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Whitney Houston’s impact on the music world spread far beyond pop and R&B. Country stars were also influenced by the Houston, who died this past Sunday.
A little proof of this was seen Monday night in Phoenix, AZ. That’s where Katie Armiger (along with Thompson Square) was taking part in the KMLE “Partners In Hope Concert” benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Armiger finished her set with her current single “Scream.” But she topped it off with a tip of the hat to Houston, by mashing-up the song with the always stirring “I Will Always Love You.” (Yes, it was originally Dolly Parton’s song but Whitney made it hers.)
The mash-up starts at about the 2:40 mark. Two things to watch for: 1) the crowd’s reaction at the end of the song and 2) the percussionist on the right who really seems to be enjoying the moment! (But then again, maybe he’s always that way…)
Katie Armiger of Cold River Records had her website hacked by an unnamed person or group on Sunday. Thousands of ugly messages were sent out to 65,000 of the singer’s fans by the hacker that were vulgar and offensive in nature. No one has yet been named as the parties involved in the breach, but the label has promised the security hole has been fixed since and issued out an apology to her fans today.
“As you may have heard, KATIE’s website was hacked and over 65,000 e-mails went out that were offensive and vulgar. MUSIC CITY NETWORKS has fixed the security breach and hopefully this won’t happen to any other artist. We know who did it and we have his online confession. The hacker’s e-mail targeted KATIE’s fans and did not target Country radio. KATIE is the world’s biggest sweetheart and wants all of her friends and supporters at Country radio to know that she loves and cherishes their outpouring of support and well wishes through this malicious attack.” – Pete O’Heeron, President Cold River Records.
Armiger is set to open for Darius Rucker this Friday in Atchinson, Kansas. Arminger released “Confessions Of A Nice Girl” last year. She’s currently promoting her latest single from the album, “I Do, But Do I?”
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.