NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Singer/songwriter Kelly Lang will be gracing the stage of TBN’s HUCKABEE Saturday, August 29 at 8/7c and Sunday, August 30 at 9/8c. Lang will chat with Governor Mike Huckabee about her career in country music, and her upcoming album, ‘Old Soul’ available on September 18. Establishing excitement and allure leading up to a highly-anticipated album release, Lang’s second single, “Every Breath You Take”, is available now on all streaming platforms.
“I absolutely LOVE performing on the Huckabee TV show,” says Lang, “I’m so excited to debut some of my new songs from my upcoming album, “Old Soul” and hope the Governor will be joining me on bass guitar.”
Recently, as part of an exclusive celebration for Governor Huckabee’s 65th birthday, Lang made a special surprise appearance as her alter-ego XOXO. After a congratulatory video was played featuring John Schneider, Chonda Pierce, Larry Gatlin, and Kevin Sorbo, XOXO extravagantly jumped out of a huge gift box in the center of the stage in pure XOXO style.
“Every Breath You Take” showcases immeasurable talent and enters the scene among the best, claiming identity as an everlasting flame. Lang’s sultry rendition of the 1983 classic hit, originally performed by The Police, provides a pleasing persona that listeners around the world will not want to miss!
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‘Old Soul’ track listing: 01 Drive 02 Let’s Stay Together 03 Imagination 04 Me And Mr. Jones 05 Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher 06 Get Here 07 Every Breath You Take 08 Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You 09 You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling 10 Quando, Quando, Quando (Duet with TG Sheppard) 11 Let’s Give ‘Em Something To Talk About 12 At This Moment 13 Easy 14 All By Myself
About Kelly Lang: Kelly Lang is a prolific singer/songwriter from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who has called Hendersonville, Tennessee home since moving there as a child. Growing up in country music, her father, Velton Lang was the long time road manager for superstar, Conway Twitty. Being around great legends in the music business gave Kelly the burning desire to pursue her own personal music career.
As a songwriter, Lang has had a stellar career with her songs being recorded by artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, George Jones, B.J. Thomas, Jimmy Fortune, Jerry Lee Lewis, TG Sheppard, and Johnny Lee, just to name a few.
She has also performed/recorded duets with iconic artists, Sir Barry Gibb, Dame Olivia Newton-John, Paul Shaffer, and Lee Greenwood.
As an artist, Lang has released several albums including ‘11:11,’ ‘Shades of K,’ ‘Throwback,’ ‘Obsession’, and ‘Iconic Duets’ with husband, TG Sheppard. In the spring of 2020, Lang re-released her classic children’s album ‘Lullaby Country,’ which was originally sold at Cracker Barrel.
As part of a regional campaign, her voice and writing skills can be heard on television with her song “I’m Not Going Anywhere” throughout Tennessee and the surrounding areas as the official anthem for the Ascension St. Thomas Hospital commercial.
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Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter and INXS Co-Founder Andrew Farriss Signs Deal With BMG Worldwide
NASHVILLE, TN – While COVID-19 might have stalled the creative works of many, acclaimed singer/songwriter Andrew Farriss has used the down-time to record his soon to be released 5-song EP Love Makes The World slated for release on October 2, 2020.
Love Makes The World is perfect for the times as its main musical focus is on human relationships and the world around us, drilling into what is really important – the relationships between people and how we interact. Something that has been highlighted as the world takes a step back and reevaluates life during these COVID times. While the EP was planned for release after Andrew’s debut album, he had already been working on it over the past decade and felt that all the songs came together effortlessly to create its own body of work.
“When I was first creating the EP, I realized the song titles were creating their own EP,” says Andrew. “All the lyrics tie in together, and that was where I decided which songs would be the most powerful on there. I do believe that the pandemic has taught people a lot more to focus and slow down the pace of everything, appreciate time with family, and look at things that matter the most. It feels like the right time to be putting this out. I am really excited because now we have the opportunity to share this music. It has ended up a bit backwards-and-forwards ironically, but it feels right.”
Andrew is well-known within music circles. This year he was honored with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), acknowledging his considerable contribution to music. Across his career with INXS, he has shared 50 million records, Grammy nominations, and an induction into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. Outside of INXS, he is an Australian Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame inductee and has written and produced songs for a plethora of Australian and international artists.
“I have always seen myself as a songwriter more than anything,” he says. “Having a band as talented as INXS, and a superhuman frontman such as Michael, it was a songwriter’s dream. The lessons that I took for writing for INXS into my own career, is that maybe I can do things a little bit differently. I don’t mind not being pigeonholed. I am not interested in that; I appreciate all genres. I don’t think you have to necessarily stay in your little box and behave yourself. I think working with people outside your comfort zone is great for the future of music, that is what makes great change in music.”
