Monday, November 30, 2009

Oh Boy..Christmas request in hand....

TICKETS ON SALE STARTING DECEMBER 5 FOR DATES IN NEW YORK, NASHVILLE, DC, CHICAGO AND DALLAS; NATIONWIDE ON DECEMBER 12
FEATURES MUSIC FROM NICK JONAS’ UPCOMING ALBUM


Burbank, CA – Nick Jonas (of the Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling Jonas Brothers)  & The Administration announced tour dates for their upcoming tour.  The dates kick off January 2, 2010 in Dallas at House of Blues and wind up January 30 in Berkeley, CA at Zellerbach Auditorium.  The shows will be intimate in their setting, reflecting the more raw and powerful feel of their upcoming album, Who I Am, which is due out February 2 on Hollywood Records.  Tickets are set to go on sale starting December 5 onLiveNation.com in select cities with fan club presale access beginning tomorrow. Visitwww.nickjonasandtheadministration.com for more ticket details.

Earlier this year, Nick flew to Nashville’s Blackbird Studios with 3 years worth of song ideas not quite right for the Jonas Brothers, and recorded his side project, Who I Am.  He enlisted producer John Fields, and they quickly pulled together an “A-Team” of musicians, which they gave the moniker “The Administration.”  The Administration is made up of some of the world’s most accomplished musicians. John Fields plays bass, and he’s joined by drummer Michael Bland and keyboardist Tommy Barbarella, both of whom played in the New Power Generation.  Though guitarist David Ryan Harris played on the album, another former NPG member, Sonny Thompson will join Nick & The Administration on tour.  Fans can catch a glimpse of their dynamic performance on the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Special airing Wednesday, December 2 on CBS at 9PM. 

The tour will feature the songs from Nick Jonas & The Administration’s Who I Am as well as some surprise cover songs and a handful of Jonas Brothers songs that are personal to Nick.  Says Nick Jonas, “With this tour we’re going to try to accomplish the same thing we did in the studio.  That’s capturing some heart and soul in the music, and having fun doing it.”

 S-Curve recording artist Diane Birch will be the featured special guest (www.dianebirch.com).  Diane's critically acclaimed debut album, 'Bible Belt' is in stores now.

The following are the scheduled shows, as well as the ticket on sale date information:
NICK JONAS & THE ADMINISTRATION U.S. TOUR


January 2                      Dallas, TX                   House of Blues  - On sale 12/5 at 10 AM
January 4                      Nashville, TN              Ryman Auditorium  - On sale 12/5 at 10 AM
January 6                      Washington, DC          Warner Theater  - On sale 12/5 at 10 AM
January 7                      New York, NY            Beacon Theater  - On sale 12/5 at 11 AM
January 9                      Philadelphia, PA         Tower Theater  - On sale 12/12 at 10 AM
January 12                    Boston, MA                 Orpheum Theater  - On sale 12/12 at 10 AM
January 16                    Detroit, MI                   Fox Theater  - On sale 12/12 at 10 AM
January 17                    Chicago, IL                 Rosemont Theater  - On sale 12/5 at 12 PM
January 19                     St. Louis, MO             The Pageant  - On sale 12/12 at 11 AM
January 20                    Milwaukee, WI           Eagles Ballroom  - On sale 12/12 at 10 AM
January 21                    Minneapolis, MN        State Theater  - On sale 12/11 at 12 PM
January 23                    Denver, CO                 Paramount Theatre  - On sale 12/12 at 10 AM
January 26                    Los Angeles, CA         The Wiltern  - On sale 12/12 at 10 AM
January 30                     Berkeley, CA               Zellerbach Auditorium  - On sale 12/12 at 12 PM 

LINKIN PARK, GEORGE LOPEZ, KATY PERRY, SMOKEY ROBINSON,
RINGO STARR, T-PAIN, AND DWIGHT YOAKAM ADDED AS PRESENTERS FOR "THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!! —
COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT®"

French DJ/Producer David Guetta Added to Line-up of Previously Announced Performers
the Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, Nick Jonas & The Administration, and Sugarland

