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Exclusive Interview: Introducing Two Story Road

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If you attended Sunday night’s incredible StageIt show with JillandKate, you were already introduced to new country duo, Two Story Road. This husband and wife team won over a ton of fans with their incredible harmonies and infectious enthusiasm, but will continue scoring new fans with each performance and song release. We had the chance to chat with Brandon and Jamie (Jamelle) Fraley before the show about everything from their musical history and solo successes to their favorite date spot and biggest musical inspirations.
KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing?
 
TSR: We both have been singing and performing our whole lives. Most of our singing growing up was done in church. We were both very active in our high school choirs, singing at various competitions. We moved to Nashville (Brandon from OH and Jamelle from VA) to attend Belmont University and both graduated as vocal majors with a degree in Music.  
 
KIC: How did you each end up with your solo gigs? Was it straight from Belmont to big stage?
 
Brandon: I was lucky enough to get a co-publishing deal with Sony Music Publishing right out of college and started collaborating as a programmer with Tommy Sims, a Grammy award winning writer & producer in town, on various records that he was working on. Eventually my name circulated around Nashville and I found myself getting a call to audition for Gretchen Wilson. The same thing happened a few years later in regards to touring with Danny Gokey. Nashville is definitely a town where the more you can grow your “network”, the better off you’ll be. 
 
Jamie: Since Brandon graduated a few years before I did, he had a bit of a head start, but I was able to meet everyone he was working with. Right before I graduated from Belmont, Brandon was working with Jaci Velasquez on her “Unspoken” album. Over the course of that album, Jaci and I became friends and 2 months after I graduated, I found myself singing background vocals on her tour. I stayed with her for a little over 4 years. While on tour with Jaci, I also sang with two other notable Christian groups, Avalon, and Point Of Grace. Through all of that, I met and became friends with bass player Mark Childers who later became the band leader for Carrie Underwood. Mark was nice enough to give me the chance to audition to be Carrie’s background singer when the position became available and the rest is history! 

Two Acts, Two Duos, One Night, One Great Cause

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As you all know, we are having our next Stageit show this Sunday, October 20th, at 8:00pm EST with one of our staff’s favorite duos, JillandKate. However, the night just got even better, as Jill and Kate have teamed up with country music duo, Two Story Road, and the two duos will share the Keepin’ It Country Blog Presents Stageit stage as our first collaborative show to date!

We have introduced you to Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier in the past, but the girls have done so much since our initial exclusive interview with them exactly one year ago that we need to boast about some of their achievements and projects. When we introduced you to JillandKate, the girls were working hard on promoting their album Heart of Stone. The girls continue to perform their music, while continuing to entertain their fans with new and unreleased songs in their catalogs, blogging, making music videos, creating jewelry, and flying up the iTunes charts. They have also released the live version of Heart of Stone, which continues to prove why these girls are on their way to being one of the hottest duos in Nashville.

Two Story Road is categorized as a “new” country duo, but make no mistake — Jamelle and Brandon are no strangers to the country music scene! Both Belmont University graduates, Jamelle and Brandon have each hit the road with some of country music’s biggest acts and have worked with some of Nashville’s most prestigious executives. Jamelle has worked closely with Tommy Sims (Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton, and Sheryl Crow), but perhaps her biggest gig to date has been touring as a background vocalist for country powerhouse, Carrie Underwood. Brandon is also quite familiar with touring with extremely well-known artists, as he hit the road with Gretchen Wilson and Danny Gokey, also hitting the stage with Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and Sugarland. After years of hitting the road separately, the talented couple decided to merge their talents, working with Tommy Sims and Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Sara Evans), and are ready to travel their future musical path as a united front. As so eloquently stated on http://www.twostoryroad.com, the Fraleys bring to the table “[t]wo incredible stories, finally traveling down the same road.”

We are so excited to see these two duos come together on Sunday night on our very own stage. This is history in the making and would hate for any of you to miss this event! To purchase your Stageit ticket (which is conveniently “pick your price”), click here. Remember, all ticket proceeds are benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so not only are you going to experience fantastic music, but you will be supporting an amazing cause!

Danny Gokey welcomes baby boy

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Congratulations to Danny Gokey and his wife Layicet! The pair welcomed their first baby, son Daniel Emanuel Gokey, on Sunday, January 20th. Daniel weighed in at 8 lbs 11 oz. and arrived at 9:52 pm, Danny confirms to PEOPLE magazine.

In the interview with People magazine, Danny said:

“Leyicet and I are overjoyed to welcome the new member of our family. I’m ecstatic to be a first time dad and to have a new little buddy to hang out with.

“Thankfully, because of what I do, it will also allow me the flexibility to spend a lot of quality time with him. I have so many exciting projects ahead this year but a brand new baby is an amazing way to get the new year started. We feel really blessed!”

