Headlines: Daughtry Announces New Single, Kat McPhee Talks Sitcom

American Idol’s Chris Daughtry announces new single

Fantasia, Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans & More to Perform on OWN’s First Easter Special – Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network will celebrate Easter with a unique showcase of modern gospel and R&B performances combined with sunrise service traditions, Billboard can exclusively announce. The hourlong gospel music special Our OWN Easter will premiere on the network March 30, and you can watch a trailer below. Fantasia, CeCe Winans, Kirk Franklin, Anthony Hamilton and The Hamiltones, Ledisi, Travis Greene, Osby Berry, Jonathan McReynolds, Charles Jenkins, Koryn Hawthorne and Maverick City will perform during the Easter special, hosted by renowned uncle and niece duo Bebe Winans and Deborah Joy Winans, with appearances by Cedric the Entertainer, Michelle Williams and more. – Read more at Billboard

When Katy Perry Was Katy Hudson: A Look Back at the Pop Star’s Christian Album Debut 20 Years Later – You’d be forgiven, though, for thinking Katy arrived on the scene in 2007 with the (unfortunate) debut single “Ur So Gay” as a fresh-faced newcomer with no musical history behind her. There’s very little evidence left in the world that would argue otherwise, after all. But the album that put her on the map, 2008’s One of the Boys, wasn’t her first. That distinction belongs to a contemporary Christian LP self-titled by a teenage artist still using her father’s last name, released two decades ago on Mar. 6 before fading away into obscurity. Katy’s first collection of songs isn’t available anywhere to stream legally, destined to remain merely a footnote in the superstar’s biography, perhaps both out of legal necessity (the label folded just after releasing the album) and by design. After all, it is easier to create the mystique of a global pop star if their earlier failed attempts on stardom aren’t quite so accessible. – Read more at EOnline

For Peoria High Alum Victor Solomon, Performing On ‘The Voice’ Is A Dream Come True – A Peoria native is chasing his dreams on this season of NBC’s “The Voice.” Victor Solomon grew up singing for his friends, family, and church in Peoria. Solomon said he has always had a passion for singing and performing for people, simply to put a smile on their faces. He and his three siblings grew up in a tight-knit, single-parent home, he said. His mother and siblings always encouraged him to sing from a young age. “When I was about 6 or 7 years old, I was in a room and I was singing, you know, just playing around and singing,” Solomon said. “And my sister was in there, as well. And she stopped me and said, ‘Victor, you sound like the people in the videos.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, what?’ And I was happy. – Read more at PeoriaPublicRadio

Katharine McPhee Talks Broadway, American Idol and Landing the Lead in Country Comfort – I definitely don’t have my roots in country music, but my agent sent me this really cute script and he said, “You should take a look at this. It’s for Netflix.” I thought I was auditioning for a pilot. I thought I was auditioning for a single-camera show, which would be like a regular shooting schedule, not a multi-camera. I had no idea it was a sitcom. I just honestly read the script and fell in love with the role and the comedy of it, the clever writing. – Read more at Parade

Camila Cabello Says She’s Been Attending Weekly Racial Healing Sessions – In her recent interview as part of PEOPLE’s Women Changing the World issue, the former Fifth Harmony bandmate explained that she joined the National Compadres Network’s racial healing program after her December 2019 apology to educate herself on the matters at hand. “It created a space where I was held accountable,” the pop star admitted. “You get corrected, you have homework, and you learn. That’s how you move forward. Now I know better so I can do better.” Cabello went on to confess that her attendance has since prompted her to take her actions one step further. “As I learned more about other people’s experiences in the world, I was like, ‘How do I help the people who are on the frontlines of dismantling systems that create oppression?'” she questioned. “And how do I bridge that with my own personal journey with mental health and healing?” – Read more at iHeartRadio

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