One-Hour CBS Entertainment Special — Hosted by LL COOL J — Will Announce Nominations for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Dec. 2 Live from Club NOKIA in Los Angeles

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Dec. 1, 2009) — Two-time GRAMMY®-winning rockers Linkin Park, GRAMMY-nominated actor/television host George Lopez, GRAMMY-nominated pop star Katy Perry, GRAMMY-winning soul singer Smokey Robinson, nine-time GRAMMY-winning rock icon Ringo Starr, GRAMMY-winning rapper T-Pain, and two-time GRAMMY-winning country artist Dwight Yoakam have been added as presenters for "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®," which takes place live on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Club NOKIA in Los Angeles. French DJ/producer David Guetta will spin throughout the one-hour special, which also features previously announced performances by three-time GRAMMY winners the Black Eyed Peas, six-time GRAMMY-nominated Maxwell, GRAMMY-nominated Nick Jonas and his side project Nick Jonas & The Administration, and GRAMMY winner Sugarland, with two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J set to host. The show will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 9 – 10 p.m. ET/PT. The special also marks the second time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards will be announced live on primetime television. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys,www.facebook.com/thegrammys. A complete list of nominations for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be available on www.grammy.com beginning at 7 p.m. PT.

The road to Music's Biggest Night begins with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" — featuring the announcement of nominations in several categories and performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — and culminates with the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Last year's airing of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" reached more than 8 million viewers and led to double-digit percentage increases in all key demos for the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast earlier this year.

"The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC and John Cossette Productions. John Cossette and Ken Ehrlich are the executive producers. LL COOL J and Renato Basile are producers.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music


makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan atwww.facebook.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.

American Idol Finalist Danny Gokey Is Busy on the Road
as the Excitement Ramps up for New Single & Upcoming Album


NashvilleTN – American Idol Season Eight finalist and 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville recording artist Danny Gokey may be in the midst of working on his much-anticipated debut album, but he’s also been on the road, making appearances and visiting country radio in support of his irresistible new single, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.”

The single was serviced to country radio on Wednesday, and fans can also check it out right now with an online stream at dannygokey.com.

Danny rolls out of a busy holiday weekend and will be in AtlantaGA, tomorrow morning for a schedule that includes an interview and performance on FOX’s Good Day Atlanta and a national anthem performance tomorrow evening in CharlotteNC.  Gokey will sing the anthem prior to the NBA match-up between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Boston Celtics.  Fans will be able to see Gokey’s performance as FOX Sports South airs its HD broadcast of the game across the Carolinas.

Danny spent Thanksgiving in Detroit, where he performed on Wednesday evening as part of the festivities leading up to the city’s 83rd America’s Thanksgiving Parade before returning to his native Wisconsin on Saturday to serve as Grand Marshal for the 30th Annual Grafton Christmas Parade in Grafton, WI, near his hometown.

The digital single for “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” will be available on December 22, with a full album arriving early next year.

Classic Country Hitting the Road

Country's Family Reunion TV Shows, which have long been favorites of traditional country music
fans everywhere, will be taking its "family" on-the-road starting in the Spring of next year.

"The final decision to tour a live show version of CFR in venues throughout the country was
reached this past weekend," states veteran promoter Joe Sullivan, "after a test run in Branson
proved to be hugely successful at the RFD-TV Theater on Nov. 20th and 21st.  On those dates
we had two sold-out shows with 4,000 fans coming from as far away as Oregon, Vermont, Alabama,
Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and all places in between!"

During the Branson shows, Whisperin' Bill Anderson served as host of the event -- just as he does
on the TV program -- and was joined on stage by fellow performers Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown,
Helen Cornelius, Buck Trent, Barbara Fairchild, Mary Lou Turner, and Leona Williams.

All future shows will offer a variety of traditional artists on its line-up, while Anderson will remain
as host of the entire tour series.

