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What do you get when you bring Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic, and Emily Brooke together for one night only? An evening jam-packed with incredible talent and fun, as well as the unique opportunity to see three extremely different artists team up to entertain one South Florida crowd. Sarah, Jenn, and Emily have decided to join forces with Tiki 52 (a Jupiter, Florida restaurant/bar) and Miller Lite on Wednesday night, February 26th, for a show like no other. In one show, the audience will get a well-known, long-time country artist with charted hits and television cameos galore; a country/pop artist with a collection of awards and acclaim in the United Kingdom; and an up and coming country artist who is sure to be among the next wave of young talent entering the music industry. And, as if that isn’t enough, the concert will benefit “For the Linds,” an organization created in memory of Warner Music Nashville’s Lindsay Walleman, who passed away from Sarcoma at the young age of twenty-eight. Does it get any better than this?
The name Dave Barnes is synonymous with awesome. By day, he’s an independent musician who just recently released his eighth studio album, Golden Days. By night, he’s a bit of a Nashville superhero, moonlighting as a mentor, award-winning songwriter, standup comedian, husband and new father.
We recently had the chance to chat with Dave about his new album, writing country hits, his incredible 12 year journey in the music industry and his big plans for 2014.
KIC: This is your 8th studio album – what can fans expect from Golden Days?
DB: Hopefully a subtle combination of more of what they hopefully like about what I do, while pushing the boundaries a bit musically and lyrically from what I’ve talked about and how I’ve done that before.
2014 just got even better for country music’s hottest DJ, RCA Nashville recording artist, Dee Jay Silver. He’s already the first country DJ to be signed by a major Nashville label, and later this week, he’ll be joining Brad Paisley‘s Beat This Winter Tour presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.
Dee Jay will join Paisley on a dozen dates starting January 10th and running through March 1st. The tour also features special guests Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery, with Silver keeping the crowd’s energy up between sets with his country mixing that is sure to include songs from his debut EP, Country Club.
Dee Jay Silver will be appearing on the following dates:
1/10 Pikeville, KY – Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center
1/11 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
1/23 Estero, FL – Germain Arena
1/24 Tallahassee, FL – Leon County Civic Center
1/25 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
2/13 Long Island, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
2/14 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
2/15 Manchester, MA – Verizon Wireless Arena
2/22 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
2/27 Ft. Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
2/28 Dayton, OH – Ervin J. Nutter Center
3/1 Charleston, WV - Charleston Civic Center
Thank-you to all of our KIC friends and readers for voting in our recent polls!
First we asked you to pick the Best Albums of 2013, and you did not disappoint!
Scotty McCreery and Danielle Bradbery fans showed up big time to vote for their favorites. It was a back and forth between the two at first. Bradbery’s self titled debut album had the lead for quite a while, but McCreery’s See You Tonight took the lead yesterday and won with 39% of the vote. Keith Urban and his Fuse album had a very strong showing too, and his fans brought him to the third spot. Blake Shelton, Cassadee Pope, and Kellie Pickler rounded out the Top 6 and also had solid support from the fans.
Here are your Top 10 Albums of 2013:
1. Scotty McCreery – See You Tonight
2. Danielle Bradbery – Danielle Bradbery
3. Keith Urban – Fuse
4. Blake Shelton – Based On A True Story
5. Cassadee Pope – Frame By Frame
6. Kellie Pickler – The Woman I Am
7. The Band Perry – Pioneer
8. Luke Bryan – Crash My Party
9. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer, Different Park
10. Brad Paisley – Wheelhouse
Our next polls were male & female Break-Out Artist for 2014.
Again, Danielle Bradbery fans brought in big numbers for the Break-out Female poll. Bradbery took the early lead and held it throughout the voting period. Caroline Kole came in at number two with Cassadee Pope finishing in third. It was a fight for second and third; only two votes separated Kole and Pope in the end and was a very close race.
Our Break-Out Male poll might be the most exciting. After countless requests and tweets for Casey James, we added him to the list of voting options. We have loved James since American Idol, and think he is very talented. It is just difficult to choose artists when you have to limit the voting options, but we are so glad you spoke out and we could include him.
And you really proved yourselves! Well done, Casey fans… he won with 38% of the vote. Thomas Rhett was an early favorite and held the lead for quite some time, before James topped him. Brett Eldredge had a solid showing as well and rounded out the Top 3.
