After a very out-of-the-box performance at the 2013 CMA Awards, Eric Church is speaking out about the country music label.
On country music’s biggest night, Church performed his new single, ‘The Outsiders,’ for the very first time and introduced fans to a very different sound for him. The performance was rock ‘n roll with a side of country, but the singer doesn’t think people should be so quick to label the song.
“I think genres are dead,” the singer shares (quote via CMT). “There’s good music. There’s bad music.”
His opinion seems to be catching on, too. Taylor Swift is a big hit on pop radio. Hunter Hayes’ new song, ‘Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me,’ is a collaboration with pop musician Jason Mraz — these are just two examples, albeit two very high-profile examples.
Church says we can thank Nashville for a lot of this.
“And I think the cool thing about Nashville is it is at the epicenter of that kind of thinking,” he explains. “I’m a country music artist in Nashville, but Nashville is way, way, way bigger than country music.”
The ‘Drink in My Hand’ singer seems to love Music City and says it helped his dreams come true. In his words, “If you’re passionate enough about what you do, if you’re good enough at what you do, all your dreams can come true in this town.”
Story By: Coti Howell
Pic By: Jason Kempin, Getty Images
After a very out-of-the-box performance at the 2013 CMA Awards, Eric Church is speaking out about the country music label.
With years of planning and golf tournament fundraising behind it, the Toby Keith Foundation will finally and officially open the OK Kids Korral. The facility, which was a labor of love for Keith and his organization, is a cost-free, home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
The Grand Opening Event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21 at 11AM.
“We’ve been working on the Korral for 10 years and we’re finally going to open,” Keith said in a statement. “Thank you to all of those people who have supported us over the years. 10 years goes by fast when you are working toward a goal this big.”
The OK Kids Korral is located on the Oklahoma Health Center Campus in Oklahoma City in Keith’s home state. The location spans 25,000 sq. ft and is state-of-the-art, equipped with 16 rooms, including 12 overnight suites that offer sleeping accommodations for five people and four daytime suites.
There is also a neutropenic wing for children who have weakened immune systems, as well as a gourmet kitchen, an indoor play room with a Route 66 theme, an outdoor playground with a Oklahoma theme, a game room, a family resource room, a laundry room, a theater room and a reflection room.
Executive Director Juliet Nees-Bright explained the function of the facility, saying, “Our whole goal is to provide lodging and peace of mind to children battling cancer. To keep them together, focused on healing and not spending hours commuting or going out of state for treatment.”
Story By: Amy Sciarretto
Pic By: Courtesy of Shock Ink
In his battle against leukemia, five-year-old Miles finds inspiration in the strength of superheroes — Batman, in particular. Next month, all of San Francisco is getting in on a stunt that enlists Miles’ help to save the city.
On November 15, the Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation is turning San Francisco into Gotham City, and when trouble strikes that morning, the city’s police chief will call upon Miles — aka Batkid — to leap into action for a day of noble crime-fighting around town.
His first act of duty will be rescuing a damsel in distress from the cable car tracks in Nob Hill, followed by arresting the Puzzler for robbing a downtown vault. Miles will then refuel at Burger Bar directly above Union Square, but mid-lunch, he’ll get a call from the police chief directing him to look out the window. He’ll see a group of volunteers crying out for his help to save San Francisco Giants mascot, Lou Seal, who’s been kidnapped by Mr. Penguin in a convertible getaway car.
In a wild chase, Miles will free Lou Seal at AT&T Park and head to City Hall, where Mayor Ed Lee will thank him for his heroism and hand him the key to the city. Hundreds of adoring San Franciscans will be there to cheer — and most likely hold back tears.
Fans of Batman and all things utterly heartwarming are encouraged to watch and thank Batboy in action, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation has listed the times and locations at which Miles can be spotted in his acts of fearlessness.
Most people think of Halloween as a time for fun and treats. However, roughly four times as many children aged 5-14 are killed while walking on Halloween evening compared with other evenings of the year, and falls are a leading cause of injuries among children on Halloween. Many Halloween-related injuries can be prevented if parents closely supervise school-aged children during trick-or-treat activities.
Parents can help prevent children from getting injured at Halloween by following these safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Safety Council. Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult.
Carry a cell phone and know how to reach you and how to call 911 in an emergency, like if they get lost.
Have their full names and phone number attached to their costumes somewhere if they are too young to remember them.
Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them. Although the risk that your child’s Halloween candy has been tampered with is extremely low, there is also the chance that his candy is unwrapped or spoiled.
Use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid or sharp.
When walking in neighborhoods, they should
Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks, and avoid crossing yards.
Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks (where they exist), and do not cross between parked cars.
These are just a few things that you can do to prevent any problems.
The roster of performers who will perform on the CMA Awards to be aired on Wednesday, November 6th have been announced.
They are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are all scheduled to perform.
Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood are also scheduled to perform. Alan Jackson and George Strait, the two top nominees in CMA Awards history, will perform together in a tribute to the legendary George Jones, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 and remains one of the most recognizable and evocative voices in the history of the genre. Jones passed away in April of this year.