Tis the Season of Giving,
Bryan White
 Shares His GivStory about Compassion International

Bryan White included on the star-studded line-up for
 Compassion's Benefit Concert to be held on
 December 2nd at Mercy Lounge
 
Nashville, TN (November 30, 2009)-- In the spirit of giving, Country star Bryan White has shared hisGivStory on GivMusic's Podcast about his passion for the Christian child advocacy ministry known asCompassion International.  To further support Compassion, White, as well as many other country and pop artists, will perform on December 2 at Mercy Lounge, in Nashville, TN as part of Compassion's Benefit for the Global Food Crisis.

"We have constant defining moments throughout our life where we can either walk away or  respond.  For me, one of the defining moments, as far as figuring out what I really wanted to do in life, was make an impact apart from the nation I lived in," White explains. "I had always dreamed of looking beyond here as well and I was fortunate enough to go on a trip to Ecuador a couple of years ago with Spence, my friend, with Compassion.  That is really what changed my life and made me 100% get involved with Compassion."

As White explains in his GivStory Podcast, a few years back he and his wife, Erika, sponsored a little girl from Ecuador in the city of Otavalo. On their trip with Compassion International they were able were able to get a first hand look into life of their sponsored little girl. White explains the experience as having a "profound impact" on his life. To hear more of White's GivStory click HERE.

Compassion International's ministry works to release children from economic, social, spiritual, and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible fulfilled adults. The benefit concert on December 2 at Mercy Lounge has a goal to raise funs and awareness for the Global Food Crisis Fund, an initiative of Compassion International. Artist's scheduled to appear include Bryan White,  Sixpence None The Richer’s Leigh Nash, Carter’s Chord, Julie Roberts, Blaine Larsen, Rob Blackledge, Mica Roberts, Trailer Choir, Canaan Smith, Charmaine, Natalie Hemby, Alathea and other special guests. Radio veterans Tony Randall and Kris Rochester from the new national syndicated morning show “Tony and Kris in the Morning” will host the event.

Keith and Nicole at Home Depot in LA Black Friday


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rascal Flatts Booking for 2010...


December 11Nashville, TNRyman Auditorium
January 15 - 16Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun Arena
January 23Charleston, WVCharleston Civic Center Coliseum
January 28London, ONThe John Labatt Centre
January 29Ottawa, ONScotiabank Place
January 30Hamilton, ONCopps Coliseum
February 4Evansville, INRoberts Stadium
February 5Auburn Hills, MIThe Palace of Auburn Hills
February 18Peoria, ILPeoria Civic Center Arena

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Macy's Parade Thanksgiving morning.....Reba and Billy

Reba McEntire will be performing at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The Grammy-winning singer will be joined by the casts of West Side StoryRagtimeand Dreamgirls.

Ghost Whisperer star Jamie Kennedy will report live from the streets of Manhattan, while Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price from CBS' The Early Show will anchor the program from a site along the parade route in Times Square.

This year's parade is the first time in history that the parade will not go down NYC's Broadway. The route will start at 77th Street and Central Park West and end at 7th Avenue, marking a 2.65-mile march.
Billy Currington is on a float....here's the rest

The lineup:
  • Bello
  • Grandma and the cast of the Big Apple Circus
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Boys Like Girls
  • Alan Cumming
  • Billy Currington
  • DJ Lance Rock and the cast of Yo Gabba Gabba!
  • Jimmy Fallon and The Roots
  • Gloria Gaynor
  • Sarah Hughes
  • Kermit the Frog and Tiffany Thornton
  • Jane Krakowski
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Ziggy Marley with Judah Marley
  • Katharine McPhee
  • Miss America 2009 – Katie Stam
  • the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street
  • Mitchel Musso
  • Keke Palmer
  • The Pizzarelli Quartet
  • Jay Sean
  • Carly Simon
  • cast of Hair
  • cast of Shrek
  • cast of Billy Elliot
  • cast of Bye Bye Birdie
  • The world-famous Radio City Rockettes
The new balloons for 2009 are: Sailor Mickey, Ronald McDonald, Spiderman and the Pillsbury Doughboy.

The new floats for 2009 are: the Local Heroes Helping Everyday float, the There's A Party in My City float and a new Santa's Sleigh, which is the first new one in 40 years.
Balloon inflation watch: One of the fun things that you can do with your kids is to take them to the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. The parade organizers start inflating the balloons at 2 or 3pm and work until 10pm.


