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Dec 10

Top 10 Country Christmas Songs

Christmas music sets the tone for the holiday season, and everyone has a favorite song, whether it’s an old classic or new original. In no particular order, here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Christmas Songs.

“Let It Be Christmas” – Alan Jackson

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Released in 2002, Alan’s Jackson’s “Let It Be Christmas” became an instant holiday classic with its nostalgic lyrics and acoustic guitar background.

“All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan” – Kenny Chesney

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While some dream of a white Christmas, Kenny Chesney longs for sun and sand in “All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan.” He continues the trend in his newest holiday tune, “Christmas In Blue Chair Bay.”

“Where Are You Christmas?” – Faith Hill

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Faith Hill’s rendition of “Where Are You Christmas” was featured in the 2000 film re-make of Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The song was originally set to be performed by Mariah Carey, but legal issues caused her to back out, opening the door for Hill.

“Merry Christmas From The Family” – Montgomery Gentry

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The holidays are about family, but sometimes getting everyone together can be an ordeal. Montgomery Gentry covers all those dysfunctional family gatherings with his “Merry Christmas From The Family.”

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood has recorded a number of Christmas standards over the years, including beautiful renditions of “O Holy Night” and “The First Noel.” Her version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is a standout, however.

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Aug 6

Kellie Pickler and Amy Grant to Perform for Breast Cancer Awareness


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Kellie Pickler and Amy Grant are teaming up to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The pair will perform at a private event, “Eat. Drink. Party Pink.,” hosted by Athena Water, on September 30 in Nashville to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month. Grant and Pickler were previously named Athena Warriors. Athena has donated $2 million to various organizations to support breast cancer awareness, care, education and research since 2003.

“Breast cancer really hit close to home for me when my ‘big sis,’ Summer, was diagnosed at such an early age,” Pickler said. “I’m happy to say she is now cancer-free. But so many other women continue to have to fight this disease, and even more may not know they need to be aware of earlier detection than previously thought. That’s why I’m excited to be an Athena Warrior…. I want to help raise awareness so we can find a cure.” Continue Reading


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Jul 20

Kellie Pickler to Voice ‘VeggieTales’ Character

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Kellie Pickler is headed to the big screen – or at least her voice is. Pickler will make her film debut as the voice of a sweet potato in the upcoming VeggieTales movie, Beauty and the Beet. She will play Mirabelle, a yam who is in a family band. She joins recurring cast members Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber.

Additionally, Pickler will sing seven original songs for the movie’s holiday-themed soundtrack. Both the soundtrack and the DVD will be released October 14 and will include Pickler singing her own version of “Deck The Halls.” Continue Reading


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Apr 9

Kellie Pickler to Auction Off ACM Awards Jewelry


Kellie Pickler to Auction Off ACM Awards Jewelry

Kellie Pickler on the Red Carpet at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images/courtesy the Academy of Country Music.

Kellie Pickler’s red carpet look at Sunday’s ACM Awards won her spots on a number of critics’ “Best Dressed” lists. She has decided to auction off the Pandora charm bracelets she wore to the event to raise funds for ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Fans can place their bids at through April 21 at 2/1c.

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“ACM Lifting Lives supports great organizations that are making strides with music education and medical research, supporting our amazing military veterans and more,” Kellie said. “I’m excited to help raise money for such a wonderful charity. It makes me proud to be an ACM member.”  Continue Reading


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Feb 11

Charlie Daniels Announces 5th Annual Scholarship for Heroes Concert

Charlie Daniels Announces 5th Annual Scholarship for Heroes Concert

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Charlie Daniels and Lipscomb University have partnered to raise funds for veterans during the fifth annual Copperweld Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes concert. The event, set for Tuesday, March 25 at Lipscomb’s Allen Arena, will feature an all-star lineup that includes Charlie, Kellie Pickler, Clint Black, The Grascals, the Navy Band Sea Chanters and the American Hitmen and more.

