‘American Idol’s’ Gurpreet Singh Sarin on Singing His Way Past Stereotypes – While this may have ruffled the feathers of most, Singh Sarin doesn’t let that kind of thing bother him. “I’ve been getting that kind of stuff all my life,” he says, flashing his infectious smile. “I know that if I stay in the contest, people will stop focusing on how I look and start noticing my voice.” It turns out that Singh Sarin’s assessment has been right. In his most recent appearances, the judges and viewers have started to embrace his Sikh identity and appreciate his diverse musical talents. This past Thursday, Singh Sarin pulled out his guitar and soulfully crooned a hit made famous by Ray Charles—“Georgia on My Mind.” – Read more at The Daily Beast
Carrie Underwood has joined Instagram!
Carrie tweeted, “Hi guys, to kick off the second half of the “Blown Away” tour, I’ve joined Instagram!”
She also uploaded a photo of herself wearing an oxygen mask in Colorado “In high altitudes, they put oxygen in my dressing room under the stage! This is me before the encore,”
Kellie Pickler Sends Valentine’s Care Packages To Female Troops – BLACK RIVER ENTERTAINMENT artist KELLIE PICKLER is lifting the spirits of deployed female soldiers in AFGHANISTAN and KUWAIT. While visiting the desert on multiple USO tours, PICKLER learned first-hand how tough it is to be a female overseas. When she learned about the USO’s monthly “Ladies Night,” KELLIE put together special gift packages for the FEBRUARY event. KELLIE sent hundreds of boxes to the ladies, filled with items such as NAIL POLISH, SLIPPERS, MANICURE KITS, CHOCOLATES, and “chick flicks.” She then visited the ladies at the event via SKYPE to deliver a message of support. – Read more at All Access
Lumineers, Jordin Sparks, Ray Parker Jr. Talk Issues With U.S. Congressmen – A bipartisan group of 11 U.S. legislators met with musicians and artist managers in Los Angeles before the Grammys last week. The annual briefings that precede the Grammy Awards gave representatives a chance to hear opinions about performance royalties, ticketing legislation and the wireless white space issue. Joining representatives, artists and managers at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday (Feb. 9) were Jordin Sparks, songwriter Josh Kear and producer Mark Bright. The Sunday morning briefings at the Staples Center included the Lumineers, Copyright Alliance executive director Sandra Aistars, sound engineer Hank Neuberger. – Read more at Billboard.com
Greyson James, 2 Weeks! – Great Greyson! Kara DioGuardi and husband Mike McCuddy became first-time parents on Jan. 31, welcoming son Greyson James Carroll via gestational surrogate. The songwriter and former American idol judge, 42, posed with her bouncing baby boy shortly after his birth in an adorable snapshot. – US Magazine