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Nov 21

Kenny Chesney Kicks Off Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign with Halftime Performance

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Pictured L-R: Charlotte Jones-Anderson, Executive VP, Dallas Cowboys, Kenny Chesney, Commissioner William Roberts, National Commander, Salvation Army, Jerry Jones, Owner, Dallas Cowboys. Photo by Kelly Alexander, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

While many people across the country are making final preparations for their Thanksgiving meal, four-time CMA and four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney is adding last-minute touches for his halftime performance during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins at 3:15 p.m. (CT) on FOX. With his final rehearsal today at Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington, TX, Kenny is excited to be a part of the kick-off of The Salvation Army’s 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign.

“This is a time of year when many people are in need of a helping hand. I’m excited to partner with The Salvation Army and the Dallas Cowboys to encourage the American people to help the less fortunate,” said Kenny. “I hope my music will elevate awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign, and in the end, help provide a warm meal, clothing or a bed for someone this holiday season.”

The nationally televised show marks the 16th year the Dallas Cowboys have helped The Salvation Army launch the campaign, which began on a San Francisco pier in 1891. Kenny’s performance will help raise awareness and millions of dollars for the Red Kettle Campaign, which collected a record $147.6 million last year. Funds will support people in need, including those still experiencing the lasting impact of Hurricane Sandy this Christmas season.

Kenny will perform a number of his top hits from past albums, as well as his most recent studio album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Since its release in June 2012, Welcome to the Fishbowl has been certified gold and includes the hit singles “Feel Like a Rock Star,” “Come Over,” and current hit “El Cerrito Place.” Throughout his nearly 20-year career, Kenny has sold more than 27 million albums and had 24 No. 1 singles.

Since the partnership between the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army began in 1997, the Red Kettle Campaign has raised more than $1.5 billion with the help of multiple top-tier musical acts spanning the past 15 years. Previous halftime performers have included: Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire. Continue Reading

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Aug 13

Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Rodney Atkins & More Team Up for “The Choice”

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of ACR/EMI Records Nashville.

Nineteen of country music’s biggest names, including Rodney Atkins, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Kellie Pickler, Josh Turner and Keith Urban, have teamed up to release the charitable single “The Choice.” The single benefits the nonprofit organization Soles4Souls. For every download of the song, a pair of shoes is donated to a person in need. More than 30,000 people around the world, many of them children, have already received a pair of shoes thanks to the song.

“When I was approached to contribute vocals on ‘The Choice,’ I immediately reverted back to my adolescence and when I first heard ‘We Are The World’ in the ‘80s,” Rodney Atkins said. “The impact that song and message had worldwide is still incredible. Today, we have the opportunity to make an impact on children and adults in a very real way, and I hope people will once again come together to support this song benefiting Soles4Souls.” Continue Reading

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May 22

Country Stars Lace Up for Annual Celebrity Softball Challenge

Scotty McCreery at the 21st annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Greer Stadium in Nashville. Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCeery, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina and David Nail are just some of the celebrities participating in City of Hope’s 22nd Annual Celebrity Softball Challenge. The game will take place June 9 in Nashville at Greer Stadium during the CMA Music Festival. GAC’s Storme Warren will serve as emcee for the game, which pits the Grand Ole Opry team against After MidNite with Blair Garner’s team.

“We’re proud to support City of Hope in its fight against cancer,” Pete Fisher, vice president and general manager of the Grand Ole Opry, said. “City of Hope’s groundbreaking and innovative research benefits people everywhere.”

“This game is a unique event during the CMA Music Festival, where we bring artists and fans together in order to give hope to people living with cancer,” Blair Garner said. “We expect to continue our winning streak this year and encourage all of our fans and the Nashville community to join us in this effort by attending the game and watching their favorite stars step up to the plate.”

The Celebrity Softball Challenge has raised more than $2 million for City of Hope, allowing research to advance and treatments to improve. James Otto, Robin Meade, Scott Hamilton, Chuck Wicks, Whitney Duncan, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Billy Gilman, Kristen Kelly and Two Foot Fred will also participate in the game. Cancer survivor and Miss California Teen United States 2010 Nicole Schulz will also be a part of the game. Continue Reading

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May 9

Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery & More to Play in City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge

Scotty McCreery at the 21st annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Greer Stadium in Nashville. Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCeery, Brantley Gilbert and Lauren Alaina are among the country stars and celebrities dusting off their cleats and getting in some batting practice  for this year’s City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge. The annual game pits the AfterMidnite With Blair Garner team against the Grand Ole Opry team to help raise funds to strike out cancer and will take place on June 9 in Nashville during CMA Music Festival.

Joining Carrie, Scotty, Brantley and Lauren on the ball field will be David Nail, James Otto, Robin Meade, Scott Hamilton, Chuck Wicks, Whitney Duncan, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Billy Gilman, Kristen Kelly and Two Foot Fred. Storme Warren will serve as the game’s emcee.

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All proceeds help fund cancer prevention and treatment programs. Last year’s game raised nearly $200,000 and was attended by more than 5,000 fans. The annual game has raised nearly $2 million dollars for City of Hope during its existence. Continue Reading

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Mar 25

Clay Walker, Carrie Underwood: Country Music Has a Sporting Chance

Clay Walker photo courtesy of Curb Records.

Clay Walker photo courtesy of Curb Records.

The National Hockey League is winding down its regular season, Major League Baseball is gearing up for opening day and other outdoor sports — including golf, horse racing and NASCAR — all have major events on the horizon.

And country music is in the middle of it all, with Clay Walker, Carrie Underwood, Jack Ingram and the Zac Brown Band among the acts linked to athletics of late.

Here’s a look at some of the ways country stars are embracing sports:

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