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Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore & Kip Moore Announced as ACM New Artist Nominees

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And then there were three…

Results from the first round of voting for the Academy of Country Music “New Artist of Year” are in, and the eight semi-finalists have now become three official nominees.

The ACM’s and Kohl’s Department Stores have announced that Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore are the nominees for the New Artist category.

The final round of voting will run from March 24th to April 6th.  To vote, visit: www.VoteACM.com. The winner will be announced live on the 49th Annual ACM Awards on April 6th. Country superstars Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return with their contagious personalities and all-around charm to host the event.

Congratulations to Brett, Justin and Kip! It’s sure to be a tough race.

Brett Eldredge scores first number one

Brett Eldredge. photo credit: Warner Music Nashville.

Congratulations to Brett Eldredge and the team at Warner Music Nashville! The singer’s hard work has finally paid off with his first-ever number one country single. His catchy single “Don’t Ya” has taken over the top spot on the Mediabase country singles chart this week. It’s the latest single from his debut country album “Bring You Back,” which finally hit stores on Tuesday, August 6th.

“Don’t Ya” also recently became Brett’s first-ever gold certified single by the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 copies since its release.

Did you get a copy of Brett’s album? What’s your favorite track?

 

Big & Rich, Jana Kramer, Brett Eldredge & David Lee Murphy Take Part in ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp 2012

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ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp just concluded a week in Nashville with campers from across America participating in various activities and excursions around Nashville. The Camp has two purposes: a study of Williams syndrome and other developmental disabilities and providing music enrichment through performance and education.

The camp featured a Monday songwriting session led by Brett Eldredge and David Lee Murphy, who led campers in a songwriting session, creating “We’re Having a Party,” an original song based on campers’ personal experiences and inspirations.

Later in the week, on Thursday, Jana Kramer stopped by the Vanderbilt campus for a cookout and sing-a-long. The camp wrapped on Friday at the Grand Ole Opry with a performance from Big & Rich. Additionally, the campers performed “We’re Having a Party.”

Check out the photos from this incredible week!

PHOTOS: ACM Lifting Lives Camp with Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Jana Kramer, and More!

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Throughout the week, the 3rd Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp has been taking place in Nashville, TN with some of country’s famous faces volunteering their time to help out. The music camp is a week-long residential program open nationwide to those with developmental disabilities who are talented in music. ACM Lifting Lives camp has partnered with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, which is for individuals who have been diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a genetic disorder similar to Autism but with musical ability or intense music interest. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the camp, which allows the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to enhance their training and research and to dedicate their service to improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

So far this week, the campers have had the opportunity to participate with some of country’s biggest stars, including Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Jana Kramer, and hit singer/songwriter David Lee Murphy and producer Paul Worley.

Brett Eldredge Shares Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Warner Music Nasville’s Brett Eldredge grew up in a pretty competitive household with his father and brother. The country singer shared a few of his favorite Father’s Day moments over the years for our readers, and we want to wish all the country music loving dads out there a happy Father’s Day this weekend!

On what his Father’s Day usually involved:

“We usually went golfing through the years….. In other words, my dad and brother would play competitively and I would spend most of the time in the woods/water looking for my ball.”

Brett also wanted to share his top 5 gift list for Dad this year, so if you’re still scrambling to figure out what to get yours, he’s here to help:

1. Super cheesy “World’s Greatest Dad” sweat shirt
2. Tums (what Dad doesn’t eat tums like candy)
3.  Putter (what Dad doesn’t need another putter, they all do the same thing but are just made to look more up to date and change styles from year to year)
4.  A “Honda Davidson”, I call them Honda Davidson’s because a lot of Dads want motor cycles but don’t sport the Harley biker look, so a more conservative motor cycle would be good pick.
5. A good ole fashioned Father/ Son fishin’ trip….worms, fishin’ rods, cooler, brewski’s; the whole shebang. 

What are you planning on getting your Father for Father’s Day? Or, what do you hope to get this year?

Brett Eldredge’s Special Serenade

Brett Eldredge, as part of his upcoming web series “Take Me Home Tonight,” held a very special performance last night for a very lucky couple. Rachel Johnson and Jerad Yenni, set up by Eldredge himself, went on a VIP date that concluded at Nashville’s 12th & Porter where Eldredge performed.

You can catch Eldredge’s special performance, as well as Rachel and Jerad’s entire date, on The Warner Sound’s YouTube Channel, Youtube.com/TheWarnerSound.

Blake Shelton Cruise Adds Jana Kramer, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr

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Looks like the party is going to get a little bigger. The Blake Shelton Cruise has just added Jana Kramer, Tyler Farr and Brett Eldredge to its already spectacular roster of entertainment. They join previously announced artists Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Justin Moore, Neal McCoy, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice, Randy Houser, McKenna Faith, Frankie Ballard.. and of course, us!

The Cruise embarks on a fabulous 7-night cruse from Miami, Florida on October 14th, 2012, and returns on October 21st, 2012. Fans will visit San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau before returning to Miami. Blake will perform two nights during the cruise, and his friends will all have their own appearances and performances throughout the ship on different nights.

If you mention Keepin’ it Country on your new reservation, we’ll send you a free gift on-board! It’s that easy and we want our readers to join us for a fun and country music filled cruise. If you have any questions just e-mail us and we’ll help you out! If you’ve never been on a cruise before, this is the perfect time to take one because this line-up is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country to stay up-to-date on everything to do with the Blake Shelton Cruise, and to hear about what we’ll be checking out on-board.  Both site owners, Jessica Crans and Lydia Picknell, will be on-board and we’d love to meet all the country music fans out there!

Visit blakesheltoncruise.com for more information or to book your cabin today.

Brett Eldredge Wants To Help You Find A Date

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Here’s something a little unique. Country artist Brett Eldredge wants to help two of his fans find love – and he’ll play the match maker! He’s looking for two brave individuals to be part of a new dating program, and he’ll pick the winners himself. The selected couple will be treated to one of his shows in Nashville – complete with VIP access! Brett thinks he can do better than any other online dating service with “Take Me Home Tonight.”

Fans who want to take the chance with Brett’s dating service need to hurry – the contest closes April 30th! For more information, and to see if Brett can be the ultimate matchmaker – enter your information on the Take Me Home Tonight official webpage.

The date will be recorded and posted as part of a three-part series on the Warner Music Group YouTube page, so you might even find yourself as the latest internet star! Good luck.

Brett Eldredge Just Can’t Behave

Brett Eldredge. photo credit: Warner Music Nashville.

In case you missed Brett Eldredge’s newest couch session on YouTube yesterday, we have it right here for you. Brett has a weekly YouTube show where he sits down on, what else, a couch and plays a song for his fans. This time he borrowed a friend’s couch for “I Can’t Behave,” a brand new song. Check it out and let us know what you think of his new song that was already featured on GAC.

Brett Eldredge Becomes Hall of Fame Family

Brett Eldredge. photo credit: Warner Music Nashville

Brett Eldredge became the first new artist to receive an honorary “Friends & Family” membership into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The honor was given to Brett on the evening of his tenth Grand Ole Opry performance, which featured his new hot single “It Ain’t Gotta Be Love.”

You can catch Brett on tour throughout the rest of the year. His next tour stop is Saturday in Washington at the Washington State Fair. For a full list of tour dates see his official site.