Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton both took their families to the L.A. premiere of "Ugly Dolls" on April 27. They both voice characters in the movie. Blake, who is the voice of Ox, brought his girlfriend Gwen Stefani and her three kids. Kelly, who voices Moxy, brought her husband Brandon Blackstock,children River Rose and Remy, and her step-children Savannah and Seth. The movie will be in theatres May 10.
Jennifer Nettles will sing the national anthem before the start of the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4. She will perform it in the Winner's Circle immediatley before the race and it will be broadcast live on NBC. Other country stars who have had the honour of singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Derby include Lady Antebellum, Jo Dee Messina, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts and more.
Old Dominion has just earned their sixth number one song with "Make It Sweet". The track tops the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart. The band co-wrote the single with Shane McAnally. "We walked into the studio one day without discussing what we wanted the next step for our band to be," says Matthew Ramsey. "The plan was to write a song and record it on the same day. What happened was something we could never have planned. The words fell out and the next thing we knew, we had recorded 'Make It Sweet'. It's raw, natural and 100 percent us. We are so proud and grateful to have the opportunity to share such a meaningful moment for our band with the world."
Dustin Lynch says that he has a girlfriend and he couldn't be happier. He confirmed the rumours during an interview, saying, "After years and years of going at life alone, I've got somebody to celebrate the highs and lows with. I've never been happier and I'm in a great headspace." He did not reveal any details about the mystery woman and is not sure when he will. "This day in age with social media, it's pretty tough to bring somebody in to the spotlight of my world without there being trolling of any sort," he says. "So it's one of those things I think we'll just let it organically grow and become what it is."
Randy Travis will be making a special appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on May 4 to celebrate his 60th birthday. Charles Esten, Josh Turner and Charlie Worsham will also make an appearance during the celebration. They will be joined by Don Schlitz, who wrote a number of Randy's hit songs, including "Deeper Than The Holler", "Forever and Ever, Amen", "Heroes and Friends", "On the Other Hand" and "Point of Light". Randy has written a book with the help of author Ken Abraham, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving the Storms of Life, which will be released on May 14. It will share stories of his childhood, career, medical problems, broken marriage and more.
The 2019 NFL Draft is taking place in Nashville and as a result there have been a number of special events taking place. On Wednesday (April 24) night, Luke Bryan was part of a charity fundraiser that raised more than $100,000 that will benefit the Predators Foundation, Tennessee Golf Foundation, Titans Foundation and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The event, which was held at Luke's 32 Bridge Food + Drink venue, gave guests the opportunity to take part in VIP meet & greets, engage in a Q&A with Luke and ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit and take in a performance from Luke.
On April 24, Luke Combs tweeted out a very simple statement that left his fans wondering what was going on. His post simply said, "Two Weeks" and included a link to his website. Luke also posted a countdown clock on his Instagram stories which is counting down to May 9. Lots of people are speculating that it has to do with new music or new tour dates. My first thought when I read it was wedding. We shall see....
David Lee Murphy's son, Jesse Murphy, is a member of a 3-piece band called House Whiskey. David Lee is proud of his son for pursuing music, but he does have the same worries that any parent has. "I tried to get my kids to be all doctors and lawyers," he said laughing. "I told Jesse not to be a country music singer, but that's what his dream is. I don't give a whole lot of advice and he probably wouldn't listen anyway."