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Sunny Sweeney signs with Thirty Tigers

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Country music singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney has signed with Thirty Tigers and will begin working on her next album.

Earlier this year, the Longview, Texas native was nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s New Female Vocalist of the Year Award. Previously signed to both Big Machine Records and its sister label Republic Nashville, Sweeney released two critically acclaimed albums: Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame and Concrete. The latter album featured the Top Ten hit “From a Table Away,” which was the highest charting Billboard debut single from a female country artist in four years.

About her new home, Sunny said:

 “I have long been a fan of Thirty Tigers and the amazing roster of talent they have worked with through the years, and am thrilled to become part of their family. I can’t wait to share my new music with my fans!”

Congratulations to Sunny! We can’t wait to see what she has in store next for country music.

Sunny Sweeney earns ACM New Female Vocalist nomination

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Texas born and raised, Sunny Sweeney has long been heralded for her vocal prowess, and now she can add the recognition of an ACM Award nomination to her list of accolades as earlier this week Sunny was unveiled as one of the three nominees in The Academy of Country Music Awards’ New Female Vocalist of the Year category.

Voting for the distinguished award will begin on VoteACM.com on Monday, January 21 and remain open through Feb. 4 with the winner of the category continuing on to compete for the title of New Artist of the Year Award at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards live on April 7, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

On being nominated, Sunny shares:

Getting nominated for ACM New Female Vocalist is maybe the coolest thing to happen to me. I’ve been playing country music in honky-tonks and dive bars for almost a decade, so finally getting this kind of recognition is absolutely HUGE!  I started out playing in Texas for beer and cheeseburgers, so this is just so gratifying!” she says laughing. “In all seriousness, it’s validating to know that the ACM considers my kind of country music and my voice something worth keeping an eye and an ear on, and for that, I’m very grateful.” 

Sweeney shows off her sense of humor in her ACM campaign video with a spoof of Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s infamous SNL Digital Short, “Dick In A Box.” View Sweeney’s version, in which she implores fans to “Click In The Box,” HERE.

PHOTO: Sunny Sweeney Plays 30th Opry Show

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Republic Nashville artist Sunny Sweeney has reason to celebrate this week after playing her 30th show at the Grand Ole Opry since her 2007 debut on Saturday night. Each performance is still a big moment for the Texan singer, who, over her career, has opened up for acts like Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, and Darius Rucker. She wrapped up a headlining spot earlier this month on the Country Throwdown Tour. Sunny explains why each Opry night is still so special to her:

“I love, love, love to play The Grand Ole Opry!! Every time I play there it feels like the first time and I cannot get enough of being there. I’m in awe of its history and how gracious all the members are to new, young artists like myself. This time, Larry Gatlin introduced us and we had a blast!!” said Sweeney.

Sunny is busy writing and working on her follow-up to her 2011 album “Concrete.” The singer-songwriter penned 10 of the 11 tracks on “Concrete,” which included the highest debut for a female country solo artist since Taylor Swift for “From A Table Away.” Sunny will be having a busy summer ahead of her, with festival dates opening for superstars Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann and many more of today’s hottest country acts.


Check out the picture below of Sunny raising a glass for the occasion after her 30th Opry performance below. As always, click the image to see it full-sized.

(L-R) are: Fitzgerald-Hartley manager Steve Emley, Grand Ole Opry VP & General Manager Pete Fisher, Sweeney and Grand Ole Opry Group President Steve Buchanan. Photo Courtesy of Fitzgerald-Hartley.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Sunny Sweeney

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I had the chance to speak with the beautiful, and talented, Sunny Sweeney before she hit the stage at Darius & Friends Benefit Concert. The show at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville was the unofficial kick-off to CMA Fest 2012 and turned into a standing room only event, but we found some calm before the storm backstage to chat for a few minutes.

We spoke with the Texan about her plans to come to Canada in the new future, her favorite tour moment, the Throwdown Tour, writing with Eric Paslay, why she doesn’t party on the road, and more! Check out our exclusive interview with Sunny Sweeney below:

 

Sunny Sweeney Is NRA Country’s Artist Of The Month

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Singer-songwriter Sunny Sweeney has just been named the “This Is NRA Country” artist of the month for March. She’s teamed up with NRA Country to help support brave men and women in uniform, love for the great outdoors, and the love of family. She joins past NRA Country Artists of the Month Craig Morgan, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice and Justin Moore in the honor.

“Every day, brave men and women put their lives on the line for our safety and well-being of people of our great nation.  From firefighters to law enforcement to our Armed Forces and more, I’m grateful to all for their diligence and dedication.  I’m proud to be an American.  I am Sunny Sweeney, and I am NRA Country.”

