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Donate for Maddie

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Earlier this year, we came across the story of Maddie Higgins, a young Texas girl battling terminal brain cancer. The story came to us because one of Maddie’s final wishes was to meet Kelly Clarkson, but the story touched all of us in more ways than we could’ve imagined.

Thanks to Kinsley’s Kure, Maddie was able to have some of her dreams come true. She experienced snow in Texas in July and had the opportunity to Skype with Kelly Clarkson. Last Sunday, she was set to attend Kelly’s show in Dallas and meet the singer, but became extremely ill and was unable to attend. Just hours later, Maddie passed away with her parents by her side.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Higgins Family during this difficult time. Although Maddie’s time on Earth was way too short, she touched strangers across the world, and we are extremely grateful for the chance to have “known” her.

If you’d like to donate to help with Maddie’s funeral costs, please click here.
Check can also be mailed to: PO Box 37222 Haltom city TX 76118!

Additionally, some Kelly Clarkson fans have created a tribute project in her memory, which you can participate in here.

Kelly Clarkson’s Stripped-Down Solo Version of “Don’t You Wanna Stay”

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“Don’t You Wanna Stay” was a mega-hit for Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson garnering massive radio success and awards for their collaboration.

Naturally, the song has become a staple in both Clarkson and Aldean’s sets on tour. Since they both obviously cannot be at each other’s shows every night, Aldean typically sings with a hologram “Kelly” and vice versa thanks to the magic of technology.

But Clarkson has changed things up a bit this tour run. She is currently out on the road with Maroon 5 as part of the Honda Civic Tour (the show is amazing FYI), and is doing “Don’t You Wanna Stay” as a stripped-down solo vocal performance.

She posted a live tour video today and had this to share via Twitter:

@kelly_clarkson: One of my favorite parts of the show is getting to sing “Don’t You Wanna Stay” broken down. :)

Is it even a question how great this version is? Clarkson has been established as one of the best voices in music… ever. It really doesn’t matter what she sings. It’s all just THAT good.

Check out the video below:

The multi-genre star was also just nominated for two Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year with Vince Gill.

For more Kelly info and tour dates, visit: www.kellyclarkson.com.

Jason Aldean to Release Live Concert Film “Night Train to Georgia”

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Jason Aldean fans across America will have the chance to experience his historic “Night Train” Tour as it rode into Georgia earlier this year. The majority of the DVD was filmed in April at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium. It will feature 18 songs, personal interviews and special guest performances from Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan & Ludacris. The DVD will be in stores on October 15th.

“That day in Athens will always be one of my proudest accomplishments,” said Aldean.  “I’ve been working my whole career to get to this point where I can go into a stadium like Sanford, which I’ve idolized my whole life, and leave a mark.  I watch it back now to remember the details because it was all overwhelming and a pretty surreal moment for me.”

Fans can watch a trailer for the film here:   http://bit.ly/1aukgOR

TRACKLISTING FOR NIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA:
Crazy Town
Take a Little Ride
Tattoos On This Town
When She Says Baby
The Truth
Fly Over States
This Nothin’ Town
Johnny Cash
Amarillo Sky
Night Train
1994
Don’t You Wanna Stay (with Kelly Clarkson)
Big Green Tractor
The Only Way I Know (with Luke Bryan)
Dirt Road Anthem (with Ludacris)
She’s Country
My Kinda Party
Hicktown

For more information, please visit  www.JasonAldean.com

Kelly Clarkson Readying County Album

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It’s no secret that Kelly Clarkson has become one of country music’s biggest dabblers. She’s been nominated for tons of country awards, including for female vocalist at the last 2 CMA’s, and even won the Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” She’s BFF’s with Reba, Blake and Miranda and calls Nashville home. She’s released successful collaborations with Reba, Jason Aldean & Vince Gill, and recently rolled out her first solo country offering, “Tie It Up.”  Although the flirty wedding-themed track seemed fitting to her current place in life as she preps to tie the knot, the random release left us scratching our heads as to what it meant.

Well, it looks like ol’ KC has (FINALLY!) opted to take the plunge and record an actual country album. Just this week, she told NY radio station WGNA, “We’ve almost made a whole record.”She’s also mentioned her forthcoming country album at her recent shows as part of her introduction to “Tie It Up.”

Although she may be putting her boots on, she’s not completely ready to hang up her “Since U Been Gone”-esque shoes just yet. “With Jewel and Sheryl Crow, they kinda quit pop and came over the country,” she said. “I love both.”

In addition to this almost-complete country album, Clarkson is finishing up a forthcoming pop album, and will release her first Christmas CD, Wrapped In Red, on October 29th.

CMA Award Nominees list

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood. photo credit: Bob D’Amico/ABC.

The official nominees for the 47th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards were announced live this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. As a CMA Member, I was lucky enough again this year to vote in the first two rounds and got a choice in the final nominees. I’ll get to vote for the winners of each category as an industry member as well.

There were some surprises, and some regulars, who made it to the final ballot this year. Check out the full list below and let us know what you think of this year’s nominees – do you think someone was snubbed? What shocked you? Who are you cheering for?

