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Exclusive Interview: Introducing Tiffany Houghton

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I recently had the opportunity to sit down with country up and comer, Tiffany Houghton, while she was visiting New York. Upon meeting the Texan talent, she apologized profusely for her “messy” hotel room and excitedly told me about her adventures in the big apple.

Although she may be only nineteen, and technically, a Nashville newbie, Tiffany Houghton has always been driven by her love for music. When I asked Tiffany how she got into performing, without skipping a beat, she responded “Oh, I was born. I’ve always loved music. They say that I could sing before I could talk. I’ve always loved to perform,” She tells us. “I’d get on our kitchen counter and sing to the family. But I really got professionally into music when I was 10 and moved to NY, and did some Broadway and musicals and some acting.”

CELEBRITY DEATH MATCH: Kelly Clarkson v. Clive Davis

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As you have likely heard, Clive Davis used nineteen pages of his memoir to share “stories” about Kelly Clarkson and his “experiences” working with her during her time under his wing. Mind you, we use the words “stories” and “experiences” loosely here, as Kelly rebutted the allegations Clive made in his book, explaining that his recollection contained “lapses and misinformation”.

You probably know that Clive Davis is a huge music mogul (and egomaniac?) who has been credited for many artists’ careers, including  Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana, Jennifer Hudson, and the late great Whitney Houston. Clive has also been credited for his hand in Kelly’s career, before she parted ways after some artistic differences. Kelly, as you very well are aware, won Season 1 of American Idol and was catapulted into fame, never allowing anybody to change her or tell her there was something she could not do. And, not surprisingly at all, Kelly’s hunches have never served her wrong, as she continues to be a hitmaking, album selling, touring, award-winning artist over ten years after we first met her on the Idol stage.

Several artists have spoken out since yesterday when Clive’s memoir was released and Kelly spoke up about his “memories” of their encounters and working relationship. Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, and Chely Wright have all declared their membership on Team Kelly. So, we ask you — whose team are you on (Team Kelly or Team Clive) and which musicians have you seen vocalize where their loyalties lie? Help us figure out who will win this celebrity death match! Our money is on our girl, Kelly!

Here are just a few of our fave country celeb tweets:

@martinamcbride @kelly_clarkson YOU GO GIRL!!!!! Love it.

@chelywright: I just listened to @Kelly_Clarkson sing the Anthem again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfu… She’s IT! I believe her account over Clive’s any day

@JenniferNettles: @kelly_clarkson You could sing the phone book and it would be brilliant! Proud of you for speaking your truth. Solidarity sistah!

@LynnAshow (Lynn Anderson)
Team @kelly_clarkson ! “Because of you” was a beautiful song and u continue to compose and use those huge pipes to the top of the charts.

@blairgarner KELLY IS A ROCKSTAR RT @kelly_clarkson: Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false info about me http://say.ly/GLO5cY7

@leannrimes @blairgarner @kelly_clarkson love this girl!

@chantalkreviaz @kelly_clarkson loving your courage and truth!!! wow…inspired. xx chantal http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/19/dont-mess-with-texas-kelly-clarkson-has-a-few-words-for-clive-davis/

And just to be fair, here are some of our faves that support Clive:

 

 

 

 

And that’s that!

 

 

Martina McBride raises over $35,000 for charity

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Republic Nashville superstar Martina McBride has raised over $35,000 in one sold-out charity concert for Musicians on Call. The event, which was held on November 16th at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe, was held in support of MOC (Musicians on Call)’s Music City chapter. MOC is a non-profit organization that brings music to the bedsides of patients in six hospitals across the United States.

The funds raised were a big deal to Martina, who shares:

“I was so happy to be a part of the fifth anniversary of Musicians on Call in Nashville! We put together an eclectic set list of hits mixed with some of our favorite album cuts for a show that was one-of-a-kind. It’s a great organization doing important work and I was proud to be a part of that very special evening.

MOC runs on volunteers and financial donations. For more information on the organization visit musiciansoncall.com.

Martina McBride’s Fan Club Raises $25,000

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Martina McBride has always been pretty vocal about her support of breast cancer research funding. She released single “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” on Republic Nashville as a way of showing her support to cancer victims and their families. That’s why her fan club decided to raise $25,000 for a grant in Martina’s name over the month of October – which has been titled Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Several of her own fan club members are breast cancer survivors and took this challenge to heart, alongside the “Team Martina” fans.

“Team Martina” has been actively pr0moting and raising funds through multiple fundraisers for this grant, which will be named after Martina with the T.J. Martell Foundation. The grant has been chosen to benefit the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville.

Martina shared with NBC:

“I’ve got a group called ‘Team Martina’ which I’m really proud of, and they have a grant for T.J. Martell in my name!”

“Team Martina” isn’t done yet! They’re continuing their fundraising in their favorite superstar’s name.