As part of the March promotion, fans can enter to win an autographed copy of her album “Concrete” as well as an autographed photo on the NRA Country official website. The contest runs through to the end of March, but don’t forget to get your entries in now! Each month, a new Artist will be highlighted by NRA Country for their support of American values.

Check out the picture below of Sunny in her new NRA Country hat:

(click the image to see it full-size).

Sunny Sweeney Breaks A Record

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Republic Nashville artist Sunny Sweeney broke a new record on Saturday, January 21st. She volunteered to be a part of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center’s telethon and raised over $1.3 million for the facility. The event, held at the Abilene Civic Center, fund raised to support the non-profit organization to see over 500 patients each day with a variety of physical, communication, and hearing disabilities or disorders.

Sunny served as the headlining performer at the telethon, which was broadcast on several Texas television stations on Saturday. The Longview, Texas native performed songs from her critically acclaimed album “Concrete” during the program.

Co-host of the legendary radio and television program Crook & Chase in the Morning, Charlie Chase, served as co-host on the evening for the 12th time.

Second Look: Sunny Sweeney’s “Concrete”

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Usually folks start the New Year by looking forward.  I’m starting 2012 by looking back, a “second look” if you will, at Sunny Sweeney’s “Concrete.”

The album’s been out for more than four months now and has received a mountain of critical acclaim.  All of the praise is well-deserved as the release is as solid as its name and was one of the best of 2011.

Celebs Tweet the Darnedest Things!

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Welcome to another entertaining installment of Celebs Tweet the Darnedest Things! Without further ado, we present to you the recent tweets that made us laugh, message each other, laugh some more, and hit “favorite” to preserve the tweets for today’s edition!

Celebs Tweet the Darnedest Things!

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It’s been an active week in the Twitterverse, and at the center of the activity lie some of your favorite country artists. Let’s cut to the chase and laugh together at the best of the best that we caught over the last seven days.

When life imitates art, and art involves driving without hands, you end up in the predicament Luke Bryan ended up in this week. Luke Bryan tweeted “@LukeBryanOnline: Before y’all get out of your truck. Make sure you put it in park. Trust me.”

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Some very solid words of advice from Luke. Perhaps he, too, had his hands up while rocking in his truck…

I just saw Runner Runner and had some pleasant Justin Timberlake inspired dreams soon thereafter. Apparently I’m not the only one, based on Jennifer Nettles‘ recent tweet – “@JenniferNettles: I had a dream last night that my baby sleeping beside me yelled out ‘Ladieeees and Gentlemen: Justin Timberlaaaaaake’. ??? @jtimberlake

Not only is Justin Timberlake taking over the the music and acting world, he is taking over the dream world too. Hey, there are much worse people for your baby to introduce to you in your slumber.

Having 100,000 Twitter followers is a big deal. So, it should come as no surprise that some musicians will go through great lengths to encourage their fans to help them hit that landmark number. See Terri Clark who recently tweeted “@TerriClarkMusic: Ok so the first person to get me 100k twitter followers, gets my first born. Best hurry. My Ovaries=californiaraisinsdoingthebackstroke”

Perhaps an interesting offer, but if the kid pops out singing the way his/her mom does, it might be worth your while…

If you frequent the gym, you know there is always that character who flexes in the mirror and not-so-discretely checks himself out. Sunny Sweeney was lucky enough to spot that guy during her recent workout. Sunny tweeted “@GettinSweeney: The grunting slaps-his-stomach-in-the-mirror guy is in the gym. Yay! No.” Not long after Sunny tweeted, calling out the narcissistic gym-goer, she followed it up with “I also saw someone I knew in the gym. I hope he doesn’t think my last tweet was about him. Bahaha!!!”

Sir who Sunny knew in the gym, rest assure she was not mocking you. However, if you do, in fact, grunt and slap your stomach in the mirror, WE ARE mocking you.

Remember to send us your favorite country music celebrity tweets to us each week by including #KICcelebtweets in your tweet!

America’s Morning Show Kicks off with Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes & Thompson Sqaure

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On Thursday, June 20th, America’s Morning Show hit the airwaves featuring Blair Garner and an all-star cast of country music stars including Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks & Sunny Sweeney. As if that lineup wasn’t big enough, the show’s first interviews included some of music’s biggest names, including Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes and Thompson Square.

Our friends over at America’s Morning Show provided us with all of these great interviews!

Listen here as Kelly Clarkson discusses her lost engagement rings, her new country single and her love for Terri Clark, including some musical confusion and a little bit of singing.

 

Listen here as Hunter Hayes prepares for a performance on The Today Show, talks about racing cars with Blair and discusses his new re-release Encore and recording with Jason Mraz!

 

Listen here to hear Thompson Square discussing vocal rest and the #1 party for “If I Didn’t Have You.”