with a Lauren Alaina cover. “She was my childhood hero of all heroes. I have so many videos of me singing Carrie Underwood growing up. It’s crazy, I’m just so excited,” voiced Marlene.
It’s been nearly 17 years since Underwood graced the legendary Idol stage and host Ryan Seacrest announced her name as the winner of season four. Since the Oklahoma native knocked out runner-up BoBice in 2005, she catapulted to stardom.
With the victory in her back pocket, the country-pop star went on to dominate the genre. Now, Underwood has collected eight Grammy’s, has become the most decorated artist in CMT Music Awards history, sold over 66 million records worldwide, recorded 28 No.1 singles, released a Gospel LP, created a fashion line titled “Calia by Carrie Underwood,” and has earned her own Las Vegas residency.
Come June 10, the hitmaker will release her highly anticipated album, “Denim & Rhinestones.” Underwood penned 11 of the 12 tracks on the upcoming project and worked with frequent collaborators David Garcia, Hillary Lindsey, Josh Miller, Ashley Gorley, Josh Kear, and Chris DeStefano. Before the powerhouse vocalist drops her country collection, she will wrap up her residency in sin city on May 21.
Underwood will appear on “American Idol” Sunday, May 15, on ABC at 8 p.m.
Lily Rose Becomes First Country Singer To Be Named Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist At 2022 GLAAD Media Awards
Date: Apr 08, 2022 Posted By: Connor Willson
Country music newcomer Lily Rose recently scored her first career accolade. She was recognized for Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday, April 2, in Los Angeles.
The prestigious award honors Rose’s critically acclaimed debut collection,”Stronger Than I Am,” and her work within the LGBTQ+ community.
“I’ve known I was part of the LGBTQ community for 15 years now, but to be nominated with a GLAAD Award in Country music is something I’m really really proud of,” shared Rose just moments before the surprise reveal from GLAAD’s Anthony Ramos. “[There are] things that we all have our eyes on in some capacity, but there are ones that are really important, and that’s what’s making me emotional. How important this is. I’m really thankful for people like Shane McAnally and Brandi Carlile and so many other folks, even Ellen in entertainment in general, that walked so we could run. We still have a long way to go, and this right here is a huge win. A huge win for Country music. I’m humbled.”
Rose, who is part of the 2022 class of CMT’s Next Women of Country, took to social media to share the news and to explain why the achievement is not just a massive milestone in her book, but also a historical moment within country music.
The Instagram carousel includes Rose’s emotional reaction when Ramos crowned her as GLAAD’S Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist and a short video of Rose addressing her devoted fan base.
“Y’all, I can’t believe we won that GLAAD Award, Breakthrough Artist of The Year all-genre. I am so humbled, and obviously, you can tell when Anthony from GLAAD presented me with the award and the win overcome with emotion,” she shared with gratitude. “It’s a huge win for country music. We have a long way to go, but I think it’s moving the needle, and it’s really special. I just want to shed light on my team who have unapologetically let me be me and have always seen my authenticity,” Rose stressed before rattling off names from her supportive camp.
T.J. Osborne, who recently became the first openly gay artist signed to a major country label, and other LGBTQ+ allies ran to the comment section to congratulate the budding songstress and to thank her for knocking down walls within the genre.
“That’s amazing, Lily! Congratulations,” said Osborne. “Wow!!! Your presence and musical excellence means so much to so many people ♥ 🌈”, shared another.
Ahead of her win, Rose sat down with CMT to talk about her upcoming wedding with her fiancée Daira Eamon and how she’s using the power of music to advocate for the LGBTQ + community.
“I love this genre. It’s the reason why I’m in this genre,” Rose gushed before her Chicago show (March 25). “My goal is that kids can just sprint and have all the exact opportunities and just get treated with kindness.”
The fearless female pioneer is currently out on the road with Chris Lane on his Fill Them Boots Tour. Come summer, Rose will be joining Sam Hunt for various festival dates.
Carrie Underwood Shares the Story of New Single “Ghost Story”
Date: Mar 18, 2022 Posted By: Connor Willson
Carrie Underwood released her new single “Ghost Story” on Friday and described it as “a different take on a revenge song.”
“Instead of smashing headlights, this scorned lover is letting her ex know that she will continue to haunt him no matter how hard he tries to forget her,” Underwood said in a statement.
Writers Josh Kear, Hillary Lindsey and David Garcia crafted the song with Underwood in mind, and the singer co-produced it with Garcia.
“They are such talented, amazing songwriters who know me so well, and from the first time I heard it, I knew I had to record it,” Underwood said. “I have always loved performing songs that tell a story and inspire some kind of cinematic imagery when you hear them, and that is definitely true of ’Ghost Story.’ It creates a mood and a vibe that is different than anything else I’ve recorded before.”
Underwood told Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music Country that she loved the song’s lyrics, but there was also “just something super cool about the music.”
“I feel like the chord changes and just kind of the musicality of it; it just didn’t sound like anything else that’s on the radio right now,” Underwood explained. “And I feel like it was a great first choice first single because I feel like it’s enough of hopefully what people like about me. There’s some drama. It’s a cinematic song. It’s a great story song … and there’s just something kind of epic about it. So I just felt like it was a great song, and then getting in the studio and singing it myself, it was just like, ’Ah, this just feels good.”
“Ghost Story” is the first single from Underwood’s new album that will be the follow-up to “Cry Pretty.” She describes her new project as “a lot of fun.”
“We covered a lot of ground making it and just kind of went into the whole project (like), ’Let’s just have fun and make music we love and see what happens.”
Underwood said she wrote a lot of songs for the new album and enjoyed getting to co-produce again alongside Garcia.
“I feel like people are going to hear everything and just going to get some warm fuzzies and just, I don’t know. Hopefully, it’ll just make people happy to listen to,” Underwood said. “It’s a very like sing-into-your-hairbrush, in your house, in your room kind of album, which I think it’s going to translate well. I think people are going to like it.”