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REVIEW: Jo Dee Messina Live in Miami

Jo Dee Messina

Jo Dee Messina definitely underestimates herself when she sings the words “I’m Alright.” The definition of “alright” is satisfactory; acceptable; reliable; good. Jo Dee is leaps and bounds above “alright.” Jo Dee is phenomenal; extraordinary; remarkable; sensational. Just when you thought you signed, sealed, and delivered your list of top vocalists to ever exist, we insist that you add one more name to the top of that list!

On Saturday night, December 21, we were fortunate enough to be in Jo Dee’s presence in Miami, Florida, for a “holiday show” in a most intimate setting. Despite the fact that we had quite the scare on the way home from the show (which involved a homeless man, a bottle of windshield cleaner, and his refusal to let go of our windshield wiper until we opened the window in a terribly dangerous part of town to hand him his “dolla”), we had the night of our lives!

DVR Alert: Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale

Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale

Try saying that title three times fast!

As you have probably seen advertised recently (during The Sound of Music, The Voice, or a myriad of other NBC specials), Kelly Clarkson is bringing some of her best assets to the network for her Cautionary Christmas Music Tale. Specifically, Kelly will bring her talent, sense of humor, and impressive cast of characters in her life to a television audience.

During this special, Kelly presents the brattiest possible version of herself (“Scrooge, diva’d out,” she calls the character) while trying to enlist celebrities to appear in a Christmas special. “We’re doing a show within a show, kind of like White Christmas,” Kelly says. “Let me tell you this, though … it’s nowhere near that good. I love what we’ve done, but that’s a classic.”

Kelly’s show will feature musical performances from mother-in-law, Reba McEntire, along with Trisha Yearwood, both of whom appear on Kelly’s Christmas album Wrapped in Red. The show will also include cameos by Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, William Shatner, Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum, Community‘s Ken Jeong and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy‘s Jai Rodriguez will make appearances. Oh, and did we mention Blake Shelton … as an elf?

This will be an event that Kelly fans and country fans will not want to miss! Tune in to NBC or set your DVRs tonight for the 10:00pm EST airing of Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale! And check out some behind-the-scenes footage of the special, featuring Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton:

Kelly Clarkson Apologizes to International Fans

Kelly Clarkson Christmas

As you likely have heard, newlyweds Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock are expecting their first child together, which was announced weeks after their recent marriage. Kelly has revealed in recent interviews, as well as through social media, that the pregnancy has not been easy on her body thus far, and that she has been experiencing her fair share of related sickness.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Kelly apologized to her fans for being “incredibly ill” and hoped that she would be feeling back to normal soon. Kelly tweeted “I’m so sorry 2 all my fans overseas 4 not doing promo 4 my Xmas album. I have been incredibly ill w/pregnancy. Hopefully it gets better soon.”

Premiere of Kelly Clarkson’s “Underneath the Tree” Video

Kelly Clarkson Underneath the Tree

The first single off of Kelly Clarkson‘s Christmas album, Wrapped In Red, has proven to be quite a success in terms of holiday music. Kelly has now released a music video to accompany “Underneath the Tree,” which continues to bring the holiday cheer this season.

Wrapped in gold (and red, of course), Kelly performs the upbeat song about wanting just one thing under her tree this year — that someone special. Kelly’s band trades in their typically comfortable stage attire for a more formal and dapper look, complete with red instruments to capture the spirit of the song. The video also gives a backstage glimpse into Kelly’s preparations for the several performances and specials in which she has participated in celebration of this year’s holidays.

Check out Kelly’s latest music video below and get yourself ready for the upcoming holiday! And if you haven’t already picked up a copy of Wrapped In Red, you might want to ask for that to be underneath your tree!

Have Yourself a Darling Christmas

Sarah Darling Christmas

Sarah Darling released her four song holiday EP, entitled Have a Merry Christmas Darling. The EP consists of:

1. The Christmas Song
2. River
3. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
4. Silent Night

You can download your copy of Sarah’s magical Christmas EP on iTunes now!

***Fun fact! Our friend, Sara Kauss, is responsible for the gorgeous artwork on the cover of Sarah’s Christmas EP!***

Keepin’ It Country Presents: Abbi Scott!

Abbi Scott

Our next Stageit show is upon us and it will be an absolute blast! Keepin’ It Country proudly presents … Abbi Scott! The show will take place on Sunday, December 8th, at 9:00pm EST.

Abbi Scott is a singer/songwriter who was recently deemed as a #CMChat “One to Watch.” Abbi has opened for several of country music’s hottest artists, including Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Dierks Bentley, Jana Kramer, DJ Miller, David Bradley, Dustin Lynch, and Maggie Rose.

