Idols Gone Country: 1/15/11 Edition

Casey James Supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, photo credit MSN One Country Blog
We’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! This edition of Idols Gone Country features updates on Aaron Kelly, Bo Bice, Bucky Covington, Carrie Underwood, Casey James, Danny Gokey, Kellie Pickler, and Kristy Lee Cook. We’ve got updates on new music from most of them. Check it all out after the jump!

Newlywed Kellie Pickler’s expected to release a new album in 2011, and more possible song titles have surfaced as well as a demo of a song that may be on her album! The new titles are:

  • “Ordinary Day” (Kellie Pickler, Dean Dillon, Dale Dodson)
  • “This Ain’t Me” (Barry Dean, Brent Cobb, Kellie Pickler
  • ASCAP confirms that one of the songs Kellie has recorded for her upcoming 3rd album is called “Just Give Me Jesus” which is cowritten by Kellie’s husband Kyle Jacobs, Benjamin Glover, and Rachel Thibodeau. Kyle Jacobs’s demo of the song is up on his Myspace page.

    Find more artists like Kyle Jacobs at Myspace Music

    Bo Bice posted an audio message yesterday to his fans saying he’s been writing and recording new songs too. He mentioned writing one song with Victoria Shaw and Gary Burr and another one with Shaw and Peter Sallis. Victoria Shaw and Gary Burr cowrote Lady Antebellum’s song for the NBC 2010 Olympics album “I Was Here”. Victoria Shaw and Gary Burr have mostly written for country singers (including Garth Brooks, Reba, and Doug Stone). They also cowrote the Ricky Martin duet with Christina Aguilera “Nobody Wants To Be Lonely”. Peter Sallis is a country/Christian drummer/songwriter who wrote a song that is expected to be on Bucky Covington’s sophomore album (see below).

    Danny Gokey‘s been getting involved in songwriting for the 1st time as he preps his sophomore album. Among the songs he’s cowritten is one called “Big Old World” with Lee Thomas Miller and Ross Copperman. Lee Thomas Miller is known for cowriting Brad Paisley’s “The World”, Jamey Johnson’s “In Color”, and Trace Adkins’s “You’re Gonna Miss This”. Ross Copperman is a pop/rock singer-songwriter who’s released an album in the UK but recently moved to Nashville. Recently Lee Miller and Ross Copperman cowrote a pretty acoustic ballad called “Only Water” with CCM singer-songwriter Brandon Heath. that is on his upcoming album Leaving Eden (releasing 1/18/11). You can listen to Brandon Heath performing the song here:

    Kristy Lee Cook has also been writing for a new album, expected to release later this year through her new label Broken Bow Records. She’s been collaborating with Dean Sams of Lonestar. They wrote a song called “I Want That Feelin” with another country songwriter, Amy Dalley (who’s written for Reba).

    Aaron Kelly tweeted last night that he’d be writing with a good friend of his named Jordyn Shellhart. Jordyn was signed to Columbia Nashville last year at the age of 15 years old. The label is still developing her before releasing her 1st major label single to country radio.

    The wait is still on for Bucky Covington‘s sophomore album. It is “Good to Joe” written by Peter Sallis, Kris Bergsnes (Wynonna, Randy Travis, Clay Walker), and Bill Shore (George Strait, Sawyer Brown) and produced by recent Kenny Chesney duet partner Mac Mcanally. Also check out video of Bucky Covington performing another song he expects to be on his sophomore album. The song is called “Drinkin Side Of Country”.

    Casey James‘s music is stirring excitement within his label, as already reported. Meanwhile, he was one of many artists to show his support the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids effort today, a drive to raise money and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For those unfamiliar with it:

    St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.

    Here are some pictures of Casey at today’s event:

    Photo Credit: St Jude FB Page
    From Brian Mansfield at USA Today:
    Group Picture Of Artists & Kids At Country Cares For St. Jude Kids Seminar 1-14-11 Photo Credit: Joey & Rory Twitter Account

    EDIT: Added VIDEO of Casey commenting on the experience of being part of the Country Cares seminar. Thanks LVD.

    Carrie Underwood is finishing up a week of radio interviews from Ottawa to promote “Mama’s Song”. She revealed her special ringtone for her husband Mike Fisher (WBEE), and mentioned one of the new artists that’s caught her attention recently is The Band Perry, prompting this tweet by The Band Perry:

    TBP <3s CU. RT @Countrymusic199: Carrie Underwood says that she really likes the @thebandperry!!!!! She really likes kimberly’s voice!!

    She also discussed what she thinks about her husband getting into fights during hockey games and how their dogs get along with Mike (KMIL), adjusting to King’s English spelling and mangling French street names in Montreal (WKLB), beating the family curse that was dooming them to badly cooked stuffing (WPOC), not liking to hear herself sing and the rental car break in incident in Montreal (WIRK), her mom’s acting abilities, Mike’s hockey scars, and whether or not he has his original teeth (KFRG), developing a Canadian accent (WUSN), how her mom enjoys her own celebrity status (WQYK), and bedazzled microphones, how sometimes single choices are about what fits her life and not what’s going to go to #1, how many times she had to splash water on her face for the Olay commercial, and whether she’ll ever record a gospel CD (Go Country 105).

    In an interview with KIX97.9 Carrie confirmed that after taking most of January off, she will start writing for a new album in February. In other interviews, she confirmed that she will spend 2011 trying to live a normal life while writing and recording a new album. Three words to Carrie for when she starts her next album: “Oklahoma Wind” PLEASE.

    Carrie will be attending the Golden Globe Awards tomorrow for the first time. She is nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “There’s A Place For Us” which she cowrote with fellow nominees David Hodges and Hillary Lindsey for Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.

    If you have additional newsworthy items on our Idols Gone Country (including Josh Gracin), feel free to post them in comments and I’ll update this post!

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    Also known as Windmills, I cover country music news and live televised country events, in addition to recapping ABC's 'Nashville.' Additionally, I occasionally do long-form chart analysis that has been cited by Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, The Guardian, The New Republic, NPR, and more.