Category Archives: American Idol

Exclusive Interview: Paul Jolley

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If you know the name Paul Jolley, chances are you were introduced to him by a little show named American Idol. If you don’t know the name Paul Jolley yet, it’s time we change that for you.

Upon chatting with Paul, he’s astonishingly humble, earnest and grateful for each opportunity that this crazy journey has afforded him. Although he’s already accomplished much, he’s got big dreams and even bigger talent.

Growing up in Tennessee, Paul was the kind of kid who always had a microphone in his hand. From organizing bedroom performances for his parents to appearing as a special guest performer during his school’s choir concerts in Kindergarten (he was too young to actually join the choir), it was immediately evident that he was bound for big things. As soon as he was able, he joined the choir, competed in talent shows and performed anywhere people would listen.

These performances included opening gigs for some legendary country artists, including Aaron Tippin, Billy Dean, Chely Wright and Lorrie Morgan. It was one of these opening gigs with Billy Dean that would change his life, as shortly after opening for the legend, he received a call from a radio station in Bowling Green, Kentucky, inviting him to come audition for American Idol.

Initially, Paul was hesitant, admitting that he auditioned three times previously and never made it past the first round. “I said I’d audition if I was off work,” Paul recalls. “It ended up that I was off work that day, which was weird because I never got off. I guess it was all just part of God’s plan getting me off work that day.”

American Idol’s Paul Jolley Releases First Single “Healed”

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On Tuesday January 28th, American Idol finalist Paul Jolley had a lot to celebrate. For one, it was his birthday, but more importantly he released his first single, “Healed,” to iTunes. The inspirational tune has all the makings of a country hit, including powerful lyrics, an impressive range and a pair of seasoned songwriters on board.

The track was co-written by Jolley along with Mark Irwin (“Highway Don’t Care,” and “Redneck Crazy,” etc.), and Adam Wood. “It’s one of those songs that hit you when you’ve found someone that makes you feel really special and important. It’s a feeling you’ve never felt before – you feel complete. Not many people feel complete, but when you get that completeness, you instantly feel healed, and it’s one of the best feelings in the world,” said Jolley. “I’m so excited ‘Healed’ is finally out there. I believe in the song and the message it sends. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do,” he added.

Download “Healed” now on iTunes.

Scotty McCreery to Stream Live Performance on Yahoo Music TONIGHT!

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Scotty McCreery will take the stage for an exclusive Ram Country Live! performance on Yahoo Music (http://ramcountry.music.yahoo.com) streamed from his home state, North Carolina, tonight!

Scotty will perform brand new songs off his new album, See You Tonight, as well as favorites from his debut album, Clear As Day.

The show will begin at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT and you can watch it right here!

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.

Scotty McCreery making a Baseball tour

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As platinum-selling country artist Scotty McCreery prepares for the much-anticipated release of his sophomore album, See You Tonight, he is taking time out of his busy schedule to support youth baseball with a six-city Major League Baseball ballpark tour.

At the baseball park tour’s culmination, McCreery will have donated $50,000 to youth baseball programs, including Major League Baseball’s RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program, this year.

“I learned some of my greatest lessons playing sports and being a team member,” McCreery says. “Sports teach you so many life lessons about self-discipline, responsibility, teamwork, setting goals, and being fit. It’s awesome that Major League Baseball provides opportunities for kids who might not have a chance to play baseball and softball elsewhere. I’m proud to provide assistance to this program.”

McCreery’s baseball park tour began on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, where he presented a personal $5,000 check to a Tampa youth baseball organization before the game. In addition, he threw out the first pitch and sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

At each game, McCreery will invite local radio winners to be his guest as he throws out the first pitch, provides CDs for lucky-row giveaways, sings as part of the seventh-inning stretch, and serves a guest broadcaster and/or participates in other various activities that day. Fans can follow the activities at every game in real time by following McCreery on Twitter at @scottymccreery.

American Idol Holding Online Auditions for Season 13

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Are you the next Kelly Clarkson or the next Carrie Underwood? Want to show off your vocal prowess in front of Keith Urban? Well, we’ve got good news for you! As American Idol begins the casting process for their 13th season, the show is holding online auditions for the first time ever! Be quick, as online auditions will only run through the end of August.

Idol is determined to focus season 13 on the contestants and their journeys to the finale! If you’re ready to start your American Idol Journey today, get all the info about the online auditions here.

 

 

 

Keith Urban to Return to American Idol

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Amidst much speculation about the judging panel, it has been confirmed that Keith Urban will be returning to American Idol next season. He will be the only judge returning from last season, as Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj will not be coming back.

According to the Tennessean, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed Urban’s return this afternoon, praising the country crooner and his appeal to the show’s fans. Reilly says the goal will refocus the show’s attention on the contestants, rather than the judges.

Kree Harrison To Make Opry Debut

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It has been a huge week for Kree Harrison…

The American Idol finale was this week where she finished Top 2 and runner up to Candice Glover. Her debut single “All Cried Out” is available on iTunes. Today is her birthday (Happy Birthday, Kree). And earlier, she received some amazing news… she will be making her Grand Ole Opry debut!

The debut will take place on June 4th. Joining Kree on the Opry will be American Idol judge, Keith Urban. Other previous performers announced for that night include: Rascal Flatts, Kellie Pickler, and Lennon and Maisy from ABC’s Nashville. It sounds like it will be a great show!

The humbled singer was, of course, honored by the invitation:

“I’m speechless. It has been my lifelong dream to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. I am so honored to be invited!”

Congratulations, Kree! We are very excited for you and know you will have a great career. We look forward to following along.

“All Cried Out” iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-cried-out-single/id648665235 …

Video: The Band Perry Rocks American Idol Stage

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The Band Perry rocked the stage last night during the American Idol finale.

The trio was joined by Top 5 finalist and country girl, Janelle Arthur, to sing their current single, “Done.” They lit up the stage with electrifying energy, fun, and even some head banging. The Band Perry sure does know how to do a performance! And Janelle fit right in.

If you missed the performance, check out the video below. It was one of my favorites of the night!

“Done” is TBP’s second single off of their new album, Pioneer! I’ve probably mentioned how much I love the album, but I’ll say it again. A must buy for your country music list!

Video: Keith Urban Performs New Single on American Idol

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Keith Urban was pulling double duty on American Idol tonight. Our country judge took the stage during the finale to perform his new single, “Little Bit Of Everything” and he sounded great! Check out the video below to watch the performance.

Urban joined the Idol panel this season, and while there have been rumors that the show is cleaning house, there is no official word yet on Urban’s status.

People.com reported that at a press conference on Wednesday, the country superstar stated that he wanted to return as a judge next year:

“I would. I mean, I literally enjoy coming to work every day, and that’s a rarity.”

We would love to see KU back at the judges’ table for Season 13! We hope Idol leaves the decision up to him. While Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj will not be returning to the panel, there is no official word yet on Mariah Carey.


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