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.
Jones has just released his debut single, “Honk (If You’re Tonky),” and the track is available now on iTunes and other digital outlets. Regarding the new single, Joshua had this to share: “‘Honk (If You’re Tonky)’ spoke very loudly to me right off the bat as an anthem for guys. It speaks to the misunderstood side of men, that makes us rough around the edges while carrying the burden of a big heart and just wanting to live in harmony with yourself. What better than an ‘anthem’ for a first single?” You can stream and take a listen to the track here: http://youtu.be/feWZnCS5iHs.
The song serves as the lead single to his upcoming album, The Healing, due out later this year. You name the role, Joshua took it on with this album. From singing, writing, and playing multiple instruments (guitar, piano and even some percussion) to executive producing, this very personal album is all Joshua.
He explained: “It feels like a long time coming. It’s like moving into a new home or getting a new car; you have strong sentiment and deep attachment for the old car, but are eager to get behind the wheel of the new one.” He continued on to say, “I feel like at this point in my life as an artist, I can’t be anything but candid. The record certainly reflects my headspace over the last few years and tells the story of what I’ve gone through, especially the title track of the record, ‘The Healing.’”
Jones will be a playing a public showcase during Country Radio Seminar (CRS) week, Wednesday, February 19th at 12th & Porter. There, fans will get an advanced listen of his new material.
Jones is also looking forward to hitting the road again and connecting with the audience. Tour dates will be announced soon so stay tuned.
Country Radio Seminar (CRS) officials have announced which country music newcomers will show off their talents as the CRS 2014 New Faces of Country Music Show performers. The 2014 performers are Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Cassadee Pope, Thomas Rhett, and Charlie Worsham — a talented crew of country stars on the rise. Each of the artists will take the stage on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Nashville Convention Center for radio programmers and key industry personnel.
This annual industry event takes place during the Country Radio Seminar, and the new artist showcase event officially closes out the three-day seminar. The New Faces Show is one of the most anticipated performances each year at CRS, as it allows these new artists the opportunity to showcase their talents to radio and industry professionals.
Congratulations to these phenomenal new artists who were selected by radio personnel to perform at this year’s CRS New Faces event! We are eager for what each of these artists has in store for us in 2014!
In Nashville last week, the annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS) took place. Country music stars were out in abundance at various special events providing everyone in attendance with great performances, brand new songs, cool collaborations, and a whole lot of fun!
One of the biggest nights during CRS week is the Sony Boat Show, and Kelly Clarkson sure did wow the crowd this year!
Clarkson debuted a new song titled, “Ain’t Gonna Like This,” which she co-wrote with her long-time guitarist and close friend, Aben Eubanks. If you follow Clarkson’s career, you will know that a Clarkson-Eubanks collab always results in some great music.
In the song, Clarkson references her musical heroes and influences, and sings her love for all genres of music. “Singin’ what I’m feelin’ inside/I don’t care what it is, what you call it, here it is.” … If you don’t like Reba/If you don’t like Trisha/If you don’t like Aretha/I don’t even wanna meet ya/If none of my heroes make your list/Well then you ain’t gonna like this.” (Big thank-you to Aben Eubanks for the correct lyrics.)
To top off the excitement over the new country track, Clarkson had a little help from her friends, The Pistol Annies, who provided the background vocals for the performance.
Twitter was abuzz with compliments for the song as well as for Clarkson and the Annies. They even got a standing O!
Some of my favorite tweets from the night:
@JosephHudak3: @kelly_clarkson is playing the Sony boat and I may lose my mind. Her voice is That Good. #CRS2013 — Joseph Hudak
@shaunridder: It’s official, @kellyclarkson IS country. We love her. How can you not? #Adorable #CRS2013 @sonynashville — Shaun Ridder
@Linda1Ryan: Woah! @kelly_clarkson cutting it up with the @pistolannies #sonyboatshow #rockinmyworld — Linda Ryan
We hope this song is going to be released to country radio soon. It has the makings of a mega hit written all over it. With its rockin’ country soul vibe, it would be a great follow-up to her current hit ballad, “Don’t Rush.”
And no, Kelly, we don’t like the song… we love it!
There are not any high quality videos of the performance yet, but you can still hear most of the song and hear Clarkson wail some super high notes as only she can. Check it out below.
How do you make a good week a great week? Share your success with others. Case in point: DJ Miller.
The up-and-coming country singer made the rounds at the Country Radio Seminar last week in Nashville. He had plenty to talk about, thanks to his single “Between Sundays,” which entered the Billboard country chart as a “Hot Shot Debut” at #58. In addition, March is shaping up to be “magazine month” for Miller. For March, he’s featured on the cover of PowersourceMagazine and the “Debut Spotlight” in CMA CloseupMagazine.
Miller celebrated his success by performing for some very special fans. Thursday night, he took a break from CRS to entertain at the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville, which provides a “home away from home” for families caring for critically ill children in Nashville area hospitals. Miller performed his “Between Sundays,” and played acoustic versions of “The Dance” and “Wagon Wheel.” After the performance, Miller signed autographs, posed for photos and even gave an impromptu guitar lesson to a young fan. (See the video below.)
As if we needed another reason to love Gary, Jay, and Joe Don!
Rascal Flatts have always been very involved in various charities throughout their career, and this year they are being honored at the Country Radio Seminar on February 22nd as the 2012 Artist Humanitarian Award recipients.
The trio donated $3 million to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s Pediatric Surgery Center in 2010. The super group also serves as spokespersons for the national suicide prevention organization, The Jason Foundation, and have been members of the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet for seven years.
CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne stated:
“The board is very pleased to honor Rascal Flatts with the CRS Artist Humanitarian Award. They join a long, distinguished list of celebrities who have received this prestigious award since it was instated in 1990.”
The CRS Artist Humanitarian Award was created to honor country music artists who have displayed extraordinary humanitarian efforts during their career. Past recipients of the award include Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, among others.