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Calling All Kelly Clarkson Country Critics!

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If you are a frequent visitor of this website, you know that the staff here recognizes, appreciates, and, well, flat out loves us some Kelly Clarkson. We have always embraced her as a country music stepchild and, now, country music itself has made it more official and has clearly adopted her into their family. However, it seems that some country music fans out there are struggling with the genre’s “newcomer.” We would love to say we understand the conundrum, but we don’t. Maybe it is because we know Kelly’s relationship with country music isn’t nearly as new as people may believe. In fact, to us, it was only a matter of time before pop-rock, man bashing Kelly turned the corner and embraced her musical roots. So, for all of you nay-sayers out there, we have compiled a Top 10 list to show you just why Kelly Clarkson going country makes perfect sense.

Our Top 10 Favorite CMA Awards Moments

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1. All things Miranda and Blake! We just cannot choose between Miranda and Blake’s heartfelt, emotional acceptance speech after winning “Single of the Year” for “Over You,” Miranda’s fiery performance, Miranda’s classy acceptance speech for “Female Vocalist of the Year,” Blake’s confusion during his speech for “Male Vocalist of the Year,” and Blake’s acceptance for “Entertainer of the Year.” The Shelton household has a lot of redecorating to do because they are bringing home many new trophies after last night’s show!

2. Mmmmmotorboatin’…Brad Paisley teaching the pure and innocent people of the world just what Little Big Town is doing out there in the ocean…We would like to thank Brad for the entertainment and sex education we received at an hour that was far too early for such content on basic television!

Ronnie Dunn defends Kelly Clarkson’s Country Cred

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Kelly Clarkson has been one of the topics up for debate this morning after last night’s Country Music Association Awards. While some country fans are confused why the pop superstar earned a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, (which was awarded to fellow Texan Miranda Lambert), the industry has come out in support of Kelly. One of the supporters just happens to be the iconic Ronnie Dunn, formerly of Brooks & Dunn. He took to his Facebook page to defend Kelly Clarkson after some of his own fans were vocal about not welcoming her to country music.

Ronnie said:

“Mark E Lemothe writes: ” Friends with Kelly Clarkson yet?”

Kelly is a friend and one of the BEST singers I’ve ever been in a room with. Went to Tahiti with her. Texas girl, down home…as real as they come. I think her heart’s in Country Music. She can sing like an angel.”

Check out Kelly’s performance of her country single “Don’t Rush” below with Vince Gill and let us know what you think – do you want to see her go completely country?

 

LISTEN NOW! Kelly Clarkson’s New Single With Vince Gill “Don’t Rush”

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Just a little over an hour ago, 98 WSIX premiered Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill‘s new duet “Don’t Rush.” Kelly took to Twitter to share her excitement over her new country song:

Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson): No, I’m totally not in my car waiting to hear my song Don’t Rush played 4 the 1st time on 97.9 in Nashville ….that would be embarrassing:)
Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson): Thank you @98WSIX for playing my new song Don’t Rush!! I sat in my car, in front of my house, just so I could hear it ha! I owe y’all!!

How cute is she?

If you didn’t already think Kelly was getting in tune with her country side – here’s your proof! Kelly has previously had country hit duets with a re-recording of her hit “Because of You” with fellow singer and good friend Reba McEntire, along with the smash “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Jason Aldean. Kelly also recorded a country version of her single “Mr. Know It All” for country radio.

“Don’t Rush” is off her upcoming Greatest Hits – Chapter 1 album due out next month. Kelly is also nominated in the CMA Female Vocalist of The Year category for this week’s CMA Awards.

The song has somewhat of an older, but sexy country feel. Listen below to hear your first listen of “Don’t Rush”(Or if you’re like us, this is your 10+ listen because you can’t get enough of it…)

We just have one wish left: Make a country album, Kelly!

Kelly’s team has confirmed that the single will be available for purchase on iTunes starting tomorrow. What do you think? Let us know below!

Vince Gill’s the Big Winner at ICM Awards

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The 18th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards rolled out the red carpet at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony for Inspirational Country artists last night. Vince Gill was a big winner of the night, taking home two awards—Mainstream Inspirational Country Song and Mainstream Country Artist. Other winners included Chuck Day for Entertainer of the Year, Joyful Noise for Faith, Family and Country Movie and The Roys for Inspirational Bluegrass Artist.

Highlights of the evening included performances by Mac Powell, performing music from his new country album, as well as moving performances from Andy Griggs, John Berry, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and Crawford Crossing. Dr. Johnny Lee Cook was the recipient of this year’s Living Legend Award. Ronald McDonald was on-hand representing Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville—a portion of the proceeds from the week-long event were donated to the charity.

In addition to being aired on Total Living Network, Golden Eagle Broadcasting, TCT Television Network and NRB Network, Nashville’s News 2, WKRN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Nashville, Tenn., will be airing the awards this year for the first time. The 18th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards will air on Dec. 23 from 1pm-3pm.

