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Vince Gill stopped by AOL Sessions to perform his new single “Threaten Me With Heaven.” Watch his beautiful performance below and tell us what your favorite Vince song of all-time is:
Country Music great Vince Gill earned himself a Grammy nomination earlier this week for his new single “Threaten Me With Heaven.” The nominations for the 54th annual GRAMMY awards were announced during a television concert special on CBS. Vince is nominated for Best Country Song, giving him his 41st Grammy nomination to date.
The song serves as a tribute to co-writer Will Owsley, who had taken his life since the song was written with Amy Grant and Dillian O’Brian.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled for my late friend Will,” Gill says. “This would have meant the world to him.”
Gill says the song has a profound impact on him because of Owsley’s death. “In my lifetime, ‘Go Rest High On That Mountain” has been the song that helped a lot of people through their grief. I think this one will in turn hopefully do the same thing. It’s a powerful, powerful song.”
Vince is a 20-time GRAMMY award winner. He’ll be heading out on his Christmas tour “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” with his wife, Amy Grant, starting December 7th in Baltimore, Maryland.
Some of country’s biggest stars will be spreading some holiday cheer tonight on ABC! Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts the show airing tonight with appearances by Lauren Alaina, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Miss Piggy, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, and Keith Urban. Tune in at 9/8c to hear them sing some Christmas favorites!
Check out Country Music Association’s YouTube Channel for exclusive interviews from the CMA Country Christmas taping!
Tonight (11/30), the nominees for the 54th Grammy Awards were announced at The Grammy Nominations Concert, live on CBS. The Band Perry performed, as well as a collaboration between Jason Aldean and Ludacris in which they performed Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem.” In addition, Sugarland and Lady Gaga took the stage together to perform Gaga’s hit “You And I.”
Among the nominees are some of our very favourite country artists. Check out the nominees below!
Our thoughts are with the Nashville community and the friends and family of Tom Roady today. The Tennessean is reporting that he passed away Sunday night while on tour. Tom contributed to the recordings of Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Bob Seger, Joan Baez, Wilson Pickett, Tom T. Hall, and James Brown.
He was tragically diagnosed with stage four metastatic cancer in October, but he never let it slow him down. He was rehearsing Sunday for the tour with Ricky Skaggs and The Whites when he passed away.
Tom, a St. Louis native, was a major part of the Nashville music scene. His work appeared on some of the biggest hits in country music including: Brooks & Dunn’s “My Maria,” Kenny Chesney’s “When The Sun Goes Down,” and Vince Gill’s “What The Cowgirls Do.”
He is survived by his wife, Melanie. The service will be held Sunday, December 4th at Highland Park Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Vince Gill donated $12,000 to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame to help them complete a children’s musical exhibit. The exhibit is expected to host a band station where kids can form a band, listen to different musical instruments, and many more interactive features to help promote musical learning to children.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame Executive Director Penny Kampf was very happy to receive the donation:
“We can’t thank Mr. Gill enough for his generosity and we are honored that he would also step forward to issue a challenge to his fellow inductees to make a contribution, as well.”
The exhibit will feature Jeremiah The Bullfrog as its official host.
The CMA Country Christmas special, airing on December 1st at 9P (ET) on ABC, will include performances from the best of the best in country music.
Keith Urban, Martina McBride and Lauren Alaina are recent additions to the lineup.
Keith will be performing “The Christmas Song”, while Lauren will sing “Grown-Up Christmas List” and Martina will do her rendition of “Please Come Home For Christmas.”
The two-hour special, hosted by Jennifer Nettles, will feature performances from previously-announced artists including Faith Hill, Amy Grant, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Vince Gill.
For more info, you can check out www.abc.com.
In a shocking revelation to CNN, Vince Gill revealed that he almost became a victim of sex abuse as a teenager. With the story of the Penn State scandal topping the news and gossip wheels everywhere you go, it made the legendary guitar player reflect on his past. Vince claims that a gym teacher had made sexual advances towards him as a pre-teen at his school.
“It conjured up something that happened in my past when I was about that age, as a 12-year-old kid starting 7th grade. There was unfortunately a gym teacher at our school that wound up being the same kind of thing…and there were some advances made towards me that were very awkward.”
Luckily for Vince, nothing serious happened after that:
“Nothing happened, but it could have been a lot worse and my situation could have been a lot different. But there’s just no telling how often this goes on and nobody knows.”
Vince goes on to say that he believes that an open dialogue between parents and children is key to fight situations like these. As a father of three, Vince goes on to say that he believes society is better equipped to deal with sex and child abuse now than it was when he was growing up in the 60′s.
When someone like Vince Gill speaks, you listen. After releasing what he calls his “best album” in “Guitar Slinger,” Vince is worried that the average country music listener won’t be able to hear it and it’s not any fault of his own. The average country music fan picks up on what mainstream radio plays, and he worries that his material will never make it mainstream. In an interview with the Associated Press, Vince explains how he hates that radio today won’t play Merle Haggard or George Jones anymore because of their age.
“If they’re not as good, if the records aren’t as great, if the crap coming along is better, great. That’s all I ever wanted any of the people coming along to be was great. But if you get replaced by what you feel is not even close to as good, that messes with you, I guess.”
Vince is 54, and the only artists on mainstream radio right now in their 50′s that get airplay are Reba McEntire and George Strait. His current album is the follow-up to his Grammy award winning “These Days,” and this record is one that he considers to be a deeply personal album. He speaks out against how radio today is all youth driven:
“How’re we going to stay young? How’re we going to stay fit? How are we going to be relevant? Blah blah blah blah blah. It’s just how we’ve chosen to be as a culture, so none of it surprises me. What I find the most interesting is by that push towards that, you’ve alienated your core audience, to me.”
Read the full, interesting, interview HERE and let us know what you think… is country radio unfair to play artists based on their age?
The Country Music Association Awards (CMA) have announced plans to honor Glen Campbell at the 45th annual CMA Awards in Nashville on November 9th. Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Vince Gill will perform a tribute for the singer during the two-hour broadcast. The guitar-saluted performs will pay tribute to the highlights of Glen’s career.
Glen Campbell announced that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s earlier this year. He’s currently on his “Goodbye Tour” after releasing his final studio album “Ghost On The Canvas.”
The CMAs will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on November 9th on ABC starting at 8 pm EST. They will once again be co-hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.