Lauren Alaina photo by Brian Bowen Smith, courtesy of UMG Nashville.
Lauren Alaina will turn 18 on November 8 and to celebrate, she’s embarking on an 18-city tour in support of her current single, “Eighteen Inches.” Lauren is also giving back during the tour. She’s teamed up with local charities and the Special Olympics to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her limited edition 18-City Inch-By-Inch Tour t-shirt.
Fans who can’t make it to one of Lauren’s shows can still support her charitable contribution. They can purchase the limited edition t-shirt from her website, www.laurenalainaofficial.com. “Eighteen Inches” was co-written by Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley.
Lauren will also do some cooking with fellow artist Kimberly Schlapman on Kimberly’s new GAC show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern. Don’t forget to tune in this Saturday, September 29, at 1 p.m. Eastern to see Lauren and Kimberly make some delicious fried chicken! See Lauren and Kimberly in the kitchen HERE.
Lauren Alaina photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.
Lauren Alaina will release her new single, “Eighteen Inches” to radio July 16. Lauren isn’t the only American Idol alumni involved on this track though. Carrie Underwood, along with Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley, penned the song.
“It’s amazing to have an artist like Carrie Underwood, whom I look up to so much write my single,” Lauren said. “Kelley, Ashley, and Carrie all did a wonderful job writing such an incredible song. I feel so honored to be able to bring to life the beautiful story within the song.”
Carrie is equally excited about the single’s release. “It’s so wonderful when a song you had a hand in writing finds the perfect home,” she said. “Lauren’s voice tells the story of ‘Eighteen Inches’ beautifully. What an incredible talent!” Continue Reading
CMA congratulates this year's crop of artist/songwriters on receiving a Triple Play Award at this year's CMA Songwriters Luncheon. Pictured (l-r): Steve Moore (CMA CEO), Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Victoria Shaw (songwriter and Chair of CMA's Community Outreach & Education Committee), Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson, and Gary Overton (CMA Board President). Photo credit: John Russell / CMA
It was three cheers for three No. 1s at the annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon with the presentation of the CMA Triple Play Awards, which honor songwriters who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12 month period.
The Triple Play Awards were presented at the Second Annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon, which was held at the Pinnacle at Symphony Place in Nashville and attended by several artist/songwriters including Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban in addition to hit tunesmiths from ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, as well as songwriter members of CMA, NSAI, and representatives of some of the most successful publishers in Music City.
In alphabetical order, the recipients of CMA’s Triple Play Award included: Continue Reading
Carrie Underwood performing in a pickup truck, suspended high above the crowd at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on October 13, 2010.
One thing is very clear about Carrie Underwood: She’s not afraid of heights!
Carrie brought her Play On Tour to Music City’s Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night, playing quite often with the altitude in the place. A series of hydraulic platforms lifted her at times 15 feet above the stage, which was already several feet above the venue’s floor. A swing lifted her 12 feet or so as she belted out “Just A Dream.” And the night’s biggest effect had her singing John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” from the back of a pickup truck that travelled over the audience, hung from a track cabled to the ceiling.
But the real heights were the tone and volume of her performances. Carrie’s recordings are always big, but in person, she’s even more impressive, kicking out those challenging vocals for an hour and 45 minutes, letting up only long enough for the occasional costume change. She hit those notes with impressive precision, not only holding the tones but also delivering them with power.
Brad Paisley photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Sometimes it’s intended, sometimes it’s not. But Brad Paisley’s career seems to be in sync with the world around him.
Monday was a particularly good example. He announced details of his upcoming H2O World Tour on what was officially recognized as World Water Day. He also held a No. 1 party in Franklin, Tenn., at Nucci’s Italian Ice, cleverly dovetailing the event with the “Italian ice” reference in the chorus of “American Saturday Night,” one of two songs being honored at the party.
The other No. 1 song demonstrated even greater synchronicity, though Brad had little control over the latest advance in the storyline. “Welcome To The Future” was inspired in November 2008 by the election of Barack Obama, when Brad just happened to be in Times Square, where he witnessed a huge celebration. The first time he performed the song live was last July at the White House with President Obama just a few feet in front of him. On the morning of Monday’s No. 1 party, the front page of The Tennessean trumpeted the news about Obama’s signature policy: “Congress passes health-care bill.”
Brad Paisley photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Every person is a summation of life’s experiences, everything that’s happened in his or her past. Brad Paisley has made a living by connecting the dots between the past and the present through much of his career — most notably on his current “Welcome To The Future.”
That song ties technology, global politics and racial advances in one well-written portrait of contemporary America, but it’s hardly the only time he’s tackled the subject. His first hit, “Who Needs Pictures,” used photographs of a past relationship to portray a broken heart; “Letter To Me” made a connection between the adult Brad and the teenage version; and his ballad “Then” — currently nominated for the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year — puts the early years of his marriage in context with its current state.