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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Caroline Kole

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When you speak to Caroline Kole (or hear her speak), you cannot even fathom that she is a teenager. While we had been familiar with Caroline’s name in the past, we fell in love with her during the recent CMA Awards preshow when she walked the red carpet. Caroline has an intelligence, wit, and poise about her that makes her quite the teenage anomaly. However, when Caroline explained to us that she has been involved in music for half of her life, it became clear that Caroline, as a whole, is an exception to the rule. While you may find Caroline studying for an upcoming Physics test and keeping up-to-date on her school assignments one day, you could find her opening for Reba McEntire the next. And, by virtue of her humble, grateful attitude, Caroline might seem like an everyday teenager … but let’s be real, there is nothing run of the mill about her!

Kelly Clarkson Helps Raise A Record-Breaking $106,000 for Musicians On Call Nashville

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On November 14th, Musicians On Call (MOC) Nashville held their 6th Anniversary Celebration presented by Citi with the help of multi-genre superstar Kelly Clarkson. The 3-time Grammy Award winner played an intimate show to a sold-out crowd at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville.

Clarkson helped raise over an impressive $106,000, marking the night as the highest-earning event ever for MOC Nashville.

“When I first learned about MOC, it appealed to me for so many reasons,” shares Clarkson. “I love how it creates opportunities for musicians to play for kids and bring music to the families who are spending their time, especially during holidays, in the hospitals away from the comfort of their homes.”

As always, Clarkson shined and wowed the crowd with her talent and personality as she performed some of her biggest hits as well as a few songs from her new Christmas album, Wrapped In Red. True to her generous spirit, Clarkson also donated her 2012 American Music Awards performance dress to Hard Rock Cafe for display in its world-famous memorabilia collection in exchange for a $9,000 contribution to MOC Nashville.

MOC expanded to Nashville in April 2007, and has continued to grow ever since. The branch now has 12 weekly programs within 7 area healthcare facilities, and its volunteers have played for more than 70,000 patients, family, and staff.

“This is by far the biggest event to date for Musicians On Call Nashville,” said Dana Sones, MOC Nashville’s Program Director. “We are beyond grateful to Kelly Clarkson for donating her time and talent to help celebrate our sixth anniversary. This event not only celebrates how far we’ve come in six short years, but allows us to expand our programs to bring music to even more individuals in the years to come.”

The night also included a VIP cocktail reception and auction bidding, including autographed items from Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Tim McGraw.

All of the proceeds from the 6th Anniversary Celebration directly benefit MOC Nashville and its mission to bring music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

Needless to say, a night very well spent… a wonderful event by an amazing organization! Thank-you to MOC and Kelly Clarkson for bringing the gift of music to those who need it most.

For more information about MOC, please visit www.MusiciansOnCall.org.

Kelly Clarkson Films Guest Appearance on ABC’S “Nashville”

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Kelly Clarkson has sure been busy lately. Between getting married, releasing her brilliant Christmas album, Wrapped In Red, appearing at the CMA Awards and erm, getting busy (TMI Alert!), it’s amazing she has time for anything else. However, Clarkson paid a visit to music-city’s most famous residents yesterday to tape a guest spot on ABC’s hit show, Nashville.

Speaking to extra from the TV set, Clarkson revealed, “This is just me being a part of a show. I’m really a big fan. I’m playing me, so there’s not as much pressure.”

She also spoke candidly about her recent marriage and her much buzzed about appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

CMA Awards Favorite Moments

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Another CMA Awards night has come and gone, but certain moments left lasting impressions on our staff. If you follow us on Twitter, you know we spent the majority of the show cracking on Sheryl Crow‘s hair, Dolly Parton‘s assets, Zac Brown Band‘s beards, and Kacey Musgraves‘ b****y resting face. While those particular things set the stage for our jokes, puns, and #sarcastictweets, our staff compiled a list of our other favorite moments of the night. The following are those award show memories that are ingrained in our minds:

47th Annual CMA Awards Winners

2013 CMA Awards

See below for all of the winners for the 47th Annual CMA Awards! How close were you with your predictions?

2013 CMA Awards Winners:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift


Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big and Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Sugarland
Civil Wars
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year

Lee Brice
Brett Eldredge
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves

Album of the Year

Blake Shelton, ‘Based on a True Story’
Carrie Underwood, ‘Blown Away’
Taylor Swift, ‘Red’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Same Trailer Different Park’
Little Big Town, ‘Tornado’

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)

Lee Brice, ‘I Drive Your Truck’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Merry Go Round’
Little Big Town, ‘Pontoon’
Darius Rucker, ‘Wagon Wheel’

Single of the Year

Florida Georgia Line, ‘Cruise’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Keith Urban and Taylor Swift), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Kacey Musgraves, ‘Merry Go Round’
Darius Rucker, ‘Wagon Wheel’

