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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.”
Chris Janson Welcomes Famous Friends, Honors Dale Earnhardt in new ‘Cold Beer Truth’ Video
Date: Feb 21, 2022 Posted By: Connor Willson
Chris Janson rounded up some of his famous buddies from multiple areas of entertainment to drop in for his “Cold Beer Truth” video. The song, written with Brad Clawson, Mitch Oglesby and Rob Pennington, is from Janson’s forthcoming “All In” album available this spring.
Janson’s wife, kids, and their new puppy are in the video along with Kid Rock, former University of Alabama football player John Cassimus, famed fisherman Bill Dance, CEO of Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris and NASCAR’s Richard Childress, who pays tribute to Dale Earnhardt.
Earnhardt died 21 years ago today (Feb. 18) in a car crash in the final lap of the Daytona 500.
“The ‘Cold Beer Truth’ video includes some of my best friends, heroes and mentors,” Janson said in a statement. “It was important to me to highlight those relationships. When I think cold beer truth conversations, I think fishing and being in the outdoors with family and friends. When I think of NASCAR, I think Dale Earnhardt. This video pays tribute to all the good buddies out there in America who have made some great memories while sharing some cold beer truth.”
“Cold Beer Truth” is the third song released from Janson’s album “All In.” The others are the title track and “Bye Mom,” about unconditional love.
Tom T. Hall Died by Suicide, Medical Examiner Reveals
Date: Jan 06, 2022 Posted By: Connor Willson
Tom T. Hall, the songwriter known as “The Storyteller,” died on Aug. 20, 2021.
Wednesday The Williamson County, Tennessee Medical Examiner’s report revealed Hall committed suicide.
The report, conducted by Samuel Smith M.D., says that Hall “had sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, to the head, on the morning of 8/20/2021. A 911 call was placed at 1115 hours on 8/20/201. Williamson County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) and Williamson Medical Emergency Medical Services (WMC EMS) responded to the call. Paramedics confirmed death at approximately 1133 hours, due to obvious injuries.”
Saving Country Music reported Hall’s cause of death Wednesday afternoon.
Hall wrote 12 No. 1 hit songs, most notably Jeannie C. Riley’s pop crossover “Harper Valley PTA” and his own “I Love.” In addition, he had 26 Top 10 hits. He was born in Olive Hill, Kentucky, on May 25, 1936. He enlisted in the military and served in Germany before moving to Nashville in 1964. He signed a publishing deal with Jimmy C. Newman and Jimmy Key and wrote songs for $50 a week.
Rolling Stone named Hall in its list of 100 Greatest Songwriters, and artists including Johnny Cash, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson, and Bobby Bare recorded his songs. In addition to “Harper Valley PTA,” his other most notable tunes include: “A Week in a Country Jail”; “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine”; “Country Is”; “The Year Clayton Delaney Died”; and “I Like Beer.”
Hall became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008, along with Emmylou Harris, The Statler Brothers and Ernest Stoneman.
His beloved wife Dixie passed away on Jan. 17, 2015.
If you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
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