The CMA Award nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA. The show will again be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and will again be broadcast on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET.
It’s official! Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock have tied the knot!
The couple wed on Sunday (10/20) at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN. Clarkson took to Facebook to announce the nuptials this morning.
“I’m officially Mrs. Blackstock,” she wrote. “We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!”
The new bride also shared photos from the wedding with fans.
Clarkson and Blackstock got engaged last December after dating for quite some time. Blackstock, who manages superstar Blake Shelton, is the son of Narvel Blackstock, Reba‘s husband. There’s no word on if Shelton or Reba attended the wedding.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
*Photos By Archetype Studio Inc. via Facebook
Shania Twain is having so much fun performing her Shania: Still the One show in Las Vegas, she has decided to extend her residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace into 2014.
The songstress has added 15 additional shows from January 15 to February 22. One of the more popular attractions in Sin City, her concert features horses and a flying motorcycle, along with Twain and her band performing a selection of her biggest hits, including ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’ and ‘From This Moment On.’
Twain’s addition to her calendar will hopefully not affect her upcoming album, which will be her first new set of tunes since 2002′s multi-platinum selling ‘Up!’
“[I want] to really just talk in my songs and make it something meaningful for myself that I can appreciate it as a personal experience when I’m performing, probably more than ever before,” she explains of her new record. “I’d say that’s a good guess as far as the direction I am going to take it.”
Tickets for the 2014 shows will go on sale Friday, Oct. 18, and are available here.
Four-time Grammy Award-winner and “American Idol” judge Keith Urban, long committed to numerous music education programs, recently announced that he has teamed with leading interactive lifestyle retailer HSN to offer an affordable line of guitars to as many aspiring musicians as possible, as well as to those seeking to learn how to play. The URBAN™ Guitar Collection, which includes two one-hour instructional DVDs and his first custom created, limited-edition acoustic and electric guitar line, will become available for sale exclusively on HSN, HSN.com and via HSN Mobile on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 12:01 A.M (EST). A portion of the proceeds from the URBAN™ Guitar Collection, as well as guitar packages, will go to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and The Grammy Foundation.
“I’ve watched some of the greatest guitarists in the world perform and I’ve seen people just learning how to play,” said Urban. “The looks on their faces are almost always the same and the connection with the instrument is genuine.”
The URBAN Collection features two versions of the “Phoenix Edition” guitar – electric and acoustic/electric – and will be available in Brazilian Burst, Emerald Brazilian Burst, Rich Black and Vintage Natural Ivory. It is part of a 21-piece set that includes a custom amplifier, coated guitar strings, embroidered guitar strap, guitar picks and more.
“We are thrilled to welcome Keith Urban to HSN,” said Joy Mangano, President of Ingenious Designs, a subsidiary of HSN. “Great stories and great storytelling are at the heart of everything we do and I can’t think of a better guitarist and storyteller than Keith. His guitar playing skills are legendary and the passion he has for music will surely inspire our viewers to pick up a guitar and play when Keith makes his debut in November.”
Urban recently released his seventh studio album Fuse, which marked the first time that ANY country artist has simultaneously debuted at No.1 on the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. He is currently on the road for his “Light The Fuse Tour”. At each show, Keith uses the standard Phoenix guitar – the same guitar that will be available at HSN – and then signs it and gives it away to one lucky fan in the audience.
Jason isn’t afraid to put on pink from time to time, and he’ll likely be wearing it when he holds his annual Concert for the Cure on Oct. 25 in New Orleans.
This is Jason’s eighth annual show to raise money for Susan G. Komen, an organization that helps create awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection. His 2012 Concert for the Cure was held in Dallas. Throughout the year, Jason earmarks 50 cents from every concert ticket sold, then he selects one market’s local Susan G. Komen affiliate to receive the proceeds.
“Last year the Komen New Orleans team needed a little over $1 million to meet all their needs, but they were only able to fund about half of that,” said the CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee. “If we raise the half a million that we did last year in Dallas, we’ll be able to help these women meet their goal and provide the services the town needs. I can’t wait to see an arena full of pink in support of such a great cause!”
Story By: Tammy Ragusa, Pic By: Rick Diamond/Getty Images
Dierks Bentley and wife Cassidy are now the proud parents of a baby boy named Knox Bentley had arrived late Wednesday night. It’s the third child for the couple of almost eight years. He shared on twitter… “Well… our boy Knox is here! About to have the best tasting cold beer of my life! So proud of my wife. She rocked it. Crazy stuff,” Bentley tweeted around midnight ET. He announced the pregnancy in April and revealed Cassidy was expecting a baby boy in June. Knox joins big sisters Evie (5) and Jordan (2).
“Mad respect for doctors, nurses and everyone at hospitals. Can’t believe y’all do that day in and day out,” the singer added following his announcement. “Hard work making miracles happen.”