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Kelly Clarkson Hosting Star-Studded Miracle on Broadway Concert Saturday Night i


Image Courtesy RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson's star-studded Miracle on Broadway concert is set for Saturday night at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The lineup includes pop stars Meghan Trainor and Hayley Williams of Paramore as well as country stars Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kacey Musgraves, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Martina McBride. Kelly started the ball rolling for the show less than 90 days ago, and she recruited her mother-in-law, Reba, as the first special guest on the show. Kelly is married to Reba's stepson, Brandon Blackstock.Kelly says with a laugh, "I figured if I could tie Reba in, people would say yes. So, she said yes, probably 'cause she's just my mother-in-law. It'd be awkward at Christmas when she was like, 'Oh, I turned you down.'"The stellar lineup at Miracle on Broadway is a testament to how much other artists, like Trisha Yearwood, love and respect Kelly."If Kelly Clarkson asked me to mow her lawn, I'm there," Trisha tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, really. She emailed and she goes, 'I know you and Garth are really busy, and I expect you to say no, but I just want to ask.' Both of us were like, 'Yeah, absolutely.' So, I mean, really, truly anything for her."Kelly hopes to make Miracle on Broadway an annual event, and she's already gotten commitments for next year's show from a few superstars, including Dolly Parton. Kelly reached out to Dolly about eight days ago to join her for a duet of "Hard Candy Christmas" at this year's concert, but Dolly actually returned Kelly's email with a fax containing a sweet note about the song and Kelly's new baby, River Rose.Kelly says of Dolly, "First of all, I love her because she doesn't email. She faxes, which makes me love her. Like, you don't understand. The fax, I'm actually framing and putting in my office."Miracle on Broadway coincides with Kelly's first Christmas with her baby, River Rose. While she's worked with charities in the Nashville area for years now, Kelly says becoming a mother has made her want to give even more back to her community.In addition to River Rose, Kelly is a stepmom to Brandon's two children from a previous marriage. She hopes to instill that spirit of giving into their kids with events like Miracle on Broadway.Says Kelly, "We want to make sure that they are a part of things like this from the get-go. His kids, and our little girl as well -- [to] just see this. Because it's like, you can't grow up in your own little world. There's a whole world out there, and there's people that are in need."Proceeds from Miracle on Broadway benefit several of Kelly's favorite charities in Middle Tennessee, including The Community Foundation, Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Monroe Harding Children's Home, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Thistle Farms organization for women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.Fans attending the concert are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. Those not attending the concert can make a one-time $10 donation by texting MIRACLE to 41010.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Garth Brooks Adds More Shows in Detroit


Image Courtesy Pearl/RCAGarth Brooks has added three dates to his run of shows in Detroit for a total of six concerts starting Friday, February 20. He'll then play two shows on Saturday, February 21. There's another show on Friday, February 27 followed by two shows on Saturday, February 28.So far, Garth has sold more than 90,000 tickets in Detroit with tickets still available through Ticketmaster.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Martina McBride Shares Holiday Recipes and Traditions on "Today" This Tuesday


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsMartina McBride recently invited Today correspondent Jenna Bush Hager into her home in Nashville for a segment airing just before Christmas. Martina shared stories about her Christmas traditions and prepared a few recipes from her new book about entertaining, Around the Table. The book came out earlier this year and offers tips on how to throw parties for every season.Tune in to see Martina on NBC's Today on Tuesday morning.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Swon Brothers Catch Up with "The Voice" Winner, Craig Wayne Boyd, over Dinne


Image Courtesy Splash! PRThe Swon Brothers caught up with the newly crowned winner of The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd, over dinner in New York City. The Swon Brothers, who competed on The Voice on Team Blake like Craig, had dinner with Craig at the Bond 45 Italian steakhouse this week. All three stars posed for pictures with fans at the restaurant in between sharing stories about The Voice.The Swon Brothers will hit the road with Brad Paisley next month. Of note, Craig Wayne Boyd has signed a record deal with Dot Records, the label home of Maddie & Tae.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Hunter Hayes Performs on "Christmas in Washington," Tonight


