‘The Voice’ winner Brynn Cartelli honored at the Massachusetts State House – Brynn Cartelli received a warm welcome in the state’s capital Thursday. The Longmeadow teen who achieved national fame this year as the winner of NBC’s “The Voice” was invited to the Massachusetts State House to meet with elected officials. Democratic legislators Sen. Eric Lesser and Rep. Briane Ashe, who represent parts of western Massachusetts like Cartelli’s hometown, welcomed the rising pop star into their State House offices on Thursday. Both legislators said they were proud of Cartelli and awarded her with an official state certificate for her achievements. – Read more at MassLive
Ada Vox’s Glitter and Grit – Going back as Ada was more of a strategy because I could appeal to a specific audience. I was also able to influence a community that I love so dearly. My first interaction with the LGBTQ community came after season 12 when I was invited to perform in San Antonio’s gay pride parade. That was the first time I’d seen drag in person and been surrounded by the community. It was very much a first for me and I felt a little lost, but it was also one of the best experiences because I learned so much about myself and the community around me. Seeing drag queens for the first time, I realized I could do so much being one of those queens. I could use my talent to sing live and act as a beacon of light. – Read more at MySanAntonio
Spensha Baker’s Country Soul – I parted ways with the label after about four years and in my junior year of high school, my mom and I picked up and moved to Nashville with the hopes of being around songwriters and the music community.
I love Nashville, but in the middle of my journey there I lost the passion for music. There’s a lot of work that is required to really try to make it and my heart wasn’t willing to do that anymore so I quit music. Before The Voice, I was leasing apartments and had gone to real estate school. – Read more at My San Antonio
Why Carrie Underwood ditched this key skin-care product – In summer temps, however, humidity is often high, so opting for a similarly occlusive, yet lightweight, ingredient like an oil can be key. That’s exactly what Underwood raved about to me at a recent event for her activewear line Calia. I asked her the secret to her amazing glow, and she confessed to quitting her moisturizer. “I’ve switched from using moisturizers more into using oils. Just because I feel like they get absorbed into your skin so much better. I always thought that oils would clog my pores and they don’t,” Underwood tells me. Depending on the issue that you’re trying to treat, oils can work double duty, at once functioning as a hydrator as well as treatment for a wide-ranging array of skin woes from acne to redness to cell turnover. – Read more at WellandGood.com
‘AGT’ Stars Us the Duo Dropping New Album ‘Within a Month’ as Expectant Couple Prep for Tour (Exclusive) – America’s Got Talent standouts Us the Duo are busy planning for both a new baby… and a new album! Married singing duo Michael and Carissa Alvarado reveal exclusively to ET that their next album, Together, will drop “within a month” before they hit the road for their Together Tour later this summer. Until then, the couple is also preparing for life as first-time parents. – Read more at ETOnline