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Exclusive Interview: Introducing Mariah Grace

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We had the chance to chat with rising country star, Mariah Grace. She couldn’t have been sweeter and opened up to us about everything from songwriting to releasing her first EP to her faith and her musical inspirations. Despite an impressive resume that includes magazine features, high-profile performances and acclaim, she remains grounded, humble and thankful for everything that’s come her way so far.  Without further ado, meet Mariah Grace.

KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing? 

MG: I have been singing my whole life. My family has always said I was singing before I could talk. When I was only a few months old I was humming and singing twinkle twinkle little star with my Mimi who was an amazing singer, and My Momma said she knew then that God had blessed me with my gift to sing. I first stepped out onto a stage to perform at age 2, and have been performing ever since. My whole life I have been in front of the camera, in front of a crowd, and singing everywhere and anywhere I could and for everyone and anyone. The stage is my home.

KIC: You list Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton as your biggest inspirations – What do you take from them and are there any current artists you idolize?

MG: I have looked up to Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton my whole life. They have both taught me to go after what I love, and to never give up. I idolize anyone who goes after their dreams. As for an artist right now that I idolize, That would hands down be Carrie Underwood. I am so blessed for all of the country music artists before me who make it possible for girls like me to be living out our dreams. I have certainly been blessed with the best of them. My fellow artist friends and mentors have helped me so very much.

Off-camera ACM award winners announced

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Today, the Academy of Country Music is announcing the winners of awards that will not be televised during the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, due to time constraints. The ceremony will be telecast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Special Awards, Industry Awards, MBI (Musician, Bandleader, Instrumentalist) and Songwriter of the Year honorees will be feted at the 7th Annual ACM Honors event on September 10, 2013 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

SPECIAL AWARDS

Cliffie Stone Pioneer AwardKeith Whitley and The Judds have been chosen to receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, honoring individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre.

Crystal Milestone AwardJason Aldean has been chosen to receive the Crystal Milestone Award, which is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement.

Gene Weed Special Achievement AwardBlake Shelton has been chosen to receive the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which acknowledges unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music.

Jim Reeves International Award – Lady Antebellum has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.

Mae Boren Axton AwardTommy Wiggins has been chosen as the recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award, which is given in recognition of years of dedication and service by an outstanding individual to the Academy of Country Music.

Poet’s Award – Guy Clark and Hank Williams have been selected to receive the Poet’s Award, which honors songwriters for outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music.

Check out the industry award winners below:

Country stars react to Mindy McCready’s suicide

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It’s been a tragic twenty-four hours for the country music community after learning about the passing of singer Mindy McCready. The “Ten Thousand Angels” artist was found dead from an apparent suicide last night in Arkansas. Mindy was 37 years old and leaves behind a six year old and a nine-year old son.

See what some of country’s brightest stars had to share about the sad news:

Oak Ridge Boys: We sang “Farther Along” last night in honor of Mindy McCready. One day we will know!!!!!

John Rich: Very sad to hear about Mindy McCready. When I was in Lonestar she was our label mate and we were friends. A tragic end to a talented life.

Jana Kramer: So sad to hear about the loss of Mindy. What an insanely talented woman.

Michelle Wright: As you may know Mindy McCready has passed on. She was a young promising country music artist in the mid ’90′s but faced a number of challenges and I’m so sad that she lost the battle with addiction and mental illness which can also cause depression. I’ve been sober now for several years and I know how hard it can be sometimes. RIP Mindy.

Jimmy Wayne: RIP @mindymccready We met 14 years ago @ Acuff & Rose. Who’d thought 14 years later on this day…. #why

Jason Blaine: Sad to hear about the passing of Mindy McCready. Thoughts & prayers for her young children. Tragic situation.

Carrie Underwood: I grew up listening to Mindy McCready… so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them…

See more reactions below:

Wynonna Judd Postpones Canadian Dates

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Wynonna Judd has been forced to postpone her upcoming Canadian tour dates due to her husband’s serious motorcycle accident. Michael Scott “Cactus,” Moser, who works as her drummer, and Wynonna were on their own bikes in Deadwood, South Dakota on Saturday night when Cactus collided with an oncoming vehicle. He was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The accident occurred before her show in Deadwood. Wynonna was not involved in the accident.

“The outpouring of prayer and support from friends, family and fans has been a blessing to both Cactus and I. Cactus is a champion. I love him deeply and I will not leave his side.”

