RED BOW Records’ Craig Campbell kicked off the holiday season with a captivating performance at the 69th Annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting in Atlanta, GA on Sunday (11/20). His set featured his hits “Outskirts of Heaven” and “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” and festive covers including Alan Jackson’s “I Only Want You For Christmas” and the classic “White Christmas.” As a Georgia native, Campbell was thrilled to join in this flagship event that has become a state tradition for nearly 7 decades. Making the night even brighter, the singer-songwriter shared the stage with award-winning artists Aloe Blacc and Michelle Williams for the big finale of “O Holy Night” complete with spectacular fireworks and tree lighting. Next stop for Campbell is Chicago, IL, where he will perform his Top 40-and-climbing single “Outskirts of Heaven” at the 83rd annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, airing live on November 24 at 8:00a CT on WGN 9 Chicago or WGN America. Campbell made his national TV debut earlier this year with “Outskirts of Heaven” (Campbell, Dave Turnball) on NBC’s TODAY and the powerful song has racked up rave reviews with fans praising; “brought me to tears,” “gave me chills,” and claimed “this is what country music is supposed to sound like.” Following 2015’s “Tomorrow Tonight,” Campbell has been in the studio working on his RED BOW Records debut album. Previously sharing the stage with Randy Houser, Alan Jackson, The Band Perry, Jerrod Niemann, and Justin Moore, he is currently playing shows nationwide and working with the Grand Ole Opry on a tour in honor of the USO’s 75th anniversary with more details to be announced soon. For more information on Craig Campbell and tour dates, visit www.craigcampbell.tv. ABOUT CRAIG CAMPBELL: Campbell launched on to the country music scene with the release of his self-titled debut album (2011) delivering the hits “Family Man,” “Fish,” and “When I Get It.” To date, he has logged five consecutive charted hits with over a billion radio airplay audience impressions and over a half million downloads. Acclaimed as one of the genre’s most neo-traditionalist singers, his Top 15 breakout debut “Family Man” was featured on HBO’s True Blood and fan-favorite “Fish” has tallied nearly 400,000 digital copies sold. Campbell earned his first Top 10 smash with the infectious “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” from his sophomore album NEVER REGRET (2013). The gifted songwriter co-wrote Garth Brooks “All American Kid” off of MAN AGAINST THE MACHINE. Prior to landing his first record deal, the Lyons, GA native spent time on the road playing keyboard for both Tracy Byrd and Luke Bryan – shows that inspired him nightly. He was soon discovered while playing a regular gig at the downtown Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage.
Holiday Concert Special Airs Friday, November 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on DIRECTV and U-verse (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114) Watch a “First Look” from the Concert as Brett Eldredge Performs “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” on PEOPLE.COM (HERE) Watch the trailer for “Glow: An Evening with Brett Eldredge,” airing Friday, November 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on AUDIENCE Network, DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114 (here). Tune in to the AUDIENCE Network holiday concert special “Glow: An Evening with Brett Eldredge,” premiering Friday, November 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT via DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114. Ring in the season as the CMA Award-winning and platinum-selling country singer performs his brand new album Glow in its entirety alongside a big band at Bally’s Live in Las Vegas. For this exclusive holiday concert, Eldredge will perform standards like “White Christmas,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and more (see track listing below). Glow marks the third studio album and first Christmas album from Eldredge and is available now via Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville (here). “Bringing a Christmas record like this to Vegas is something I’ve been waiting to do my whole life,” said Brett Eldredge.“These songs were meant to be sung in a place like this, a place where Dean Martin himself performed. As a kid, I started out singing jazz music. I wanted to be Frank Sinatra! When I was 14 years old, I was singing like I was 50.” For a preview of the AUDIENCE Network concert special “Glow: An Evening with Brett Eldredge,” watch an exclusive “First Look” as he performs the holiday favorite “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” on PEOPLE.COM (here). http://people.com/country/brett-eldredge-christmas-special-let-it-snow-sneak-peek/ AUDIENCE Network‘s new music slate continues to deliver groundbreaking concerts, unique stories and exclusive performances across all genres, plus select programming in ultra high-definition/4K*, to audiences nationwide since multiple series began airing this past January. Recent concert specials include: CeeLo Green, Hank Williams Jr., Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, Flo Rida, Martina McBride, Lukas Graham, Kelsea Ballerini, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, 2 Chainz, Keith Urban, The Lumineers, Cole Swindell, Cypress Hill, Dan + Shay, Josh Kelley, Andra Day, JR JR, YOUNG THE GIANT, Melissa Etheridge, Mac Miller, Good Charlotte and others. New shows premiere via national broadcast Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114, as well as streaming on directv.com, uverse.com and on smartphones and tablets, via the DIRECTV and U-verse apps.