Musical Event of the Year

Blake Shelton (Feat. Pistol Annies), ‘Boys ‘Round Here’
Florida Georgia Line (Feat. Nelly), ‘Cruise’
Kelly Clarkson (Feat. Vince Gill), ‘Don’t Rush’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Keith Urban and Taylor Swift), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Jason Aldean (Feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church), ‘The Only Way I Know’

Music Video of the Year

Carrie Underwood, ‘Blown Away’
Blake Shelton (Feat. Pistol Annies), ‘Boys ‘Round Here’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Downtown’
Tim McGraw (Feat. Keith Urban and Taylor Swift), ‘Highway Don’t Care’
Miranda Lambert, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’
Little Big Town, ‘Tornado’

Musician of the Year

Sam Bush
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
Mac McAnally

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

REVIEW: Adley Stump’s EP “Like This”

Adley Stump Like This EP

The Voice contestant and friend to Keepin’ It Country, Adley Stump, released a four-track EP today, entitled Like This. Like This features four extremely different tracks, ranging from angry to sad and sassy to vulnerable. Adley explores love lost on different levels, whether it is because of a man who puts up walls and is afraid to let someone in or whether that man ended up sneaking around with someone else. As Miranda Lambert sings in Baggage Claim, “behind every woman scorned is a man who made her that way;” and if these tracks are indicative of Adley scorned, we are sorry to tell you, Adley, but we hope you stay that way!

Keepin’ It Country’s CMA Predictions

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The CMA’s are upon as once again, so the Keepin’ It Country Staff narrowed down our picks for the night’s biggest awards. Let us know who you agree with!

Entertainer of the Year Nominees: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift

Nicole: It’s not an easy choice here, and there’s definitely the obvious inclusion of George Strait for sentimental reasons, but I have to give this to Blake. He played a huge summer tour, anchors the judging panel on The Voice season after season and put out quite a few huge hits. He’s arguably the biggest thing in country right now so I have to give it to him.

Jessica: Luke Bryan has had a huge year, and I think he’s taken one of the top spots in country music right now. You can’t deny those dance moves!

Jennifer: Luke Bryan – With sold out shows across the country and yet another #1 hit song (despite Zac Brown’s disdain for said song), no one is killing it on radio or on the road quite like Luke.

Jeanna: Blake Shelton or Taylor Swift? Both have really helped broaden the country music audience and impact the genre in such a significant way. Taylor is massive with her sold out tours worldwide and cross-over success. Blake is the face of the genre at the present time, and he has helped put country on the map and bring it to focus with The Voice. Luke Bryan had a big year and is a possibility too. However, I feel like it’s Blake’s time for this right now so I’m giving this one to him.

POLL: 2013 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year

2013 CMA Female Vocalist

Our girls are up next… CMA Female Vocalist of the Year!

It’s a pretty stacked category. Who gets your vote?

CMA 2013: Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Carrie Underwood (53%, 258 Votes)
  • Miranda Lambert (23%, 111 Votes)
  • Kelly Clarkson (18%, 90 Votes)
  • Taylor Swift (4%, 18 Votes)
  • Kacey Musgraves (2%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 487

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Ashley Monroe Marries John Danks

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The final Pistol Annie is officially off the market! Congrats are in order for Ashley Monroe, who wed her longtime boyfriend, John Danks of the Chicago WhiteSox. The pair married on Thursday evening, October 24, at Blackberry Farms in Knoxville, Tennessee. The ceremony was held at the same location as Kelly Clarkson‘s picturesque wedding just four days earlier, and  included the bride arriving at the ceremony via horse-drawn carriage in a custom Haute Hippie gown while her groom wore Armani.

The wedding was officiated by Blake Shelton, while the bride’s best friend and the officiant’s wife, Miranda Lambert, served as maid of honor. “They’re my dearest friends,” Monroe told PEOPLE. “And we wanted someone with personality to marry us!”

And Ashley was no bridezilla leading up to the wedding. “Miranda was the one who cared about all the details!” said Monroe to PEOPLE. “It was magical.”

Congrats to the happy couple!

Kelly Clarkson Shares Beautiful Wedding Video

Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock Wedding

It’s wedded bliss throughout the Kelly Clarkson fandom!

As we posted yesterday, the multi-genre superstar tied it up with Starstruck talent manager, Brandon Blackstock, this weekend. Yesterday, the new Mrs. Blackstock shared a few amazingly gorgeous pictures from the day leaving all of us on cloud nine with her. And today, she erupted twitter when she shared a beautiful wedding video. It’s the sweetest thing ever.

We’re all kind of obsessed with all things Clarkson-Blackstock right now, and we don’t mind one bit!

We couldn’t be happier for Kelly. Congratulations again, Mr. & Mrs. Blackstock! Thank-you for sharing with us!

Here is the video by her videographer, Weiss Eubanks. It is set to “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin. Perfect!

Brandon and Kelly Blackstock from Weiss Eubanks Films on Vimeo.

And in case you missed the pictures by Archetype Studio, Inc., check them out:

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Kelly Clarkson Brandon Blackstock Wedding

Kelly Clarkson Wedding