Headlines: Chris Daughtry NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, Masked Singer Costumes

An ex-Panther, a rock star and a famous doctor to play in NBA Celebrity All-Star Game – Former Carolina Panthers star Steve Smith spent 16 seasons in the NFL proving he has Pro Football Hall of Fame credentials. But how are his basketball skills? We’ll find out on Feb. 15, when the Charlotte resident plays in an 2019 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game that will see him teaming up with rock star Chris Daughtry and talk-show host Dr. Oz, and taking it to the hoop against folks like Migos rapper Quavo and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Ray Allen. – Read more at Charlotte Observer

Hit Country Artist Cassadee Pope Returns With Her New Album, Stages, And She Discusses Her Songwriting – BC: How does the songwriting process work for you? Cassadee Pope: It’s actually different every time I write a song. Sometimes I know going into sessions that Corey Crowder, my producer, builds amazing tracks. I know I’m going to go in and write on top of a track. Or if I go in and write with Emily Shackelton, I know we’re going in with her playing piano, and we’re starting from scratch. I usually like to go in at least with a concept, title or song idea and build from that. It really depends on what room I’m in. When I’m by myself, it’s a whole different story. That’s always different. I think if I did it the same way every time it would get stale for me, so I try to keep it interesting. – Read more at Songwriter Universe

The Voice’s Brynn Cartelli Talks New Music

Brynn Cartelli, teen champ of ‘The Voice,’ grateful to be touring with ‘coach’ Kelly Clarkson – “She has done so, so, so much to help me and my career,” Cartelli said during a phone interview in advance of a Friday, Feb. 8, tour stop at Tulsa’s BOK Center. “If I did not have her, I would not be talking to you on the phone today. She really has gone above and beyond and paid it forward, like she has done with a lot of artists from ‘The Voice,’ but I feel incredibly lucky just to have a chance to work with her team and now join her on her label, Atlantic Records, and get amazing opportunities. This tour is just another one. It is huge, and I am so, so, so grateful to her.” – Read more at Tulsa World

‘The Masked Singer’ costume designer takes us inside TV’s most colorful closet – When you’re the costume designer of Fox’s “The Masked Singer” and the pièce de résistance of a unicorn mask — its soft glass spiraled horn — breaks off during filming, there’s no time to panic. OK, you panic a little. But then … “You reach for the wire and glue,” Marina Toybina says, recalling the scramble backstage to fix the damage. Toybina brainstormed a little more than 20 costume sketches before she and producers narrowed them down to 12. From there, she and her team, which averaged some 30 people, had two months last spring to finish construction of the costumes; roughly 11 people were dedicated to building the masks alone. There was no time for mock-ups or samples, leaving Toybina and her team as testers, trying on the masks and costumes to get a sense of their wearability. – Read more at LA Times

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