Headlines: Jennifer Hudson to Play Central Park, Maks Wants to Host DWTS

Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson and Paul Simon to Headline NYC Homecoming Concert – Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson and Paul Simon are set to headline a “homecoming concert” in New York City later this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. “This will be in August, a lot of details to come, but it is going to be a great moment for the city, marking our rebirth, marking our comeback,” de Blasio said during a virtual news briefing. “And it’s going to be one of the greatest Central Park concerts in history.” – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

‘Never take a day for granted’: McCreery glad to be back to the stage, and fans – “For nine years of my life, all I’ve known, basically, was the road,” McCreery said by phone earlier this week. “Last year … we didn’t escape that.” “The album we just finished up is looking back … at the little things in life that make it great,” he said. “It’s exciting. It’s my favorite record so far.” “‘Idol’ changed my life, but ‘Five More Minutes’ is what put us on the map in the country music world, he said. “That still holds true today. Six years later, there are people clapping, cheering, tearing up (when McCreery performs that song). It’s just a powerful moment every night.” – Read more at MyJournalCourier

Todd Tilghman Never Thought He Would Win ‘The Voice’ [EXCLUSIVE] – “Once we made the live shows, that was kind of gravy from there,” Tilghman tells Everything Nash. “That was our goal. We just assumed there was no way we could win. So once we made the live shows, everything was sort of gravy. It literally was step-by-step: ‘I would love to get a blind audition.’ ‘I really would love for at least one chair to turn.’ And then after that, then the final step for the show was if we could just make the last show.” – Read more at EveryThingNash.com

‘The Voice’ Winner Jake Hoot Shares Details on Next Single [EXCLUSIVE] – “I was told by somebody last year — I can’t remember who it was — but they said ‘Right now, you just need to keep new music out there,;” Hoot tells Everything Nash. “You need to keep giving music. And so, we’ve been writing nonstop. We’ve been on the road for the weekends for shows, but then I get back and I write during the week.” Hoot previously teased his next single, “Night Left,” on social media, which he will be releasing next month, and will perform at his upcoming show at Nashville’s City Winery. “We wrote it probably a few months ago,” Hoot reveals. “I wrote it with Danny Myrick and Kylie Sackley. It’s called ‘Night Left.’ And in the middle of the chorus, it’s got this fun little phrase called ‘All right bet,’ which I had never heard before last year. It kind of means like, ‘All right, that I won’t do.’ It’s kind of like a challenge thing.” – Read more at EverythingNash.com

‘The Voice’ Alum Kenzie Wheeler Hopes To One Day Play The Opry & Duet With Kelly Clarkson – Wheeler told Music Mayhem that since the show ended, he has been enjoying a bit of down time before his career hopefully takes off running. “I’ve been hanging out with friends, family, spent some time at the lake, had a welcome home party, and I’ve been fishing a couple of times since I’ve been home,” Wheeler explained. The singer also received some inspiring advice from Clarkson, who guided him through all the ups and downs of his journey on the show. Clarkson told him to “always believe in yourself and to also never give up on your dreams!” You also said you were potentially considering moving to Nashville, what would you most be looking forward to about moving to Music City and what would be your big plans when you get there? Hopefully when I make the move to Nashville it’s because I’ve signed a record deal and would be headed out on the road to tour. In the country music business all roads lead to Nashville. – Read more at MusicMayhem.com

Danny Gokey Crosses Genre Borders On Upcoming Album, ‘Jesus People’ – Danny Gokey has announced that is new full-length studio album, Jesus People, will be released on Aug. 20 via Capitol Christian Music Group. Today (July 2), the 3x Grammy nominee dropped the powerful ballad, “He Believes In You,” from the upcoming project, along with an accompanying video. Jesus People features unique songs and collaborations with the likes of Koryn Hawthorne (“We All Need Jesus”), Christine D’Clario (“Cristo Es Necesario”), and Angie Rose (“Do For Love”), as well as the album’s flagship song, “Stand In Faith,” which became the most-added single in the genre. Throughout the project Gokey’s songs touch on love, gratitude, and truth. Read more at MusicRow.com

Maks Chmerkovskiy and Val Chmerkovskiy Disagree on Whether They’d Ever Host ‘Dancing with the Stars’ – “I’d love to host. I’d fill any shoes on that show. I wish that I would’ve had that understanding when I first got to the show, we had a different process because I honestly had no examples of anything like this in front of me to be like, ‘Oh, that’s what it’s like,’” he explained. “I personally would love an opportunity to step into any shoes on the production side or in front of camera. I don’t really necessarily have the passion of leading someone through this incredibly grueling process of three months of getting to the end. I may not have that, but I do have the passion of contributing to dancing, being on television and sticking around.” Before catching them on the ABC show again, find the brothers in a city near you on their Val & Maks: Stripped Down Tour, which was conceptualized after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to cancel their Motion Pictures Tour. – Read more at US Magazine

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