Nashville drummer, Miles McPherson (best known for his work with Kelly Clarkson and Paramore), was in a serious accident on Friday, August 16th, while he was riding in a golf cart with his wife and friends. Miles was in the driver’s seat of the cart when it flipped over, resulting in serious injuries to Miles’ face, hands, arm, shoulder, and leg. Miles was admitted to the ICU burn unit at Vanderbilt University following the accident, due to severe burns from battery acid, which leaked when the cart flipped. The injuries Miles has sustained could have a lasting effect on his livelihood, as he is a drummer who was about to embark on a tour with Paramore.
Webpages have been set up to show support for Miles and his family at this time. If you are interested in learning how you can help, please visit the website dedicated to Miles, as well as the Facebook page that was created in response to this accident.
We wish Miles a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing this talented musician back on stage in the short-term!
Have you met our friend, Kennedy Noel? If not, there is no better way than to get to know a bit about this talented, eloquent, hard-working fifteen-year-old who will, undoubtedly, take the music world by storm soon enough! You might recognize Kennedy from an episode of ABC’s hit show, “Nashville,” where she played an extra – you know, that teen who caught Juliette stealing nail polish on camera, which set Juliette’s career and life into a downward spiral (tsk tsk Kennedy!). You may also recognize Kennedy from Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You” music video, as well as the young musical genius who played piano behind Kelly during her performance of “Because of You” at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Needless to say, Kennedy has done huge things in her small time here, and now that we have gotten to know Kennedy, we can easily say that she has a long, successful road ahead of her and we are incredibly excited to be along for the ride!
Have you ever wondered how a teenage singer/songwriter juggles her dreams and her reality? Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to grow up in a family of musicians? Have you ever thought about what musically inclined families do to ring in the holidays? If you answered “yes” to any of these things, look no further. World, meet the incredibly talented, up-and-coming Kennedy Noel!
The competition is now in full force with the fate of the contestants placed in America’s hands.
Each of the six members from Team Blake and Team Christina took the stage for a solo performance. Tonight, the votes will provide a bottom three from each team. Then, Blake and Christina will each save one contestant and two people from each team will be sent home.
Team Blake did a great job, and came out ready to win.
Continue reading for a recap and videos of their performances…
Kelly Clarkson has always had a special bond with her fans, and has involved them in her career since the beginning. After all, Clarkson and her fans have literally been together since she first stepped on the American Idol stage back in 2002. The multi-Grammy award winner is currently on the road, and takes the time to acknowledge the fan support at each tour stop by thanking them for voting for her and being with her the last 10 years.
Throughout the Stronger Tour, the powerhouse singer has been taking fan requests via Twitter. Every show, she picks a different request to perform. Alternating between her own songs and covers, she paid homage to Shania Twain by performing “You’re Still The One” at her tour stop in Windsor, Ontario last week. Of course, Clarkson and her band did a beautiful job with the song.
We love the fan request idea, and it has given us some amazing covers from KC.
A few of country music’s brightest stars have joined the Grammy Foundation’s Music Cares auction that starts today until December 5th on eBay. Eric Church, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Diamond Rio and Tim McGraw are just some of the artists who have donated items to the online auction.
Prizes up for grabs include a Rolling Stone autographed vinyl magazine by Miranda Lambert or one from Dolly Parton, guitar lessons from Diamond Rio’s Jimmy Olander, signed music memorabilia from Tim McGraw and an autographed guitar from Eric Church. They join superstars from all genres of music including Barry Manilow, Mick Jagger, Coldplay, Gavin DeGraw, LMFAO, Paramore and many more!
One of the auction items up for grabs are tickets to the 2012 Grammy Afterparty.
Check out the auction HERE with proceeds going towards the Music Cares Foundation.
This past weekend Taylor Swift’s Speak Now Tour rolled through Nashville, Tennessee, and the two-night stop at Bridgestone Arena turned into a party of Swift’s music friends.
On Friday night, Swift was joined on stage by country music legend, Ronnie Dunn, to sing his hit song, “Bleed Red.” Swift also brought out Hayley Williams of Paramore to help her perform the band’s “That’s What You Get.”
Last night, the duets continued. Swift brought to the stage superstars, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, as well as upcoming singer-songwriter, Andy Grammer. Chesney joined Swift for his single, “Big Star,” and Grammer accompanied her for his song, “Keep Your Head Up,” while McGraw took the stage with Swift during the encore to sing his track, “Just To See You Smile.”
Swift’s next show is Tuesday, September 20, in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Check out a couple of the star-studded duets from this weekend below:
Scotty McCreery is gearing up for the release of his debut music video for “I Love You This Big.” His first single as the American Idol winner was a record breaker: the highest-charting debut for a new artist in over a decade. He’s given fans a small, little sneak peek into the video, but just enough to tease without letting you see the whole thing. We have that teaser from Access Hollywood under the “read more” button.
Shane Drake was the director for the video. Drake has worked in the past with Timbaland, Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida and many more artists. The country videos in the past were for Laura Bell Bundy (“Giddy On Up”), Darius Rucker (“History In The Making”), and Brantley Gilbert (“Country Must Be Country Wide”). Fans looking for the California native’s style for country music should go take a quick look at those three videos, since the pop music video style is much different. McCreery says his video is based off of the “Fourth of July” and will be a “chill BBQ.”
“I Love You This Big” was the song written for McCreery for the finale of American Idol. Both him and runner-up Lauren Alaina released singles on the country chart after the show finished for the season. It was the first time in Idol history that two country music artists were in the finale competing for the title.