** AUDIENCE Network‘s multiple series of original and exclusive performances give music fans an intimate view of music’s most influential artists today. The network collaborates directly with musicians to create a unique show from their perspective. Platinum-selling recording artist Brett Eldredge is setting the season to Glow with the release of his first-ever holiday album, available now. The powerhouse vocalist recorded the 11-track collection in the legendary Avatar Studios in New York with producers Rob Mounsey (Elton John, James Taylor, Idina Menzel, Michael Bublé) and Jay Newland (Etta James, Paul Simon, Stevie Continue reading
Several of country music’s brightest young stars have recorded “The Human Race,” an empowering anthem which premiered yesterday on Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and distributed by the Disney Music Group on Buena Vista Records, it will be available for purchase NOVEMBER 18 on iTunes and available for free download on the T-Mobile Tuesdays app while supplies last on November 22. In conjunction with its release and in celebration of Radio Disney’s ‘Share the Joy‘ campaign, a donation is being made to City of Hope, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Toys for Tots, Feeding America, and Musicians on Call. “The dedication and talent of so many artists and performers on this song manifests heart and humanity, and the positive power of music in our lives,” said Phil Guerini, Vice President, Music Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and General Manager, Radio Disney Networks. The recording artists include country music stars Kelsea Ballerini, Scotty McCreery, Locash, Jessie Chris, Mickey Guyton, Lindsay Ell and others who contributed their voices to the track. The single was produced by Guerini, Mike Daly, Executive Director, A&R and Music Publishing, Disney Music Group (Jason Mraz, Lucy Hale), and Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Billy Mann. A sneak peek of “The Human Race” music video will be broadcast during “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” airing on ABC on Thursday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Monday’s Christmas 4 Kids (C4K) benefit concert is sure to kick attendees into the holiday spirit with the addition of Bēm wireless sponsored artist Ty Bates and over two grand in merchandise that will be given away. “I’m beyond honored to return to the Ryman for the Christmas 4 Kids benefit concert,” says Ty Bates. “I got to meet the team behind this charity in 2014 when I first appeared at the bus tour and was excited when Bēm wireless decided to get behind this group as well. C4K spreads such needed joy to kids throughout Middle Tennessee and the money raised from this show ensures that they get to continue their efforts.” “Ty brought the idea of this event to our attention and when I saw the impact this organization has had on children throughout the years, I knew we had to get involved again,” says Bēm wireless Founder Mike Nakamura. “I hope the products we donated will help gain the attention of fans in the region to come out and support these people making an impact right there in their hometown communities. They might even take home a bluetooth speaker or headphones as a thank you from all of us at Bēm wireless for supporting Christmas 4 Kids.” In addition to hearing performances from the legendary lineup of The Marshall Tucker Band, Aaron Tippin, Montgomery Gentry & Ray Stevens, 23 attendees will leave with one of the following products: Range Strum Speaker (Quantity 10) – Retail Price: $69.99 per device Range Freedom Headphones (Quantity 2) – Retail Price: $99.99 per device Speaker Mojo (Quantity 6) – Retail Price: $49.99 Boom Boxes (Quantity 2) – Retail Price: $299.99 EXO- 400 (Quantity 3) – Retail Price $79.99 The only way to guarantee a chance at taking home one of these innovative “tuned for country” units is to secure a ticket for the show. Tickets range from $38.50 to $60 and can be purchased at www.ryman.com. About Christmas for Kids Christmas 4 Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 25 years providing many children, each year, with their very own shopping spree. The funds generated by the concert, and the Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet and Greet event, are used to give over 400 children from 29 different schools, a day-long shopping excursion. The special day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer’s luxury tour bus, dinner, and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus. To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville, Tennessee, Walmart, where the kids receive a brand new winter coat, and $150.00 to spend however they choose. For more information on Christmas 4 Kids, visit www.christmas4kids.org.
