Carrie Underwood clearly doesn’t see the need for much down time. The Oklahoma native will wrap up her current run of dates on Sept. 13, and then immediately head to New York City to begin rehearsals for a live performance of ‘The Sound of Music,’ which will air on NBC on Dec. 5. And after that? Her new album, of course.
“After [‘The Sound of Music’], I feel like I can really buckle down and start working on the next album,” she tellsBillboard, hinting that she may tone down the next tour. “I haven’t thought about it much because I don’t know what the next album is going to sound like, but I like just standing there and singing, too. I may take a different approach, a more simple approach on the next one, I don’t know.”
The singer pulled out all the stops for her ‘Blown Away’ tour, utilizing nine buses, 16 trucks, 89 people and more than 2600 pounds of confetti. The large stage production, she says, was due in part to her love of rock concerts growing up.
“I loved the energy that rock concerts had,” Underwood explains. “So the Blown Away tour was me wanting that and me wanting really cool light stuff happening around me. We tried to incorporate the best of all worlds into our little stage show.”
The ‘See You Again’ singer has upcoming shows in Oregon, Michigan and Texas. See the remainder of her upcoming concerts here.
Mindy McCready picked up a gun on Sunday afternoon, she didn’t just turn it on herself. She shot and killed her dog before taking her own life, according to Cleburne County (Arkansas) Sheriff Marty Moss.
The innocent animal belonged to her late ex-boyfriend David Wilson. The record producer – who is the father to McCready’s youngest son, Zayne – died of a gunshot wound in early January.
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Posted: Sunday February 17, 2013 @8:23 pm PST
Mindy McCready, a country singer better known recently for her ongoing personal troubles than for her string of late-’90s hits, died Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in her Arkansas home, the Cleburne County sheriff said.
Sheriff Marty Moss said his office received a call to the McCready home around 3:30 p.m. local time in Heber Springs, Ark., west of Memphis and north of Little Rock.
“Ms. McCready is deceased from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Moss told USA TODAY.
In a statement, he said officers arrived on the scene at 3:58 p.m. and found McCready’s body on the front porch. The case is under investigation but self-inflicted gunshot is the preliminary finding; McCready will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. Moss said her family has been notified of her death.
Earlier Sunday night, Dateline NBC correspondent Andrea Canning tweeted, “Just got a call from Mindy McCready’s best friend that she shot and killed herself this evening. My heart breaks for her two boys.” Nashville television reporter Stacy McCloud tweeted that four sources, including a member of McCready’s family, had confirmed the singer’s suicide and that a statement from the family was in the works.
As the news spread, members of the country music community began tweeting their reactions, including Carrie Underwood, who wrote, “I grew up listening to Mindy McCready …so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them.”
“Really really sad to learn the news about Mindy McCready,” Chely Wright tweeted. “I will pray for her children and I hope that people are gentle with her memory.”
McCready’s country hits hits included her 1996 debut single, Ten Thousand Angels, and the chart-topping Guys Do It All the Time. She released her last album, I’m Still Here, in 2010.
Canning interviewed McCready for Dateline after the singer’s boyfriend, record producer David Wilson, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last month.
“I just started screaming, calling 911” after Wilson shot himself, McCready told Canning. “I laid down next to him. I just pleaded with him not to die.”
McCready entered rehab shortly after Wilson’s death.
The couple’s son, Zayne, was born last April. McCready also had an older son, Zander, from a previous relationship.
McCready moved to Nashville from Florida when she was 18, handing out copies of her karaoke recordings. She signed to RCA Records within a year. In 1996, USA TODAY gave first album Ten Thousand Angels a three-star review, writing “McCready’s voice is both genuine and pretty.”
As she prepared for her first tour, she told USA TODAY, “I have no stage experience. I’m scared to death. I sing so good in the shower, and then I get out onstage and I’m, like, quivering and fixing to cry.”
In 1997, she became engaged to Dean Cain, star of the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, though the couple broke up in 1998. She also claimed to have had a long-term affair with Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens that began when she was 15.
Over the last decade, McCready made more headlines for her run-ins with the law than for her music, with arrests for buying painkillers with a fake prescription, identity theft, battery and violating probation.
McCready had attempted suicide at least three times. She was hospitalized in July and September 2006 following drug overdoses and then again in December 2008 after she cut her wrists. In 2010, she appeared on the TV reality series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
Congratulations to Faith Hill with her first music video in five year.