“It’s an honor to be part of something special like the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event,” Clint Black said. “As if it weren’t enough that Charlie Daniels asked me to sing—our troops occupy a very special place in our history. We have to do our utmost to make sure the part we play in their history is worthy of their sacrifice and commitment. This event is playing a fantastic role, making higher education a reality for returning veterans. I’m thrilled to be a part of this special evening.” Continue Reading


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Jan 24

Top 20 Visits St. Jude with Kellie Pickler, Randy Owen & More

Top 20 Visits St. Jude with Kellie Pickler, Randy Owen & More

Nan Kelley and Kellie Pickler at Country Cares for St. Jude. Photo courtesy of GAC Staff.

Top 20 Country Countdown and host Nan Kelley are at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis for the 25th Anniversary of Country Cares for St Jude, the annual event started by Randy Owen for country radio and artists to come together to show their support of the hospital’s work. While at the hospital, Nan catches up with Randy, Rascal Flatts, Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, Sara Evans, Danielle Bradbery and more about the work the hospital is doing to save the lives of children.

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Alan Jackson was at No. 1 last week with “Blue Ridge Mountain Song.” Can he make it two weeks in a row or will someone new take the top spot? Tune in tonight at 8/7c for this week’s Top 20 videos, chosen by you. Check the full schedule » Continue Reading


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Jan 22

Lucy Hale, Kellie Pickler & More Attend Country Cares for St. Jude Kids

Lucy Hale, Kellie Pickler & More Attend Country Cares for St. Jude Kids

Country Cares founder Randy Owen spent some time with patients Jorge and Tyron during the 25th anniversary Country Cares Seminar in Memphis, Tenn. January 16-19, 2014. Photo courtesy of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Lucy Hale, Kellie Pickler, Sara Evans and Scotty McCreery were among the country stars who gathered with more than 1,000 country music industry leaders in Memphis January 16-19 to kick off the 25th Anniversary of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program to support the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The annual seminar event, started by Alabama’s Randy Owen, is one of country music’s largest gatherings. In addition to raising awareness and funds for St. Jude, the seminar also gives St. Jude patients the chance to visit with some of their favorite artists and celebrate them along with radio partners who together have raised more than $500 million for the hospital.

“It’s inspiring to think about the major impact the country music industry has had on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and I am so grateful to all of the men and women in country radio and fellow artists and friends in the country music industry who lend their support for this organization that I hold so dearly,” Randy Owen said. “The turnout for this event is further evidence of the country music industry’s continued commitment and support of the research, treatments and cures provided by this amazing place that has saved the lives of countless children from around the world.”

Lucy Hale, a Memphis native, has a personal connection to St. Jude. Her stepsister was a patient at the hospital at just four months old with stage IV neuroblastoma. “They thought she was going to die, but she is 18 years cancer free,” Lucy said. “My stepfather says that the people who work here changed their lives. This place is a Godsend. The people who work here are 100 percent dedicated. This puts things in perspective. I’m leaving here inspired. These kids are so unbelievably strong. It just makes me want to be a better person.”

Kellie Pickler made her first visit to the hospital in 2006 and has made many visits since then, including performing an acoustic concert at a Halloween party. “Being able to come here to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will change your life,” she said. “It’s amazing. They are saving lives and changing lives. You meet people and build relationships with them and then it becomes a personal thing.It’s just amazing how country music has married itself to St. Jude and these families and helped them have a chance, hope and life.”

“I think St. Jude represents everything that we, as human beings, should be doing for one another,” Sara Evans said. “I love the fact that nobody pays a dime. I love that this is a research hospital and that they are sharing their information with the world. It is just phenomenal that country music radiothons and events have raised $500 million for St. Jude. It feels great to be a part of that.”

Scotty McCreery made his first visit to St. Jude during the Country Cares Seminar. “I was familiar with St. Jude and had been a part of the radiothon, so I had really positive thoughts about visiting here for the first time,” he said. “Then I walked in the door and was blown out of the water. This place is awesome. One of the coolest things was just walking around and seeing all the smiles. It was really uplifting.”


