Members of the band Gloriana pictured here left to right: Cheyenne Kimball, Mike Gossin, Rachel Reinert and Tom Gossin. Photo courtesy of WMG Nashville.
The band posted the following message on their website on July 11:
As you may have heard, Cheyenne Kimball chose to leave our band. We need you to know that Gloriana will absolutely continue on. We couldn’t imagine our lives any other way.
We are 100 percent committed to all of you, our fans and supporters. As planned, we will debut our new music video this week and will continue touring and supporting “Wanna Take You Home” while finishing up our new album. We wish Cheyenne the best of luck in whatever lies ahead for her.
Tom, Rachel, and Mike – Gloriana
Gloriana first hit the country music scene back in 2009 with their breakout gold-certified hit single “Wild At Heart.” On the heels of releasing their self-titled debut album, Gloriana won the fan-voted-on American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist. The album’s success led to two years on the road, during which the band performed in front of millions worldwide as Taylor Swift’s handpicked opening act on her Fearless Tour. They also opened shows for Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and the Zac Brown Band. In 2010, Gloriana won the Academy of Country Music’s Award for Top New Vocal Group and were nominated for a Teen Choice Award for “Choice Country Group.”
Earlier this spring the band released their latest single “Wanna Take You Home,” a song set to be the lead single on their yet to be named sophomore album. The band recently wrapped up shooting the official music video for the single which is still slated for release later this week.
Reba McEntire photo courtesy of the Valory Music Co.
Reba McEntire as one of the many country stars who’ve joined the Twitter craze.
Dial-Global reported that yesterday, Reba’s tweet said she was doing interviews all day (including an interview with GAC and GACTV.com). She also busted her husband Narvel Blackstock’s client Blake Shelton, who has been tweeting like a madman and isn’t always very nice or “PG” in his tweets.
Reba posted, “Do u think Blake Shelton Drunk Tweets? Read his Tweets! Sounds like it to me… Continue Reading
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert at the CRS-40/Digital Rodeo "40th Anniversary Jam: A Musical Thanks to Radio" at Cadillac Ranch. Photo: Bev Moser/CRB
Blake Shelton regularly starts fires on his Twitter page and constantly jokes onstage and in interviews, so it’s understandable that fans would wonder if rumors of a secret marriage to girlfriend Miranda Lambert are true. Continue Reading
Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.
Last Saturday night in Kansas City, MO, Taylor Swift joined Keith Urban for what was her final stop on his 2009 Escape Together World Tour. To make sure she left a lasting impression, Taylor and her bandmates schemed a plan to prank Keith during his performance of “Kiss A Girl.”
The plan was executed to perfection as Taylor and team stormed the stage disguised as the band KISS. The outfits and facepaint were done to perfection. And if that was not enough, additional pranksters hit the stage dressed as lifesize Hershey kisses. Keith seemed unfazed by the assault, although Taylor did step in a couple times to sing the lyrics as Keith appeared to crack up nearby. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this video is worth a million more. Continue Reading
Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.
Taylor Swift has shown impressive acting chops in her music videos, so it was only a matter of time before the young superstar hit the big screen. Website thehollywoodgossip.com reports that Taylor will be in the upcoming romantic comedy, “Valentine’s Day,” due out Feb. 14, 2010. Joining Taylor in the ensemble cast is Julia Roberts, Patrick Dempsey, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper and Jessica Biel.
Filming is already underway and the website also reports that Taylor’s been hanging on the set with “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner. Hinting at – and hoping for — a possible romantic relationship, the site gushes, “? our focus is entirely on Taylor and Taylor. How could it not be?!? He’s single. She’s single. He’s cute. She’s cute. And they share the same first name! Wouldn’t these two make an absolutely delicious couple?”
Billy Currington photo by Danny Clinch, courtesy of UMG Nashville.
The Associated Press reports that the Big Valley Jamboree festival in Camrose, Alberta, Canada was canceled on Sunday after a powerful thunderstorm caused an outdoor stage to collapse, killing one person and injuring 75 others. A member of Billy Currington‘s band was among the injured.
Billy’s label, Mercury Nashville, released a statement, saying Billy “was taken to the hospital and suffered a minor concussion but is expected to make a full recovery. He has been released from the hospital and has returned to his home in Nashville. Currington’s bass player Alex Stevens was pinned under the wreckage of the stage for half an hour while rescue personnel removed debris to free him. Stevens underwent immediate surgery to repair a severed artery and nerves in his left arm and is currently receiving treatment in Nashville.” Continue Reading
The same day Alan Jackson filled a Nashville club this month with a free concert celebrating his 20th anniversary as a recording artist, a lengthy story in The Nashville Scene indicated he was planning to put his suburban mansion, Sweetbriar, up for sale.
Not too many people can afford the hefty $38-million price tag, but a bundle of pictures of the home — both inside and out — can be viewed at http://realestalker.blogspot.com/2009/06/alan-jacksons-southern-spread.html. Occupying 19,000 square feet, the home has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half-baths, plus a 20-car garage. Add to that a gymnasium, three ponds, and a boathouse on their 135-acre spread, and you get an idea of what selling 50 million albums can do for your lifestyle. Continue Reading