In 1991, Reba McEntire faced one of the most devastating tragedies imaginable. Traveling from San Diego, Calif. to Fort Wayne, Ind., a private plane carrying seven of her band members and her tour manager crashed in a fatal instant, killing everyone. Due to a bout of bronchitis, McEntire wasn’t on that plane and had to bear the news of eight of her dear friends losing their lives that day, along with the plane’s two pilots.
On New Year’s Eve, an 18-year-old Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby, after she had just lost her husband to cancer on Christmas day. Now, John Rich of Big and Rich is on a mission to find this young mother and give her some much-needed help.
Carrie Underwood may get to flit around onstage in shimmering gowns and attend swanky awards shows, but this Oklahoma girl who found her start on ‘American Idol‘ is certainly not one to forget her roots. The world-famous singer brought smiles to the faces of school administrators across her hometown of Checotah, Okla. this holiday, as she made donations totaling $350,000.
Rascal Flatts‘ Jay DeMarcus is slated to make his film debut next year along with Trace Adkins in the holiday film ‘Saving Santa.’ With Kix Brooks sitting in the executive director chair, it’s no surprise that this upcoming release has so many country ties. Touted as “a sweet, funny, holiday story about the belief in love, goodness and the spirit of Christmas,” ‘Saving Santa’ is set to debut next year.
In the early fall of 2010, Tim McGraw submitted his final version of a new record called ‘Emotional Traffic’ to Curb Records. The first single, ‘Felt Good on My Lips,’ dropped soon after, but no word came out about an album release date. Then, just hours after a court ruled this week (Nov. 30) that McGraw was free to sign with another label, Curb let the second single, ‘Better Than I Used to Be,’ hit the airwaves almost a year after the first single was released — and now they’ve announced a release date for the full album.
A court spokeswoman revealed today that Florida judge James H. Seals issued an “emergency” pick up order for Mindy McCready‘s 5-year-old son Zander, according to CNN. The troubled country singer took her son from her father’s Florida home earlier this week, though she does not have legal custody of him.
Oklahoma native Vince Gill recently made a $12,000 donation to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame to help finish construction on a new children’s music exhibit. Gill was inducted into that Hall of Fame in 1999, and now he’s challenging other musicians and music lovers to follow his lead and donate to the cause.
We’re not pulling for Brad Paisley to quit his day job, but the “Whiskey Lullaby” singer is shaping up to be quite the author. Paisley released his first book, ‘Diary of a Player,’ on Nov. 1, and the title has spent the past two weeks living on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Each year for 10 years now, ‘AARP the Magazine’ has presented Inspire Awards to pay tribute to those forward thinkers and innovators who move others to action through their deep passion. This year, Toby Keith is among the 10 individuals receiving the prestigious award, and he’s joined by such legends as conservationist Jane Goodall and Steve Jobs.
New footage from the 2011 CMA Awards rehearsals has emerged, featuring country’s top stars getting ready for Wednesday’s show. Spotlights ablaze, hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley warm up for their duet ‘Remind Me’ and Faith Hill prepares for the premiere of her long-awaited new single ‘Come Home’ in the video seen below.
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