“When I first heard this song I was brought to tears,” Faith said about the video called American Heart. “I not only knew I had to record it, but I almost immediately saw it visually. It’s awesome and so appropriate to be able to share it with my fans first, because they’ve been so supportive of me throughout the years.”
According to Circus Circus Reno, Carrie Underwood will be performing in Reno, Nevada.
Friday, October 12, 2012 7:30 PM
Reno Events Center
$62.50, $52.50, $42.50
With more than 14 million albums sold worldwide, 14 No. 1 singles, with six as co-writes, five Grammys and countless other accolades—all achieved with three albums in less than seven years—Carrie Underwood remains ever-passionate, fueled by a restless creative spirit, good-natured competitive streak, and an abundance of God-given talent. And now, Carrie unleashes her most ambitious project yet with The Blown Away Tour.
Tickets are available for purchase online or at Ticketmaster.com.
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Posted: Tuesday May 2, 2012 @3:27 p.m. PST
Country music has long been considered the premier musical vehicle for storytelling and rarely has an album contained more cinematic moments in song than Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away, which is out this week on 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville. The Oklahoma native co-wrote eight of the album’s 14 tracks with subject matter ranging from dementia to revenge and exploring topics from hometown pride to boosting self-esteem.
“That’s the great thing about being an entertainer,” Carrie tells The Boot. “You’re just a big actor. I’m not the person in person that I am on stage. It just gives you a license to just lie to people I guess. That’s a horrible way to put it. [laughs] You can just make up all this stuff. When we start sitting down and writing songs, you just never know what’s going to come out.”
Sitting in her manager’s office on Music Row, Carrie manages to look glamorous even in purple sweatpants, sneakers and a Nashville Predators sweatshirt. Her husband, Mike Fisher, plays for the Preds and Carrie proudly wears her team spirit. On this particularly Friday, it was raining when she left their Nashville home, but the sun is now shining and she’s second-guessing her attire. “It was gross outside today. I just couldn’t bring myself to put on real clothes,” she explains. “Of course, now it’s gorgeous and I have to go buy groceries [looking] like this.”
It’s hard to picture the five-time Grammy winner casually trolling the produce aisle, but it’s that girl-next-door charm combined with a tour de force vocal gift that has made her one of the most successful artists in any musical genre. Carrie has sold more than 14 million albums, scored 14 No. 1 singles and earned a treasure trove of industry awards.
Since winning the fourth season of “American Idol” in 2005, she has proven herself an extremely versatile performer. Just in the past year, she’s performed with legendary rocker Steven Tyler for “CMT Crossroads,” scored a No. 1 country hit with good friend Brad Paisley with “Remind Me” and sang with iconic crooner Tony Bennett on his Duets II album, which led to a memorable Grammy performance of the classic “It Had to Be You.”
It’s been nearly two-and-a-half years since Carrie’s last album, Play On, released in November 2009. “I obviously took longer to make it,” she says of her fourth album. “We discovered that when I was writing the best stuff always came at the beginning. I have no attention span. I get bored so fast. If it’s a beautiful day outside and I’m stuck in some room thinking, it’s not that I don’t want to be there. I love the people that I get to write with, but it’s like my brain is in a million different places. So we took a whole different approach this time. I would write for a week and then go do something else and then I’d come back and write with some other people. It wasn’t just all this big block of writing time.”
Carrie has grown more comfortable as a songwriter since her early days on Music Row. “I definitely feel more confident being able to share my own ideas,” she says of collaborating. “I’m not afraid to sound stupid anymore, which is always the biggest hump to overcome in the beginning … I also don’t put that much pressure on myself to write everything. I don’t think it’s necessary.
There are the best songwriters in the world right here in Nashville and I feel like I’d be doing myself a disservice, my album a disservice, and my fans a disservice to ignore that. It would be easy to sit down and write the whole album by myself, but it wouldn’t be the best album that it could be.”
Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins co-wrote the title track and Carrie says it set the bar for the new album. She remembers exactly how she felt the first time she heard the demo. “I listened to it on my crappy computer speakers and then I had to go find my headphones because as soon as I listened to a few bars, I had to listen more closely and I got chills,” she says. “I remember where I was when I heard it and called my manager, Ann, and I was like, ‘Do not let anyone else have this song! It’s my song.’ In talking to Chris and Josh about it, they [told me], ‘We said we’re either writing a song for Carrie Underwood or this song is never going to see the light of day.’ It made me feel so good that they were thinking of me when they wrote it.”
