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
Trisha Yearwood photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.
Trisha Yearwood will be among the artists and celebrities gathering at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall in support of Paul Newman’s Association of Hole in the Wall Camps on April 2nd. ‘A Celebration of Paul Newman’s Dream,’ will feature performances from Trisha, Josh Groban, Paul Simon and additional musical performances with appearance by Jake Gyllenhall and Jimmy Fallon. Paul’s wife, Joanne Woodward, will host the evening.
“This is the legacy of my husband, Paul, and he considered it to be his most important one,” Joanne said. “It is for that very reason that I find this delicate way, in my best manners, to ask friends and supporters to come together to help raise money – it’s about helping the children who need it.” Continue Reading
MusicRow.com reports the Ryman Auditorium will be replacing its stage for the first time since 1951. Plans for the new stage include an 18-inch section cut from the existing stage running across the front to honor the historical significance of past performances, similar to the famous circle of the same Ryman stage wood that resides center-stage at the Grand Ole Opry House.
Around-the-clock security will be present as the current stage is dismantled and the oak planks are moved to an off-site location. An announcement on future plans for the historic planks will be made at a later date.
The last performance on the current stage will take place on Friday, Feb. 3 when the Grand Ole Opry closes its annual winter run at the Ryman. That night, Keith Urban will perform for the first time since his vocal surgery.
The project will close the stage for two weeks beginning Saturday, Feb. 4, but self-guided daytime tours will remain open throughout the project at a $10.00 special rate.
The Band Perry will be the first public performance exhibiting the new stage for their sold-out headlining Ryman debut on Feb. 20.
“To play the Ryman is to step into country music’s rich history and we are honored to perform there,” said The Band Perry. “Now, as the venue makes plans for its future, we promise to inaugurate the new stage with all the respect and reverence it deserves.”
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The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to the GRAMMY Hall of Fame collection. The 2012 class highlights diversity and musical excellence and includes both singles and albums. Among the new inductees are Gene Autry’s “Deep In The Heart of Texas,” Freddy Fender’s “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Jamboree.
To be inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, recordings must be at least 25 years hold and exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Recordings are reviewed by a committee comprised of professionals from all branches of the music industry before final approval is granted by The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. With the latest addition of new titles, there are now 906 recordings in the Hall of Fame, which is displayed at the GRAMMY Museum.
“The Recording Academy is dedicated to celebrating a wide variety of great music and sound through the decades,” Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, said. “We are especially honored to welcome this year’s selection of some of the most influential recordings of the last century. Marked by both cultural and historical significance, these works truly have influenced and inspired audiences for generations, and we are thrilled to induct them into our growing catalog of outstanding recordings.” Continue Reading
Emmylou Harris photo by Rocky Schenck, courtesy of Nonesuch Records.
Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris and superstar Faith Hill both paid a visit to the White House on Wednesday, performing in front of President Barack Obama as Paul McCartney was honored with the Library of Congress’ third annual Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Faith sang “The Long And Winding Road,” according to the Associated Press, while Emmylou turned in a version of “For No One,” a song that originally appeared on the Beatles’ Revolver album in 1966. Emmy recorded it for her 1975 release Pieces Of The Sky, her first album to appear on the country chart.
Sugarland photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.
Twenty-five years after Kenny Rogers’ then-manager Ken Kragen helped coordinate the landmark USA For Africa single “We Are The World,” the song was re-recorded Monday in Los Angeles with a cast of characters that apparently dwarfed the original, which featured nearly 50 artists of the time.
With Quincy Jones back to produce and Lionel Richie, who co-wrote the song with Michael Jackson, at the center of the event, more than 100 artists were expected to take part, according to CNN, though none of the artists who played on the first version were asked back this time. That means no Bob Dylan, no Bruce Springsteen, no Tina Turner and no Paul Simon. Country music’s Willie Nelson was on that first version, too.
Even without Willie, and without Kenny, country has a role again in the 2010 version. Zac Brown, Sugarland, Julianne Hough and Miley Cyrus are among the artists who joined the crew in Los Angeles, according to an official release. They sang alongside Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, the Jonas Brothers, Celine Dion, Wyclef Jean, Jason Mraz, Jeff Bridges, Josh Groban, Pink, Usher and Carlos Santana.