Our Keepin’ It Country CMA Predictions

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With the CMA’s coming up on Thursday night, country fans everywhere are buzzing with anticipation over who will claim the biggest awards. Will Taylor repeat as Entertainer of the Year or could someone else finally upset her shocked face? Could Kelly Clarkson score a major upset for female vocalist? Is there really any other choice besides “Red Solo Cup” for music video of the year?!

Even OUR staff couldn’t agree, so read on and let us know who you think will score big on Thursday night!

Brad Paisley Honored By ASCAP

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Last night, to kick off Country Music Association (“CMA”) Awards week, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”) recognized the most successful songwriters of 2012 during an awards ceremony at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. During the ceremony, Brad Paisley received one of the biggest nods of the evening, being named ASCAP’s Songwriter/Artist of the Year. Brad was honored for his hit songs “Camouflage,” “Old Alabama,” and “Remind Me.”

Ben Hayslip was awarded Songwriter of the Year for his co-writing efforts on Blake Shelton‘s “Honey Bee,” Luke Bryan‘s “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” Martina McBride‘s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” and Craig Morgan‘s “This Ole Boy.” Other honors also went to Dierks Bentley, David Nail, and Darius Rucker. And, as a surprise, the King of Country, George Strait, showed up to pick up an award as well.

George Strait to Release New Single, “Give It All We Got Tonight”

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Although we’d never wish the weekend away, we’re anxiously looking forward to Monday! It was just announced that George Strait will release his brand new single on Monday, October 29, at 2PM CST. MCA Nashville will release  “Give It All We Got Tonight” to country radio on Play MPE.

The single was written  by Tim JamesPhil O’Donnell and Mark Bright and is the first from Strait’s forthcoming album.  Strait once again collaborated with longtime producer, Tony Brown, on the music.

Martina McBride Performing for MOC

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Country star Martina McBride will be performing a rare, intimate performance at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville on Nov. 16 to celebrate the five year mark of Musicians On Call’s (MOC) committed service to Music City.  Tickets are now available on the MOC website  with prices starting at $75 for general admission.  Limited VIP packages, which include a meet and greet with McBride, are also available for purchase.  All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Nashville branch of MOC.

 “Musicians On Call is honored and excited to have the acclaimed artist Martina McBride perform on behalf of Musicians On Call’s 5th Anniversary in Nashville,” shares MOC Director of National Expansion and Nashville Program Director, Katy Epley.  “We are so grateful for Martina’s participation and support.”  
“I’m proud to be able to help raise money for this amazing organization,” adds McBride.  “The fact that MOC takes music, with all its healing and uplifting power, directly to the people who need it most is so touching to me.”  She explains, “As musicians, all we want to do is have our music heard and used to inspire or bring a smile.  MOC has figured out the perfect way to do just that.”
Since the 2007 MOC Nashville launch with a single Bedside Performance Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Nashville branch has expanded into six area healthcare facilities, offering 11 weekly Bedside Performance Programs.  With the continued support of the Nashville community and artists like Trace Adkins, McBride, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, and many others, MOC Nashville will further its ability to reach patients, caregivers, and families and can expect to celebrate many more milestones to come.

Bid George Strait Farewell…Literally

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The King of Country, George Strait, along with CID Entertainment, is running an auction for the majority of shows on his much anticipated “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” to benefit The Jenifer Strait Memorial Foundation. The winning bidders will receive a pair of front row seats and Meet & Greet passes to meet George. All proceeds benefit The Jenifer Strait Foundation.

The Jenifer Strait Memorial foundation was set up to honor the memory of Jenifer Strait, George’s daughter. The fund donates money to various children’s charities in the San Antonio and Houston areas, including The Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio and St. Jude’s Ranch.

“The Jenifer Strait Memorial Foundation was formed to preserve the memory of our daughter,” Strait shared when speaking about the organization. “Even though she was just a child of thirteen years, her love for younger children was amazing. It is for this reason that we chose to help others who might be in need, in her honor.”

The Cowboy Rides Away Tour will offer fans one last opportunity to take in the King of Country live. This tour is sure to be filled with all of the hits from throughout his career, as well as new music from his latest album. Martina McBride is also set to join George for the 2013 dates.

The auction is currently underway and will be open until Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Additionally, CID Entertainment is also offering two exclusive VIP packages at each stop on the tour. The packages include front row tickets, private pre-show, admission to a private exhibition of George’s memorabilia, and more. Purchasing information and additional information about the VIP packages and the auction can be found at www.cidentertainment.com/georgestrait.

Walking In a Winter Sugarland

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Christmas is coming a little early this year for Jennifer Nettles and friends. On November 3, Jennifer will host a CMA “Country Christmas” in Nashville, Tennessee at the Bridgestone Arena. Along with Jennifer, the following artists will be bringing the seasonal spirit to Nashville: Dierks Bentley, Colbie Caillat, Katherine Jenkins, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry and Keith Urban.