Carrie was drawn to “Blown Away” because it tells such a compelling story. “It’s so visual and it’s such a country story,” she says of the lyric, which tells of a daughter locking herself in a storm cellar while her alcoholic father is passed out on the couch in the path of a tornado. “It’s such a visual song. You listen to it and you can see everything that is happening. It’s so dramatic. I’m not a drama person, but when you can make a movie in song form in three-and-a-half minutes, it’s surreal.”
The title track isn’t the only song on the album where a bad man meets a tragic end. “Two Black Cadillacs,” written by Carrie, Josh Kear and Hillary Lindsey, has a plotline worthy of a Lifetime cable network movie. When the wife discovers her husband has been cheating, she contacts his mistress and the two wronged women get revenge. “It’s just more drama. It was so fun writing that song,” says Carrie. “Obviously people know it’s not my life. I try not to overthink it. If I had a whole album full of songs like that, it would be like, ‘What is she trying to say here?'”
The first single, “Good Girl,” is currently in the Top 10 and Carrie says she enjoyed shooting the video for the new tune. “We just had fun with it, rocked out and had a fun day. We had some great shoes. I don’t even know who designed them. I was changing my clothes every 20 minutes. We definitely had some good clothing options.”
Another of Carrie’s favorite songs on the new album is the poignant ballad “Forever Changed,” written by Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and James T. Slater. “That is the most wonderfully well-written song I’ve ever heard in my life. Just thinking about it just gets me emotional,” Carrie says, tearing up as she describes the tune. “There’s this young girl meeting the love of her life, getting married and having a baby. It takes you back in time and there is something old fashioned about it … I had a hard time recording it. I still have a hard time listening to it. I’ve listened to it quite a bit and it still gets to me.”
On the other end of the musical spectrum, Carrie serves up “Cupid’s Got a Shotgun,” a fiery uptempo number with a different perspective on love. Carrie enlisted Brad Paisley to add his signature guitar sound to the tune. “He did his thing and sounded awesome,” she enthuses. “He added that last piece of the puzzle and it’s just so country.”
“Thank God for Hometowns” celebrates the joys of small-town life, but Carrie admits she wasn’t interested in the song at first glance. “I saw the title, “Thank God For Hometowns” and I thought [here is] another ‘I love my truck. I love my hometown. I love my mama,’ another one of those. There are so many great ones about small towns, but there’s just a lot out there. I was thinking, ‘That’s just going to be another static song’ and then I listened to it and just the way it starts, talking to your mom, I was like ‘these are all things my mom would say.'”
Carrie notes that she heard the demo at an opportune time last summer. “I heard that one when I was going back to my 10-year high school reunion, so it was like, ‘This is just perfect in my life right now. It fits.’ I listened to the demo when I was driving in to go stay with my parents.”
Carrie is looking forward to performing her new music for fans on her upcoming Blown Away tour. “The great thing about this album is there are so many songs that are so visual,” she says. “We can do so much with them. We aren’t having to try to make up something cool to try to shove in there. We’re going to be able to do some really cool things with them.”
Sponsored by Olay and vitaminwater, the trek will include international dates, including her first-ever concert in the United Kingdom. Set for June 21 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the show sold out in just 90 minutes. Carrie’s North American shows will feature talented newcom Hunter Hayes and plans call for $1 from each ticket to support Red Cross disaster relief.
Grateful for the chance to slow down a bit after tying the knot with Mike Fisher in July 2010, Carrie settled into married life and took her time completing the new album, but the rest of this year is going to be pretty hectic. She doesn’t mind at all.
“Everything we are at this very moment is a culmination of everything that we’ve done in our entire lives,” she says. “You never know what curve balls life is going to throw you and there’s no way I can predict anything or make any assumptions about what the rest of my life is going to be like. My husband and I both live pretty unpredictable careers, so I don’t know. I’ll take it one step at a time and after this album comes out, we’ll go on tour and figure out what’s next.”
Of course, she’s constantly being asked about starting a family. Though she’d like to be mom one day, it’s not on the agenda in the near future. “I need to, I guess, sit down and honestly talk to Faith Hill and Martina McBride and [say] ‘What do you do? How do you do it? What do your kids do? Where are they in all of this?’ I don’t know how kids would fit into my life right now … right now they wouldn’t. I’m not on that bandwagon just yet, but I guess you figure out how to make room.
