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Carrie Underwood Receives the Humanitarian Award at CRS


In her song “Change,” Carrie Underwood sings, “The smallest thing can make all the difference.” These powerful lyrics demonstrate how small and simple actions can make a great impact on the world, something that Underwood has strived to do throughout her career.

On February 19 at the opening ceremony of Country Radio Seminar (CRS), Underwood was honored for her generosity with the Country Radio Broadcasters Artist Humanitarian Award.

Since her American Idol win in 2005, Underwood has given back to those in need in a variety of ways. She established the CATS (Checotah Animal, Town, and School) Foundation in her hometown of Checotah, OK to give back to local animal shelters, schools, and the town. She also donated $1 from every ticket sold on her Blown Away Tour to the American Red Cross – a donation that totaled over $1 million. Most recently, Underwood spent a number of days in January volunteering at a local animal shelter, combining her passion for animals with her love of giving back.

Jake Owen & Friends Raise Over $200,000 For Kids Cancer Alliance

Photo courtesy of Splash Public Relations and Sweet Talk PR for Jake Owen

What is better than our country music community doing good?

Country artists gathered on January 11th for “Concert for the Cause” and raised over $200,00 for Kids Cancer Alliance.

Sponsored by Morgan Stanley, “Concert for the Cause” took place at the Ice House in Louisville and was hosted by “Listening Room” owner, Chris Blair. With an intimate acoustic and in-the-round setting, Jake Owen headlined the event with special guests Frankie Ballard, Jana Kramer, Paul Overstreet, Jason Sturgeon, Ilya Toshinsky, Scotty Emerick, Josh Osborne, Ben Bradford, and Olivia Lane. In addition to the music, there was a live and silent auction with an after party hosted by Dee Jay Silver.

Kids Cancer Alliance was founded in 1981 and sought to provide a normal camping experience for children with cancer. Throughout the years, the organization continued to grow and expand into what it is today. The non-profit now offers free oncology and sibling camps, teen and family retreats, quarterly events and in-hospital programs as well as financial support.

For more information and to find out how you can help, visit: www.kidscanceralliance.org.

Hunter Hayes Debuts New Single “Invisible” At The GRAMMYS, Also Announces We’re Not Invisible Tour

Hunter Hayes Invisible Single cover - Atlantic Music

For those who tuned in to the Grammys tonight, they got a special treat when Hunter Hayes debuted his new single, “Invisible,” in a live performance. Along with the live debut, Hunter also released the new song for download to iTunes.

“Invisible” is to be the lead single off of Hunter’s new album, slated for release in May. For every download, Child Hunger Ends Here will donate one meal to Feeding America for up to 1 million meals.**

And if that weren’t news enough, Hunter Hayes also announced the dates to his upcoming We’re Not Invisible Tour. The tour will be presented in part by Child Hunger Ends Here and feature guest performances by Danielle Bradbery and Dan + Shay.

We’re Not Invisible Tour Dates:

  • March 20 Pikeville, KY
  • March 21 Huntington, WV
  • March 22 Youngstown, OH
  • March 27 Peoria, IL
  • March 28 Toledo, OH
  • April 10 Memphis, TN
  • April 11 Cape Girardeau, MO
  • April 12 Springfield, MO
  • April 17 Huntsville, AL
  • April 18 Roanoke, VA
  • April 19 Asheville, NC
  • April 23 Colorado Springs, CO
  • April 24 Salt Lake City, UT
  • May 1 Bangor, ME
  • May 2 Boston, MA
  • May 3 Uncasville, CT
  • May 29 Augusta, GA
  • May 30 Pensacola, FL
  • May 31 Estero, FL

You can listen to Hunter’s new single, “Invisible” in the following lyric video.

** For every “Invisible” song iTunes download between 1/27/14 and 4/4/14, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal (11.1¢) to Feeding America, up to 1 million meals. Valid in U.S. and Puerto Rico only.