Kelly Clarkson Reveals Greatest Hits Tracklisting

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In September of 2002, a Texan waitress won the first season of a little show called American Idol. Most critics and naysayers were quick to write her off and claim she’d be a fleeting success, a flash in the pan and lucky if she made it to fifteen minutes. Fast-forward ten years and that talent-show winner has gone on to become one of the most iconic voices of our generation. On November 19th, Kelly Clarkson will close Chapter One of her career, releasing “Greatest Hits – Chapter One.”

We’re not going to lie, it’s Track 15 that we’ve got our eye on! Has KC enlisted Vince Gill for another country single? With rumors abound that she’s hitting the CMA Stage on November 1st with Mr. Gill himself, we think so!

Kelly Clarkson – Greatest Hits – Chapter One track listing
1 Since U Been Gone
2 My Life Would Suck Without You
3 Miss Independent
4 Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
5 Behind These Hazel Eyes
6 Because Of You
7 Never Again
8 Already Gone
9 Mr. Know It All
10 Breakaway
11 Don’t You Wanna Stay (with Jason Aldean)
12 Walk Away
13 Catch My Breath
14 People Like Us
15 Don’t Rush (featuring Vince Gill)
16 A Moment Like This
17 I’ll Be Home For Christmas

VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Takes Us to Church with a Vince Gill Cover

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It’s no secret to the world that Kelly Clarkson can sing absolutely anything. It’s also no secret to the world that Kelly Clarkson absolutely ROCKS when she dips her toes into country music. Although we’re holding out hope that she eventually dips way more than her toes, for the time being, we’ll take what we can get.

On Saturday, September 15th, KC took the stage in her new permanent hometown of Nashville to blow the roof off the Bridgestone arena. (Trust us, we were there.) Performing in the Capital of Music City, it was a shock to no one when she opted to cover a country song.

Dedicating the song to her guitarist’s deceased uncle, Clarkson literally took Bridgestone to church with a powerful rendition of Vince Gill‘s “Go Rest High on That Mountain.”

Check it out here:

Vince Gill Recieves Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Congratulations to country icon Vince Gill! He’s become the 2, 487th recipient of a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. He’s part of the “Recording Category” and his star is right beside his wife, Amy Grant‘s, at 6901 Hollywood Blvd., near the Hard Rock Hollywood.

It’s a big moment not only for Vince, but for the Walk of Fame itself. Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez explains:

“We are proud to honor one of Country music’s most popular singers and we are so happy to say that we will be placing his star next to the star of his lovely wife Amy Grant.”

The Hollywood Walk of Fame holds 24 star induction ceremonies a year and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. Who do you think deserves to represent country music with the next star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

Walk-up Tickets Available For Stars for Harvest

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Country music fans wanting to go to the Stars for Second Harvest event at the Ryman on Tuesday will be able to buy special walk-up tickets at a discount price directly from the Ryman box office. This special deal is not available online or by phone, only by walking up to the ticket office. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Songwriters Dallas Davidson and Rodney Clawson will join Craig Wiseman on-stage at the acoustic show. Artists expected to appear include Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, and Vince Gill. This is a show not to be missed, and one of the few places you’ll see Vince during CMA Fest next week!

“Anytime we can give back and help feed the hungry in our community we jump at the opportunity” says Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, “We are so excited to be part of Craig’s Stars For Second Harvest Show. Hopefully we can all come together and raise a lot of money!”

This is the eighth year that Craig Wiseman will be hosting this event, but the first time its being held during CMA Fest. Tickets purchased online or over the phone are $35, and tickets bought at the Ryman box office directly are only $25. There are special VIP tickets available for contacting the Second Harvest Food Bank directly at 615-329-3491.  It’s a great event not to be missed by country fans wanting to help raise money for a good cause!

All For The Hall: A Night To Remember

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Last night (04/10), some of the biggest names in country music gathered at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in front of a crowd of 16,000 to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Hame and Museum.

This is the third year Keith Urban and Vince Gill have put on the All For The Hall show. Following suit with giving themes to each of the past shows, Keith made this year’s theme duos, vocal groups and bands. And some of the best acts were in attendance: Rascal Flatts, The Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio, Pistol Annies, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Little Big Town and Alabama.

If that set list wasn’t enough, Keith added to the excitement by bringing out some special guests including Merle Haggard and Don Williams.

Both Keith and Vince acted as co-musical directors and house band leaders. They sat in on most songs and brought their bands together throughout the night.

The best moment of the night, of course, was Keith’s surprise: Rascal Flatts brought out a black duffel bag for Keith for him to find an Opry microphone stand inside. Read more about Keith’s surprise here.

 

(Photo courtesy of George Walker IV/The Tennessean)