Image Courtesy TNTHunter Hayes performs for President Obama on tonight's Christmas in Washington special on TNT, but this won't be the first time he's entertained a sitting president. In fact, Hunter sang for his first U.S. president as a seven- or eight-year-old child prodigy in a Cajun band.Hunter tells ABC News Radio, "It was actually on the White House lawn."He returned to Washington, D.C. the next year to perform for the president again, but Hunter admits he didn't really understand what a big deal that was as a kid.He says with a laugh, "I'm 23 now. It means a lot. It means a lot more, you know."Look for Hunter to perform "Run Run Rudolph" and "Mary, Did You Know" on Christmas in Washington. Performing on this show has been on Hunter's wish list for a while now."I've seen, actually, a lot of my favorite artists do it," Hunter explains. "Everything about it is just so [big] -- I mean, the enormous and incredible orchestra, the choir, the band that plays with everybody. The production, the building, and obviously, all for our nation, right? So, it's quite something to walk into and process."Darius Rucker, Earth Wind & Fire and pop star Rita Ora are also performing on Christmas in Washington. The show, hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and you'll see the first family get onstage with all the musical performers at the end and hug them.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Hunter Hayes Performs on "Christmas in Washington," Tonight on TNT


Image Courtesy TNTHunter Hayes performs for President Obama on tonight's Christmas in Washington special on TNT, but this won't be the first time he's entertained a sitting president. In fact, Hunter sang for his first U.S. president as a seven- or eight-year-old child prodigy in a Cajun band.Hunter tells ABC News Radio, "It was actually on the White House lawn."He returned to Washington, D.C. the next year to perform for the president again, but Hunter admits he didn't really understand what a big deal that was as a kid.He says with a laugh, "I'm 23 now. It means a lot. It means a lot more, you know."Look for Hunter to perform "Run Run Rudolph" and "Mary, Did You Know" on Christmas in Washington. Performing on this show has been on Hunter's wish list for a while now."I've seen, actually, a lot of my favorite artists do it," Hunter explains. "Everything about it is just so [big] -- I mean, the enormous and incredible orchestra, the choir, the band that plays with everybody. The production, the building, and obviously, all for our nation, right? So, it's quite something to walk into and process."Darius Rucker, Earth Wind & Fire and pop star Rita Ora are also performing on Christmas in Washington. The show, hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and you'll see the first family get onstage with all the musical performers at the end and hug them.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Band Perry and Hunter Hayes Confirmed to Attend the People's Choice Awards o


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry and Hunter Hayes are both set to attend the People's Choice Awards on January 7. The Band Perry is nominated for Favorite Country Group at the People's Choice Awards, and Hunter is nominated for Favorite Male Country Artist.Ellen DeGeneres, Beth Behrs, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin Hart and Betty White are among the others stars confirmed to attend. The show airs January 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae Added to CMT's "Ultimate Kickoff Party"


Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleJake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae have been added to the lineup for CMT's Ultimate Kickoff Party special airing January 9 from Dallas. The special is part of the festivities surrounding the first-ever College Football National Championship. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are also confirmed for the 90-minute special airing that night at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Trace Adkins Releasing 20-Song Concert DVD on January 13


Image Courtesy Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins will release a 20-song concert DVD, titled Live Country!, on January 13, 2015. The release includes live versions of his hits "Songs About Me," "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" and "You're Gonna Miss This" among others. Trace filmed the concert in Huntington, New York last August.Here's the DVD track listing:"(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing" "Songs About Me" "Big Time" "This Ain't No Love" "Chrome" "You're Gonna Miss This" "There's a Girl in Texas" "Every Light in the House" "Marry for Money" "Come to Poppa" "Hot Mama" "Heartbreak Song" "Maintenance Man" "It All Adds Up to Us" "Ladies Love Country Boys" "Rock You Up" "I Left Something Turned On at Home" "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" "Ride" "Take It from Me"Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Alan Jackson Playing 25th Anniversary Concert in Nashville April 11


