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Lizzie Sider Embarks on Anti-Bullying Tour

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Lizzie Sider, a fifteen-year-old budding country music star, is touring elementary and middle schools and conducting a Bully Prevention Assembly at over one hundred schools during January, February, and March of 2014, throughout the entire State of Florida.

George Strait’s Star-Studded Final Show to Include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and More

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George Strait will play his final concert June 7, 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The CMA Entertainer of the Year’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014 will ride away with style, for a king. The show will feature an all-star lineup of guest artists (performing three songs each) including Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.

Additionally, the opening act for Strait’s final concert will be the “Kings of Texas Swing” and six-time Grammy Award-winning group, Asleep At The Wheel.

Tickets for the highly-anticipated concert will go on sale to the public Friday, December 6 at 10:00 AM CST and can be purchased via Strait’s official website here.

While this is Strait’s final concert tour, he will continue to record new music with MCA Records and will perform select dates across the country after the tour has wrapped. For more information, please visit www.georgestrait.com.

47th Annual CMA Awards Winners

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See below for all of the winners for the 47th Annual CMA Awards! How close were you with your predictions?

2013 CMA Awards Winners:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift


Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big and Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Sugarland
Civil Wars
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year

Lee Brice
Brett Eldredge
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves

Album of the Year

Blake Shelton, ‘Based on a True Story’
Carrie Underwood, ‘Blown Away’
Taylor Swift, ‘Red’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Same Trailer Different Park’
Little Big Town, ‘Tornado’

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)

Lee Brice, ‘I Drive Your Truck’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Merry Go Round’
Little Big Town, ‘Pontoon’
Darius Rucker, ‘Wagon Wheel’

Single of the Year

Florida Georgia Line, ‘Cruise’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Keith Urban and Taylor Swift), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Merry Go Round’
Darius Rucker, ‘Wagon Wheel’

Musical Event of the Year

Blake Shelton (Feat. Pistol Annies), ‘Boys ‘Round Here’
Florida Georgia Line (Feat. Nelly), ‘Cruise’
Kelly Clarkson (Feat. Vince Gill), ‘Don’t Rush’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Keith Urban and Taylor Swift), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Jason Aldean (Feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church), ‘The Only Way I Know’

Music Video of the Year

Carrie Underwood, ‘Blown Away’
Blake Shelton (Feat. Pistol Annies), ‘Boys ‘Round Here’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Downtown’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Keith Urban and Taylor Swift), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Little Big Town, ‘Tornado’

Musician of the Year

Sam Bush
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
Mac McAnally

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Sarah Darling and Guy Penrod Performing ICM Awards

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In 2009, rising country music star Sarah Darling spent days at her grandfather’s hospital bedside as he battled a serious illness. A spiritual man, he comforted her greatest fear of him succumbing to the fight by sharing his thoughts on the meaning of life, and what happens when someone leaves this world. Forever moved by what she heard in those precious moments, Darling later sat down with Nashville songwriters Dave Robbens and Billy Austen and wrote the song, Knowing What I Know About Heaven, never knowing years later, internationally-known Christian recording artist and former lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band, Guy Penrod, would make it be heard by millions around the world. In celebration of the song’ success, Darling and Penrod will perform the song together as a duet for the very first time at the 2013 Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards on October 24, 2013. Penrod is nominated in the “Entertainer” category at the awards.

Next Round of Performers Added for 47th Annual CMA Awards

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“Country Music’s Biggest Night,” the 47th Annual CMA Awards, just got even bigger. The lineup of newly-added performers will include Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Alan Jackson.

Jackson and Strait will join forces  to perform a tribute to the legendary George Jones, who passed away in April of this year.

Other previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift.

The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 6 at 8pm EST on ABC.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CMChat’s One to Watch — Abbi Scott

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Abbi Scott is an Indiana teenager who is in her senior year of high school and looking forward to graduation (much like all other high school seniors!). However, Abbi is not your typical high school senior. While Abbi has her face in textbooks, she has her sights set on music, and there is no stopping this country girl from making her dreams come true! Abbi describes herself as “a true country girl, living on twenty-five acres, and . . . in love with the outdoors.” Abbi has been compared to Miranda Lambert, Gretchen Wilson, and Kelly Clarkson, and values these music industry phenoms’ strong work ethic and ability to maintain a sense of humor.