There Will Be A 100% Chance of Snow Plus A Visit from Santa To Kick off the Holidays in Memphis The event is free and open to the public. WHAT: Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Elvis Presley’s Graceland WHO: T.G. Sheppard and Santa WHEN: November 17 at 6:00 p.m. CST WHERE: Graceland Plaza, Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis MEMPHIS, Tenn. (November 16, 2016) – Elvis Presley’s Graceland® in Memphis, Tenn., will officially begin the holiday season when Country Music Award winner singer-songwriter T.G. Sheppard “flips the switch” on the traditional lights and decorations during the annual lighting ceremony on Thursday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. CST and lights up Elvis Presley’s iconic home for the season. Santa has guaranteed there will be a 100% chance of snow during the event. The extensive Christmas display at the king’s castle includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and much more, all originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and the Presley family. The interiors of Graceland mansion will feature the Presley family’s Christmas décor starting on November 17 for seasonal holiday tours through his birthday celebration in January. Included will be his traditional red velvet drapes as well as Presley family Christmas artifacts on display around several trees throughout the home. Channeling his inner Elvis, Santa will arrive to greet the fans and children and will be available for photos following the lighting ceremony. The lighting event featuring T.G. Sheppard is free and open to the public. While promoting records for RCA, T.G. formed a close personal and professional relationship with Elvis, who appreciated T.G.’s unique style and personality. As a token of their friendship, Elvis gave T.G. his first tour bus in 1976, helping to provide him with the confidence to give up the promotion business and hit the road full time. Following the lighting ceremony, The Guest House at Graceland will offer tours of the new 450-room luxury resort along with complimentary hot chocolate and candy canes. A special holiday package that includes tickets to visit Graceland while decorated for the holidays is available for booking through The Guest House at Graceland. For more detailed information please visit www.graceland.com or call 901-332-3322.
A CAPPELLA SENSATION UNWRAP THIRD FULL-LENGTH CHRISTMAS ALBUM COLLECTION INCLUDES CLASSIC CAROLS AND NEW ORIGINALS INCLUDING “FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS (FEAT. JANA KRAMER)”: “I’LL HAVE ANOTHER…20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR” BEGINS OCTOBER 14TH IN RENO, NV ALBUM PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW: http://smarturl.it/SNCAnotherChristmas “I’LL HAVE ANOTHER…CHRISTMAS ALBUM” ARRIVES ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH Atlantic Records recording group Straight No Chaser has announced details of a new holiday album. “I’LL HAVE ANOTHER…CHRISTMAS ALBUM” – the world famous a cappella group’s sixth full-length release – arrives eve rywhere on Friday, October 28th. “I’LL HAVE ANOTHER…CHRISTMAS ALBUM” is now available for pre-order at all DSPs as well as via the official Straight No Chaser store. All pre-orders will receive a download of “Feels Like Christmas (Feat. Jana Kramer),” an original duet that Kramer and Straight No Chaser unveiled yesterday: https://youtu.be/Cl4S1QtuJR4. Kramer, who won the 2012 Academy of Country Music (ACM) New Female Vocalist of the Year award, released her most recent album thirty one last year, which debuted at #3 on the Country Albums Chart and marked the fifth best-selling first week for a country solo female artist that year. She is currently a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” Over the last week, Straight No Chaser enlisted their fans (“Chasers”) to help unveil the tracklist of “I’LL HAVE ANOTHER…CHRISTMAS ALBUM.” A few lucky fans received Christmas sweaters, each listing a song title. The fans were then asked to photograph themselves in the sweaters and to post the photos to unveil each song title. The full gallery of photos is available here on the group’s website, http://www.sncmusic.com/. A special edition of the album