Jason Charles Miller is definitely not your ordinary urban cowboy. Rather, he represents the dark, gritty side of country music – the type of country music that should receive more acknowledgement than it does.
Regardless, this Virginia native knows his way around the entertainment industry. Although he might be most known for heading the rock band Godhead, Jason has travelled many paths throughout his life. His impressive resume includes writing, producing, voiceover recording and acting. If that wasn’t enough, Jason is busy overseeing his own recording studio, Central Command Studios.
We caught up with Jason today to talk about the release of his new single “Up To Me,” his recent signing with Render Records, how he feels about the music industry and what he has to offer.
We can promise you that this man has a mind and heart evident in both his thoughts and music that any country music fan could appreciate and love. Take a look for yourself:
Last night was 80′s theme night on American Idol. Skylar Laine closed out the show with a fantastic rendition of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
The judges praised her performance and were impressed with Skylar’s vocal range. They even gave her a standing ovation… her first one on the Idol stage.
I have been a fan of Skylar since day one. I think she is so talented. We know she is a top-notched performer with a great country voice, but I was so glad that she displayed her full vocal ability this week as well.
Judge, Jennifer Lopez, was brought to tears and so was I.
Skylar also sang a duet with fellow contestant, Colton Dixon. The pair took on Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton‘s “Islands In The Stream.”
Watch American Idol tonight to find out this week’s results. Good luck, Skylar! I’m rooting for you.
Check out the video of Skylar’s performance:
Continue reading to check out the video of Skylar and Colton’s duet…
“It has been so rewarding to have my songs embraced by country music artists,” said Lionel Richie. “Since Conway Twitty recorded ‘Three Times a Lady’ and Kenny Rogers sang ‘Lady,’ I have been welcomed into the country music family with open arms. It’s the ultimate compliment to have country artists record and perform songs that I’ve written. I’ve always felt right at home in country because I was raised just down the road from Nashville in Tuskegee, Alabama, where I was immersed in country, R&B, gospel and classical music. This show will be a homecoming and family reunion combined, and I’m so glad that viewers will be able to share these special moments with us. It will be a night that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Tickets for “Lionel Richie And Friends In Concert” are on-sale right now at ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $100 and benefit ACM Lifting Lives, which focuses on improving lives in the United States through music.
Kenny Rogers is suing Capital Records in federal court, alleging breach of contract for underpayments on royalties.
The legendary singer of such hits as “The Gambler” and “Coward of the County,” claims the record label underpaid royalties from online sales. That includes everything from albums to single songs to ringtones.
The Tennesseean reports that Rogers and other artists to file similar suits, claim the record companies deliberately underpay the royalties for online sales by defining them as “sales” instead of “licenses.” That distinction is huge because, according to the report, profits from licensed music usually gets the artist about half of the profits. They get much less for transactions classified as “sales.”
Rogers also alleges that he is still owed money from awards the label won in lawsuits against companies like Napster.
Organizers for California’s Stagecoach festival have announced the line-up for the 2012 edition of the music festival. Headliners include Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley. Alabama, Martina McBride, Kenny Rogers, Luke Bryan, Sara Evans, Chris Isaak, The Band Perry, Sunny Sweeney, Sara Evans, Justin Moore, The Eli Young Band and many more will also be featured in next year’s festival.
The 2012 Stagecoach festival takes place April 27th through to April 29th in California. Tickets go on-sale next Friday, October 28th at 10 AM PST on Stagecoachfestival.com. Three-day weekend passes start at $149 for a limited time only with layaway options available. The festival will also offer reserved seating, camping and RV camping spots. Children 10 and under will be admitted for free to the concerts.
We finally have a release date for Lionel Richie’s long awaited country duets album. Titled “Tuskegee” the record features duets with country music stars on his biggest hits. Artists on the album include Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, and Jimmy Buffett. From the line-up alone the album should be huge. Fans can get their copy of the album when it’s released on November 8th.
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