Dierks Bentley photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Dierks Bentley is wrapping up a year full of career milestones. He’s celebrated three consecutive No. 1 hits from his award-nominated Home album for a total of 10 career No. 1s as both a singer and a songwriter. He also toured internationally, picked up ACM, CMA and GRAMMY nominations, earned gold singles and found his name among the critics’ year end lists.
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Even Bono is a Dierks fan. “Dierks Bentley’s music reaches all the way from Nashville to my kitchen in Dublin,” he said. “When he sings “Home” I feel patriotic about America and I’m not even American. I think anyone who hears it understands that America is not just a geography, it’s not just a country, it’s an idea. I think country fans get that deeper than most.” Continue Reading
Faith Hill Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Faith Hill is among the artists featured on Every Mother Counts 2012, an album being released through a partnership between model Christy Turlington Burns and Starbucks. The album will benefit Christy’s organization, Every Mother Counts. She formed the organization after being inspired by her own experiences and the United Nation’s Millennium Development to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015.
Every Mother Counts 2012, the second album to be released for the organization, is available exclusively at Starbucks from May 1 to May 29 in celebration of Mother’s Day. In addition to Faith Hill, it features songs from David Bowie, Sting, Lauryn Hill, Coldplay, Bono and the Edge, Eddie Vedder, Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, and more. Thirteen of the 19 songs are previously unreleased.
“I went to friends first, as I did with the first CD,” Christy told Rolling Stone. ”Bono and Chris Martin were great supporters of the project the first time around, and when I knew I wanted to include men on this album they were obvious choices. They are also both fathers to daughters. Others, such as Patti Smith and Rita Wilson, I’ve known for a long time, and some, like Edie Brickell and Paul Simon, I only met briefly but was a huge admirer. I generally wanted a diverse group of artists who were parents, or in the case of Edward Sharpe, who will be soon. We wanted to reach a broad audience on this issue with this particular project and with a range of perspectives.” Continue Reading
Jennifer Nettles photo by Dana Tynan, courtesy of Sandbox Entertainment.
Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland made her third trip to Guatemala over the summer in support of the Nashville-based Shalom Foundation. While in Guatemala, Jennifer and Sugarland documentarian Valarie Allyn Bienas shot footage of the community for an upcoming documentary short.
The Shalom Foundation is a humanitarian aid organization dedicated to providing assistance to children and their families living in extreme poverty. The organization focuses on providing services in four key areas: medical care, nutrition, education and community development.
“I don’t want this to be in my words, ’cause it’s not my story,” Jennifer said of the documentary. “I wanted to interview these people whose lives had been affected. It’s their story to tell, and I feel like we are honored by them sharing it. I just want to be the person who goes, ‘Listen!’” Continue Reading
Sugarland photo by Jennifer Tzar, courtesy of UMG Nashville.
Sugarland is a one-name duo, and both members of the act are now known by one name to their fans, too.
If people talk about “Jennifer and Kristian,” it doesn’t take too long for country fans to figure out they’re referring to Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. And that’s pretty much just the way they want it.