The pair were married this past June in Tennessee. Her upcoming Canadian dates scheduled for this week will be postponed until further notice. We here at Keepin’ it Country wish Cactus a speedy recovery and hope to see them both on tour again soon!

Jake Owen Seeing Stars That Serve

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A night out in Nashville had Jake Owen seeing stars and SEALS.  In this case, they were one and the same.

The RCA recording artist attended the Act of Valor movie screening in Nashville last night.  He wrote and recorded a song, “The Best I Can,” for the movie soundtrack and was anxious to see the film, which features active-duty Navy SEALS.

“Getting to hang out with the Navy SEALS last night was truly the biggest honor of my life,” says Jake. “Everyone should go see Act of Valor.  The movie is so intense, but it’s real. It reminds you that every single day you should be very grateful to live in this country.”

On February 14, Jake travels to NYC to perform his Top-10 hit single, “Alone with You,” on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which airs at 12:30 a.m. ET.

By the way, the rest of the Act of Valor soundtrack is pretty much a country collaboration.  Other performers on the album include Keith Urban, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Trace Adkins, Josh Kelley and Wynonna.

Wynonna To Appear On RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Wynonna has joined the cast of celebrity judges on the next season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The series features 13 contestants vying for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” The 90-minute season premiere kicks off on Monday, January 30th at 9 pm EST on the Logo channel, followed by a new season of the fan-favorite behind-the-scenes series “Untucked: RuPaul’s Drag Race” at 10:30 pm EST. Wynonna’s episode will air on April 2nd at 9 pm EST on Logo.

See the full list of celebrity judges on the new season below:

Wynonna Is Engaged!

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Over the holidays, Wynonna Judd became engaged to her musician boyfriend Cactus Moser. It has been reported that Moser, member of the award-winning country group Highway 101, proposed to Judd on December 24th.

This will be the third marriage for Judd, who has been dating Moser since late 2009.

Currently, the two are touring together as Wynonna and The Big Noise.

We wish the couple all the best!

Wynonna Judd Gets Vocal About First Amendment

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Wynonna Judd, one half of the legendary country music duo The Judds, has added her name to the list of celebrities speaking out for the freedom of expression in the United States. She’s joined the “Free To Tweet” event as part of the “1 For All” campaign. The one-day online event celebrates the First Amendment rights on Wednesday, December 15th – also known as Bill Of Rights Day. During the event, Americans are encouraged to join some of their favorite celebrities by using the hashtag #FreeToTweet on Twitter all day long.

High school and college students nationwide are eligible to win one of 22 $5,000 scholarships by sending out creative Tweets about the First Amendment during the “Free to Tweet” event.

“My success in music would not have been possible without freedom of expression,” said Wynonna. “It’s an honor for me to join in supporting the 220th anniversary of Bill of Rights Day.”

The unprecedented “1 For All” campaign is the largest of its kind in scope and reach. It plans on using a fresh approach by using public figures to tweet, rock, write, read, worship, assemble, petition and much more. Ellen DeGeneres, Ke$ha, John Mellencamp, Blake Shelton, and David Gregory were among the first celebrities to put their names down for the cause.

Wynonna Heading Out On Solo Tour to Thank Fans

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Wynonna Judd is heading out on a small solo tour tonight where the Judds left off. Her “Thanks & Giving” tour will be focused on giving back to the fans that have stood by her through her career. The solo dates start today in Phoenix, Arizona where the duo had played their last show together, which the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) had filmed for a mini documentary series “The Judds: Final Encore.” The documentary ended up being the OWN’s highest rated series outside of the network’s launch week on the show’s debut in April.

With the farewell tour and reality documentary behind her, Wynonna is hard at work for her new tour and eighth studio record on Curb that she expects to be out next year. In the spirit of the Holidays, Wynonna plans to host a “Thanks & Giving” meet and greet at every stop on her tour to thank her fans personally.

“It means a lot to me to have such dedicated and hardworking fans that have been with me throughout my journey. Thanking each person is always hard to do, but I’m going to meet as many fans as possible and express my appreciation to them in person” shares Wynonna.

For the full listing of Wynonna’s tour stops see below:

Wynona Performs At IndyCar Driver’s Funeral

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Yesterday was the funeral for Dan Wheldon, the late IndyCar driver who was killed in a crash last weekend. The service took place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and country great Wynonna Judd performed in his honor. She sang “Amazing Grace” and “I Can Only Imagine.”

Ashley Judd, Wynonna’s sister, was also there with her IndyCar racing husband.

Dan is survived by his wife and two sons.