Photo: Single Cover “Invisible” from Atlantic Records

Kelly Clarkson Rocks NYC for Green Mountain Coffee


The Highline Ballroom in New York City was abuzz Thursday night, due in part to the seemingly endless supply of coffee available, but largely due to the star power present. In support of October being Fair Trade Month, GRAMMY-Award Winner Kelly Clarkson partnered with Green Mountain Coffee for an exclusive concert to raise awareness for the cause.

The Highline Ballroom was equal parts chic urban concert hall and Peruvian mountainside, with colorful tapestries adorning the booths and centerpieces made of coffee beans. Photos of Clarkson’s journey to Peru flanked the tables, while the big screen flashed images and facts about fair trade.

Supported by only a pianist and 2 guitarists, Clarkson treated fans to an intimate acoustic performance that showcased some of the most powerful vocal chords in the music industry today. She kicked off the show with her classic, “Since You Been Gone,” before segueing into other favorites like “Walk Away,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “People Like Us” and “Stronger.”

Clarkson’s voice was in fine form, despite her apologizing for sounding a little “Janis,’ due to a whirlwind promotional schedule that included a 4:30 AM wake-up call for Good Morning America. Highlights of her set included a stripped-down solo version of “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” proving that holograms aren’t always necessary. Another high point of her set was a masterful & emotional rendition of fan-favorite “Sober” from the unfairly maligned My December album.

In-between songs, Clarkson charmingly engaged with the audience like she was in a room full of her closest friends, lamenting the state of her toes pre-pedicure, recalling being a “mess” (but not an alcoholic) when she wrote the metaphoric “Sober,” and remarking that she was glad her tour was over so she can get married. In between her amusing banter, she recalled anecdotes from her trip to Peru, including a visit to the coffee farmers and their children.

While the concert itself was held in an intimate venue, it was streamed to fans across the Internet via Green Mountain Coffee’s Facebook page. It will re-air on October 24th and we’d recommend catching it if you have a chance. We were there, but it was so good that we just may have to watch it again.

Musicians on Call Nashville Announces Kelly Clarkson For Sixth Anniversary Concert

kelly clarkson musicians on call nashville

Musicians on Call (MOC) Nashville has enlisted Kelly Clarkson to help them celebrate their sixth anniversary in Music City. The GRAMMY Award winner will perform an intimate acoustic show at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe on November 14th. Tickets for the event, presented by Citi Private Pass, will go  on general sale at noon Friday, Oct. 11. Tickets start at $160 and include a VIP Cocktail Reception provided by Hard Rock Cafe and valet parking provided by Eagle Parking. Pre-Sale for Citi Private Pass Members began at 10 a.m. CDT today.

In addition to a performance by Clarkson, the event will include a silent auction featuring items from local vendors and autographed celebrity memorabilia. All proceeds will go to MOC Nashville to continue bringing music to hospital patients. Last Christmas, Clarkson paired with MOC Nashville, surprising patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with an impromptu performance for the holidays.

 For more information on the MOC Nashville Sixth Anniversary Concert, visit www.musiciansoncall.org/kellyclarkson. For sponsorship inquiries, contact Dana Sones at dana@musiciansoncall.org.


Donate for Maddie

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Earlier this year, we came across the story of Maddie Higgins, a young Texas girl battling terminal brain cancer. The story came to us because one of Maddie’s final wishes was to meet Kelly Clarkson, but the story touched all of us in more ways than we could’ve imagined.

Thanks to Kinsley’s Kure, Maddie was able to have some of her dreams come true. She experienced snow in Texas in July and had the opportunity to Skype with Kelly Clarkson. Last Sunday, she was set to attend Kelly’s show in Dallas and meet the singer, but became extremely ill and was unable to attend. Just hours later, Maddie passed away with her parents by her side.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Higgins Family during this difficult time. Although Maddie’s time on Earth was way too short, she touched strangers across the world, and we are extremely grateful for the chance to have “known” her.

If you’d like to donate to help with Maddie’s funeral costs, please click here.
Check can also be mailed to: PO Box 37222 Haltom city TX 76118!

Additionally, some Kelly Clarkson fans have created a tribute project in her memory, which you can participate in here.

