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Nashville, TN, November 23, 2015 -- Superstar Carrie Underwood has multiple reasons for celebration today! On the heels of her Favorite Female Artist - Country win last evening on the 2015 American Music Awards, Underwood achieves her 22nd #1 hit with "Smoke Break," the lead single from her new album, Storyteller. The single has also reached #1 on the country charts in Canada and Australia.
Described by The Guardian as “refreshingly smart and bold,” "Smoke Break," was produced by Jay Joyce and written by Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Chris DeStefano, and has become an anthem for those who need an escape every now and then from the challenges of daily life. When Storyteller debuted at #1, the 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville entertainer made history being the first artist to have all six of her first albums debut at the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Of Underwood's 22 #1 hits, "Smoke Break" is her 12th co-write.
With last night's win for Favorite Female Artist - Country, Carrie Underwood increases her total AMA award wins to nine. Her Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away albums all have been honored with American Music Awards for Favorite Country Album.
With a stunning performance last night, Underwood treated millions of viewers to the television debut of her new single "Heartbeat" on the AMAs. Officially impacting country radio on November 30, she co-penned the romantic song with Zach Crowell and Ashley Gorley; Crowell also produced the track.
Underwood recently announced the launch of her highly anticipated Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round, which will hit arenas across North America this January, her first tour “in the round.” For more information on the tour visit www.carrieunderwood.fm.
About Carrie Underwood: Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed over 100 major honors and sold 58 million records worldwide. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s top female country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her songs have been streamed more than 1.5 billion times worldwide. In 2013, she starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. In late 2014, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the 25 songs included two new hits co-written by Underwood: the Platinum-certified, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water,” as well as the #1 smash “Little Toy Guns.” In September of 2015, she began her third season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and on November 4, she co-hosted the CMA Awards for the eighth consecutive year.
Nashville, TN - Nov. 23, 2015 - Watershed Music and Camping Festival will be the first-ever country music festival to host two consecutive weekends, set to take place on July 29-31 and Aug. 5-7 at the world’s most scenic music venue, The Gorge. Since its inception four short years ago, Watershed garnered a nomination for "Festival of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music and has been heralded by Country Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone as a "must-see" summer festival. With a history of selling out in just minutes, both weekends will feature the same lineup of soon to be announced headliners.
“Watershed was the very first festival we launched four years ago,” said Brian O’Connell, President of Live Nation Country Touring. “Thinking back to when we started we had no idea how quickly it would take off. The fans who we now know as ’Shedders have become very important to us on this journey. We’ve been listening to their feedback and adding a second weekend seemed like the next logical move. It’s hard to describe the unique vibe you feel at Watershed, it’s such a special and awe-inspiring event and now more people will have the opportunity to see what it’s all about.”
Watershed is known for consistently providing a dynamic and eclectic lineup with platinum-selling headliners taking to the festival’s iconic main stage each year, as well as showcasing country’s emerging acts with the “Next From Nashville” stage. With the breath-taking and unrivaled setting of The Gorge, the festival’s fans (otherwise known as ‘Shedders) have built an unwavering community with themed campsites, homemade campground activities including monster slip n’ slides, giant beer pong competitions and even impromptu weddings. The festival’s unique atmosphere and remote location also lends itself to fringe events including spirited late-night sets and amusement rides with heart-stopping views of the watershed for the Columbia River, such a rarity that it inspired the name of the event.
The first to be established in Live Nation’s family of premier country music festivals, the success of Watershed was quickly followed by the launch of five other destination festivals including Faster Horses in Brooklyn, MI; Delaware Junction in Harrington, DE; Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas, NV; Windy City LakeShake in Chicago, IL and FarmBorough in New York, NY.
More information including full lineup and on-sale dates will be announcing in the coming weeks. Join in the conversation on Twitter @watershedfest, Instagram @watershedfestival, Facebook or visit www.WatershedFest.com.
Nashville, TN (November 23, 2015) – Country Music Icon Alan Jackson is partnering with Ply Gem Industries as the ambassador for their “Home for Good Project” to build more than 300 homes across the U.S. with Habitat for Humanity. As ambassador, Alan will help raise awareness through his fan base, social media following and support in a local Builders Blitz event in Nashville, scheduled to coincide with the 2016 CMA Music Festival in June 2016. The “Home for Good Project” is grounded in Alan’s song “You Can Always Come Home” from his recently released album Angels & Alcohol. The song is the anthem that will be played throughout the program to remind individuals the importance of having a place to call home.
The first phase of the program, kicking off today, is Alan Jackson’s ‘You Can Always Come Home’ for the Holidays Contest with Ply Gem, where two grand prize winners will receive paid airfare for two to be with family for the holidays. The two-week contest will award additional prizes throughout the duration of the program. Visit http://bit.ly/AJHomeForTheHolidays to enter for a chance to win and for the full contest rules and regulations.
“I’m honored to partner with Ply Gem and Habitat for Humanity on their goal to build 300 homes,” shared Jackson. “Everyone deserves a place they can call home.”
“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to put Ply Gem’s products, including performance siding, windows, stone and trim, to support families and communities across the country. Projects of this magnitude, demonstrating unity and passion toward an incredible cause, will no doubt be successful and change lives,” says Gary E. Robinette, Chairman and CEO, Ply Gem. “We are motivated by Habitat for Humanity’s mission of bringing people together to build in partnership and are proud of our alignment with country music icon Alan Jackson. His personal motivation to communicate what home means through his music is now the foundation for the “Home for Good Project.”
“We are grateful to Ply Gem and Alan Jackson for their commitment to raise awareness and make Builder Blitz a success,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “In addition to providing home exterior products for Builders Blitz, Ply Gem’s communications efforts well in advance of the event will help connect more people to our mission of providing a foundation for families to build strength, stability and independence.”
The “Home for Good Project” is a multi-year initiative that includes a donation of over $1 Million worth of exterior building products and funds for Habitat for Humanity to use to help families build more than 300 homes throughout the year. In addition, Ply Gem will be the presenting sponsor of Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz, which brings together Habitat for Humanity affiliates and professional builders to build and renovate homes across the United States. The company will support the project with advertising and social media initiatives to encourage its associates, the building industry—including distributors, builders and remodelers—as well as consumers across the country to volunteer in their communities.