Image Courtesy Schmidt Relations/Kristy BelcherAlan Jackson is bringing his Keepin' It Country Tour to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena April 11, 2015. The trek celebrates Alan's 25th anniversary in the music business. Jeff Foxworthy and Jon Pardi are also on the bill.Alan's Bridgestone Arena concert is a part of the events surrounding the NRA Convention taking place that week at Nashville's Music City Center. Tickets for Alan's concert go on sale Thursday, January 15 through Ticketmaster.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Band Perry Releases Scenic Video for "Gentle on My Mind"


Image Courtesy Splash PR/Kenny BakerThe Band Perry has released a brand-new video for their version of Glen Campbell's classic "Gentle on My Mind." The clip stars Alexander Ludwig, of The Hunger Games and Lone Survivor fame, sharing the screen with Shelley Hennig, whom you may recognize from the FX drama Justified.The Band Perry shot the narrative scenes with the actors in Death Valley, CA along with performance scenes at Union Station in Indianapolis."Gentle on My Mind" is the lead single from the soundtrack to the documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. The song earned The Band Perry a Grammy nomination earlier this month for Best Country Duo/Group performance.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Frankie Ballard Playing Fifth Annual Country Christmas Show in Michigan December


Image Courtesy Live Nation/Colleen Callahan Frankie Ballard will celebrate the holidays with his 5th Annual Frankie Ballard's Country Christmas show in his home state of Michigan on Saturday, December 20. The show will take place at the Kamazoo State Theatre with proceeds going to the Van Andel Institute for cancer research in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Frankie says, "There’s no better place to celebrate this time of year then with all the familiar faces of fans and friends,” shares Ballard. “I’m looking forward to bringing the best I have to this show -- the lights might go off before I get off stage!”Frankie's Christmas show will include a mix of holiday classics and his own songs, including the #1 hits "Helluva Life" and "Sunshine & Whiskey."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Randy Houser Believed in His Latest Hit, "Like a Cowboy," from the Start


Image Courtesy BBR Music GroupRandy Houser has hit the top 10 with his latest hit, "Like a Cowboy," which shows off his very impressive vocal range. The song is the most traditional-leaning track Randy has released in years, and he's glad to see "Like a Cowboy" become a hit at country radio following his big hits "How Country Feels," "Goodnight Kiss" and "Runnin' Outta Moonlight.""It's one of those songs we really believed in from the start, but thought, 'We better get some hits under our belt before we try this,'" Randy tells ABC News Radio. "It was sort of a -- not really a longshot, because we believed in it, but I'm just so thankful that all of my friends out in the radio and all the fans have stepped up to bat for it."Randy adds that he couldn't be more pleased with the success of "Like a Cowboy," but he's already thinking about the follow up to his latest album, How Country Feels.Randy says of "Like a Cowboy," "This song is the last single off of our current album."Randy will hit the road with Luke Bryan starting February 10, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Justin Moore Came Up Empty on His 2014 Hunting Trips


Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore had a great 2014 with his ACM New Artist of the Year win in April and the arrival of his new baby, Rebecca Klein, in July. Justin wasn't so lucky when it came to catching big game on his hunting trips to Colorado and Wisconsin this year.He says, "I've struck out so far this year, which is a rarity."Justin is quick to blame his elk hunting fail in Colorado on the weather, though."It went from 30 degrees to 70 degrees in a day," Justin explains, "and that's not conducive to seeing a lot of elk."Another deer hunting trip to Buffalo County, Wisconsin was a bust, too.Says Justin, "I don't know if I wasn't quiet enough or what. I didn't have any luck there either. So, I've got my work cut out for me."Justin is off the road spending the holidays with his family in Arkansas. He'll head out with Miranda Lambert on the Certified Platinum tour starting January 15, 2015 in Evansville, Indiana.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Hunter Hayes Performing with Los Angeles-Area Music Students at Grammy in the Sc


