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Exclusive Interview: Janelle Arthur

Janelle Arthur Interview

Janelle Arthur (@JanelleOArthur) is perhaps best known, at this time, as a contestant from Season 12 of American Idol. A true beauty, inside and out, the Tennessean country singer and guitarist left her life behind and embarked on the journey that so many hope to experience, but a mere few ever will. After placing fifth in a season of the most epic singing competition to ever land on American television, Janelle has been hard at work launching her solo career. We were fortunate to catch up with the incredibly sweet, personable, and inspiring artist to discuss her childhood, Idol journey, and what her bright musical future holds.

Janelle was born in Oliver Springs, Tennessee and began singing certain words before she could even speak them. Immediately it became clear that music was going to be a huge part of Janelle’s life. From that point forward, Janelle began performing around her hometown and in school, which led to a gig that most country-loving kids would be beyond honored to land. At eight-years-old, Janelle was cast as a young Dolly Parton at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Janelle’s mom was instrumental in her landing the part, as, after seeing an advertisement for the show in Country Weekly, she called Dollywood and inquired as to whether a child performer was needed. The phone call took place at just the right time, as production was looking for a little girl Janelle’s age to portray Dolly. Janelle’s mom asked if she could bring her to the audition, and thereafter, without hesitation, Janelle was immediately cast in the role.

Sarah Darling Stands for Music


The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has named country music artist, Sarah Darling, a recipient of its “Stand for Music” Award, in recognition of her dedication to and support of music education.

The award will be presented to Sarah on Saturday, June 29, 2013 in Washington, D.C. by NAfME President and Board Chair, Nancy Ditmer, as part of the Association’s annual National Leadership event.

NAfME’s executive director Michael A. Butera says, ” Sarah epitomizes the type of artist who truly understands the importance of music education. Her formal music training started at a young age while growing up in Mitchellville, Iowa, and her dedication to the craft of songwriting in particular has brought her significant recognition in the country music industry and beyond. NAfME is pleased to present Sarah with our ‘Stand for Music’ award for 2013. Our members – America’s music teachers – greatly appreciate her assistance in raising awareness among our elected leaders about how music education orchestrates success, both in school and beyond.”

While in the nation’s capital to receive the award, Sarah will meet with legislative representatives and staff members from Tennessee and her home state of Iowa to discuss the importance of preserving music education in public schools nationwide. She will also perform later for NAfME state affiliate leaders at an acoustic concert.

Since debuting at the historic Grand Ole Opry in 2011 where she was introduced by country legend, Vince Gill, Sarah has been honored with the invitation to perform there over 35 times. Also featured on Conan, FOX & Friends, ABC’s The Bachelor, CNN and many more, Sarah is currently celebrating the release of her summertime single, “Little Umbrellas,” that’s now available for download on iTunes. She will perform several dates this summer as both a headlining act and opener for country music superstar, Alan Jackson.

For more information on Sarah Darling, visit www.sarahdarling.com.

Opry brings back Easter Egg Hunt

Grand Ole Opry Easter Egg hunt.

For the second year, the Grand Ole Opry is teaming up with artists, radio stations, attractions, and other partners from across the country for a high-tech Easter Egg Hunt via Twitter this Friday, March 29. Prize eggs will be hidden around the Opry’s hometown of Nashville as well as in several mystery cities across the U.S., and fans will find clues to the eggs’ hiding spots by following @opry on Twitter throughout the day Friday.

Among the prizes up for grabs from the Opry and participating partners are tickets to see Alabama, Terri Clark, Kacey Musgraves, and more coming up at the Opry; autographed CDs and merchandise from several artists including Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Josh Turner, and Carrie Underwood; and more.

Fans will also be able to participate in a Virtual Opry Egg Hunt and enter for a chance to win a grand prize trip to Nashville by searching for virtual eggs throughout opry.com on Friday. Will you be joining in the hunt?



Opry Goes Pink Announces Additional Performers


On Tuesday, October 30th, the Fourth Annual Opry Goes Pink event will take place. Kellie Pickler (a country artist who has already made a huge impact this year, shaving her head in honor of her friend who was going through chemotherapy to fight her battle with Breast Cancer) will flip the switch on the Opry’s barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night. The show will also include performances by The Farm, Mindy Smith, The Isaacs, Kristen Kelly, Jimmy Dickens, Sarah Darling and others. There will also be activities recognizing breast cancer survivors and the continuing fight against the disease. Five dollars from every ticket sold will be donated to Women Rock For The Cure. You can click here to buy your tickets to this event.