Nashville, TN - BamaJam Records artist Matt Kennon will make his Grand Ole Opry debut this Friday, November 27.  Kennon's powerful single, “The Call,” co-written by Matt with Noah Gordon and Jeremy Campbell, is lighting up phone lines at country radio stations across the nation.
 “I am thrilled to have been asked to play the Opry,” the whiskey-throated singer said. “When I step onto that historic stage at The Ryman, I hope time kinda stands still for a minute so I can just soak up the moment.”
 “The Call” is a moving story of how simply reaching out to someone can make a life-changing difference.  The song was co-produced by James Stroud, who readily sings the praises of BamaJam Records’ newest rising star.
 "Matt is an extraordinary young man and an extraordinary talent," says Stroud, CEO of Stroudavarious Records and its BamaJam Records imprint.  "He's got an incredible edge to his writing and his singing.  Matt has this real rough and tumble exterior, but underneath there's a guy with a huge heart.”
 “The Call” is currently available on iTunes and all other digital outlets.  The video for “The Call”, directed by CMA Award-winning director Trey Fanjoy, has also recently been completed.
 Kennon’s self-titled debut album is scheduled for release on BamaJam Records through RED Distribution in early 2010.
 Stroudavarious Records and BamaJam Records are both divisions of Ronnie Gilley Entertainment.
 ABOUT RONNIE GILLEY ENTERTAINMENT
Ronnie Gilley Entertainment, a division of Ronnie Gilley Properties, is a full service entertainment company located in Enterprise, Alabama. RGE is active in all facets of the entertainment industry, including recording/engineering, music publishing and artist management/promotion.
 RGE’s music interests include Stroudavarious Records, Country Crossing Records and BamaJam Records. The company also produces the annual Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival.
 For more information, visit www.ronniegilleyproperties.com

HOLIDAY TRAVELERS CAN HELP PHIL VASSAR AND RED ROOF INN DONATE TO FEEDING AMERICA THIS THANKSGIVING 
Unprecedented promotion is in conjunction with Country Music star, Red Roof Brand Ambassador and Feeding America spokesman, Phil Vassar
 
Nashville, TN – November 24, 2009 – Red Roof® guests will be high-fiving thisThanksgiving week when they pocket a five dollar bill for making a dollar donation to charity. Red Roof will give $5 cash back to every guest making a minimum $1 donation to Feeding America® during the week of Thanksgiving, Sunday Nov. 22 through Sunday Nov. 29.  Donations must be made at the property and guests will receive the rebate upon check out; the $5 back is per stay, not per night. It is Red Roof’s way of giving back and showing their thanks by teaming up with Feeding America and Country Music artist and Red Roof Brand Ambassador, Phil Vassar to help put food on American tables over the holidays.

Country Music star Phil Vassar, who recently released his single, “Everywhere I Go,” earlier this year, was the spark for this promotion. Vassar, a Red Roof Brand Ambassador and an invaluable part of the company’s Red Roof Loves Country campaign, is also a national spokesman for Feeding America and tirelessly raises money for the organization. “Feeding America gives to so many across this country,” says Vassar. “I’ve always been a big supporter of theirs because I believe in their mission, their purpose and their amazing results; their network supports approximately 63,000 local charitable agencies that distribute food directly to Americans in need.”

“Everywhere our guests go this season, and check in at a Red Roof, they will have the opportunity to show their holiday spirit by giving to a worthy cause,” says Marina MacDonald, SVP, Sales and Marketing, Red Roof Inn.  “Red Roof is happy to reward our guests’ generosity—it’s the perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving.”
 
The promotion will also be supported through various channels including a series of Phil Vassar radio interviews across the country; radio promotions; Redroof.com banners that link to the Feeding America website for additional donations; a reservation center on-hold message recorded by Vassar; lobby posters and front desk materials in 350+ hotels; and a GAC-TV spot tag among other initiatives.
The Red Roof Thanksgiving High Five promotion kicks off a season of savings for Red Roof guests this winter. See our Snowbird and Red Hot Deals Travel Roundups to learn more and go to redroof.com for full details.
 
