Hear How Carrie Underwood Almost Talked Herself Out of Idol – While Carrie Underwood was across the pond last week, on Thursday — our Independence Day — BBC Radio’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon had her on to talk “Southbound,” American Idol and how she fell in love with Wham! as a little girl. “I always wanted to be a country music singer, and I had seen Idol. But I’m not that kind of person, to be honest. I don’t just go do stuff like that. That was dreaming too big. The stars just lined up in the right way. And my mom was a big supporter when I was trying to talk myself out of it, like ’It’s stupid. There’s no way. What are the chances?’” That’s when Underwood’s mom would say, “I will drive you. Let’s go. Why not?” “I am always forever a fan of (frontman) George Michael, as per my shirt. I searched high and low for this,” she said proudly, adding that she got hooked on the music at around three years old because she wasn’t the one making the playlists – Read more at CMT.com
Brooke White Announces Next Single
The singer’s next single from Calico, “Into The Trees” drop s on Thursday.
Rare sighting of me without a hat ? Took the fam to the farm, my favorite place! Also, so excited to announce the NEXT SINGLE from Calico, “Into The Trees”, is coming out on THURSDAY!
— Brooke White (@brookewhite) July 8, 2019
Maddie Poppe gives surprise concert at Cedar Falls eatery – The Cedar Valley’s own “American Idol” winner gave a surprise concert at a local pizza place Friday night. Blake Keating, co-owner of Urban Pie, said Poppe has played at the business before she became a worldwide sensation on the reality show. He had a chance run-in with her at an airport. “She said, ‘I’ll come back and play again,’” Keating said. “But she said, ‘Whenever I do, we just can’t advertise it.’ Sure enough, she messaged me and we started making plans.” – Read more at The Courier
The Voice Runner-Up, Billy Gilman, Performs in His First NYC Show – Award-Winning Pop Artist, Billy Gilman, is back to work and excited to announce his “Just You, Just Me” concert series for his first performance in NYC. Gilman is known for not only known for his 2nd place position on the 2016’s The Voice (and for being on Team Adam Levine), but also from his childhood stardom as a country music prodigy. Off the back of his artist to fan experience gigs, Gilman will be partnering with iHeart Radio on a national scale by working with them to deliver an 8-week radio show that Gilman will be helming with the launch his first single in early September. – Read more at Patch.com
Premiere: ‘The Voice’ Contestant Chris Jamison Shares New EP, ‘Puzzle Pieces’ – Today, Jamison is premiering a brand new four-track EP, titled Puzzle Pieces, due out on July 13 through The Vault Records. At roughly 15 minutes in total length, Puzzle Pieces is a smooth and soulful R&B/pop offering of Jamison’s strongest material to date. Without a moment wasted, each of the EP’s four tracks are ready for radio — easy listening, lush with beautifully airy melodies and the kind of vocal delivery you’d expect from a finalist in one of the world’s biggest singing competitions. – Read more at Forbes.com