Headlines: Leah Marlene, Lauren Alaina Tours, Billy Gilman Goes Bluegrass

American Idol season 20 finalist Leah Marlene announces Spring Tour – Tickets are available on Friday Feb 23 HERE

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Lauren Alaina set to open for Pentatonix – The American Idol and Dancing with the Stars alum will open for Pentatonix on tour beginning in August and will run through September. “I can’t be VOCAL enough about how excited I am for this tour!” Lauren writes. “Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb.27th at 10am local time!! Which city are you coming to?!” More about the tour HERE. Pentatonix recently got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Check out a recap at Variety

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Billy Gilman from The Voice announces bluegrass album – Such is the news this week that Billy Gilman, recent runner-up on The Voice (season 11 in 2016), 10 million record seller, and two-time Grammy nominee, has just signed with Pinecastle Records to release his newly-completed bluegrass album. Billy hit the music scene young, scoring his first hit, One Voice, on the country charts when he was 11 years old. Now a seasoned vet at 34, he says he wants to return to the music that forms the background for his childhood memories. ““This record isn’t just a one-time thing. This is where my heart is right now,” says Billy. “I plan to get to know everyone I can in the industry, to put the work in, and make many more bluegrass albums in the years to come.” A debut single, Roller Coaster, is set to hit on March 15. – Read more at BlueGrassToday

Musicians Runaway June, Matt Stell, and Taylor Hicks Join the Harlem Globetrotters and WWE Pro Wrestlers as They Take Their Talent Overseas to Entertain U.S. Troops in Armed Forces Entertainment’s Spring Tour – Unforgettable performances are on tap for U.S. military personnel serving overseas that feature musical sensations Runaway June, Matt Stell and Taylor Hicks, while the legendary Harlem Globetrotters and high-octane pro wrestlers bring memorable moves to U.S. military personnel in Europe and Asia beginning March 5 as part of Armed Forces Entertainment’s (AFE) Spring Tour. Taylor Hicks is a singer and musician known for a style that incorporates elements of blues, R&B, and rock into his music. Hicks rose to fame after winning the fifth season of American Idol in 2006 and has since released several successful albums. He will bring his amazing sounds to U.S. military personnel serving in Southwest Asia March 4 -14. – Read ore at PRNewsWire

The Voice 22 finalist Morgan Myles New National Spokesperson for Glioblastoma Foundation – The singer writes, “For those of you who followed my journey on @nbcthevoice, you know just how personal this cause is to me. Having lost my grandfather and cousin Mac to this aggressive form of brain cancer, I consider it a great privilege to be able to utilize my voice to raise awareness for this organization and shed light on their efforts to fund the development of new drugs and groundbreaking treatments for Glioblastoma patients.”

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The Voice winner Bryce Leatherwood sells out Four Shows at Ole Red Tishomingo. – Bryce sold out four shows at Blake Shelton’s OG bar in his hometown, Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The country singer writes, “For all ticket holders for Ole Red Tishomingo this weekend… VIP tickets are available in my bio! Can’t wait to meet y’all and perform for the incredible state of Oklahoma.”

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The Bobby Bones Show Taylor Hicks Shares What He’s Been Up To Since Winning American Idol in ’06 – That new music is his song “Porch Swing,” which he played for the first time live on the show (Watch HERE). It will be his first official single release in 14 years. He wrote the song over eight years ago with Runaway June’s Jennifer Wayne and songwriter Jason Deere. He said the song was inspired by thinking about iconic center pieces in people’s homes, places where people gather with loved ones and make memories. “Porch Swing” is the perfect soulful country song to reintroduce himself with. (The song is out now! A post will be going up, but not until after I interview Taylor on Tuesday, so WATCH OUT FOR THAT!)

Adam Lambert: “I’m not known for being subtle. I always put a certain amount of theatricality into what I do” – Looking back at the doors he helped to open, Lambert says he realised “very quickly” after American Idol that he could use his public profile for good. “It was [about] getting people to understand the queer community and not be scared of the queer community,” he says. “And even though I didn’t get into music to be any sort of activist or role model, I quickly realised that this opportunity is actually really rewarding.” – Adam chats with NME below.

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