VIDEO: Darius Rucker Invited To Become Member of Opry

Darius Rucker had quite a surprise waiting for him at his Grand Ole Opry performance last night. The Hootie and the Blowfish front-man was asked to become a member of the Opry during a cute question-and-answer session during his performance. After pretending to be an “Opry” fan in the audience who had a two-part question, Brad Paisley asked Darius if he still thought he was the worst poker player in the world. Then he asked the “True Believers” singer if he wanted to become the latest member of the Opry.

Watch the moving video below and check out Darius’ reaction to the invitation. His induction will take place on October 16th.

Gwen Sebastian Invited Back to Opry Stage

Headshot - Gwen Sebastian

Flying Island’s Gwen Sebastian has been invited back to the Grand Ole Opry stage and she’s super excited about it! Gwen will make her second appearance on Friday, September 21. She made her debut appearance in June.

“As a country singer, being asked to sing at the Grand Ole Opry is a dream come trust and now being asked to come back is completely humbling and I’m absolutely honored to do it,” Sebastian gushed.

Her current single, “Met Him in a Motel Room” is climbing the charts while generating fans from radio and consumers from coast to coast.

You can get tickets to see Gwen perform at the Opry at www.getgaylordtickets.com.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: The Farm Backstage at the Opry

Krista Marie; Danny Myrick (Co-producer; Co-writer “Home Sweet Home”) Nick Hoffman, Damien Horne.

Today’s picture of the day is Elektra Nashville country music trio THE FARM backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. The group played the Opry stage on April 6th, 2012 – which was exactly two years from the date the trio formed after an impromptu writing session in Nashville. It was that first song together that is currently serving as the trio’s lead single. “Home Sweet Home” is in the top 25 country singles currently being played on country radio.

The group originally made their debut as a songwriting trio on the Opry stage back in February, when I had the chance to sit down with them for an interview which will appear on our site later this week. THE FARM is made up of Nick Hoffman (fiddle, vocals), Damien Horne (vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Krista Marie (vocals, guitar).  They performed with a full band on their April appearance, with both their first single “Home Sweet Home,” and “Be Grateful” which will also appear on their debut album.

PHOTO: Krista Marie; Danny Myrick (Co-producer; Co-writer “Home Sweet Home”) Nick Hoffman, Damien Horne.

THE FARM will be releasing their debut album on All-In Records/Elektra Nashville later this year.


Keith Urban invited to join the Opry


April 10, 2012 will be a day Keith Urban never forgets. At the All for the Hall concert event, Keith Urban was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry by Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio and the Oak Ridge Boys. We send our congratulations out to Keith. This is a huge honor and one we are sure he will never forget. Keith’s induction will take place on Saturday April 21st.


VIDEO: Martina McBride Turns The Opry Pink

Martina McBride turns the Opry pink.

Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Eden’s Edge and Lauren Alaina were some of the stars at last night’s Grand Ole Opry show. It was a special night at the Opry, where the ladies of country music helped turn the historic venue pink for breast cancer awareness. Martina flipped the switch on the first show of the evening, and Kellie had her turn for the second show.

The third annual “Opry Goes Pink” was hosted by ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts. She introduced the “Women Rock For The Cure” survivor of the year Yolanda Smith.

Watch the video below of Martina’s emotional new single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” which was one of the highlights of the night:

The Ryman's Special Announcement This Morning Is….

The Band Perry. photo credit: Big Machine

The Opry and Ryman official Twitter accounts last night had left country music fans in suspense when they said they had an announcement to make at 10 am EST this morning for a concert announcement. The Band Perry will headline a show at the historic Ryman Auditorium on February 20th, 2012 at 7 pm. Tickets are on sale on August 26th and start as low as $25.

The Band Perry have performed at the Opry before as part of multi-artist nights, but this will be their first headlining show at the Ryman.

“We are so excited to headline the Ryman, which holds a very special place in the heart of everyone in country music. It truly is an amazing experience to step on that stage – we can’t wait to spend a whole evening there, sharing our stories and becoming a part of its history,” said Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry.

The Band Perry at the Ryman would be a pretty neat Valentine’s Day gift, wouldn’t it? For more information on the concert, see the official event page HERE.