It’s no secret that Blake Shelton is a modern-day Renaissance man. He’s a singer, host, Voice-coach, professional tweeting entertainer extraordinaire. However, he’s adding a new role to his repertoire: minister.
Now now, pick up your jaw from the floor. Blake isn’t dumping Miranda for a monastery or anything crazy. However, he will be officiating the wedding between his pals, Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock.
Although they have yet to nail down a date, Clarkson revealed to “Entertainment Tonight”‘s Nancy O’Dell that the nuptials will take place this October with Blake at the altar. Although some would be worried about entrusting their wedding to Shelton, Clarkson has the utmost trust in her bud’s poise. Plus, she’s admits, she’ll already be married. “Well, you’re technically already married when the ceremony happens. So it’s not like it’s gonna be null and void or anything ’cause it’s Blake.”
Clarkson also revealed that she already has a dress, and that she isn’t the only superstar Blake will be marrying! Watch the interview below!
Yesterday we were part of a teleconference with CBS and Academy of Country Music producers for the upcoming ACM awards this weekend. We got to know quite a few exciting secrets for the award show this weekend, and of course we couldn’t wait to tell our fans and readers on Twitter! If you’re following us on Twitter (@keepinitblog) you will have already heard these really cool performances, but we are recapping them now so everyone can keep track of what might be the most-fun Academy of Country Music Award show ever.
Unfortunately, we were unable to make it to the ACMs this year because of budgetary reasons, so we’ll be live-tweeting them from home along with you! Make sure you join us Sunday afternoon for our exclusive KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY PRESENTS… Jason Charles Miller stageit show at 3 pm EST, before the ACMs kick off live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 8 pm EST. Use hashtag #KIC to join in our fun!
Jewel will perform a special Lifting Lives segment with a mash-up of her hit single “Hands Clean” and “Fill A Heart,” an original song by singer-songwriter Tori Kelly.
Hunter Hayes will get two pretty cool performances – he’ll be debuting his new single “I Want Crazy” with Stevie Wonder, and will mix in one of Stevie’s big hits. Hunter will return later in the show with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley live from the ACM Fan Jam. How did Stevie and Hunter get together? Turns out Hunter covers Stevie’s songs on tour, and Stevie discovered them and became a fan of Hunter.
Luke Bryan will be debuting a brand new single “Crash My Party” during the award show..
Kelly Clarkson will be performing her country single “Don’t Rush” with a special, announced guest. Is it Vince Gill? We don’t know, but we know he was approached along with someone else.
Reba will introduce a very special duet performance from Garth Brooks and George Strait who will be paying tribute to the late Dick Clark. It’s going to be a pretty emotional performance, so make sure you tune in for this one.
Do you have any questions about the ACMs? We’ll answer what we can on Facebook and Twitter!
The first single “Hush Hush” was already released to radio, and talks about hiding family secrets for the sake of appearances. The track is typical Pistol Annies, as are many of the other tracks, such as “I Feel A Sin Comin On,” a blusy ode to temptation and “Unhappily Married,” a brash look inside the daily grind of a couple desperate to stay together.
One track, the somewhat confessional “Being Pretty Ain’t Pretty,” was inspired by a tweet from Ashley about makeup and makeup wipes. “Women are warriors and we go into battle everyday with the stuff we wear, said Angaleena. “You spend all this money for make-up and eyelashes and spray tanners just to wipe it all off at the end of the night,” added Miranda.
While Ashley Monroe is riding high on the success and acclaim of her solo album, Like a Rose, she’s also excited about another soon to be released album: The Pistol Annies sophomore disc, Annie Up. The first single, featuring Monroe and bandmates Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert, “Hush, Hush” was just released to country radio, and the full album will hit stores on May 7th.
Chatting recently with radio.com, Monroe discussed the upcoming release, “We sat and listened to it at the studio when it was finished and all three of us were bawling hysterically,” Monroe said of Annie Up. “It’s very special. I feel like a lot of the songs were gifts given to us. We wrote a lot of it on the road and it’s hard to write on the road. When we’re together, there’s just something that happens. When we write, when we’re on stage, when we’re hanging out – there’s just a buzz.”
Thrilled for the upcoming Pistol Annies release, Monroe has been pulling double duty, recently promoting her stellar solo effort on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and at South by Southwest. She’ll also be appearing with Train at select dates this summer, but it’s performing with the Annies that has truly bolstered Monroe’s confidence. “Touring with them and seeing the fans sing back songs that were album cuts, it’s so encouraging and it really gave me confidence that it was OK to make a record that is exactly me,” she said. “This year I’ll be an Ashley and an Annie, and I’m excited.”
In Nashville last week, the annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS) took place. Country music stars were out in abundance at various special events providing everyone in attendance with great performances, brand new songs, cool collaborations, and a whole lot of fun!