The couple wed a year ago in Florida. It’s the second marriage for Danny, who lost his first wife to heart disease in 2008.

Danny Gokey Announces 3rd Annual Cruise for Sophia’s Heart

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Season 8 American Idol finalist Danny Gokey will be bringing some of his biggest fans on a cruise in support of his charity, Sophia’s Heart. It’s the third annual Cruise For Sophia’s Heart Foundation, and those guests that book their cabins by October 31st will be able to attend a special VIP cocktail reception on embarkation day! The special VIP reception will include a private meet-and-greet with Danny, Kris Allen, and Jamar Rogers, and an intimate performance by all three guests. The Cruise will leave Port Canaveral, Florida on February 24th for a four-day cruise in the Bahamas.

Danny is pretty excited about 2013′s edition of the fundraiser. He shares:

 “I’m excited that we get to do this benefit cruise again for the third year.  Last year’s cruise raised over $23,000 to help fund our programming, which was a tremendous blessing to the families who have come through Sophia’s Heart this year.  Everyone that knows me knows Sophia’s Heart is a huge part of my life and I’m so thankful for all the support over the past few years.”

Since moving to Nashville following American Idol, Danny has been busy helping homeless children and families in a 77,000 square foot facility donated to Sophia’s Heart in late 2010. The proceeds from the cruise will allow Sophia’s Heart to support compassion programs in Nashville including homeless children, families and efforts to assist victims rescued from human trafficking.

To book a cabin on the 3rd Annual Cruise for Sophia’s Heart, please visit www.sophiasheart.org or contact Sophia’s Heart Cruise Hotline at 1-888-644-4349.

Country Cast For “The Big Bang Theory”

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March Madness is making me a little, well, a little mad.  It’s now been two straight weeks that basketball has bounced The Big Bang Theory from CBS’ Thursday night lineup.

Along with being a huge fan of country music, I (along with millions of others) am also a big fan of the show.  The cast may be perfect down to the last micro-particle, but I’m going to mess with it anyway with this little “waiting for a new episode” time killer.

I’ve decided to replace the show’s regular stars with country stars who might be good at getting their geek on.  (For those who are old enough to remember it, insert the Folgers Crystals reference here.)  Please know that I’m in no way calling out the coolness of any of the singers included in the casting.  If anything, it should be seen as an honor to be picked for a place in the ultimate geek squad.

Some of the cast members were picked because they kind of look like the originals.  Others were picked because of the attitude they would bring to the role.  One choice is simply for the comedy of forcing this person to play the part.  Will you are agree or disagree with the casting?  Or will you have some ideas of your own?

Continue reading to see the country cast of The Big Bang Theory:

Danny Gokey Announces Engagement

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Season 8 American Idol alum and country singer, Danny Gokey, has announced his engagement to girlfriend, Leyicet Peralta.  The couple shared the news on sophiasheart.org, a foundation Gokey created in honor of his late wife in order to help children and families touched by poverty, sickness, broken homes, and other hardships.

The couple shared:

“We are thankful for so many of the blessings God has given us.  It is our desire to see homeless children and families be kept together and lifted back on their feet through the help of Sophia’s Heart. We love and appreciate you all.”

~ Danny & Leyicet

The couple is planning a wedding for late January 2012, and has requested that all wedding gifts be in the form of donations to Sophia’s Heart Foundation. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.

Congratulations to Danny & Leyicet! We wish you all of the best.

How Sony Music’s Restructuring Effects Country Music

Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley.

Country music fans have been a little worried and confused this week over the announcement of Sony Music’s restructuring of its labels. While no major acts have been dropped, a lot of shuffling has gone on. We have the new artist lists by label here for you to help ease that confusion while the official websites get caught up and switch over. With the removal of Columbia Nashville, Miranda Lambert and the Pistol Annies were one of the acts switched to a different branch of Sony Music Nashville.

For a full list of how it effected country, click the “read more” button.

Steel Magnolia joins CW’s Fashion Show Lineup

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Steel Magnolia and Joe Nichols are the latest acts added on to the Country Weekly Fashion Show lineup. The event is part of the Musician’s on Call program, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in America. Both Steel Magnolia and Nichols will perform at the event, while other country stars will walk the catwalk. Hosted by Suzanne Alexander, the full list of participants is below the cut.  You can catch this special event in Nashville on June 7th. Tickets are available on ticketmaster.com.

Country Music Marathon starts Saturday

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Over 300,000 runners will be participating in the Country Music Marathon and Half-Marathon Sunday in Nashville. This event is in its 12th year and stands out by having over 50 bands and artists playing on 28 different stages during the event. Danny Gokey will be singing the national anthem before the start of the race. Montgomery Gentry are headlining the post-race concert at the Bridgestone Arena. The race starts at 7 am Saturday at Centennial Park. Online registration has ended, but late runners can still sign up in-person at the Health & Fitness Expo today.