The Voice 10 Winner Alison Porter Talks New Album Ahead of Concert Dates – Staunchly committed to a personal vision, Porter turned down a major label contract in order to follow her heart as an independent artist. Porter travelled to Nashville to record her newest album, Pink Cloud, which she says, “Is the bible of everything I’ve done. It has all accumulated to this moment.” Her “co-spirator” for this album is producer and songwriter, Matt Rollings. She goes on to say, “It’s about truly understanding what it means to be in a partnership, but also really knowing who you are within a relationship.” Pink Cloud is an album with a country ethos and sound. Porter comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, July 27 at 8pm.- Read more at Broadwayworld.com
An American Idol Story: Laine Hardy – Episode 2
Laine heads back home to Louisiana. “Being from Louisiana keeps me grounded…I know it’s going to be there for me when I get back,” says Laine. Watch the Video below
Kelly Clarkson Has Advice For Taylor Swift
She advises Taylor to re-record all of her music in order to make the masters her old record label still owns moot.
“@taylorswift13 just a thought, U should go in & re-record all the songs that U don’t own the masters on exactly how U did them but put brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions. I’d buy all of the new versions just to prove a point,” the singer wrote on twitter.
@taylorswift13 just a thought, U should go in & re-record all the songs that U don’t own the masters on exactly how U did them but put brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions. I’d buy all of the new versions just to prove a point ?????
— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) July 13, 2019
This Tiny Desk Contestant Processes Pain Through Music: ‘It Became Our Safety Place’ – One stand-out entrant is Ephraim Bugumba, who submitted his song “Voices in My Head” for the contest. Currently residing in DeKalb, Ill., Bugumba originally hails from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the Congolese village where he was born, it is an honored tradition to tell history, sacred myths and family lore through music — so it makes perfect sense that the 23-year-old musician also goes by the name StoryTeller. In 2018, he was one of the top 50 contestants on American Idol. And beyond his reality TV stint, Bugumba finds a critical emotional outlet in the music that he writes. – More at BoiseStatePublicRadio
How Austin Jenckes Became a Voice for Outcasts in Country Music – When Austin Jenckes made his Grand Ole Opry debut in June, the Duvall, Washington, native had only expected he’d be performing two songs: “We Made It,” the track that opens his new album If You Grew Up Like I Did, and “If You’d Been Around,” a deeply personal ballad about the father he lost to suicide when he was 16. The Opry crowd, however, along with host Vince Gill, demanded more, and spurred on by a standing ovation, Jenckes returned for a third song, which yielded yet another ovation. The struggle for Jenckes though is in getting his music heard in the first place. While his appearance on Season 5 of The Voice gifted him with fleeting reality-TV stardom (“For six months after the show, no joke, I could have been Barack Obama,” he says) – Read more at Rolling Stone
Carrie Underwood & Husband Mike Fisher Celebrate 9 Years of Marriage – Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher have been married for nine years, and the adorable couple took to social media to celebrate their anniversary. “9 years feels like 9 minutes!!!!” the former NHL star wrote alongside a sweet selfie of the duo. “Grateful to be on this journey with you @carrieunderwood !! Time sure does fly #datenight#happyanniversary.” – Read more at Billboard