Jan 19

Ingrid Andress to make “Lady Like” debut on ‘Ellen’

ABCIngrid Andress is making her Ellen debut next week. 

The singer will perform her current single “Lady Like,” the title track of her debut album, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on January 25. 

“‘Lady Like’ is one of the most personal songs I have ever written,” Ingrid describes. “To me, being ladylike is about courage, strength, compassion, leadership and love. I encourage each and every one of you to find out what it means to you too, because at the end of the day, I believe we could all stand to be a little more ladylike.”

Additionally, Ingrid ties with Miranda Lambert as the most-nominated country artist at the 2021 Grammy Awards, scoring nods for Best Country Album, Best Country Song for her chart-topping debut hit “More Hearts Than Mine” and is the only country act in the all-genre category of Best New Artist.   

The Ellen show airs weekdays in syndication. 

By Cillea Houghton 
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Jan 19

Dolly Parton wishes for “kindness” and “unearthing love” on 75th birthday

Valerie Macon/Getty ImagesIn honor of her 75th birthday, Dolly Parton has a special birthday wish: kindness. 

The music superstar has been flooded with well-wishes on her milestone birthday, taking to Instagramto show her appreciation by sharing a glowing throwback photo of herself with big hair and a smile to match, alongside a heartfelt message. 

“Thank you for all of the love on my birthday. This year my wish is a call for kindness. We can’t just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day,” she expresses. “Love too often gets buried in a world of hurt and fear. We have to work to dig it out so we can share it with our family, our friends and our neighbors. So today, January 19th, let’s get to unearthing love.” 

Those wishing the icon a happy birthday range from Maren Morris to Jimmy Fallon

“Will never be over her pulling me in. Happy birthday, @DollyParton,” Maren writes next to a video of The Highwomen singing with Dolly backstage at the 2019 Newport Folk Festival. 

“Happy birthday to the country queen. I hope I can be a tiny fraction of what you mean to country music & the world,” shares Carly Pearce

“It’s @DollyParton’s birthday and I am totally wigging out!!!” Jimmy quips alongside a clip of Dolly appearing on The Tonight Show, while Reese Witherspoon praises, “Your bright spirit and passion for helping others shines through in everything you do. Thank you for always inspiring me to DREAM MORE! I love you forever.”

By Cillea Houghton 
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Jan 19

Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley to host Grand Ole Opry anniversary special

Chris HolloBlake Shelton and Brad Paisley are teaming up for a special event honoring the Grand Ole Opry’s 95th anniversary. 

The Opry members will co-host Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music, a retrospective that celebrates the iconic show by featuring vintage clips and behind-the-scenes stories. 

The special also unites veteran and contemporary artists who are part of the Opry’s history performing some of their biggest hits, along with covers of country classics from Opry members. Interviews and other appearances from artists in various stages of their careers will also be featured 

The two-hour event airs on February 14 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC — the same week that Blake celebrates his 10th year as an Opry member and Brad recognizes his 20th anniversary. 

By Cillea Houghton 
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Jan 19

Luke Combs performing at Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show

ABCLuke Combs is combining his love of music and NASCAR with a headlining performance at the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show next month, serving as the kick-off event for the NASCAR Cup Series and the 63rd annual The Great American Race. 

“I grew up watching the NASCAR race every Sunday with my granddad; that was our thing. I never could have imagined back then that I’d be playing the Daytona 500 one day, so this is super awesome and is something I’m really looking forward to,” Luke says in a statement. 

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Luke will perform for a limited, socially-distanced audience at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Other safety protocols include mandatory face coverings, non-contact temperature checks, and hand sanitizing stations set up throughout the venue. 

Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker are among the other country artists who have performed at the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show. 

The pre-show event will air on February 14 on Fox at 2:30 p.m. ET.

By Cillea Houghton 
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Jan 19

Eric Church, Jazmine Sullivan to perform national anthem at Super Bowl

ABCEric Church is teaming up with R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan to perform the national anthem at the 2021 Super Bowl. 

The NFL announced on Tuesday that the singers are joining forces for the first time to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of Super Bowl LV, taking place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida next month. Jazmine is known for hit singles “Need U Bad” and “Bust Your Windows” and has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards.

Eric follows in the footsteps of fellow country star Luke Bryan, who performed the national anthem at the 2017 Super Bowl. Past anthem performers also include Beyoncé, Whitey Houston, Lady Gaga,Mariah Carey and more. 

Additionally, R&B singer-songwriter H.E.R. will perform “America the Beautiful” during the pregame festivities.  The Weeknd will headline the Super Bowl halftime show. 

Super Bowl LV will air globally on CBS on February 7 beginning at 6 p.m. ET. 

By Cillea Houghton 
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Jan 19

Carrie Underwood reveals ‘My Savior’ release date

Capitol Records Nashville Carrie Underwood is releasing her gospel album, My Savior, on March 26. 

The album, which features a variety of traditional hymns Carrie grew up singing, is co-produced by the singer and Cry Pretty co-producer David Garcia.

In a trailer for the project, Carrie refers to the songs as “legacy stuff,” and says she was intentional about doing “the familiar” in terms of covering the songs she was raised on in church.

