America’s Got Talent finalists Chapel Heart honored by Mississippi State House – The country trio were honored by their home state Mississippi last week. “Today we were presented with a Resolution from the state of Mississippi House of Reps & The Senate!!! We are so honored, and we hope this inspires someone today to go chase your dreams harder than ever! Because we are truly examples that DREAMS STILL COME TRUE!!!”, the caption alongside a photo of the group holding up the resolution.
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Musicians Sue NBC for Wages on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show,’ Other Live Broadcasts – The largest union representing professional musicians is suing NBC Universal for allegedly stiffing members who worked on some of the network’s biggest live broadcasts, including episodes of The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and even morning news juggernaut Today. “NBC owes musicians probably hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages. Unfortunately, whenever AFM attempts to resolve these claims in good faith, NBC denies, disrespects, and drags its feet. Meanwhile, we have musicians who have been waiting more than two years for their paychecks,” Jennifer P. Garner, the AFM lawyer who filed the lawsuit, says in a statement to Rolling Stone. – Read more at Rolling Stone
Inspired by ‘Stranger Things,’ Daughtry and Lzzy Hale Team for Cover of Journey‘s ‘Separate Ways’ – Daughtry had another idea: to turn the song into a duet. He immediately thought of Hale. “Lzzy and I had been talking for years about working on a song together, whether it be an original or a cover,” he says of his past tourmate. “We’ve done stuff live before, but never recorded anything. I texted her about doing ‘Separate Ways’ and she was, like, ‘That’s my go-to karaoke song! I’m all in.” – Read more at Variety
Chris Daughtry Talks ‘Stranger Things’ Inspired Cover of Journey’s ‘Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” with Lzzy Hale – “I don’t have the range that Steve Perry does, so it’s slightly different than the original, and obviously more modern and a lot heavier,” he said. “We wanted to bridge that gap. We wanted to tread that line between paying homage to the original and doing our own thing as well.” – Read more at 101.7TheBoss
Scotty McCreery Talks Touring With Infant Son – He’s Excited! – Scotty McCreery will kick off his Damn Strait tour in about three weeks, and when he does, he’ll have a VIP in tow — his infant son Avery.
McCreery and his wife, Gabi, welcomed their first child in October. The baby’s full name is Merrick Avery McCreery, and while little Avery arrived just in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas – he’s about to accumulate a new milestone. His first tour. McCreery recently said that Avery is coming with him when he embarks on his Damn Strait Tour, which starts January 20. – Read more at CMT.com
Scotty McCreery Teases New Album, Reveals He’s Writing Songs About His Wife Gabi & Newborn Son Avery – “I thought I loved her (Gabi) a lot before. You know, she’s the mother of my son, and now I’m finding that I love her even more,” McCreery tells Music Mayhem of his childhood sweetheart, whom he married in 2018. “She’s a champ. She’s working so hard and doing so great as a mom already. So, I’ll be writing for sure a lot of songs about her and definitely tying the kiddo into some songs. Maybe writing for him too. So, I think it’s all great things right now. We’re in a great season.” – Read more at Music Mayhem Magazine
20 years after his ‘lowest point,’ Justin Guarini has no regrets: ‘As long as you stay in the game… it’ll always come back around’ – “One night I was watching Saturday Night Live. I was living in Beverly Hills in this huge home, and I didn’t want to go out into L.A. and the Hollywood scene and everything. I just wanted to just chill, so I turned on SNL,” Guarini recalls. “And so what [Fey] said was something to the effect of: ‘This week, former American Idol Justin was dropped from his record label, RCA.’ And then they flipped the picture and said, ‘And now he looks like this,’ and it was a picture of Art Garfunkel, another person who has big hair, but significantly older and grayer. And that was the joke,” Guarini continues. “And it would’ve been really funny — had I not found out, with however many other million people that were also watching SNL, that I had been dropped! That was the moment that I found out that I had been dropped from my record label.”