Carrie Underwood at Bridgestone Arena: Five Things You Missed – Carrie Underwood marked the 15th anniversary of her “American Idol” audition with a sold-out show at Bridgestone Arena and some advice for any dreamers in her audience. “When I was a little girl … if you had asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I would have told you I wanted to be a famous country music singer,” Underwood told fans. “As I got older, dreams tend to give way to practicalities, so I started going to school to get a real job. One day there was an open door, and I walked through it and my life was changed forever. “If there is something you guys out there are holding on to that just seems like too big of a dream or something too crazy,” she continued, “I’m living proof that the craziest things can happen, and you can end up exactly where you always wanted to be.” – Read more at the Tennessean
Laine Hardy draws thousands to Denham Springs park for homecoming bash – Laine Hardy’s fans, more than 5,000 of them, crowded into Denham Springs’ North Park on Saturday for the American Idol’s daylong homecoming bash, capped when he took the stage at 9 p.m. to loud cheers from the adoring crowd. “You’re going to hear some new stuff, “ Hardy told The Advocate minutes before taking the stage. “And you’re just going to see Laine.” As for when the new music he’s been writing with a team in Nashville will be released, he couldn’t give a specific date, but did say “soon.” – Read more at The Advocate
5 Questions With Jordin Sparks, Broadway’s New Head Waitress – 2. What did you learn from your experience in In the Heights that you’re excited to bring to your performance in Waitress?
I love being in front of a live audience and what I learned from that experience is whether in concert or being on a Broadway stage, the secret sauce is be in the moment. – Read more at TheaterMania
“The Voice” veteran, Addison Agen, uses her talent locally – A Fort Wayne television channel recently added a promotional video and song starring none other than Addison Agen. Agen, as many will remember, was the runner-up on season 13 of “The Voice.” The Fort Wayne teen earned two chair turns during her blind audition. She sang Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Agen has completed a series of successful concerts, with some still to come. Yet, Agen has taken time out of her busy schedule to sing “Focused on the Fort.” The song is designed to highlight the way local NBC affiliate, WISE-TV, covers all aspects of Fort Wayne. – Read more at Lemon Wire
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Ally Brooke and Her Manager Will Bracey Are Dating – Mixing work and pleasure! Ally Brooke is dating her manager Will Bracey, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal. A source tells Us that the former Fifth Harmony singer, 26, and Bracey have been dating for a while. Bracey was the tour manager for the powerhouse girl group, which formed in 2012 on The X Factor. The group went on hiatus in 2018 Opens a New Window. for the members to pursue solo projects. He is now the co-manager of Brooke’s solo career along with Britney Spears Opens a New Window. ‘ manager, Larry Rudolph. – Read more at US Magazine