Headlines: Kellie Pickler Inducted into NC Music Hall of Fame

North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inducts members, including American Idol’s Kellie Pickler – KANNAPOLIS – A varied group of musicians is scheduled for induction into the N.C. Music Hall of Fame Oct. 20. The group includes folk-rockers The Avette Brothers, beach music group the Band of Oz, guitarist and bandleader Chuck Brown, singer and songwriter Ron Tyson, acoustic musician David Holt, “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler, jazz bassist Percy Heath and old-time string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops. – Read more at the Faye Observer.com

Adam Levine On Being A New Dad, Predicts ‘Voice’ Season 11 Winner – On top of juggling parenting and his duties as the frontman for M5, Levine is also a judge on NBC’s The Voice with Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton, and Alicia Keys. The singing competition is currently in its battle rounds, but Levine thinks his team member, Billy Gilman, will take home the grand prize. “The last two seasons, I did call the winner,” he said. “One season it was Jordan Smith on my team, and then another season it was Alisan Porter. They both won. I actually, from day one, predicted that. So I’m on a role is all I’m saying!” – Read more RyanSeacrest.com

Kelly Clarkson Says Her Next Album Will Not Be ‘Stronger 2.0’: ‘I Get to Really Sing on It’ – “It’s definitely not like the pop-rock anthems people are used to, but they’re different kind of anthems. They’re still [about] empowerment and big, huge songs, but they’re delivered in a different way,” the singer told PEOPLE last week at a Good Housekeeping luncheon celebrating her new children’s book River Rose and the Magical Lullaby. “It’s just more soulful — like R&B-soul-urban-pop. It encompasses a lot. I just get to really sing on it.” – Read more at People

Kelly Clarkson Is Glad She Waited Until Her 30s to Get Married: ‘Everyone Thought I Was Gay!’ – “I think the biggest thing is just getting married later in life…You change so much in your twenties,” the singer, now 34, said last week at a Good Housekeeping luncheon in New York, where she celebrated her new kids’ book River Rose and the Magical Lullaby. “I mean, [my husband] got married at 21 in his first marriage, and they both went, ‘What?!’ It can be very hard to grow in the same way. Your twenties are all about growth, and giant [mistakes].” – Read more at People

Kelly Clarkson adds ‘Lullaby’ to her resume – Clarkson said the importance of education and reading was instilled in her by her mother Jeanine, a retired first-grade teacher. ‘You don’t realize it at the time when your mom is pushing you to read and get good grades,” said Clarkson. “She taught me the value of education.” She said the book “Matilda” by author Roald Dahl “opened doors for me.” Clarkson said growing up in the small town of Burleson, Texas, her dreams of being a singer were sometimes challenged by “people trying to shoot you down.” “I knew singing was my gift and I needed to be confident and dream,” said Clarkson. “If you don’t think you are awesome, no one will think you are awesome.” – Read more at North Jersey.com

American Idol Alum Taylor Hicks Shares His Haute Secrets to LA – Taylor Hicks has been anything but idle since winning the fifth season of American Idol, where he made ratings history on the long-running reality show.The Birmingham-born crooner has also produced a chart-topping, platinum-certified album; starred on Broadway as well as Law & Order: SVU; wrote a best-selling autobiography; became a restauranteur with his Saws Juke Joint in his hometown; was the first Idol alum with a Vegas residency and the first male Idol with a Grammy Award-winning album. Next up his latest effort, State Plate, a new food and travel show that he hosts on the INSP Network, premiering October 21st. In the meantime, Hicks dishes on his favorite Los Angeles spots here. – Read more at Haute Living

Q&A: Allison Iraheta – Q: If you could describe your journey on “American Idol” in one word, what it would be and why? Crazy. ::laughs:: I didn’t want to say it because it’s the most obvious thing to say. But it’s the absolute truth. If I had to describe to someone who had never heard of the show before. – Read more at Baltimore Media Blog

FNM Exclusive: Scotty McCreery’s Childhood Halloween Costume Was Absolute Genius – “Elvis was a guy that I grew up loving on and listening to from 5 years old on,” says McCreery, “so when I was a kid, I dressed up like him for Halloween. And I’d go up to the doors and I’d say, you know, ‘Trick or Treat, give me some candy’ or whatever, and if they gave me some candy, I’d look at ’em and curl my lips and just say, ‘Thank you. Thank you very much.'” “I don’t think they were expecting that from a little 8-year-old kid, but hey, it’s all good.” – Read more at Fox News Magazine

Maureen McCormick Opens Up About Competing on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ — “I’ve Never Felt Better in My Life” – “I just thought it was way beyond my ability,” Maureen — who recalls freezing up during her first dance on her wedding day, even though she and her husband had taken lessons — tells Closer. “I’ve been through almost everything you can go through — bulimia, cocaine abuse, depression, anxiety — but I’m a fighter,” says Maureen. “It’s been a roller coaster, but today I have never felt better in my life.” – Read more at Closer Weekly

Kelly Clarkson and River Rose Accept the Diabetes Dance Dare

And the American Idol singer challenged The Voice cast to respond! The two do an adorable dance to Salt n Pepa’s “Push It.”

American Idol 14 singer Joey Cook Hits the Road

Carrie Underwood Smolders in Black-and-White ‘Dirty Laundry’ Video – Go Behind the Scenes! – The 33-year-old country superstar looks stunning in her new music video for “Dirty Laundry,” and only ET has your first look behind the scenes ahead of Wednesday’s world premiere! “The video shoot today is black-and-white and it’s about emotion,” Underwood says. “It’s not following the storyline too much, which is something I really didn’t wanna do. It’s a little more abstract than that.” “Dirty Laundry” marks Underwood’s first collaboration with director Shane C. Drake of Taillight Productions. “Shane had the idea to include some beautiful animals that represent the parallels between human and animal behavior and instincts, which look great interwoven with visuals of emotional women and men,” Underwood said in a press release on Tuesday. “It gave us a way to portray one of my songs in a way we’ve never done before.” – Watch the Video at Entertainment Tonight

Discoveries continue for MacKenzie Bourg – Bourg hopes for more cool discoveries when he hosts two hometown concerts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-11 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette. Tickets for seats and standing room are on sale at the AcA box office. Bourg is looking forward to performing solo at home, with just his guitar and piano. “It’s going to be just me,” said Bourg. “At different times in my music career in the past four or five years, people connected the most when it was just me and the guitar. When I was on the show, they would say that. “I spoke to Harry (Connick) at the Louisiana Rising concert recently. After I performed, he said, ‘It’s always great when it’s just you and the guitar. They have a grand piano (at AcA) and I’m going to break that out for a few songs. Bourg continues to meet with record label executives interested in his music. He hopes the album and hometown concerts open the door to his own tours. – Read more at The Advertiser

The Voice 2016 – Behind The Voice: Test Drive

Season 10 winner Alisan Porter and Paxton Ingram surprise the artists on their way to rehearsal in this edition of Behind The Voice, presented by Toyota Music.

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