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INTERVIEW: CMA Award Winner and Grammy Nominee Deana Carter

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She is likely best known for her debut single, “Strawberry Wine,” but singer/songwriter Deana Carter has a plethora of albums, songwriting credits, award nominations, and a CMA Award on her shelf. Admittedly, I bought Deana’s first album in 1996 (with the hologram cover, thank you very much!) and I couldn’t resist kicking off our interview with a play on the CMA Awards Album of the Year Nominee Did I Shave My Legs For This? So, to answer the burning question you all have, no, Deana did not, in fact, shave her legs for our interview. She also did not imbibe any strawberry wine because “it’s not Friday yet!” After I got these (likely) very much anticipated references to Deana’s breakout project out of the way, I was able to hone in on what this talented, poised, hardworking, and unbelievably sweet musician has been doing as of late.

Lucy Hale’s Album “Road Between” Set For June 3rd Release

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Country music newcomer, Lucy Hale, recently revealed plans to release her country debut album in late spring. Lucy’s debut record, Road Between, will release June 3rd on DMG Nashville/Bigger Picture Group.

“This has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl singing Faith Hill and Shania Twain songs into my hairbrush in the mirror,” reveals Lucy. “It was both exciting and scary for me to be so vulnerable making this album, and it’s turned out to be something genuinely me and something I’m really proud to share.”

The exciting news doesn’t stop here for Lucy! She has been invited to make her debut on the Grand Ole Opry this Friday, February 21, 2014!

Congratulations to Lucy! Let us know what you are looking forward to most as Lucy’s bright country music career progresses!

Exclusive Interview: Paul Jolley

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If you know the name Paul Jolley, chances are you were introduced to him by a little show named American Idol. If you don’t know the name Paul Jolley yet, it’s time we change that for you.

Upon chatting with Paul, he’s astonishingly humble, earnest and grateful for each opportunity that this crazy journey has afforded him. Although he’s already accomplished much, he’s got big dreams and even bigger talent.

Growing up in Tennessee, Paul was the kind of kid who always had a microphone in his hand. From organizing bedroom performances for his parents to appearing as a special guest performer during his school’s choir concerts in Kindergarten (he was too young to actually join the choir), it was immediately evident that he was bound for big things. As soon as he was able, he joined the choir, competed in talent shows and performed anywhere people would listen.

These performances included opening gigs for some legendary country artists, including Aaron Tippin, Billy Dean, Chely Wright and Lorrie Morgan. It was one of these opening gigs with Billy Dean that would change his life, as shortly after opening for the legend, he received a call from a radio station in Bowling Green, Kentucky, inviting him to come audition for American Idol.

Initially, Paul was hesitant, admitting that he auditioned three times previously and never made it past the first round. “I said I’d audition if I was off work,” Paul recalls. “It ended up that I was off work that day, which was weird because I never got off. I guess it was all just part of God’s plan getting me off work that day.”

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Kari & Billy

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Kari Nelson and Billy Arnold (collectively referred to as Kari & Billy) are a couple bound by love and marriage, as well as their talents for music. Kari has toured with John Rich and Big & Rich, and has also played with artists such as Gretchen Wilson, Steel Magnolia, Trace Adkins, and Joanna Smith. Billy has played shows with Craig Morgan, Tracy Byrd, Daryle Singletary, Rhett Atkins, Mark Wills, Vern Gosdin, Aaron Tippin, Confederate Railroad, Chad Brock, David Kersh and more. Despite their successful pasts and distinct backgrounds, the two crossed paths and decided to travel down one road, hand-in-hand, and take the journey through music as a pair.

Exclusive Interview: Mandy Barnett

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Mandy Barnett is a Tennessee born and raised country singer who got her start at the ripe old age of five years old. Mandy knew music was her calling because “it was just natural. It was something that just flowed from me early on.” Mandy began by singing at church and soon progressed to performing at Dollywood for a couple of summers. In fact, Mandy was involved with Dollywood during its inaugural year and was fortunate enough to even perform with the legendary Dolly Parton. Because of her involvement with Dollywood at that time, Mandy had the unique honor of singing Happy Birthday to Dolly as Dolly was lifted out of a cake. When asked about her experience with Dolly, as an aspiring singer at such a young age, Mandy explained that it was “really exciting.” Mandy continued to tell us about how Dolly is “such a sweet person, and when you meet Dolly, you are meeting a real star. She’s very humble and very sweet, and there’s just an aura about her that is something else. She is iconic, as you like to describe her.”

Deana Carter Takes Over SiriusXM’s Prime Country

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She’s back, and hopefully she shaved her legs for this! Award-winning multi-platinum singer/songwriter, Deana Carter, is preparing for her December 2nd release of her new studio album, Southern Way Of Life. In anticipation of the album, on Tuesday, November 26th, Deana will take over SiriusXM’s Prime Country, Channel 58. Aptly called “Deana Day,” the channel will showcase Deana’s music throughout the day, featuring exclusive performances throughout a twenty-four hour block.