Entertainer Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

BLAKE SHELTON

GEORGE STRAIT

TAYLOR SWIFT

Male Vocalist Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

ERIC CHURCH

BLAKE SHELTON

KEITH URBAN

 Female Vocalist Of The Year

KELLY CLARKSON

MIRANDA LAMBERT

KACEY MUSGRAVES

TAYLOR SWIFT

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

New Artist Award

LEE BRICE

BRETT ELDREDGE

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

KIP MOORE

KACEY MUSGRAVES

Vocal Duo Of The Year

BIG & RICH

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

LOVE AND THEFT

SUGARLAND

THE CIVIL WARS

THOMPSON SQUARE

Vocal Group Of The Year

THE BAND PERRY

ELI YOUNG BAND

LITTLE BIG TOWN

LADY ANTEBELLUM

ZAC BROWN BAND

 Album Of The Year

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Red” – TAYLOR SWIFT

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Based On A True Story” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Same Trailer Different Park” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Single Of The Year

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Wagon Wheel” - DARIUS RUCKER

“Merry Go ‘Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Song Of The Year

“I Drive Your Truck” – LEE BRICE

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Merry Go Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

“Pontoon” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Wagon Wheel” – DARIUS RUCKER

Musical Event Of The Year

“Don’t Rush” – KELLY CLARKSON and VINCE GILL

“The Only Way I Know” – JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN and ERIC CHURCH

“Boys Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON and PISTOL ANNIES

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and NELLY

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

Video Of The Year

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Boys ‘Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Downtown” – LADY ANTEBELLUM

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

 Musician Of The Year

SAM BUSH – Mandolin

PAUL FRANKLIN – Steel Guitar

DAN HUFF - Guitar

MAC McANALLY – Guitar

BRENT MASON – Guitar

VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson – Behind-The-Scenes of “Tie It Up”

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Kelly Clarkson‘s current country single, “Tie It Up,” is seriously great. If you haven’t stopped by iTunes to grab it yet, you should. You won’t be disappointed.

Written by Shane McAnally, Ashley Arrison, and Josh Osborne, the single gives homage to Clarkson’s story with fiancé Brandon Blackstock and their life right now since they will soon be tying the knot!

Check out a behind-the-scenes video of the making of “Tie It Up.” There is one part where Clarkson is wailing like only she can (approximately 0:28-0:48). The song really showcases her amazing, goose-bump worthy range and pure tone. She’s the vocal queen.

McAnally says in the video, “Isn’t that the best thing you ever heard in your life?” Yes, it is… yes, it is!

Kelly Clarkson Reveals Tracklist for Holiday Album “Wrapped in Red”

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Kelly Clarkson took to Twitter this afternoon to tease the details of her new Christmas album before finally revealing the full track-list for her holiday offering, Wrapped In Red. She teased some details of the tracks, revealing that the album concludes with some acapella harmonizing between Clarkson, Reba & Trisha Yearwood.

The album features five original offerings, as well as some of the best holiday favorites. It may only be September, but we’re already looking forward to Christmas!

1. Wrapped in Red
2. Underneath the Tree
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4. Run Run Rudolph
5. Please Come Home For Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)
6.  Every Christmas
7. Blue Christmas
8. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (featuring Ronnie Dunn)
9.  Winter Dreams (Brandon’s Song)
10. White Christmas
11. My Favorite Things
12. 4 Carats
13. Just For Now
14. Silent Night (featuring Reba McEntire & Trisha Yearwood)

American Idol Holding Online Auditions for Season 13

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Are you the next Kelly Clarkson or the next Carrie Underwood? Want to show off your vocal prowess in front of Keith Urban? Well, we’ve got good news for you! As American Idol begins the casting process for their 13th season, the show is holding online auditions for the first time ever! Be quick, as online auditions will only run through the end of August.

Idol is determined to focus season 13 on the contestants and their journeys to the finale! If you’re ready to start your American Idol Journey today, get all the info about the online auditions here.

 

 

 

‘Reba McEntire: All The Women I Am’ Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

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Reba McEntire.

Her name is synonymous with country music and no one is more deserving of the “Queen of Country” title.

Besides being country royalty, Reba is a star in all entertainment genres: television, Broadway, film… she does it all. Not to mention, she’s also a very successful businesswoman.

That being said, it is only fitting that Reba be honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with her very own exhibit!

As you may know, the exhibit opened earlier this month. It is entitled “Reba: All The Women I Am” and displays memorabilia from her iconic life and career. Awards, performance clothes, childhood achievements, personal possessions, photographs, videos, etc… Reba shared it all and it is on display!

The exhibit runs through June 8, 2014. This is something no fan wants to miss!

Congratulations to Reba on this honor and an incomparable career!

For more information, visit: http://countrymusichalloffame.org/current/view/reba-all-the-women-i-am

Check out the video below of The Band Perry, Kelly Clarkson (her soon-to-be daughter-in-law), and Blake Shelton sending their best wishes.

Kelly Clarkson Scraps Big Wedding Plans

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Don’t worry! Kelly Clarkson is still marrying Brandon Blackstock! However, after spending an abundance of time (that this music industry couple just doesn’t have to spare) on wedding planning, Kelly and Brandon made the executive decision to scrap their big wedding plans and simply elope.

Kelly explained to People Magazine that between her Christmas album, partnership with State Farm, Brandon’s responsibilities as Blake Shelton‘s manager, and the couple raising two children (from Brandon’s previous marriage), there was no time to plan such an extravagant event. The couple intends to exchange vows in the presence of a minister and Brandon’s two children, but will be celebrating with their friends and family at their newly built Nashville home.

Kelly’s latest video for her country single, “Tie It Up,” premiered last week. You can check out the wedding-themed video here: