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Martina McBride teams up with Pandora Jewelry

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Country superstar Martina McBride has partnered up with Pandora Jewelry for her upcoming concert appearances.  As part of their partnership deal, she’ll appear in print advertising in American and Canadian magazines such as Lucky, Canadian Living, Everyday Home, Style At Home, Fitness, and more. The brand will sponsor her upcoming concerts.

About her new partnership, Martina said:

“I am really excited to work with Pandora, a brand that celebrates the qualities that make a woman unique. As a busy working mom, I enjoy being on stage as well as the simple joy of laughing or spending a quiet moment with my daughters. Pandora offers unique jewelry that reflect special moments that I cherish.”

Pandora has designed a special page on their official website just for their partnership with the country star. Check out “Pandora Presents Martina McBride” right here and let us know what you think. You can enter the sweepstakes to win one of Martina’s Picks!

Julianne Hough victim of jewelry theft

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Former country singer Julianne Hough was a victim of a pretty serious car theft in Los Angeles on Friday night. The singer/actress/dancer left $100,000 worth of jewelry in her Mercedes at a Hollywood apartment complex while visiting a friend. When she came back to the lot afterwards, everything was missing… and what’s worse is that the three pricey pieces of jewelry were a gift from her boyfriend, Ryan Seacrest. Included in the theft was a $50,000 watch, reports TMZ.

There were no signs of visible forced entry on the scene, so its possible that she left her car unlocked. The “That Song In My Head” singer had found the car door left wide open.

Exclusive Interview: Janelle Arthur

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Janelle Arthur (@JanelleOArthur) is perhaps best known, at this time, as a contestant from Season 12 of American Idol. A true beauty, inside and out, the Tennessean country singer and guitarist left her life behind and embarked on the journey that so many hope to experience, but a mere few ever will. After placing fifth in a season of the most epic singing competition to ever land on American television, Janelle has been hard at work launching her solo career. We were fortunate to catch up with the incredibly sweet, personable, and inspiring artist to discuss her childhood, Idol journey, and what her bright musical future holds.

Janelle was born in Oliver Springs, Tennessee and began singing certain words before she could even speak them. Immediately it became clear that music was going to be a huge part of Janelle’s life. From that point forward, Janelle began performing around her hometown and in school, which led to a gig that most country-loving kids would be beyond honored to land. At eight-years-old, Janelle was cast as a young Dolly Parton at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Janelle’s mom was instrumental in her landing the part, as, after seeing an advertisement for the show in Country Weekly, she called Dollywood and inquired as to whether a child performer was needed. The phone call took place at just the right time, as production was looking for a little girl Janelle’s age to portray Dolly. Janelle’s mom asked if she could bring her to the audition, and thereafter, without hesitation, Janelle was immediately cast in the role.

Two Acts, Two Duos, One Night, One Great Cause

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As you all know, we are having our next Stageit show this Sunday, October 20th, at 8:00pm EST with one of our staff’s favorite duos, JillandKate. However, the night just got even better, as Jill and Kate have teamed up with country music duo, Two Story Road, and the two duos will share the Keepin’ It Country Blog Presents Stageit stage as our first collaborative show to date!

We have introduced you to Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier in the past, but the girls have done so much since our initial exclusive interview with them exactly one year ago that we need to boast about some of their achievements and projects. When we introduced you to JillandKate, the girls were working hard on promoting their album Heart of Stone. The girls continue to perform their music, while continuing to entertain their fans with new and unreleased songs in their catalogs, blogging, making music videos, creating jewelry, and flying up the iTunes charts. They have also released the live version of Heart of Stone, which continues to prove why these girls are on their way to being one of the hottest duos in Nashville.