Laura Bell Bundy and Bobby Bones Dance to Fight Hunger

Laura Bell Bundy Dance to Support 30 Abes

Laura Bell Bundy has joined forces with nationally syndicated radio host, Bobby Bones, for a 24-hour dance marathon to raise money for 30 Abes, an organization which helps feed orphans in Haiti.

Beginning at 7:00am on Wednesday, September 18th, Laura, Bobby and Bobby’s crew (including Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie, Alayna, and Ray) will gather at Nashville’s aVenue and attempt to dance for 24 consecutive hours, while looping Laura’s newest single, “Two Step.”

Fans are welcome to attend and participate in the event, titled “Two Step for 30 Abes,” or watch via live stream on BobbyBones.com.

Laura will make a guest appearance on The Bobby Bones Show this Friday, September 13th, to promote the cause and the event. “It’s wonderful to have an opportunity to give back with ‘Two Step!’… dancing for donations!” she said. “We are going to have a lot of fun in the process – and probably some lower back pain!”

Leading up to the dance marathon, Bobby and his band, The Raging Idiots, will perform a concert fundraiser for 30 Abes in Wichita, Kansas. Laura will also be making a special appearance at the Wichita event.

For more information, please visit BobbyBones.com or 30Abes.com.

Help Us Help Maddie Again!

Last week, we posted the story of Maddie Higgins, a 6-year-old girl with terminal brain cancer who had a big wish to meet Kelly Clarkson. Our fans responded so well to that post that we wanted to keep you updated on Maddie’s situation and help to raise awareness for her fight.

Although her wish to meet Kelly hasn’t come true yet, she was able to have another wish granted, and that was to see snow. The story has been featured by the NY Daily News, CNN, the Huffington Post and more. Now we want to help Maddie get Ellen’s attention. We are posting this in conjunction with Kinsley’s Kure, an organization working to change the lives of terminal kids.
We’d love if our awesome readers help us spread this message, get #FightforMaddie trending, and grab the attention of Ellen. Help us help Maddie! Head to Twitter and start tweeting! Don’t forget to include #FightforMaddie in all of your tweets!

For more info on Maddie’s fight, visit her Facebook page. For more information on Kinsley’s Kure, follow them on Twitter. You can also get more information on Kinsley’s Kure founder and her mission to help terminal children on Twitter.

Carrie Underwood Donates Atlantic City Concert Earnings to Hurricane Sandy Relief


Last Friday, Atlantic City and all the victims of the recent hurricane superstorm Sandy devastation got some relief from country superstar Carrie Underwood. According to the Press of Atlantic City, Carrie told the crowd on Friday night that she wouldn’t feel right making a profit off a show in an area of such devastation, and that she would be donating all profits from the show to those in need locally.  In Atlantic City that night, it wasn’t just about Carrie putting on a show-stopping performance for the crowd, it was also about giving back. “We’re so glad to be here, and even more glad to be here this evening,” Carrie informed the crowd. “You know, after something like this, you wonder whether the show should go on. We thought, this building was still here, so it must be here for a reason.”

After the show, Carrie tweeted this message to her Atlantic City fans:

@carrieunderwood: Thank you beautiful Atlantic City! You all made my year! You have been through so much and still rocked the house! I leave in awe! Thanks!

Carrie has also been donating $1 from each ticket sale on the Blown Away Tour to the Red Cross since September.

Carrie’s next Blown Away tour stop is tonight at the Penn State Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA.


Eric Church’s Band Urges You To “Put A Club In My Hand”

2012 Orion Music + More Festival - Day 2

The musicians behind platinum-selling country music artist Eric Church are banding together to benefit Grammy’s MusiCares and asking for other members of the industry to do the same. On September 25, 2012, Eric Church’s band will host the inaugural “Put A Club In My Hand” charity golf tournament at Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville, Tennessee. A shotgun start will occur at 1:30 p.m. Professionals and musicians in the industry are invited to compete for the championship, and will also have access to complimentary food, prizes, contests and more.