Image Courtesy CMAHunter Hayes has signed on to perform with Southern California music students at the Grammy in the Schools Live! concert in Los Angeles coming up February 4, 2015. More than 400 attendees of the Grammy Camp -- Jazz Session program will take part in the event that night at Club Nokia. They'll also attend the Grammy Camp -- Basic Training program prior to the concert to get a behind-the-scenes look at music careers from leaders in the industry.To purchase tickets to the show, go to Tickets.AXS.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Brett Eldredge Elected to Country Music Association's Board of Directors


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge won CMA New Artist of the Year last month, and now he's taking a seat on the Country Music Association's Board of Directors. Brett joins Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild as the artist members of the CMA Board, which is made up of industry executives from all branches of the country music business. The group is responsible for steering the CMA Awards and CMA Music Festival among other duties.When he's not helping run the CMA, Brett is gearing up for a full year of tour dates starting January 15, 2015 in Houston, Texas.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Eric Church Caps Off 2014 with Platinum Certification for The Outsiders


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleEric Church's album, The Outsiders, has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for reaching the one-million sales mark. The project debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in February with more than 288,000 copies sold in the first week. That's the fourth highest debut of any genre this year behind only Taylor Swift, One Direction and Coldplay, respectively.Eric picked up four Grammy nominations this month thanks to The Outsiders and the hit single from the album, "Give Me Back My Hometown." The trophies will be handed out February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Classic Titles from Willie Nelson, Hank Williams and Bob Wills Inducted into Gra


Image Courtesy Shock InkThree classic country recordings have been selected for the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees.Willie Nelson's classic 1978 standards album, Stardust, is going into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The honorees also include "Honky' Tonkin," by Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys from 1947, and Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys'"San Antonio Rose," from 1939.The Grammy Hall of Fame honors recordings that are at least 25 years old that have made a big historical or cultural impact. There are currently 987 titles in the Grammy Hall of Fame, on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Reba to Release New Single, "Going Out Like That," on January 6


Image Courtesy BMLGReba will release her brand-new single, "Going Out Like That," on January 6. It's the lead single from her upcoming studio album, and Reba says it really stuck out among the thousands of songs she considered recording for the project.Reba writes on Facebook, "It's a great song with up-tempo sassyness!!! The first time I heard it, a man was singing the demo. When I sang it coming from a female perspective, it became a woman's power anthem! Sure hope you like it!"Reba's first new album since 2010's All The Women I Am is due out in 2015.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lee Brice and Thompson Square Playing Mountain High Music Festival in Colorado N


Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice and Thompson Square will perform at the Mountain High Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado, which takes place January 14 through 18, 2015. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign in the fight against breast cancer and the Adaptive Sports Center for individuals with disabilities in Crested Butte.Go to MountainHighMusicFest.com for ticket information.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jason Aldean Says "Just Gettin' Started" Makes a Great Addition to His Catalog o


Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean's latest single, "Just Gettin' Started," will fit in nicely on his 2015 tour set list next to the other uptempo hits like "Dirt Road Anthem," "When She Says Baby" and "Hicktown." In fact, Jason says he's built his career with those fun songs.He tells ABC News Radio, "When you're going into a tour, you want something that's being played on the radio that's fun and gets people excited about the shows and all that."Jason will be playing his own headlining tour in the new year. He's also teaming up with Kenny Chesney for a few stadium dates, including a May 16 stop at AT&T Stadium in Texas. While Jason has a huge arsenal of hits, he's a little nervous about putting his set list up against Kenny's catalog of #1's.Says Jason, "He got a few years head start on me with hits. He's got a lot more than I got. I gotta get me a couple more before that tour kicks off."For a complete list of Jason's tour dates, go to JasonAldean.com. "Just Gettin' Started" is included on Jason's platinum-selling album, Old Boots, New Dirt.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio




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