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Sarah Darling and Guy Penrod Performing ICM Awards

Sarah Darling ICM Awards

In 2009, rising country music star Sarah Darling spent days at her grandfather’s hospital bedside as he battled a serious illness. A spiritual man, he comforted her greatest fear of him succumbing to the fight by sharing his thoughts on the meaning of life, and what happens when someone leaves this world. Forever moved by what she heard in those precious moments, Darling later sat down with Nashville songwriters Dave Robbens and Billy Austen and wrote the song, Knowing What I Know About Heaven, never knowing years later, internationally-known Christian recording artist and former lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band, Guy Penrod, would make it be heard by millions around the world. In celebration of the song’ success, Darling and Penrod will perform the song together as a duet for the very first time at the 2013 Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards on October 24, 2013. Penrod is nominated in the “Entertainer” category at the awards.

Musicians on Call Nashville Announces Kelly Clarkson For Sixth Anniversary Concert

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Musicians on Call (MOC) Nashville has enlisted Kelly Clarkson to help them celebrate their sixth anniversary in Music City. The GRAMMY Award winner will perform an intimate acoustic show at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe on November 14th. Tickets for the event, presented by Citi Private Pass, will go  on general sale at noon Friday, Oct. 11. Tickets start at $160 and include a VIP Cocktail Reception provided by Hard Rock Cafe and valet parking provided by Eagle Parking. Pre-Sale for Citi Private Pass Members began at 10 a.m. CDT today.

In addition to a performance by Clarkson, the event will include a silent auction featuring items from local vendors and autographed celebrity memorabilia. All proceeds will go to MOC Nashville to continue bringing music to hospital patients. Last Christmas, Clarkson paired with MOC Nashville, surprising patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with an impromptu performance for the holidays.

 For more information on the MOC Nashville Sixth Anniversary Concert, visit www.musiciansoncall.org/kellyclarkson. For sponsorship inquiries, contact Dana Sones at dana@musiciansoncall.org.


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CMChat’s One to Watch — Abbi Scott

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Abbi Scott is an Indiana teenager who is in her senior year of high school and looking forward to graduation (much like all other high school seniors!). However, Abbi is not your typical high school senior. While Abbi has her face in textbooks, she has her sights set on music, and there is no stopping this country girl from making her dreams come true! Abbi describes herself as “a true country girl, living on twenty-five acres, and . . . in love with the outdoors.” Abbi has been compared to Miranda Lambert, Gretchen Wilson, and Kelly Clarkson, and values these music industry phenoms’ strong work ethic and ability to maintain a sense of humor.

Laura Bell Bundy and Bobby Bones Dance to Fight Hunger

Laura Bell Bundy Dance to Support 30 Abes

Laura Bell Bundy has joined forces with nationally syndicated radio host, Bobby Bones, for a 24-hour dance marathon to raise money for 30 Abes, an organization which helps feed orphans in Haiti.

Beginning at 7:00am on Wednesday, September 18th, Laura, Bobby and Bobby’s crew (including Amy, Lunchbox, Eddie, Alayna, and Ray) will gather at Nashville’s aVenue and attempt to dance for 24 consecutive hours, while looping Laura’s newest single, “Two Step.”

Fans are welcome to attend and participate in the event, titled “Two Step for 30 Abes,” or watch via live stream on BobbyBones.com.

Laura will make a guest appearance on The Bobby Bones Show this Friday, September 13th, to promote the cause and the event. “It’s wonderful to have an opportunity to give back with ‘Two Step!’… dancing for donations!” she said. “We are going to have a lot of fun in the process – and probably some lower back pain!”

Leading up to the dance marathon, Bobby and his band, The Raging Idiots, will perform a concert fundraiser for 30 Abes in Wichita, Kansas. Laura will also be making a special appearance at the Wichita event.

For more information, please visit BobbyBones.com or 30Abes.com.

Cassadee Pope Gets Personal with Rolling Stone


Cassadee Pope recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss her up and coming country music career. In the article, Cassadee discusses the overwhelming interest of people regarding why Cassadee chose to travel down the country music path, rather than continuing down the path she previously trekked.

For those of you who don’t know, Cassadee was previously involved with a band called Hey Monday, which is best known as a former opening act for Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard, as well as part of the 2010 Warped Tour bill. Now, since her Season 3 win on NBC’s The Voice, Cassadee has been exploring her country music options, ultimately choosing to sign with a major Nashville label (Big Machine) and record a country album (Frame by Frame, due out on October 8, 2013). Cassadee explains to Rolling Stone that her decision to embark on a country music career was personal, as the genre is allowing her to tell stories, get personal, and experience a new-found sense of vulnerability.

Nothing Can Keep Jake Owen From Performing … Even Losing His Finger!


