On Saturday, Carrie Underwood will visit her alma mater, Northeastern State University, where she will ride in the homecoming parade, attend the football game and receive a distinguished alumnus honor during halftime. “‘I’m gonna feel so stinkin’ old. I just know I am. It doesn’t feel like college is that far away, but I guess it was, ” she said. “I haven’t been back to Tahlequah in a while, so I’m excited.” (Via NewsOK)
Lauren Alaina stops by GAC’s Top 20 Countdown tonight to talk about her new album Wildflower. Tune in at 8:00PM or 12:00A EST.
Haley Reinhart in the studio working on her debut album. Rob Kleiner tweets, “Day 2 in studio with chi town home girl @haleyreinhart and mega talent Sam Watters. Bring on the heat!…2 amazing tunes in 2 days with @HaleyReinhart … today with help from piano and lyric man Drew Lawrence”
Kelly Clarkson will perform on Tuesday’s Dancing with the Stars Results show! 9 pm ABC. She will sing “Mr. Know It All” and “Walk Away.” The latter will feature a dance performance by Mark Ballas, Sharna Burgess, Val Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd. On Monday’s performance show at 8 pm, it’s an 80s theme, with the Bangles performing some of their best-known hits.
Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina perform at Ford Day in Dearborn Michigan
Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina performed this afternoon at what’s become an Idol tradition–the annual Ford Day for employees in Dearborn MI. No media has surfaced yet (SURPRISINGLY!) but I’ll start a post if anything turns up.
An Interview with American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery
After winning the twelfth season of American Idol, Scotty McCreery went on to work with Mark Bright (fellow AI alum Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Rascall Flats) on his debut album, Clear as Day (out now). Below, Scotty McCreery discusses why he was born to sing, hot apple pie with ice cream, and why you should always go big or go home.
Read more at MyYearBook.com
CMT NAMES CASEY JAMES “NEXT BIG THING”
NASHVILLE, TN – BNA Records artist and Cool, TX native, Casey James’ debut video, “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” premiered today on CMT’s “Big New Music Weekend.” The three day event showcases new videos from some of the biggest artists in country music and they named newcomer Casey James as the “Next Big Thing.”
On the big weekend James said, “It’s a huge honor to be included with these great artists and be a part of the new music weekend. It’s an exciting way to get the music heard and seen and reach new people. My phone has blown up today with texts from people who saw the video today!” I had a great time shooting the video, ” he continued. “The fact it’s my very first one is a huge deal for me.”
Co-written by Casey along with songwriters Terry McBride and Brice Long, “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” is his debut single and is climbing the charts. The song is available at all digital retailers.
Read more at CMT
Co writers Nicolle Galyon & April Geesbreght perform Dirt Road Prayer
April Geesbreght tweeted Windmills that they rewrote the 2nd verse so it fit Lauren (their version has diff lyrics)
Carrie Underwood Helps Build New Playground For Checotah School
Read a press release with more photos at AskJimmyCarter
CHECOTAH, Oklahoma — Country music star and Checotah native Carrie Underwood and her C.A.T.S. Foundation joined with more than 200 volunteers Friday to build a new playground at Marshall Elementary School in Checotah.
The design for the new playground was based on drawing submitted by students back in August.
Underwood established the C.A.T.S. Foundation or Checotah Animal, Town, and School Foundation in 2009 to help with general causes, needs, and services in the Checotah area.
Read more at News on Six
‘Idol’ David Cook taking his time
Cook, who will perform at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on Oct. 20 along with Gavin DeGraw, knows those dates will forever be included in his biography. He also knows that the nearly three-year span between records was both good and bad as far as a career move. Was it too long?
“I don’t know how to answer that, ” he said in a recent phone interview from Los Angeles. “Maybe in the context of coming out of the gate all guns blazing, sure it was. But I don’t think I could have made this record any other way. I think this record needed to take this long and this is the record I wanted to make. The record I wanted to put out.
Read more at the Press Democrat
Kelly Clarkson – The American singer, 29, on fancy dress and Guns n’ Roses
The time in my life I was happiest
“Now. The beginning of my career was kind of rough, but everything’s going smoothly now. The older I get, the more I’m like: Whatever.”
Read more at FabulousMag.co.uk
Casey James on What American Idol Did for Him
The Fray – Heartbeat (Tim Halperin Cover – One Man Band) + Lyrics
‘Glee’ Star Amber Riley Joins Singing Divas
Amber Riley’s Glee character Mercedes Jones is no stranger to fierce diva style and now Amber is getting the chance to take the stage with some of her award-winning peers to raise money for AIDS.
Amber has been added to the lineup for the 21st annual Divas Simply Singing, an AIDS benefit concert taking place Saturday, October 22 in Los Angeles. The star-studded event — organized by actress and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph — will include performances by Grammy-winner Bonnie Pointer, R&B singer Kelly Price, hip-hop artist Yo-Yo and Frenchie Davis from NBC’s The Voice.
Read more at ET Online