Arkansas Symphony moves annual gala online; ‘American Idol’ winner Kris Allen to headline– The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s annual Opus Gala has moved to November and will take place online, co-chairs Melissa and Martin Thoma have announced. The virtual “Opus 36 Musical Spectacular” will kick off at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 via Zoom. “American Idol” winner Kris Allen, an Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra alumnus, will perform according to a news release from the orchestra. Tickets start at $500 — visit arkansassymphony.org/opustickets or email firstname.lastname@example.org — and include a basket of “Opus-ready” wine, cocktail makings and shelf-stable food pairings delivered to ticket-holders’ homes. – Read more at Arkansasonline.com
Carrie Underwood on her first holiday album, son Isaiah’s ‘Little Drummer Boy’ vocals – The Grammy Award for cutest collaboration of the year goes to Carrie Underwood and her 5-year-old son Isaiah. He’s the little singing boy providing the adorable vocals on “Little Drummer Boy,” one of the 11 tracks on the country superstar’s new Christmas album, “My Gift,” out Friday. “(Isaiah) loves to sing. He loves music. He definitely has that passion and I asked him, ‘Would you ever want to go in and sing with Mommy?’ He said, ‘Yes,’” Underwood said. “I told everybody, ‘This might not even work. This might be a terrible idea.’ … (And) he went in and he did such a great job. He was throwing his hands up in the air and was so excited and had all these cute 5-year-old emotions just pouring out of him.” “It was just such a proud moment for me as a mom.” – Read more at USAToday
Adam Lambert opens up about performing with Queen: “I knew I didn’t want to do an impersonation” – Lambert said: “I knew I didn’t want to do an impersonation. Freddie and I are different. We look different, we have had different experiences. “There are parallels — I’ve been known to have a loud personality, and let’s say there are similarities to our personal lives — but I’m aware that the audience is not seeing Freddie. That’s why I have to give the best performance I possibly can and make sure nobody leaves disappointed.” – Read more at NME.com
Texas Hill Aren’t Just Three Guys From TV – Craig Wayne Boyd, Casey James and Adam Wakefield each spent time on a TV singing competition, but that’s not why they formed their trio Texas Hill. There’s a kinship that comes with having sung for America’s votes on primetime television, the three former The Voice and American Idol contestants admit, but their decision to collaborate “is based on the music, 100 percent,” says James, who finished third on Season 9 of Idol. “The one thing that was good about those shows is that it brought exposure to all of us and where we were at in life,” reflects Boyd, The Voice’s Season 7 winner. But, adds The Voice Season 10 runner-up Wakefield, “You go down this wormhole of where it’s all about you and it’s not about [a] band as much; it’s not about the music as much.” – Read more at Taste of Country
Blake Shelton reflects on Gwen Stefani dyeing his hair and reveals what it looks like now – Blake Shelton explained to Ellen how the music video for his single “Happy Anywhere” became a family collaboration – the duet not only features his girlfriend Gwen Stefani, her brother edited together home movies collected over the past five years. The country star also chatted about how Gwen became his hair stylist during quarantine.