The Country Music Association’s ‘CMA Summer Jam’ Airs Thursday, Sept. 2, on ABC – Fresh off two magical nights of Country Music from the open-air Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville, the Country Music Association and ABC have announced that “CMA Summer Jam” will air THURSDAY, SEPT. 2 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Filmed amidst the skyline of downtown, the three-hour, artist-curated primetime special will feature individual performances and collaborations from more than 20 of the biggest stars in Country Music. Artists featured in “CMA Summer Jam” will include Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Lainey Wilson, and Dwight Yoakam all performing from Ascend Amphitheater. – Read more at DGPress
Jimmie Allen Signs on as Executive Music Producer for Netflix Series – Jimmie Allen is already known as a singer, songwriter, music executive and author–now is is adding “Executive Music Producer” to his list of credits. The “Freedom Was A Highway” hitmaker has signed on as the executive music producer for the Netflix sports reality series Titletown High, which debuts Aug. 27. A previously unreleased Allen song, “Big in a Small Town,” is set as the theme song for the show. “It’s full of football and drama, it’s a good one!!!…Can’t wait for y’all to watch,” Allen said via Instagram in announcing his role in the series. According to Valdosta Daily Times, Jason Sciavicco (creator of the 2006 MTV reality series Two-A-Days), will direct the show, which follows Georgia high school football team The Valdosta Wildcats through its first season with head coach Rush Propst – CMT.com
Colton Dixon and Jimmie Allen American Idol Reunion
On American Idol season 10 Jimmie Allen and Colton Dixon were cut before the Top 24. Colton when on to make the Top 10 on season 11, and is now a CCM artist. Jimmie is on his way to becoming a country star. In Hollywood, Jimmie and Colton sang together in group rounds. The two had a backstage reunion, which Colton documented on Instagram. “Everyone meet my friend @jimmieallen you probably already know who he is! ha,” Colton wrote. “I knew Jimmie back when we were literally just kids on @americanidol with a dream. How cool is it that we both get to do what we were just dreaming of back then! So proud of you bud, and so happy we got to catch up for a second tonight.”
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The Voice Alum Jon Mullins Looks Back on the Tragedy That Led His Music Down a Whole New Path – Jon Mullins can still remember the phone call. It was February of 2016, and his wife of two years Whitney was working full-time as a teacher in Brentwood, Tennessee when she slipped on something on the floor of her classroom and hit her head on the concrete underneath her. “I wasn’t sure about even going on the show in light of everything that was going on at the time, but Whitney was always like, ‘Listen, God opens doors for a reason’ and ‘There’s a timing for everything,'” Mullins remembers. “Auditioning for The Voice audition felt like this little light at the end of this big tunnel. And, you know, I had placed music on the back burner for about two and a half years, making sure that Whitney’s recovery was good.” – Read more at People
America’s Got Talent Host Terry Crews Gets a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…On his Birthday!
AGT judge Howie Mandel was on hand to congratulate host Terry Crews when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on July 30–Terry’s 53rd birthday.
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Walk of Fame Honoree Terry Crews on Being a Fan First, Living the Dream – It’s a “surreal” moment for Crews, who will remind you time and again that he is a fan first. It’s the reason he feels passionately about each and every contestant he speaks to on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” the juggernaut competition show he’s hosted since 2019. He also can’t believe he’s been able to enjoy an eight-season run with what he calls “the best ensemble in the business” on that same network’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” He is tickled he’s become part of Adam Sandler’s repertory players, having made six movies together. And he still can’t believe he got to stand alongside “the biggest and the best” action heroes, including Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, in “The Expendables” movies. He does it all with an energy and openness that has endeared him to millions. Jokes his “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” co-star Samberg, “There’s nothing about Terry to know that’s not in one of his many books.” – Read more at Variety
DWTS’ Gleb Savchenko Becomes a U.S. Citizen and Calls It a “Dream Come True” – Gleb Savchenko is walking on air as he relishes a moment that’s 17 years in the making. The 37-year-old Dancing With the Stars standout became a U.S. citizen on Wednesday, July 28, and he shares the details of the thrilling experience in an exclusive interview with E! News. “It’s a dream come true,” says Gleb, sounding elated. “I grew up in Russia, in Moscow, and I’d always just read [about the States]. It was like an impossible dream for me to live in America and one day become an American citizen.” He explains that having an American passport, which he won’t physically hold in his hands for another few months, makes life easier for him in a number of ways, including cutting down on the steps required for international travel. – Read more at EOnline