Two Story Road is categorized as a “new” country duo, but make no mistake — Jamelle and Brandon are no strangers to the country music scene! Both Belmont University graduates, Jamelle and Brandon have each hit the road with some of country music’s biggest acts and have worked with some of Nashville’s most prestigious executives. Jamelle has worked closely with Tommy Sims (Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton, and Sheryl Crow), but perhaps her biggest gig to date has been touring as a background vocalist for country powerhouse, Carrie Underwood. Brandon is also quite familiar with touring with extremely well-known artists, as he hit the road with Gretchen Wilson and Danny Gokey, also hitting the stage with Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and Sugarland. After years of hitting the road separately, the talented couple decided to merge their talents, working with Tommy Sims and Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Sara Evans), and are ready to travel their future musical path as a united front. As so eloquently stated on http://www.twostoryroad.com, the Fraleys bring to the table “[t]wo incredible stories, finally traveling down the same road.”

We are so excited to see these two duos come together on Sunday night on our very own stage. This is history in the making and would hate for any of you to miss this event! To purchase your Stageit ticket (which is conveniently “pick your price”), click here. Remember, all ticket proceeds are benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so not only are you going to experience fantastic music, but you will be supporting an amazing cause!

Couples and Collaborations: A Look at ACM Fashion History

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The 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards are taking place this Sunday, April 7th, in Las Vegas. As we all know, the red carpet and stage fashion choices are some of the most talked about items when it comes to award shows. Back, due to popular demand, is our very own pre-award show fashion reminiscent feature! This time, we take a look at the couples and collaborations of ACMs past … and, boy, have there been some questionably horrific and unquestionably sensational choices in ACM history!

Miranda Lambert Loads Her “Pink Pistol” for Grand Opening

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Miranda Lambert may be the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, but she’s about to add another title to her already-impressive resume: store owner. On November 23, Miranda’s store, the Pink Pistol will open its doors in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

The grand opening festivities will include Pink-aoke for everyone to sing their favorite song, marching bands and, the 1st Annual Pink Pistol Princess Pageant. The pre-selected contestants will be judged on the creativity of their PINK costumes, their spunkiness and their sass. We have to wonder if Miranda will don her “Honey Boo Boo” Halloween costume for the pageant!

The store is described as one “For The Wild at Heart” and will carry a variety of merchandise, hand-selected by Miranda. The store will be stocked with handmade boots and belts from Corral, Farm Boy & Farm Girl clothing and home goods, items from Junk Gypsy including clothing, jewelry and other accessories plus much more. “It’s antiques, gifts, boots, jeans and pretty much everything you can imagine,” said Miranda.

Ever Wonder What Kind of Swag The CMA Award Stars Get?

What could be better than being an artist and getting to attend the CMA Awards? Receiving free gifts from the gift lounge, of course! We here at Keepin’ It Country had a chance to take a stroll through this year’s CMA Awards gift lounge to see what kind of items the artists and presenters would be taking home and we’re going to share what we saw with you!

This year’s gift lounge, put together by Distinctive Assets, ranged from all kinds of handmade gifts to cosmetic and skincare products, clothing, candles, and cookies and ice cream treats! We stopped at each of the booths on hand and want to inform you about all of these great products so you can enjoy them too!

Eufora International Beautifying Hair Elixirs – Eufora’s Beautifying Hair Elixirs are the latest collection of prestige products added to more than 45 of the current Eufora professional salon products. They provide the best solution for damaged, brittle, dull, dry, and frizzy hair. Your hair color will be protected from fading and will last longer than ever with the use of these products! Check out their full line at beautifyingelixirs.com

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Dia & Meg Frampton of Meg & Dia

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It’s been a few months since Dia Frampton was named the runner-up of NBC’s first season of “The Voice.” The Team Blake Shelton finalist was just shy of first place by less than 2% between herself and Javier. We caught up with Dia, and her equally as talented and lovely sister Meg, to get all the details on their lives after The Voice, the new album, robots, why people on the internet are mean, if Meg would ever consider trying out for a new season of “The Voice,” and if it’ll be Dia Frampton or Meg & Dia touring with Blake Shelton on his 2012 “Well Lit & Amplified” tour starting in January. See if your questions made the cut below.

Dia also reveals to us her new album release date and title, her single, and the details on a song she recorded with Blake Shelton.