Additionally, the video for the lead single “Do or Die,” exclusively premiered on USAToday.com to celebrate Deana’s upcoming trip to New York where she will perform on December 4th and 5th at the famous Joe’s Pub as part of the critically-acclaimed CMA Songwriter Series.

“I am so anxious to share this new music with everyone,” says Deana. “I know it has been a really long time since I have released anything and a lot of people are hitting me up on my socials wanting to know. Well, Cyber Monday it is. This has been a very cathartic process for me. I am so proud to be able to say that this is the debut on Little Nugget Records as well,” she continues.

On this, her sixth release, Deana is in full swing in promoting her new music. She recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut, which was a life-long dream for the Nashville native, as well as opening her Little Nugget Records, a tribute to her father’s Nugget Records and has been writing for her next project and for film and television.

Check out Deana’s video on USAToday.com, and make sure to tune into SiriusXM’s Prime Country to get a little bit of “Strawberry Wine” on your Tuesday before Thanksgiving!

Exclusive Interview: Janelle Arthur

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Janelle Arthur (@JanelleOArthur) is perhaps best known, at this time, as a contestant from Season 12 of American Idol. A true beauty, inside and out, the Tennessean country singer and guitarist left her life behind and embarked on the journey that so many hope to experience, but a mere few ever will. After placing fifth in a season of the most epic singing competition to ever land on American television, Janelle has been hard at work launching her solo career. We were fortunate to catch up with the incredibly sweet, personable, and inspiring artist to discuss her childhood, Idol journey, and what her bright musical future holds.

Janelle was born in Oliver Springs, Tennessee and began singing certain words before she could even speak them. Immediately it became clear that music was going to be a huge part of Janelle’s life. From that point forward, Janelle began performing around her hometown and in school, which led to a gig that most country-loving kids would be beyond honored to land. At eight-years-old, Janelle was cast as a young Dolly Parton at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Janelle’s mom was instrumental in her landing the part, as, after seeing an advertisement for the show in Country Weekly, she called Dollywood and inquired as to whether a child performer was needed. The phone call took place at just the right time, as production was looking for a little girl Janelle’s age to portray Dolly. Janelle’s mom asked if she could bring her to the audition, and thereafter, without hesitation, Janelle was immediately cast in the role.

5th Annual “Opry Goes Pink”

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It’s a very special night for a very important cause.

The Grand Ole Opry is joining Women Rock For The Cure for their 5th Annual “Opry Goes Pink” event. Each year, an artist is chosen to flip the switch to turn the Opry’s signature barn backdrop pink. This year, LeAnn Rimes has that honor.

The special night will take place on October 22nd. Joining Rimes to perform that evening are Amy Grant, Pam Tillis, Mandisa, Natalie Grant, and Lorrie Morgan. Activities honoring survivors and in memoriam of those lost will also take place throughout the event.

Five dollars for every ticket sold go to Women Rock For The Cure to benefit breast cancer awareness.

Women certainly do rock and we will rock for a cure!

For more information and tickets, visit: http://www.opry.com/.

 

Carrie Underwood Opry News

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Big Opry news for Carrie Underwood! Two things…

First, the six-time Grammy winner performed her seventh Opry sold-out show of the summer this past Saturday, August 10. That is a pretty amazing accomplishment. Congratulations, Carrie!

Second, Underwood is the host of a new Grand Ole Opry radio advertising campaign. The campaign will feature Underwood reflecting on her 5th anniversary as an Opry member and inviting fans to visit Nashville. It will air next week in regional markets as well as on the Opry’s nationally syndicated radio program, America’s Opry Weekend.

During an Opry performance earlier this summer celebrating the big 5th anniversary, an on-stage video reel displayed some of her past Opry moments. The country star was overwhelmed by it all:

It’s so hard to believe it’s been five years, but what an amazing five years it has been. Just watching that video, I was getting a little teary-eyed, thinking about how I felt when all of that was happening. And I still feel that blessed and that honored to be on this stage.

Little Jimmy Dickens to Begin Short-Term Radiation Treatments

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Little Jimmy Dickens. who is practically synonymous with the Grand Ole Opry. The 92-year-old Opry icon has been noticeably M.I.A. from the Opry stage for most of 2013 will begin short-term radiation treatment next week to treat a pre-cancerous condition on his vocal chords. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

“I can’t begin to express my sincere gratitude for the thoughts and prayers that are being sent my way,” Dickens said. “My family and I appreciate the support, and I can’t wait to return home to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in one of my favorite rhinestone suits someday soon.”

The Opry is inviting fans from around the world to send cards and letters of support and well-wishes. Correspondence should be mailed to the address below:
Jimmy Dickens
c/o Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214