“It’s kind of like my second dog, Penny. I’m going to compare having children to my dog right now, which may upset some people,” she says with an uneasy smile. “I was like, ‘Oh, how am I going to do this with two dogs?’ And I found a way.”
Looking at the confident young woman gazing wistfully out the window at the sunshine, it’s hard to imagine there’s anything Carrie Underwood can’t find a way to accomplish. After all, she’s achieved more in seven years than most artists do in a lifetime, and one can’t help but feel she’s just getting started.
According to Billboard, Carrie Underwood announced her fourth album will be released on Tuesday, May 1. The as yet untitled 19 Recordings / Arista Nashville release will be produced by Mark Bright, who also worked on Underwood’s first three albums.
Underwood will appear on “CMT Crossroads” with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler (which will premiere on CMT Sat. Feb.4 at 11pm ET), as well as the 54th Grammy Awards on Feb. 12.
Underwood will also attend the upcoming Country Radio Seminar in Nashville and perform at the Nordstrom Nashville Symphony Fashion Show, both in late February.
According to The Booth, Wynonna Judd 47, and Drummer boyfriend Cactus Moser from “Highway 101” are engaged to get married. Moser is also the drummer for ` Julianne Hough in addition to his work with Highway 101.
“I have loved Highway 101 since working with them in the 1980s. “Their music is timeless. I am a fan, and you will be, too!” according to Christian Music Daily.
This will be Judd’s third marriage. In 2007, she divorced her second husband, D.R. Roach, after four years of marriage. The singer and her first husband Arch Kelly III were married in 1996 and split in 1998. The couple had two children, Elijah, who is now 17, and Grace Pauline, who is 15.
American Idol runner-up season 10 and Mercury Nashville recording country artist Lauren Alaina sung the national anthem “The Star Spangled Banner” for the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving day and she forgot the lyrics to the national anthem; however, she kept on singing and completed the song.
Alaina forgot this part of the song “What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?”. She messed up after “hail’d.
“In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the poem, Defense of Fort McHenry. The poem was later put to the tune of (John Stafford Smith’s song) The Anacreontic Song, modified somewhat, and retitled The Star Spangled Banner. Congress proclaimed The Star Spangled Banner the U.S. National Anthem in 1931.”
Country Singer Chely Wright has married her girlfriend Lauen Blitzer in Connecticut. According to “People” Wright and Blitzer were married by a rabbi and a reverend, and treated their 200-plus guests to barbecue afterward. Congratulations to the Chely and Lauren, they are so beautiful together.
Blog Source: Entertainer La Tray – Taylor Swift Website
Posted: Monday August 8, 2011 @ 6:50 pm PST
Topic: Taylor Swift – Kanye West
Taylor Swift is touring city to city singing songs of the most famous singers who are from the town she is performing. Recently, she was in Detroit singing Eminem song “Lose Yourself”. Swift will have a 2 day tour in Chicago on August 9 and 10 2011. Will she sing a Kanye West song?
Topic: Carrie Underwood – Adam Lambert – Chris Daughtry – Kelly Clarkson – Kellie Pickler – Ryan Seacreast
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According to CMT “Carrie Underwood earned an estimated $20 million between May 2010 and May 2011, according to a ranking published by Forbes on Thursday (July 21). The pretax sum makes Underwood the top earner among the show’s former contestants. She won the competition in 2005.
Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry tied for second place on the Forbes
earnings list with $6 million each. Country-related Idol artists on the
list include Kelly Clarkson in sixth place with $2.5 million and Kellie Pickler in eighth place with $1.8 million. The report indicated that Idol host Ryan
Seacrest made $61 million, a higher sum than the 10 Idol stars’ incomes
LeAnn Rimes and then co-star Eddie Cibrian went to work on the movie set Northern Lights and somehow forgot they were married to other people. It’s really becoming an ugly, nasty, heartbreaking habit that’s going on in Hollywood. When celebrities are on a set to do a project and somewhere down the line they are coming down with Amnesia.
Apparently Rimes and Cibrian developed Amnesia at the same time. Rimes is working on a new album, Cibrian is working on a TV project. Now that the 2 of them are married, will the amnesia return and they forget they are married to each other?
Celebrities are sleeping with every Tom, Dick, Harry, and Sally. One day one of them will be having an affair with their own sister or brother and not know it because everyone is damn near related in Hollywood.