Coming up Thanksgiving Night, Thursday, November 26th at 9pm ET/ 8pm CT



 NBC'S PEOPLE OF THE YEAR

-From celebrities to survivors, politicians to pop stars, Matt Lauer profiles some of the most talked about  people of 2009.   
 Included in this special will be new interviews with: Taylor Swift, Nadya Suleman, Susan Boyle, Kobe Bryant, Captain  
 Chelsey Sullenberger and Captain Richard Phillips.   


Andy Griggs’ Dog Now Missing from Home Fire

NashvilleTN (Tuesday November 24, 2009)  As we reported yesterday, country singer Andy Griggs lost his home to a fire over the weekend. Andy would like for everyone to know that he and his family are fine.

"We are doing good. My family and I thank you for your prayers. I can actually feel them," he commented. While Andy and his family are fine, we have an update on one of their pets. 

“Lexie,” a Miniature Yorkshire Terrier, survived the fire but was running around the yard when the fire department was fighting the fire. In all of the confusion the family couldn’t retrieve her in time and now she is missing.  Andy is asking that anyone who may find her to please call the phone number on her tag or please call Splash! Public Relations at 615-321-1383.  She is a member of their family. They are very worried about her and would very much like for her to be returned home safely.

As we receive more updates on Andy Griggs we will provide them to you.

OPRY LIVE WEBCAST HOSTED ON MYSPACE MUSIC FEATURING
CARRIE UNDERWOOD, MARTINA McBRIDE, JAKE OWEN, AND
RODNEY ATKINS NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND FOR LIMITED TIME

More Than 300,000 Total Viewers Tuned In To Live Stream
NASHVILLETenn. (November 24, 2009) An Opry show featuring performances byCarrie UnderwoodMartina McBride, Jake Owen, and Rodney Atkins is now available for a limited time on the official Grand Ole Opry MySpace page atmyspace.com/grandoleopry. The live stream of the show on MySpace Music powered by Ustream Sat., Nov. 14 drew more than 300,000 total viewers.
“We are pleased that so many fans were a part of this overwhelmingly successful live stream event as we made Opry history,” said Steve Buchanan, Grand Ole Opry Group president. “The Opry has always utilized the latest in technology to deliver its unique brand of entertainment to country music listeners, and this success positions us to continue to widen the Opry’s distribution well into the future. We are excited about all the possibilities before us as we break new ground in getting the Opry’s music to its fans.”
Opry performances are held every weekend of the year, and the Tuesday Night Opry continues through Dec. 15. To plan an Opry visit, or to purchase packages, call (800) SEE-OPRY or log on to opry.com. The Opry is being staged at the historic Ryman Auditorium through Jan. 30, 2010. Fans can stay connected to the Opry via MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week fromNashvilleTenn. A uniquely American experience for more than 80 years, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program, America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels. For more information, visit opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com

Monday, November 23, 2009

Urbans Headed to Aussie land...


Jewel: The Motorcycle Mama


Million Dollar Carrie

Those are sapphires...worth $1.2 million

Yes ..there is even a Taylor Swift Doll!




FIFTH ANNUAL SPRINT SOUND & SPEED PRESENTED BY SUNTRUST RETURNS TO NASHVILLE JANUARY 8-9, 2010
Tickets on Sale for Celebration of Music and Motorsports with Hank Williams Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chris Young, Kyle Petty, and many more!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - November 23, 2009 - For the fifth consecutive year, the worlds of country music and NASCAR will collide in Music City for Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust on Jan. 8-9, 2010.  Since its inception, the event has attracted an estimated 40,000 fans and has raised more than $800,000 for Victory Junction (a year-round camping experience founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty for children, ages 6-16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses) and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.  Some of the greatest names in country music will kick off the two-day event at the Grand Ole Opry when Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust hits the stage of the Ryman Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 8.  The special night of music will include two shows, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., with Hank Williams Jr. (9:30 p.m. show ), Chris Young, a special performance from NASCAR legend Kyle Petty and his band, and more artists soon to be added. There will also be appearances featuring Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne and others, during the Friday night event.