On September 21, 2013, Abbi released her EP, Abbi Scott, which was released on iTunes. Abbi music can be described as high energy, honest, and fresh, while remaining true to her country music roots.

We are so excited to welcome Abbi to our Keepin’ It Country Presents stage!

Additionally, this show is unlike any other! The theme of Abbi’s show is “Ugly Sweaters For the Holidays” and ticket proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots, an organization that Abbi is ecstatic to assist. During the show, Abbi would love for her audience to sport some ugly sweaters and post pictures on Twitter using the hashtag #KICUglySweaters.

This is going to be a unique and fun show with a whole lot of country and some holiday spice in the mix. Don’t miss out on this fun event for a great cause!

To purchase your ticket (in support of Toys for Tots) for the Ugly Sweater Holiday Party, starring Abbi Scott, click here!

Sarah Darling Wishes You a Merry Little Christmas

Sarah Darling Christmas

Sarah Darling will be releasing a four song EP, entitled Have A Merry Little Christmas Darling, on iTunes Tuesday, November 19.  The new, independently released EP will feature classic Christmas songs, intricately crafted to Darling’s “crisp, powerhouse voice,” as stated by The New York Times. Sarah believes that this EP  is the best representation of herself as an artist in a holiday timepiece. “You will hear so much of who I am in every track and will be taken away to nostalgic times of Christmas past. It was such a magical project to record,” she says.

Have A Merry Little Christmas Darling Track Listing:

1.) “The Christmas Song” (“Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire”)
2.) “River” (original by Joni Mitchell)
3.) “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
4.) “Silent Night”

Additionally, tickets are currently on sale for the “Sarah Darling and Friends Acoustic Christmas” concert at The Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee on December 13th, where she will debut the new tracks alongside  special guests. You can purchase tickets now by clicking here.

Kelly Clarkson Unwraps “Underneath the Tree”

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It may not even be Halloween yet, but Kelly Clarkson‘s already got us hitting the fast-forward buttons on our calendars. Her Christmas album, Wrapped In Red, hits stores October 29th, but today, Clarkson spoiled her fans with an early Christmas gift. The pop-country dynamo unwrapped “Underneath the Tree” on her official Vevo account a day after taking to Twitter to spotlight the Christmas single’s omg-adorable lyrics.

While the lyrics are cute in their cursive print on festive red stationery, it’s the toe-tapping melody, sleigh bells, perfect saxophone solo and unmatched vocals that make “Underneath the Tree” sound like an insta-classic. Clarkson sings as though she’s got the Hallelujah Chorus, Santa’s entire workshop and the little girl from Love Actually (forget Mariah!) trapped within her vocal chords, and we mean that in the absolute best way possible. Frankly, she “sleighs” it. (badum!)

Enough from us, you just have to listen:

Clarkson will be filming a Christmas special at the Venetian in Las Vegas on October 30th, and already-announced guests include Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood. The show, Kelly Clarkson’s (Cautionary) Christmas Tale, will air following The Voice on December 10th or fans can grab tickets to the live taping here.

And if you can’t get enough Christmas in October from Clarkson, she revealed a STUNNING rendition of “White Christmas” earlier this week.

 

Country Megastars Collaborate with … Duck Dynasty?!

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Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, the Duck Dynasty cast’s Christmas album, is hitting shelves on October 29th. Expect the album to be filled with classics and originals … and King George?!

You read that correctly. George Strait! George is singing Christmas Cookies with Phil and Miss Kay, while Luke Bryan, Josh Turner, and Alison Krauss are also making cameos on the album. And if all of the above isn’t enough to make you quack up, Si will be bringing his musical stylings to the album with his rendition of You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch.

Kelly Clarkson Reveals Tracklist for Holiday Album “Wrapped in Red”

kelly clarkson wrapped in red christmas album

Kelly Clarkson took to Twitter this afternoon to tease the details of her new Christmas album before finally revealing the full track-list for her holiday offering, Wrapped In Red. She teased some details of the tracks, revealing that the album concludes with some acapella harmonizing between Clarkson, Reba & Trisha Yearwood.

The album features five original offerings, as well as some of the best holiday favorites. It may only be September, but we’re already looking forward to Christmas!

1. Wrapped in Red
2. Underneath the Tree
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4. Run Run Rudolph
5. Please Come Home For Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)
6.  Every Christmas
7. Blue Christmas
8. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (featuring Ronnie Dunn)
9.  Winter Dreams (Brandon’s Song)
10. White Christmas
11. My Favorite Things
12. 4 Carats
13. Just For Now
14. Silent Night (featuring Reba McEntire & Trisha Yearwood)