“These songs are like a warm hug,” Carrie says in the trailer video over footage of her in the studio, along with a clip of her and husband Mike Fisher singing with friends on the porch swing of their home.

The superstar adds that she’s excited to connect with others who also grew up singing these songs, and to introduce them to a new generation.

“Hymns and gospel music have shaped me as an artist because those were the first things I sang. I think that was just a great foundation for me now as an artist,” she reflects.   

My Savior will also be released on vinyl on April 30.

By Cillea Houghton 
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Jan 19

Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard to perform “Undivided” on ‘Celebrating America’

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard are bringing a message of unity to Inauguration Day. 

The singers are teaming up for a performance of “Undivided” on the special Celebrating America, a televised special part of Wednesday’s Inauguration Day festivities. Tim made the announcement on Instagram, calling the performance an “honor.”

“What an honor it will be to get to share such an important message during such a historical moment in time,” adds Tyler.   

The special, hosted by Tom Hanks, serves as a celebration of soon-to-be President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris after they’re sworn into office, and they will make appearances throughout. It will also spotlight essential workers, teachers and other personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other performers include Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake and Demi Lovato

“Through different segments and performances, the program will highlight the strength of our democracy, the perseverance of our people, and our ability to come together during trying times and emerge stronger than ever before,” according to a statement by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. 

Celebrating America airs at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. 

By Cillea Houghton 
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Jan 19

Garth Brooks is “reaching across” for “unity” with a performance at Wednesday’s Biden inauguration

8 Ten, Inc.On Wednesday, Garth Brooks will perform alongside Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. 

The seven-time CMA Entertainer of the Year made the announcement during a news conference on Monday, after taking the weekend to consider the possibility after “a very sweet ask” during a phone call with future First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

“The main message they’re pushing is unity,” Garth says. “That’s right down my alley, man, because I think if we’re gonna get anywhere, we’re gonna get there together.”

The Oklahoma native has performed for every U.S. President since his close friend, Jimmy Carter, with the exception of Ronald Reagan

Garth also revealed he’d been asked to sing at the 2016 inauguration of President Donald Trump as well, though he “couldn’t fulfill that one because we had already had dates in Cincinnati set there.”

Garth didn’t unveil what he plans to perform, but did confirm it likely won’t be his classic, “We Shall Be Free,” since he previously sang it at President Barack Obama‘s inaugural. 

While seeming to indicate his own political persuasion, Garth went on to make it clear that he and the Biden administration share a common goal. 

“I might be the only Republican at this place, but it’s reaching across, loving one another, because that’s what’s going to get us through probably the most divided times that we have [ever had],” he reflected. “I want the divided times to be behind us.”

“I want to be able to differ in opinion and hug each other at the same football game. Right?” he asked. 

ABC’s Inauguration Day coverage is set to kick off at 7 a.m. ET on Wednesday, with the ceremony itself slated to begin at noon. 

By Stephen Hubbard
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Jan 18

Carrie Underwood performing at CeCe Winans’ livestream concert

Disney Channel/Image Group LACarrie Underwood is set to perform as part of gospel singer CeCe Winans‘ upcoming livestream concert. 

The powerhouse country star is uniting with the multi-Grammy Award winning gospel singer, Tauren Wells and CeCe’s brother Marvin Winans for “An Evening of Thanksgiving with CeCe Winans.” 

“There is so much going on in the world, and we could all use a night to forget about all of the chaos,” CeCe says about the faith-based event that will feature performances of worship songs, in addition to surprise guests. CeCe refers to the event as a celebration of the “season of gratitude.”

Fans can purchase tickets for the livestream now. It airs on February 21 at 8 p.m. ET on Compassion Live. 

“I’m so excited to be a part of this livestream concert with Gospel music LEGEND @CeCeWinans,” Carrie writes on Twitter 

Carrie will also step into gospel territory with her upcoming album My Savior that sees her covering hymns that she grew up singing. The album is set for release around Easter.  

By Cillea Houghton 
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Jan 18

Dan + Shay are “so happy” as “I Should Probably Go To Bed” hits #1

Warner Music NashvilleDan + Shay are so excited that they may not be going to sleep anytime soon: Their latest single “I Should Probably Go To Bed” claims the #1 spot on the country charts this week.

This makes for the duo’s fifth consecutive #1 hit and eighth overall, following in the footsteps of “Tequila,” “Speechless,” “All to Myself” and “10,000 Hours” featuring Justin Bieber

“We’re honestly so happy about this we could cry. We poured our hearts and souls into making this song at home during quarantine, and to see country radio + our fans embrace it has truly meant the world,” the twosome rave on Twitter.

“Huge thanks to everyone who made ISPGTB the #1 song this week!,” they add.

The track was co-written by the duo and pop songwriters Jason Evigan and Sean Douglas and was produced solely by Dan. It also reached #1 on the Billboard Country Digital Songs Sales chart following its July 2020 release.  

Additionally, the duo is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the Grammy Awards for “10,000 Hours.” 

By Cillea Houghton 
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