On Saturday, Jan. 9 the event continues at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium, where fans of racing and country music will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with drivers, team owners, and top-name artists for autographs, story-telling, and question-and-answer sessions.  The fan event will feature show car and sponsor displays, as well as a charitable auction with memorabilia from the racing and entertainment industries.  Among the NASCAR stars scheduled to appear are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer, Reed Sorenson, and David Stremme, along with country music stars Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Turner, members of Diamond Rio, andChris Young with more drivers and country music artists joining the star-studded line-up in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the Opry at the Ryman shows on Friday, Jan. 8 (ranging from $32 to $54) and the festival on Jan. 9 ($20 for adults and $12 for children) are on sale and are available throughTicketMaster (ticketmaster.com) and at opry.com.  Combination tickets, good for the Opry and the festival, will go on sale Dec. 2 and range from $55 to $69.  Visitwww.soundandspeed.org for more information and updates.



ABOUT VICTORY JUNCTION:
Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children, ages 6 to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.  Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, the camp is located in Randleman, N.C. with a second location opening soon in Kansas City, KS.  Victory Junction offers programs for 24 disease groups and maintains strong relationships with 22 partner hospitals.  Victory Junction's mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment.  As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous donors to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families.  For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.




Andy Griggs’ Looses Home to Fire


            NashvilleTN (Monday November 22, 2009) -- Country singer Andy Griggs lost his home to a devastating fire this past Saturday.  He and his family escaped without harm, but their home was damaged very bad and is reported a complete loss.  There are no more details at this time. 

Andy and his family are strong in their spiritual faith and they are very appreciative to be alive. Andy is very touched by all of the support of his fans and all of the messages of concern. He wants to assure everyone that he and his family are fine and he expresses his most sincere thanks to all of this fans and friends for their thoughts and prayers at this time.

GLORIANA WINS BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST AWARD AT THE 2009
AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS


Top new country group Gloriana, whose album was released in August and is already the best selling country debut of 2009, won the fan-voted T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2009 American Music Awards last night. The T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award was the only award where fans could text in their votes and continue to vote during the show.  The foursome walked away with the prestigious award at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles against Lady GaGa, Keri Hilson and Kid Cudi.
 
The first call the band received immediately following their win was from Taylor Swift from London to say, “I always believed in you guys and always knew you could do it.” Adding with a laugh “But didn’t actually think you’d do it!!!” Gloriana, who has been on the road with some of country music’s biggest stars including Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, and Dierks Bentley, will hit the road again next year on Taylor’s FEARLESS 2010 Tour.
 
“We cannot even put into words right now how thankful we are to the fans who voted for us and to everyone who has made the last couple of months an absolute dream come true,” said Cheyenne Kimball. “This is still a bit surreal for us,” added Tom Gossin. “It’s such an honor to win an American Music Award, especially since it is voted on by fans and we are so grateful to have amazing fans.” 
 
Gloriana’s debut single “Wild At Heart” is the best selling single by a new country artist in 2009 having sold over 375,000 copies to date. Their self-titled album, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Album Chart and #3 on Billboard's Top 200, is the best selling debut country album of 2009. “How Far Do You Wanna Go?” has already climbed to #21 on the Music Row chart after only a few weeks. The video captures the foursome’s energy and big sound that have made Gloriana one of the best new artists in country music this year. The video was voted by fans into the Top 20 on GAC, can be seen on CMT, and can be purchased on iTunes.
 
For more information on Gloriana please visit: www.gloriana.com.
 

Nashville, TN – November 23, 2009 – Taylor Swift won big at last night’s 37th Annual American Music Awards, taking home five trophies, including the evening’s biggest award, Artist of the Year. Taylor also won the awards for Favorite Female Artist (Country), Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock), Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, and Favorite Album (Country – for Fearless).
Taylor accepted her AMA Awards live via satellite from her concert stage in an empty Wembley Arena in London, where she was rehearsing for tonight’s sold-out show. Taylor and her band stayed up most of the night to watch the show live from the US, and she accepted her last award at almost 4 a.m. London time.
"Music has never been ultimately about competition,” Taylor said while accepting Artist of the Year. “And to even be mentioned in a category with Michael Jackson, who we will miss and love forever, is an unimaginable honor. I just want to say that I'm sending my love to the Jackson family, and to Janet for reaching out to me the way that you have. And, to the fans, you have given me so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! I hope you guys have an awesome Thanksgiving…..l miss and I love you. Thank you so much!”

