KELLIE PICKLER PERFORMS TWO SONGS AS NASHVILLE BALLET DANCES DURING BALLET BALL 2014
Monday, 10 March 2014 19:32
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mar. 10, 2014 – Country music singer/songwriter and dance enthusiast Kellie Pickler performed two songs while members of the Nashville Ballet company danced during the Ballet Ball 2014 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center last Saturday, Mar. 8. Pickler sang “Someone Somewhere Tonight” and “Buzzin’” from her recently released, critically-acclaimed album The Woman I Am as the dancers performed choreography created by Artistic Director & CEO, Paul Vasterling. The performance drew a standing ovation, and the audience once again roared with applause when Pickler took final bows with the dancers. During the night, Pickler spoke about her love for storytelling through both song and dance.
The 2014 black tie gala marks the Ballet Ball’s silver anniversary. For 25 years, Ballet Ball has provided necessary funding for Nashville Ballet’s Outreach & Education Program, which introduces the art of dance to more than 30,000 children and families throughout Nashville and the surrounding area each year. Pickler discovered her passion for dance last year when she competed on, and ultimately won, ABC Television’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Her partner and coach from the show, Derek Hough, later choreographed and danced with her in the music video for “Someone Somewhere Tonight,” which was nominated for an American Country Award for Music Video of the Year – Female in 2013.
ERIC CHURCH TO TAPE DEBUT PERFORMANCE FOR “AUSTIN CITY LIMITS” ON SEPTEMBER 23
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 17:30
Taping Will Be Part the “ACL” 40th Anniversary Season
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 05, 2014) – Multi-platinum country music superstar Eric Church will tape his debut performance for “Austin City Limits” on Sept. 23, 2014 as part of the ground-breaking music program’s 40th anniversary season. The television show is taped live before a concert audience at the venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Texas, and will air nationally on PBS Television on a date to be revealed later.
“Eric Church is working on a level that few other country artists of his generation can touch,” said Ken Tucker at NPR Music in his review of Church’s new album The Outsiders, which recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Album Chart. “Shrewd, defiant, sly and funny, Eric Church has succeeded in what he set out to do: He's using the power he's accrued from making hit records to make exactly the kind of album he wants, heedless of industry approval. And this is how good he is: Now he'll go out and — through the singles he'll release, the touring he'll do and the videos he'll make — probably turn this personal project into a big commercial deal. The Outsiders deserves nothing less.”
MICHAEL W. SMITH AND CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE® ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE ALBUM, HYMNS, AVAILABLE MARCH 24
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 16:44
First Album of Traditional Church Hymns for Legendary Contemporary Christian Music Entertainer
LEBANON, Tenn. (March 05, 2014) – Just in time for the Easter season, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and Michael W. Smith announce the release of Hymns, Smith’s newest album, which will be available on March 24 exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. The digital album will also be available for purchase at select digital retailers. This is the first time in his legendary career that Smith has recorded an album of traditional hymns, including many that he sang in church when he was young. The album contains 15 songs and will sell for $11.99.
“I first heard many of these hymns when I attended First Baptist Church in Kenova, West Virginia with my Mom, Dad, and sister Kimberly,” said Smith. “The message of the songs combined with the timeless music helped build the foundation of my Christian beliefs. I have always wanted to record an album of hymns, and am thankful that Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® wanted to share it with their guests.”