In 2010, Alan Jackson and his family received the news no one ever wants to hear. His wife, Denise Jackson, had been diagnosed with cancer. In an episode of GAC’s ‘Backstory’ last year, the ’Chattahoochee’ singer confessed what a difficult time it was for him to see his high school sweetheart suffering, saying, “To see her go through that, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. I’ve been taking care of her since she was 16, but I couldn’t do anything to help her. It was tough.”
George Strait hasn’t been writing and releasing music since he was born, but if he had, and he had one No.1 hit every year of his life, he would be right where he is now. The 59-year-old country king is celebrating his astounding 59th No. 1 hit with ‘Love’s Gonna Make It Alright’ from his September 2011 Grammy-nominated record, ‘Here for a Good Time.’
While several of the biggest 2012 ACM Awards will be doled out April 1 during the live telecast on CBS, time restrictions keep the other honorees from being awarded on-camera. For those awards that won’t make the televised time slot — Special Awards, Industry Awards, Musician, Bandleader and Instrumentalist (MBI) and Songwriter of the Year — the Academy of Country Music is hosting its sixth annual ACM Honors event on Sept. 24, 2012, in Nashville.
Three weeks ago, we reported that Lady Antebellum had opened up a competition, agreeing to come perform for 45 minutes at the prom of the high school who submitted the best video via their website. They invited YouTube submissions and promised to review them and choose their favorite, selecting that school as the lucky high school who got to have an ‘Own the Night’-themed prom, complete with a Lady A concert.
Lee Brice doesn’t look anything like Kathie Lee Gifford, but the country singer is going to make his hosting debut filling in for Gifford on the ‘Today’ show alongside show host Hoda Kotb on Tuesday, March 20. Brice will co-host the fourth hour of the show with Kotb, as Gifford has the week off. While Brice may have some mad hosting skills (we’ll have to see), it’s likely he landed this spot because Kotb has been a fan of his since she put his 2010 hit ‘Love Like Crazy’ on her iHoda Playlist.
If you listen to country radio at all, and we know you do, you know to watch this video clip at your own risk. Toby Keith performed his can’t-ever-get-it-out-of-your-head catchy hit ‘Red Solo Cup’ today on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ and the audience seemed to love the creative drinking anthem. Keith even cut the music right in the middle of the song to really play up the part where he proclaims that the cup is more like a friend to him than anything.
Jason Aldean will be premiering the new video for his single ‘Fly Over States’ exclusively on CMT Friday, March 16 at 10:30AM ET. The fifth single from his ‘My Kinda Party’ record, ‘Fly Over States’ praises the hardworking, everyday man in the states that are too easily classified as just a bunch of fields to fly over.
The little country redhead who’s earned her stripes and the name ‘Little Reba’ on this season of ‘American Idol‘ stuck to her guns this week, chose her own song and ended up wowing the judges. Laine, who brought it last week with Whitney Houston‘s ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go,’ had to perform a song this week from the year she was born: 1994.
In the wake of the March 2 storms that resulted in a spinoff of destructive tornadoes, artists in the country music community are doing what they can to help people get back into their homes and back on their feet. For her part, Miranda Lambert just announced that she’ll be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from remaining ticket sales of her Louisville, Ky. concert to the American Red Cross.
Carrie Underwood recently covered SELF magazine for the fourth time, and in her interview the beautiful country starlet opened up about some of her secrets for staying healthy and happy, as well as revealing that she’s still starry-eyed for hockey playing husband Mike Fisher. Though Underwood admits there are things the two are still learning — her “conservative” husband occasionally asks her if she thinks her dress might be a bit short — Underwood seems more than happy to consider her husband when selecting her wardrobe.
Blake Shelton and his touring crew took their show to Key Arena in Seattle, Wash. this weekend. And while Shelton has had a few guests with him on this Well Lit & Amplified Tour — he’s traveling with ‘The Voice‘ finalist Dia Frampton and Justin Moore — Friday night (March 9) he invited another famous country star onto the stage with him: his wife.
Kristin Chenoweth has more than minted her country career after releasing a record in September and announcing her first-ever country tour, set to launch in May. The celeb who can claim the names actress, songstress and filmstress made a country music appearance on Sunday (March 11) singing a tune that’s not her own.
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