The AMA wins cap an unparalleled year for Taylor, who turns 20 in just a few weeks. Taylor’s Fearless CD is the best-selling album of the year in all genres of music, and her AMAs bring her 2009 awards total to 20. Earlier this month Taylor won four CMA Awards, including the industry’s top honor - Entertainer of the Year, and she was also awarded the CMA’s 2009 International Artist Achievement Award. She won this year’s ACM Album of the Year, along with their Crystal Milestone Award, the BMI President’s Award, and the 2009 BMI Country Song of the Year Award. Also this year, Taylor took home an MTV VMA Award, two CMT Music Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, and the NSAI’s Songwriter/Artist of the Year Award.
Taylor will discuss her year with NBC’s Matt Lauer this Thursday (November 26th), when she’s profiled on the network’s “People of the Year” primetime special, airing on NBC at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  The special includes what NBC calls “the most fascinating, inspirational, heroic and notorious figures, and most-talked about stories of 2009.” The hour also includes interviews with Susan Boyle, Kobe Bryant, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, and Captain Richard Phillips.

Taylor Won Everything She Could at AMA's


ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kings of Leon
Taylor Swift   X
Lady Gaga
Eminem
Michael Jackson
POP/ROCK - Favorite Female Artist
Beyonce
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift     X
POP/ROCK - Favorite Album
Fame - Lady Gaga
Number Ones - Michael Jackson
Fearless - Taylor Swift   X
COUNTRY - Favorite Female Artist
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift    X
Carrie Underwood
COUNTRY - Favorite Album
Unstoppable - Rascal Flatts
Fearless - Taylor Swift     X
Foundation - Zac Brown Band
ADULT CONTEMPORARY - Favorite Artist
Daughtry
Jason Mraz
Taylor Swift      X

Reba and George Tour Dates


TOUR DATES
22-Jan
Baltimore, MD
1st Mariner (George Strait & Reba)
23-Jan
Greensboro, NC
Coliseum (George Strait & Reba)
29-Jan
Knoxville, TN
Thompson Boling (George Strait & Reba)
30-Jan
Charlottesville, VA
JPJ Arena (George Strait & Reba)
5-Feb
Phoenix, AZ
US Airways (George Strait & Reba)
6-Feb
Las Vegas, NV
MGM (George Strait & Reba)
18-Feb
St Louis, MO
Scottrade Center (George Strait & Reba)
19-Feb
Wichita, KS
Intrust Bank Arena (George Strait & Reba)
20-Feb
Tulsa, OK
BOK Arena (George Strait & Reba)
25-Feb
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena (George Strait & Reba)
26-Feb
Orlando, FL
Amway Arena (George Strait & Reba)
4-Mar
Memphis, TN
FedEx Forum (George Strait & Reba)
5-Mar
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Arena (George Strait & Reba)
6-Mar
Little Rock, AR
Verizon (George Strait & Reba)
17-Mar – Penticton, British Columbia CANADA – South Okanagan Events Center
18-Mar – Abbotsford, British Columbia CANADA – Abbotsford Entertainment Center
21-Mar – Grand Prairie, Alberta CANADA – Crystal Theater
22-Mar – Red Deer, Alberta CANADA – ENMAX Arena
23-Mar – Lethbridge, Alberta CANADA – ENMAX Centre
26-Mar
Portland, OR
The Rose Garden (George Strait & Reba)
27-Mar
Tacoma, WA
Tacomadome (George Strait & Reba)
8-Apr
Omaha, NE
Qwest Center (George Strait & Reba)
9-Apr
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center (George Strait & Reba)
10-Apr
Des Moines, IA
Wells Fargo Arena (George Strait & Reba)