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The 22nd Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, and the first several players on the roster have been announced! Suiting up for the cause are: Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, David Nail, James Otto, Robin Meade, Scott Hamilton, Chuck Wicks, Whitney Duncan, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Billy Gilman, Kristen Kelly and Two Foot Fred. The AfterMidnite and Grand Ole Opry players rosters will be updated as more players commit to the event.
The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge has raised almost $2 million dollars since its inception. The cause benefits City of Hope as it strives to find cures and more effective treatment for cancer and other diseases. Tickets to the game are on sale now at Ticketmaster. Come out and watch some of your favorite artists battle it out on the field in support of those battling for their lives!
Country music superstar Brad Paisley has announced that his “Virtual Reality World Tour” will continue with brand new dates across the United States and Canada. His tour will resume on May 18th with shows in St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis. His special guests The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, and Easton Corbin will continue with Brad on the new dates.
Brad’s tour will feature a “Virtual Opry” stage before his concerts outside, featuring performances from Jana Kramer, Kristen Kelly and Love and Theft. All three artists will also sign autographs by the stage. The Virtual Opry is part of Brad’s “The Escape” event, featured at certain tour stops. The Escape will feature outdoor games, contests, photo opportunities, and the performance stage. Also included in “The Escape” will be chances for fans to upgrade their tickets in the games, and special prizes at on-site contests. Check out his full list of tour dates, including festival and his new dates, below:
After MidNite host Blair Garner will make his way to Garner, N.C., hometown of Season 10 American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery, on Friday, May 4th, to spend a day in Scotty’s life. Garner will sit down for a conversation with Scotty about his journey from being a typical high school teen, to winning season 10 of American Idol and becoming a country star on the rise. Since we all know Scotty loves his baseball, Garner will attend one of McCreery’s baseball games, followed by a dinner gathering at the McCreery home, where he will speak candidly with McCreery’s family, teammates, fans, high school principal and “Miss Garner 2012″ Johna Edmonds. Exclusive audio and video from the special visit will be featured on After MidNite and www.AfterMidNite.com next week.
“Scotty has had such an impact on the country music world as an American Idol winner AND for prioritizing his education while pursuing a career in the music industry,” said Garner, who recently discovered his ancestors settled in Garner, North Carolina. “We thought it would be fun to go and catch Scotty in his own backyard for a change instead of having him come to our studio. The town has really rolled out the red carpet for us, and we can’t wait to meet everyone and catch Scotty on the field!”
McCreery, who put high school on hold to audition for American Idol, made chart history by becoming the first country artist to debut an album at number one the Billboard 200 chart. He was recently honored as the fan-voted “New Artist of the Year” at the 2012 ACM Awards. McCreery has also received two 2012 Billboard Music Award nominations for the all-genre “Top New Artist” and “Top Country Album” for Clear As Day, and a 2012 CMT Music Award nomination in the “USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year” category for his The Trouble With Girls video. After finishing up his concert tour with Brad Paisley this spring, McCreery decided to return to Garner Magnet High School to complete his senior year and reprise his role as the varsity baseball team’s relief pitcher.
For more information, please visit www.AfterMidNite.com.
Country music really is starting to take over pop music. Some of country music’s biggest stars have been nominated for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, which take place May 20th live from Las Vegas on ABC at 8 pm EST. Some of the artists nominated include Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Eli Young Band and The Band Perry. See the full list of country nominees, and who made the general field nominations, below.
The already big CMA Music Festival just got a little bit bigger. Today the Country Music Association announced the addition of four-time CMA Female Vocalist winner Martina McBride, the newly engaged Jake Owen and newcomer Hunter Hayes to the already star-studded festival lineup.
The performers join the previously announced Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band.
All of those artists will be performing at the nightly concerts held at Nashville’s LP Field. There are still four-day tickets available and can be purchased at the CMA Fest site HERE. The 2012 CMA Fest takes place June 7-10.
Season 10 American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery made his way back to the American Idol stage on Thursday with a performance of his brand new single “Water Tower Town.” Immediately following his performance, Scotty was awarded with a Platinum plaque from Interscope Geffen A&M Records Chairman, Jimmy Iovine, commemorating 1 million in sales for his debut album, Clear As Day. What an accomplishment for Scotty!
Scotty can also be heard on this season of Idol as the voice of the official ‘Goodbye Song’ with his cover of Tim McGraw’s “Please Remember Me” (available now on iTunes). The track can be heard during the video that plays at the end of each elimination episode, and is streaming now on Soundcloud. You can find the stream below!
ACM Weekend is finally here, so that means time is running out for fans to get their votes in!
This year fans are able to vote in two categories: New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. Voting for both categories is taking place at www.voteacm.com.
The nominees for New Artist of the Year are Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery. Voting in this category will remain open until the start of the live broadcast of the Academy of Country Music Awards. That means the deadline for this category is tomorrow night at 8pm ET.
The nominees for Entertainer of the Year are: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. Voting in this category will close during the third hour of the live broadcast. That means tomorrow sometime after 10pm ET.
There’s still time, so let your voice be heard! Then we’ll all find out who the winners are tomorrow night when the Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (CBS, 8pm ET and delayed on the West Coast).
It’s nearing on one year since Scotty McCreery won Season 10 of American Idol, and the deep-voiced country singer has just launched his official fan club – Scotty Fans!
Scotty’s first annual Fan Club Party has been set for Saturday, June 9th at Rocketown in Nashville, during CMA Music Festival. Scotty invites his fans to attend the show and join him and his family in celebrating his great success so far! Doors will open at 11:30 for lunch and Scotty will do a special performance at 1pm. Tickets go on sale on Monday, April 2nd at 10am Central.
For more information on how to join Scotty Fans and to purchase a fanclub party ticket, head on over to www.ScottyFans.com.
One of country music’s biggest nights is almost here!
The 47th Academy of Country Music Awards will take place this Sunday, April 1st at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show will air on CBS at 8/7c with Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton back for hosting duties.
We can’t wait to watch, but first we want to hear from you! We will be rolling out polls for the various categories. Please vote and let us know who you want to go home winners.
First up… New Artist of the Year. Who is your pick: Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, or Scotty McCreery?
ACM Awards: New Artist Of The Year
Total Voters: 80
Scotty McCreery returns to American Idol this Thursday, March 29, to perform his new single, “Water Tower Town.” The single will be released to country radio stations on Thursday as well.
Scotty, who won Season 10 of American Idol, recently recorded “Please Remember Me” as the “goodbye song” for Idol’s Season 11. The song is played after a contestant is eliminated and video highlights of the contestant’s experiences on Idol are shown. But this will be Scotty’s first appearance on American Idol since winning the competition in May. Naturally, he’s thrilled about the reunion with his American Idol family.
“That was my launching pad and what gave me my platform to do what I am doing now,” he says. “I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and spending some one-on-one time with the contestants. I can’t wait to give them some advice and the ins-and-outs of the competition that I learned last season.”
The homecoming will be even more special with the performance of “Water Tower Town” because the song reflects his life in Garner, N.C.