will be available at Target (both online and at retail locations) and features two additional songs, a reworking of the Stevie Wonder song “What Christmas Means T o Me,” and the classic “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” That edition is available here: http://www.target.com/p/-/A-51672643. Straight No Chaser will celebrate “I’LL HAVE ANOTHER…CHRISTMAS ALBUM” with the “I’ll Have Another…20th Anniversary World Tour.” The trek – which also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the group’s 1996 formation and first show at Indiana University – begins October 14th at Reno, NV’s Grand Theatre and continues through the holiday season, wrapping up in early 2017 with a series of January shows at Paris’ world renowned Salle Playel (see attached itinerary). For complete ticket information and other news, please see www.sncmusic.com/tour. “I’LL HAVE ANOTHER…CHRISTMAS ALBUM” marks Straight No Chaser’s first full-length holiday release since 2009’s RIAA gold certified “CHRISTMAS CHEERS.” “I’LL HAVE ANOTHER…CHRISTMAS ALBUM” collects a cache of Christmas classics both old and new, including beloved carols, holiday favorites made famous by Coldplay, Mariah Carey, and Stevie Wonder, and newly penned original songs. To record the album, the group returned to where their story began—Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Long beloved for their trademark takes on Yuletide favorites, Straight No Chaser made thei r now classic debut with 2008 RIAA gold certified debut album, “HOLIDAY SPIRITS.” The group celebrated Christmas 2014 with a revised version Continue reading
The Oak Ridge Boys Announce the Christmas Celebration Tour 2016 Grammy Award-winning Country Music Hall of Famers celebrate Christmas with timeless hits and holiday favorites NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 25, 2016) – Every year, a man with a white beard goes city to city giving the gift of Christmas joy, and his name is… William Lee Golden (were you expecting someone else?). For 27 years now, Country Music Hall of Fame members The Oak Ridge Boys have been a part of their fans’ holiday seasons with their annual Christmas tour. This year, the award-winning group will play to packed houses across America during the 2016 Christmas Celebration tour, which will take the group to two-dozen cities in 16 states, from the East to West Coast, November 1 through December 22 (see schedule below). A mixture of traditional and contemporary songs—including religious, romantic and fun holiday tunes—makes up the set list, which includes songs from the Oaks’ six bestselling Christmas CDs. A highlight of the evening is the much-loved ‘rocking chair’ segment where each BOY rocks by the fireplace and shares personal thoughts about Christmas. Oaks’ lead singer, Duane Allen, says, “Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the positive things about the season…. the joy, happiness, giving, sharing, time with family, and gifts. The beautiful lights and decorations. Christmas music. Special food. And most of all the true meaning, which, of course, is celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “Every year I look forward to taking our Christmas tour all over the USA. I hope everyone will come out this year and celebrate Christmas with The Oak Ridge Boys.” Known for their iconic and multi-platinum selling hit “Elvira,” along with other chart-toppers like “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” and “Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight,” The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved a decorated career, winning five GRAMMY® Awards, and multiple CMA, ACM and Dove Awards for their cross-over brand of pop, country and gospel music that spans multiple generations. Made up of members Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban, whose unmistakable bass on the lyric “oom poppa, mow mow,” has become one of music’s most recognized sing-alongs on an international scale, The Oak Ridge Boys are members of the Grand Ole Opry and achieved arguably country music’s highest honor in October 2015 when they were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Christmas Celebration Tour 2016 Dates Nov 15, 2016 Branson, MO The Mansion Theatre Nov 16, 2016 Branson, MO The Mansion Theatre Nov 17, 2016 Branson, MO The Mansion Theatre Nov 18, 2016 Biloxi, LA Golden Nugget Biloxi Nov 19, 2016 Lake Charles, LA Golden Nugget Nov 20, 2016 Paris, TX Love Civic Center Nov 25, 2016 Joplin, MO Joplin Memorial Hall Nov 26, 2016 Sioux Falls, SD Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science Nov 27, 2016 Grand Forks, ND Chester Fritz Auditorium Nov 28, 2016 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre Nov 30, 2016 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Continue reading