One of the biggest nights during CRS week is the Sony Boat Show, and Kelly Clarkson sure did wow the crowd this year!
Clarkson debuted a new song titled, “Ain’t Gonna Like This,” which she co-wrote with her long-time guitarist and close friend, Aben Eubanks. If you follow Clarkson’s career, you will know that a Clarkson-Eubanks collab always results in some great music.
In the song, Clarkson references her musical heroes and influences, and sings her love for all genres of music. “Singin’ what I’m feelin’ inside/I don’t care what it is, what you call it, here it is.” … If you don’t like Reba/If you don’t like Trisha/If you don’t like Aretha/I don’t even wanna meet ya/If none of my heroes make your list/Well then you ain’t gonna like this.” (Big thank-you to Aben Eubanks for the correct lyrics.)
To top off the excitement over the new country track, Clarkson had a little help from her friends, The Pistol Annies, who provided the background vocals for the performance.
Twitter was abuzz with compliments for the song as well as for Clarkson and the Annies. They even got a standing O!
Some of my favorite tweets from the night:
@JosephHudak3: @kelly_clarkson is playing the Sony boat and I may lose my mind. Her voice is That Good. #CRS2013 — Joseph Hudak
@shaunridder: It’s official, @kellyclarkson IS country. We love her. How can you not? #Adorable #CRS2013 @sonynashville — Shaun Ridder
@Linda1Ryan: Woah! @kelly_clarkson cutting it up with the @pistolannies #sonyboatshow #rockinmyworld — Linda Ryan
We hope this song is going to be released to country radio soon. It has the makings of a mega hit written all over it. With its rockin’ country soul vibe, it would be a great follow-up to her current hit ballad, “Don’t Rush.”
And no, Kelly, we don’t like the song… we love it!
There are not any high quality videos of the performance yet, but you can still hear most of the song and hear Clarkson wail some super high notes as only she can. Check it out below.
With the release of her first solo album on Warner Music Nashville on March 5th, “Like A Rose,”Ashley Monroe is going to be a little bit everywhere. She’ll be appearing on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Catch her appearance on NBC on March 11th at 11:35 pm EST, where she’ll perform her title track single.
It’s going to be a busy year for Ashley, who will be releasing her second album with the Pistol Annies later this year. She finished recording the sophomore album for the very country trio with friends Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley.
Which album are you more excited for? Ashley’s solo “Like A Rose” or the still-untitled Pistol Annies follow-up to “Hell On Heels”?
She may be one of Miranda Lambert‘s cohorts in the Pistol Annies, but Ashley Monroe is prepping to release her solo album, Like A Rose, with the help of Miranda’s hubby, Blake Shelton. The album hits stores on March 5th, but is available for pre-order now. Pre-order now to get an instant download of “You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter)” which features Monroe trading barbs with Shelton.
Although Jewel‘s Greatest Hits CD doesn’t hit stores until next week, the Internet is already all a-flutter with anticipation. While the album features many of her biggest known tracks, including “Hands,” “Who Will Save Your Soul,” and “Standing Still,” it’s the special duets that have people salivating. Jewel enlists the Pistol Annies on her classic “You Were Meant For Me,” and Kelly Clarkson on “Foolish Games.” The results? Purely eargasmic.
Take a listen to Jewel & KC, and let us know what you think!
Genre-crossing artist Jewel, who dabbled in country for a brief stint, will be releasing her greatest hits album on February 5th. On her album, Jewel will explore her pop folk, adult contemporary, and country sounds by inviting several guest vocalists to join her on some of her biggest hits from the past.
Pistol Annies are teaming up with Jewel for a newly-recorded version of her 1995 hit, “You Were Meant for Me.” Kelly Clarkson will also join Jewel for a new version of “Foolish Games.” The set is rounded out by the original version of Jewel’s hits like “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “Intuition.” It also traces her foray into country music a few years back with the songs “Stronger Woman” and “Satisfied.”
Make sure to check out this album when it’s released in February!
Great news for Pistol Annies and Miranda Lambert fans this week! Miranda, “Lone Star Annie,” took to her Facebook and Twitter pages this morning to announce that the trio were working on their second album right now in the studio. Back when we spoke to her backstage at CMA Fest, she said she expected a release in early 2013 of the all-female group’s sophomore album.
They released their first album together “Hell on Heels” in 2011, which spawned two singles – the title track and the autobiographical, but funny, “Takin’ Pills.” The group made surprise appearances on Miranda’s “On Fire” tour earlier this year, and also played their own short headlining tour. They made their debut at last year’s Academy of Country Music’s Girls Night Out special.
What do you hope to hear from their new album? Check out their second official music video below and tell us who you prefer – Miranda as a solo artist, or as part of the Pistol Annies with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.