It feels like only yesterday that Blake Shelton‘s charge Dia Frampton was the runner up on the debut season of ‘The Voice.’ Well, season two is upon us, and Shelton is already raring to go and plotting his methods for another round. Shelton revealed that he will retain last season’s strategy of picking the singers with the most unique and different voices for his team. Obviously, Shelton has no interest in cultivating a poker face during the audition round.
The Band Perry had a banner year in 2011, due in large part to the crossover success of ‘If I Die Young.’ They will soar into 2012 with another heralded appearance. The trio of siblings will perform the national anthem at the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas on Jan. 6, reports CMT.
While Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott tweets sweet and cuddly photos of her pup Hobbs, Jake Owen goes a little further. He tweeted a hilarious video of his dog Merle dealing with an issue unique to his breed and it’s certainly not cute or cuddly. Not in the slightest.
Brad Paisley has recorded and released a new song called ‘Hard Life,’ which was penned by his friend, 23-year-old Joe Kindregan. Kindregan suffers from A-T (ataxia-telangiectasia), which is a rare, fatal and genetic disease where symptoms of disorders like cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, immune deficiencies and cancer are manifested.
Mindy McCready continues to speak to out about her recent actions, where she took her 5 year old son Zander, from her mother and step-father’s Florida home. The grandparents have custody of the boy, but McCready claims she had good reason to take him from his living situation.
Dan ‘Bee’ Spears, who served as the bassist in Wille Nelson‘s touring band for over 40 years and who played on several of the singer’s crucial albums, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday (Dec. 8). Spears was 62.
Keith Urban may not be able to speak or sing while he recovers from throat surgery, which he had to remove a polyp from his vocal chord, but he will certainly continue to work and play guitar to keep himself busy. Urban will pass the time with good friend and fellow country superstar Brad Paisley — the two will simply handle their instruments, and you certainly don’t need to talk in order to play guitar. That’s why musical is a universal and voiceless language.
Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles is off the market. The singer quietly married her longtime beau, entrepreneur Justin Miller, in a small ceremony in Tennessee over the weekend. Nettles and Miller have been dating for over two years.
It’s that time again, country fans! The 2012 season of ‘American Idol’ will kick off this January. It’ll be the show’s 11th season and let’s hope that this season follows the same trajectory as the last, when the final two contestants were country artists! Will Scotty McCreery‘s heir apparent make it to the top? Will we find our next Lauren Alaina? It’s certainly an exciting prospect, since country music dominated the show last season. That trend could very well continue into 2012.
An artist truly has made it when he or she is profiled on ’60 Minutes.’ Taylor Swift is the latest music star to be featured on the news magazine program, which looked at her role as the poet laureate of puberty, the spokeswoman responsible for a generation of young girls — and her famous open mouth, hands on cheeks expression of shock and awe whenever fans scream for her or when she picks up another award. The profile also examined how she’s managed to cross genres and remain beloved in both the country and pop worlds.
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