And our final poll was Best Artist of 2013. We wanted to have a limited list here, and not have endless options. Our team chose who we thought were the top 5 artists of 2013 (Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, & Taylor Swift) and asked you to make the final decision. Voting was clear from the beginning and never wavered. Carrie Underwood is your pick for Best Artist of 2013. Shelton and Bryan finished second and third respectively.
There is a trend among our winners in these recent polls… Artists from American Idol and The Voice always have some of the most loyal fan bases around. We love how dedicated you are to your artists!
Thank-you all for making our polls a success and a great amount of fun for us! We really enjoy hearing your thoughts and opinions, so we appreciate your participation.
Until next time!
Adding to the tradition of one of college football’s premier bowl games, multi-platinum selling country superstar Dierks Bentley will headline the Discover Orange Bowl Halftime Show, while Danielle Bradbery will perform the National Anthem prior to kickoff tomorrow night, January 3, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.
It’s no secret that Blake Shelton is the most successful coach in the history of NBC’s The Voice. Not only has he won three times, but two of his winners have gone on to become two of country’s biggest rising stars. As he prepared to ring in 2014, Blake was joined by his two country ladies, Danielle Bradbery and Cassadee Pope, for a rousing performance of “Boys ‘Round Here.”
Watch the fun performance here:
For fans of Nashville-based singer-songwriter Dave Barnes, it is bound to be a very happy holidays. Barnes recently released his second Christmas album, A December To Remember. The singer-songwriter and GRAMMY and CMA nominee co-produced the follow up to his 2010 holiday album, Very Merry Christmas.
The album features six original tracks, such as “So, Santa” and “Better Than Christmas Day,” as well as five Christmas classics including “White Christmas” and “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
In addition to the holiday album, his next studio album “Golden Days” will hit stores on January 28th. Barnes also co-wrote ”Daughter of a Working Man” on Danielle Bradbery‘s recently released debut album.
Make sure to check out Dave’s HILARIOUS new Christmas video while you’re at it.
Exactly eight months ago today, a sweet, Texas-born and raised sixteen-year-old named Danielle Bradbery performed Taylor Swift‘s “Mean” on NBC’s The Voice. Fast forward three months and Danielle Bradbery was a household name as Season Four’s champion from Team Blake, coached by country megastar, Blake Shelton. Danielle’s self-titled debut album with record label Big Machine Records hit stores and iTunes today, and fans will not be disappointed in the project they have been anticipating since Danielle was declared “The Voice.”
Danielle’s album — a fifteen-track disc with four popular covers, two previously recorded songs, and nine originals — offers fans a little bit of everything from the youngest winner of The Voice and Team Blake protege. Fans are already familiar with tracks 12-15, all songs performed by Danielle on live television during the competition. “Jesus Take the Wheel,” “Born To Fly,” “Maybe It Was Memphis,” and “Who I Am” are some of Danielle’s fans’ favorite covers from The Voice, and are a throwback to Danielle’s music industry roots and a way to pay homage to where she came from.
Season Four The Voice champion, Danielle Bradbery of Team Blake, will be releasing her debut album, Danielle Bradbery, this Monday, November 25, 2013, just in time for the holidays. The album features Danielle’s debut single, which is climbing up the charts, Heart of Dixie.
The album includes several covers which Danielle performed on her season of The Voice, as well as many originals. Get ready to pick up your copy of Danielle Bradbery on Monday. It is a perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite country music fan!
Country artist, Emily Brooke, premiered her first music video, Dance Hall, at the beginning of this week. We are extremely happy for Emily and proud to support her in the early stages of her career!
To continue this week’s video launch party, we are having a Dance Hall video scavenger hunt! Everyone is welcome to participate in the event and e-mail their answers to the questions below to email@example.com by Friday, November 22nd, at 4:00pm EST. One winner will be selected to receive an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of Emily’s debut album, Here Right Now.
The following are the questions you can answer by watching Emily’s Dance Hall video:
1) What color is the lantern Emily Brooke carries in the video?
2) What’s on the dashboard of the truck, Emily Brooke rides in?
3) What color is Emily Brooke’s guitar KPO?
4) What’s the name of the location where Dance Hall was filmed? (Hint: it is on a sign somewhere on a truck!)
5) What type of bug has a lead role?
6) What city is printed on the front of the jukebox?
During the LIVE STREAM on Monday, November 18th, what did Emily Brooke call a “cassette tape” accidentally?
Once we receive all entries, we will draw one lucky fan’s name to receive a copy of Here Right Now! The contest starts HERE RIGHT NOW! You can watch the video below to help you uncover the answers to the questions above. Happy hunting, good luck, have fun, and thank you for supporting Emily!