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Jan 3

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Kellie Pickler and husband Kyle Jacobs celebrate their anniversary, Taylor Swift rings in the New Year with Sarah Hyland, Shania Twain shares a cozy Christmas moment and Dierks Bentley’s daughter learns from her older cousins. Plus, Carrie Underwood learns who husband Mike Fisher’s favorite singer really is! Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

Kyle Jacobs & Kellie Pickler celebrate their wedding anniversary

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Kellie Pickler – KelliePickler: Brought in the new year & celebrated our 3 yr anniversary yesterday at Blackberry Farms. Note: I have “wine eyes” ;)

Brad PaisleyBradPaisley: Wow. 2014. We are one year away from Marty McFly arriving. And flying cars. And hover boards. I can’t wait

Luke BryanLukeBryanOnline: Last day of the best year of my life. Thank y’all.

Taylor Swift on New Year's Eve 2013 with actress Sarah Hyland

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Sarah Hyland – Sarah_Hyland: New Years with the best of the best @taylorswift13 (I look scared… I think I should be) Continue Reading


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Dec 31

Kellie Pickler Spends Christmas in Afghanistan

Kellie Pickler Spends Christmas in Afghanistan

“Not every Christmas do you get 2 fist bump a soldier while hanging your feet off the back of a Chinook in Afghanistan,” tweeted Kellie Pickler. Photo courtesy of

Kellie Pickler and her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, spent Christmas bringing a little piece of home to our servicemen and women stationed in Afghanistan for the holidays. On her seventh USO Tour, Kellie, along with Kyle and her bandmates, did what she could to spread Christmas cheer and say thank you to those who couldn’t be with their families.

“There’s no place I’d rather spend Christmas,” Kellie told troops, according to The Washington Post. As she started her journey to the Middle East, she expressed her excitement on Twitter. “Bringing home to our service men and women! #7thUSOtour #GodBlessAmerica :) ,” she wrote.

Kellie charmed both American troops as well as those representing other countries, taking the stage in camouflage leggings and rhinestone boots and joking that she’d wanted to bring everyone a glass of Jack Daniel’s. While in Afghanistan, Kellie performed, visited wounded troops, posed for photographs and inquired whether anyone was from her home state of North Carolina. She also rode in military helicopters and fired a howitzer.

See our photos of Kellie’s first USO tour back in 2008 >>

“The USO tours and programs I’ve been part of have definitely been the highlight of my career,” Kellie said. “So I’m honored to join the USO in helping to raise awareness about the many precious moments that our troops and their families sacrifice due to their commitment and service to our country.”

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Dec 20

2013 Rewind: No. 7 – Country Stars Dominate Reality TV Competitions

2013 Rewind: No. 7 - Country Stars Dominate Reality TV Competitions

DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW – ‘Episode 1610A’ — After 10 weeks of entertaining, stylized dancing, Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough were crowned ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Champions. on the two-hour Season Finale of ‘Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,’ TUESDAY, MAY 21 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) DEREK HOUGH, KELLIE PICKLER

Kellie Pickler traded in her red high heels for dancing shoes on season 16 of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, eventually winning the Mirror Ball trophy with professional partner Derek Hough. Kellie and Derek dazzled the judges and won over audiences week after week with routines ranging from spunky to sentimental. One highlight: the week Kellie danced to her wedding song, which was written and performed by her husband, Kyle Jacobs, who also performed the song live on the show during her routine.

Competing on Dancing With The Stars brought Kellie full circle. Her career was launched with the help of another reality show, American Idol. Before the DWTS finale, Kellie took to her Facebook page to reflect on her journey, both to stardom and on the dance floor.

“Backstage sitting in my trailer with Aly getting ready for the big show tonight,” she wrote. “She and I just watched my American Idol audition. I can’t help but tear up when I see myself at “19 & green” walking into that Idol audition and singing in front of Paula, Randy, and Simon….I was terrified. Absolutely terrified. It’s crazy how much time has passed and how much my life has changed since Idol. However I still have those moments where I feel like that little girl venturing off into the world, that “Alice in Wonderland” feeling. Continue Reading


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