Morgan Wallen is enjoying success on the country music scene right now. His new album, Dangerous: The Double Album, just debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 and he broke a streaming record. He credits a certain artist for getting him interested in country music in the first place. That artist is Eric Church. "The way he wrote songs and the way that he said things really struck a chord with me. His realness, raw emotion and authenticity drew me in," he said in a recent interview with Billboard. Eric was quick to respond, saying, "He's real damn good and he's authentic. That's the key. Morgan is not trying to be somebody else. He's just doing him. It's refreshing to see and hear."
Garth Brooks has announced his plan to perform at President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration tomorrow. "This is truly a great day in our household. This is not a political statement. This is a statement of unity," Garth said during the press conference. He tried to stay away from making any political comments, instead talking about music and unity. When Garth was asked about his personal safety, he reminded everyone that it is his job to sing when they point at him.
Kip Moore and a small group of socially distanced fans will celebrate his new album, Wild World Deluxe, at the Ryman Auditorium on February 12th. You will also be able to live stream the event. The show will benefit ACM's Lifting Lives. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Jan. 19). Kip says that he has stayed very busy during the quaratine, writing and recording new songs.
Blake Shelton didn't respond to the critics of his new song, "Minimum Wage", because it didn't deserve a response. Some people were saying that the song was tone deaf because Blake, who is a millionaire, is singing about minimum wage at a time when many people are struggling financially. Blake says that people are hearing what they want to hear. Nicolle Galyon, Corey Crowder and Jesse Frasure wrote the song. The lyrics talk about how a woman's love can lift you up and make you feel like a millionaire. Ronnie Dunn was among the many stars who came to Blake's defense, saying he wished he'd written the song himself.
When Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani were first starting to develop feelings for each other, friend and The Voice host Carson Daly was telling them to slow down. During a recent interview, he shared a story about sitting the two of them down in Gwen's kitchen and basically telling them that the relationship wasn't going to work. Gwen says that she and Blake talked about marriage a lot during the course of their relationship, but she's glad it took him five years to propose. "There was a lot of healing to do," she admits. "It was just natural."
Carrie Underwood surprised a young girl who is raising money for frontline workers during the pandemic. Seven-year-old Hayley Orlinsky and her mom were on The Drew Barrymore Show on Tuesday. They were talking about the intiative that Hayley started by making bracelets and selling them so frontline workers would have access to all of the PPE they would need. Her original goal was $200, but that has grown to $27,000 with no end in sight. Drew mentioned to Hayley that Carrie Underwood is loving what she's doing, and then, Carrie pops up on the screen much to Hayley's delight! "You're a perfect example - it doesn't matter how old you are, where you are, whatever it is that you're into," Carrie says to her. "You took your love of making bracelets and you used it to make the world a better place, so yay, Hayley!" Drew Barrymore announced that she was donating $5,000 to the cause, and Carrie did the same thing. The donations will go to a local children's hospital in Chicago.
Garth Brooks is among the artists who have been chosen to receive the Kennedy Centre Honors this year. "The Kennedy Centre Honors serves as a moment to celebrate the remarkable artists who have spent their lives elevating the cultural history of our nation and world," Kennedy Centre Chairman David M. Rubenstein says announcing the new honorees. He also said that Garth has "heightened country music's profile like no other singer before him." The Honors are scheculed to take place May 17-21 at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C.