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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.
The Ryman Auditorium is going to be adding another rising star to its roster. RCA Nashville artist Chris Young announced on Friday via Twitter, that he will be making his Nashville debut at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, November 15. Fellow Valory Music label mate Thomas Rhett and Columbia Records recording artist Joanna Smith will also join Young in his debut headlining performance.
Chris Young made his claim to fame after being crowned the winner of the American singing competition, Nashville Star in 2006. After winning, he signed a recording deal with RCA Records Nashville and has since released 3 albums that have produced three number one singles.
After releasing the exciting news to his Twitter followers, Young reminisced his first time hitting the Ryman Stage:
“The first time I set foot on the Ryman stage was an unbelievable experience. I am so grateful for the support of my hometown crowd all of these years and saying I can’t wait for this show is an obvious understatement”.
For more information on Chris and to purchase tickets, visit www.chrisyoungmusic.com.
While RCA Nashville’s Joanna Smith is busy on her nationwide tour promoting her new single “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” she’s launched a brand new “150 Things About Joanna” project. The 150 things will include fun facts including her favorite songs, artists, memories, her biggest pet peeves, and more from the spunky artist.
The 150 things kicked off on August 3rd and will go on until New Years Eve, which will end with her New Years Resolution. Joanna will also share pictures and videos as part of her 150 Things. So far, Joanna has shared her favorite book, how she wants to return to New Orleans, how she was grossed out by a gum wall in Seattle, and how she has the magical talent to always make her checked baggage come in under the 50 pound limit.
Joanna is in her fourth week of her “Joanna Smith For Today’s Country” campaign across the United States. Her radio tour has taken her from coast to coast, and she’s been filming Road-isodes while on her travels.
Sony Music Nashville artist Joanna Smith will not only be running her first half-marathon tomorrow, but she will also perform the American national anthem at the St. Jude Country Music Marathon Presented By Nissan. The event is expected to bring out more than 30,000 participants, for whom she’ll sing the anthem to before the marathon starts.
Joanna is passionate about St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital since she first visited several years ago. She’s asking fans who aren’t racing to help her raise money for the cause by joining “St Jude Heroes – Run For a Reason” and donating to help Joanna raise money to help fight childhood cancer.
“I’m so excited about being involved in the marathon,” said Joanna. ”When I think about the kids at St. Jude fighting for their lives, running 13 miles doesn’t seem like a lot. Singing the national anthem will give me lots of good nervous energy and adrenaline, so I think I’ll be good to go come race time!”
At the time of this posting, Joanna’s page has only raised $150 of her $750 goal – so come on country music fans! Help her reach her goal by tomorrow.
Columbia/BNA Records artist Joanna Smith will be performing the National Anthem at the 10th Annual Lifesaver Breakfast, hosted by the Nashville chapter of the Red Cross. The event takes place Thursday, April 12th at the Lipscomb University Allen Arena. The event will honor military veterans in the Nashville community. The American Red Cross will celebrate 130 years of service to the 101st Airborne Division based in Fort Campbell. Honored guest Major General James McConville, the commanding officer of the 101st Airborne Divison, will accept the “Service to Excellence Award” on behalf of the 101st Airborne and provide remarks. Sherri Brown, American Red Cross’ National Senior Vice-President of Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) will also speak at the breakfast.
“To sing our nation’s anthem at a Red Cross event that is honoring the military is a very special opportunity for me. The Red Cross has been proudly serving our country for over 130 years, and for them to intersect at an event with the Tennessee 101st Airborne provides a unique chance for me give my thanks for all they do for my fellow Americans!”
This year, the American Red Cross is expecting over 600 of Nashville’s most influential business and community leaders at the event, which will ensure the necessary financial funding to provide the core humanitarian services of the organization, including lifesaving services, local disaster response and service to the Armed Forces.
It’s the time of year when traveling quickly becomes a headache, and that was the case for country music singer Joanna Smith last week. After her plane was late in New York, she had to rush to make it to her show at Huntington. She made it – with only moments to spare, but didn’t have time to do her hair and makeup on her own.
That’s when American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina stepped in. Lauren curled Joanna’s hair for her, since they were both performing at the concert, and got her friend all ready to hit the stage – and on-time!
We had the pleasure of speaking with Joanna Smith Friday afternoon in-between her Nashville studio sessions working on her new album. The “Gettin’ Married” singer is coming back with a new sound that’s true to who she is, without anymore proud-to-be-a-Georgia-peach songs this time around! Find out what Joanna has been up to, what she expects this time around, how she became friends with Luke Bryan, writing “Kissing in Public” about a popular Nashville songwriter friend (who shall remain nameless), and what it was like moving to Nashville all on her own to follow her dream in our exclusive interview with the “Georgia Mud” singer. It was a fun interview with a proud Southern girl who has a very important message for her friend Cody Johnson:
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 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.