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Reba & More Added to George Jones Tribute Concert

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The lineup for George Jones‘ Tribute Concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena just got even bigger. In addition to an already packed lineup, it was announced today that George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire and Alabama will also be performing at the November 22nd show.

“I am thrilled and honored that so many of George’s friends are coming to what would have been his last concert, but is not a fitting tribute,” says Nancy Jones. “George loved these artists and before passing had actually wrote letters to almost all of them.”

The new list of performers will join an already star-studded lineup that includes Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, and others. All previously announced artists are currently being reconfirmed.

For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com.

Alan Jackson’s Station Inn performance to hit radio

Alan Jackson. photo credit: Russ Harrington

Alan Jackson’s August 27 show at Nashville’s Station Inn will be broadcast live on 650 AM WSM, streamed on wsmonline.com, and available via the WSM mobile app beginning at 9:30pm CT. The broadcast will be hosted by WSM’s Eddie Stubbs.

Jackson’s show will feature the players from Jackson’s upcoming The Bluegrass Album, set for release September 24. Jackson wrote eight of the fourteen songs on The Bluegrass Album, which will be released on ACR (Alan’s Country Records)/EMI Records Nashville and is produced by Keith Stegall and Jackson’s nephew, Adam Wright.

WSM is the most famed country music station in the world. Each day, the station shares country, bluegrass and Americana as well as the excitement of Music City with friends in Middle Tennessee and listeners around the world. WSM’s Eddie Stubbs is a CMA Award-winning broadcast personality and a member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame; each weeknight, Eddie’s WSM broadcasts showcase his unique insight on country music.

Tickets for the show are $25.00 and may be reserved in-person at the Station Inn beginning at 1:00pm on August 26 (the day before the show); tickets are limited to four per purchaser, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. People reserving tickets must be present at the Station Inn the night of the show when doors open at 7:00pm – cash payment and a photo ID must be presented at that time, and all members of the ticket purchaser’s party must be present for admission.

Sarah Darling’s Dream Comes True

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Before landing a record deal, country up and comer, Sarah Darling, waited tables in Nashville. Sarah waited on country megastars, including Alan Jackson. At that time, Sarah could only dream of sharing a stage with the likes of Mr. Jackson.

Recently, the former waitress was able to live out this dream as she opened for Alan Jackson during three shows. Sarah took to Twitter to express her excitement, calling the experience “beyond amazing.”  Sarah also tweeted “I was blessed to have been on tour with one of the most humble and gracious men in the  music business this weekend. What an unforgettable experience. Thank you Alan!”

Sarah Darling Stands for Music

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The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has named country music artist, Sarah Darling, a recipient of its “Stand for Music” Award, in recognition of her dedication to and support of music education.

The award will be presented to Sarah on Saturday, June 29, 2013 in Washington, D.C. by NAfME President and Board Chair, Nancy Ditmer, as part of the Association’s annual National Leadership event.

NAfME’s executive director Michael A. Butera says, ” Sarah epitomizes the type of artist who truly understands the importance of music education. Her formal music training started at a young age while growing up in Mitchellville, Iowa, and her dedication to the craft of songwriting in particular has brought her significant recognition in the country music industry and beyond. NAfME is pleased to present Sarah with our ‘Stand for Music’ award for 2013. Our members – America’s music teachers – greatly appreciate her assistance in raising awareness among our elected leaders about how music education orchestrates success, both in school and beyond.”

While in the nation’s capital to receive the award, Sarah will meet with legislative representatives and staff members from Tennessee and her home state of Iowa to discuss the importance of preserving music education in public schools nationwide. She will also perform later for NAfME state affiliate leaders at an acoustic concert.

Since debuting at the historic Grand Ole Opry in 2011 where she was introduced by country legend, Vince Gill, Sarah has been honored with the invitation to perform there over 35 times. Also featured on Conan, FOX & Friends, ABC’s The Bachelor, CNN and many more, Sarah is currently celebrating the release of her summertime single, “Little Umbrellas,” that’s now available for download on iTunes. She will perform several dates this summer as both a headlining act and opener for country music superstar, Alan Jackson.

For more information on Sarah Darling, visit www.sarahdarling.com.