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Country artist Amber Hayes has released a special holiday track, called “Uh Oh, Looks Like Snow.” The song is currently available as a free download for fans through Hayes’ website and to newsletter subscribers. The fun wintertime tune tells the story of a girl who wishes for a snowstorm so she can stay in and cuddle with her loved one. The upbeat track was co-written by Hayes and Bill DiLuigi. “This time of year is all about giving back,” said Hayes. “My fans have been so supportive, and without them, I would not be able to make a career doing what I love. I want to give back to my fans with this song. Hopefully, it will put a smile on their face.” This holiday season, fans can also see Amber Hayes in the major motion film “Cowgirls N’ Angels,” which is scheduled to air on the Starz network starting Dec. 4. The movie features three of Hayes’ songs, including her 2010 Top 40 Music Row single, “C’mon,” which can be heard in the “Cowgirls N’ Angels” preview trailer here. Hayes plays a honky tonk singer in the film and performs the song as part of a prominent line dancing scene. Also included is “Always There For Me,” a previously unreleased duet with Lonestar front man Richie McDonald, who has a cameo as her father in the same scene. “Right As Rain” is the third Hayes track featured in the film. All three songs are included on the official “Cowgirls N’ Angels” soundtrack, available on iTunes or Amazon.com. To see when “Cowgirls N’ Angels” will air in your area, click here. The Timothy Armstrong-directed “Cowgirls N’ Angels” stars Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell (“Babe,” “L.A. Confidential,” “The Green Mile,” “The Artist”) Bailee Madison (“Bridge To Terabithia,” “Brothers,” “Just Go With It”), Alicia Witt (“Friday Night Lights,” “The Mentalist”) Frankie Faison (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Wire”) and Jackson Rathbone (“Twilight” films) among others. “Cowgirls N’ Angels” follows the adventures of young Ida Clayton (Bailee Madison), who joins a group of female rodeo trick riders in a quest to find her real father. Oklahoma native Amber Hayes first broke onto the Country music scene after her starring role as Kathy Twitty in the 2008 Conway Twitty musical, “It’s Only Make Believe.” Amber released her debut EP C’mon in 2010, landing two Top 40 singles (“C’mon,” “Wait”) on the national MusicRow Country Breakout chart. In October 2012, she released her sophomore album, Any Day Is A Good Day. Shortly following, Billboard’s The 615 named her as “One To Watch in 2013” and she opened up for one of her biggest musical influences, Reba McEntire, in Durant, Oklahoma. Amber’s title track of her album, “Any Day Is A Good Day,” scored Amber her first Top 30 record. For more information about Amber, visit www.AmberHayesMusic.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Country Music star JT Hodges will star in a new made-for-television holiday movie. The sultry Country Music artist who has already caught the eye of Music City Nashville, award-winning producers, the ACM’s and People Magazine will debut his acting skills in the Hallmark Channel Original Holiday movie, “Finding Christmas” which premieres on the network on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 8pm EST. In conjunction with the network television movie, JT Hodges will also release a modern country take on the classic holiday song “Joy to the World” on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 via iTunes. The movie is part of Hallmark Channel’s popular “Countdown to Christmas” programming campaign. Find out more directly from Show Dog Universal!