On Monday night, August 20th, Jake Owen was scheduled to perform on Nashville’s Music Row. But, the night before, Jake began experiencing some incidental effects from his go-kart accident, which occurred in July of this year. When Jake noticed his finger, which was shattered in the accident, was bleeding, he decided to visit his doctor to have it checked out. When he was seen by his doctor early in the day on Monday, he was informed that he had to have part of the finger amputated, as he was suffering from an infection.

Despite Jake’s request to wait until the following day so he could perform his Monday night show, the doctor insisted that the amputation needed to be performed immediately. However, Jake did not allow the procedure to interfere with his ability to perform, as the trouper (who has previously hit the stage this summer, only weeks after his accident, to open for Read More >>

Nashville Drummer’s Livelihood Threatened Following Serious Accident


Nashville drummer, Miles McPherson (best known for his work with Kelly Clarkson and Paramore), was in a serious accident on Friday, August 16th, while he was riding in a golf cart with his wife and friends. Miles was in the driver’s seat of the cart when it flipped over, resulting in serious injuries to Miles’ face, hands, arm, shoulder, and leg. Miles was admitted to the ICU burn unit at Vanderbilt University following the accident, due to severe burns from battery acid, which leaked when the cart flipped. The injuries Miles has sustained could have a lasting effect on his livelihood, as he is a drummer who was about to embark on a tour with Paramore.

Webpages have been set up to show support for Miles and his family at this time. If you are interested in learning how you can help, please visit the website dedicated to Miles, as well as the Facebook page that was created in response to this accident.

We wish Miles a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing this talented musician back on stage in the short-term!

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Jimmy Wayne

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I recently was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak with country singer/songwriter, author, advocate, philanthropist, and all around incredible human being, Jimmy Wayne. I learned a lot about Jimmy during our time together, including how he became involved with country music, the work he does to raise awareness of important issues, and the fact that he will never come visit me in South Florida (thanks to alligators and the “Stand Your Ground” law). Despite my disdain about the fact that he won’t be jet-setting my way in the foreseeable future, I feel like my conversation with Jimmy was eye-opening and life-changing. It is my honor and an incredible privilege to share with all of you my interview with Mr. Jimmy Wayne!

Sarah Darling’s New Single on iTunes


With all the rain/storms nationwide, it seems only appropriate for Sarah Darling to release her single, “Little Umbrellas” this week. This single is the country star’s first independent single release and the follow-up to her early 2013 hit, “Home To Me.” Sure to be a summertime anthem, “Little Umbrellas” will become available for radio adds on June 24th.

The iTunes single release comes just in time for the 2013 CMA Music Festival, which has officially taken over Nashville. Attendees can see Darling perform “Little Umbrellas” and other fan-favorite songs from former albums today at 1:40 p.m. CDT at the Bud Light Stage, located on the Bridgestone Arena Plaza. Brightly colored “Sarah Darling” branded parasols and copies of her “Little Umbrellas” single are now available to fans through the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Visitor Center located inside the Bridgestone Arena. Sarah will sign them for fans at the Visitor Center immediately following her performance from 2:30-3:30 p.m. CDT.

To download Sarah’s first independent single and kick off your summer with some fun, upbeat music, click here.

Don’t forget, you can also bid your way into the Opry to see Sarah perform “Little Umbrellas” (and other songs), as well as the opportunity to meet and greet this up and coming country singer, through our Oklahoma benefit auction!

Oklahoma’s Own Adley Stump Lends Her Vocals to Aid Her Home State


In response to the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, Oklahoma vocalist, Adley Stump from Season 2 of NBC’s “The Voice” is working with fellow native Oklahomans and Nashville songwriters to bring more attention and support for the recent tornado victims.

Without hesitation, Adley rushed into the studio to record a song that will be released May 24th to iTunes, as well as to many radio and television stations. All proceeds from the song will be donated to the Red Cross to be used to help the Oklahoma tornado victims.

“I immediately tried to figure out how I could help,” Adley says. “I think in this situation everyone just tries to figure out what they have that they can give. What I have is music, and here in Nashville there is nothing we know more than the power of a song. So when a friend from home e-mailed the song asking if I’d sing it, I knew immediately that’s how I could help. The song was perfect; I knew immediately I wanted to get in the studio with it. I hope it brings true comfort and healing for the hearts of those affected.”

Adley also intends to pull together a benefit concert in Oklahoma with other fellow Oklahoman musicians with the proceeds dedicated to the relief effort in Oklahoma. Information on this relief concert is being developed and further details will be released in the near future.

As soon as Adley agreed to sing, the Bennett family of First Oklahoma Bank provided the funds to make the project possible. The song is called “Weather the Storm” and was written by hit songwriters Bernie Nelson, Will Champlin and Adriene Smith Garrison and produced by hit songwriter/producers Philip Douglas and Greg Bieck.

Make sure to keep an eye on iTunes tomorrow so you can download Adley’s new song while helping those in need as a result of the horrific tornadoes that swept through Oklahoma. And stay tuned to Keepin’ It Country (and our social media pages) for further information on the benefit concert being planned by our friend, Adley, in support of her home state.