Andrew released his debut country single, “Come Midnight,” in 2019, aptly demonstrating his versatility as a songwriter and endearing him to country music fans. His follow-up single, “Good Momma Bad,” which he debuted at Tamworth Country Music Festival this past January, helped cement Andrew as a formidable presence on the country-roots scene. With the release of his Love Makes The World EP, Andrew continues exploring his country roots, incorporating elements of folk, as well as some contemporary and experimental influences, to create beautiful storytelling ballads.
The EP was recorded across Andrew’s home studio at his farm Piedmont Station, and the Beaird Music Group Studio in Nashville. The songs were written between Australia, Nashville, and London. The songs tackle themes such as belonging, mental health and suicide, love, conservation, and the evolution of humankind. Andrew is sensitive in tackling the hard topics, from the emotions invoked from the birth of your first child to the feelings of loss after losing his best mate to suicide, he pens emotive musical tributes that will resonate with music fans for a myriad of different reasons. For Andrew, writing the material has been cathartic and the perfect opportunity to continue to explore different songwriting styles. The EP features co-writes with Suze DeMarchi, Ciaran Gribbin, Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams), and Jon Stevens.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fans all over the world are gearing up for the epic 4-day Country Sway “Summer Sway” Streamathon, featuring over 40 different artist performances from Thursday, August 27 through Sunday, August 30! Rising Pop-Country singer/songwriter Flo will be kicking off the event Wednesday evening at 7:30pm CT with a special “Summer Sway” pre-show. This one of a kind virtual music festival will feature artists such as Paige King Johnson, J.D Shelburne, Shane Owens, Ava Rowland, Tim Atwood, Vonn Kiss, Reyna Roberts, Chapel Hart, along with Essex County, Jamie O’Neal, Kristian Bush, Matt Stell, Celeste Kellogg and many more. The Country Sway Summer Streamathon will benefit Music Health Alliance as the non-profit continues to provide immediate critical assistance to members of the U.S. music community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Music Health Alliance has been bringing health insurance to the music industry since January 2013. The organization offers access to State and Federal Health Insurance including Medicare and Comprehensive Major Medical Insurance for self-employed individuals and their families who do not have group benefit options or insurance that meets all of their needs. Events like the Country Sway Summer Streamathon put in motion action that creates needed reaction to benefit humanity. This show will certainly be one for the books!
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Country Sway Summer Sway Streamathon Schedule (all times central)
Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:00 PM Casi Joy 1:00 PM Southern Halo 2:00 PM Paige King Johnson 3:00 PM JD Shelburne 4:00 PM Levi Riggs 5:00 PM Jessica Lynn 6:00 PM Jamie O’Neal 7:00 PM Brett Kissel 8:00 PM Brian Callihan 9:00 PM David Adam Byrnes 10:00 PM October Rose
Friday, August 28, 2020 12:00 PM Lauren Davidson 1:00 PM Matt Stell 2:00 PM Chris Bandi 3:00 PM Simon Casey 4:00 PM Troy Cartwright 5:00 PM Kristian Bush 6:00 PM Shane Owens 7:00 PM Josh Mirenda 8:00 PM Brandon Alan 9:00 PM Meg & Tyler 10:00 PM Daves Highway
Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:00 AM Ava Rowland 12:00 PM Diamond Dixie 1:00 PM Kayleigh Mathews and Chris Linton 2:00 PM Morgan Myles 3:00 PM Backroad Static 4:00 PM Tobi Lee 5:00 PM Jeremy McComb 6:00 PM Tim Atwood 7:00 PM Jess Meuse 8:00 PM Vonn Kiss 9:00 PM Reyna Roberts 10:00 PM Chapel Hart
Sunday, August 30, 2020 12:00 PM Billy Shaw Jr 1:00 PM Wild Fire 2:00 PM Essex County 3:00 PM Hayden Haddock 4:00 PM JessLee 5:00 PM Royal South 6:00 PM Temecula Road 7:00 PM Celeste Kellogg 8:00 PM Cadie Calhoun
More About Music Health Alliance: In response to the pandemic, Music Health Alliance’s COVID-19 Relief Plan was created to provide direct support for the immediate needs of music industry professionals and their families during this public health crisis through relief grants, simplified solutions and a comprehensive database of resources. Entirely funded through grants and individual and corporate donations, financial support from the music community is critical to continue Music Health Alliance’s (MHA) advocacy and free services. Based in Nashville, MHA has provided free healthcare advocacy and support to more than 11,000 music industry members and saved the music community more than $50,000,000 nationwide by providing advocacy and access to lifesaving transplants, medicine, mental health resources, end of life care and many other necessary services. For every $1 donation, MHA is able to provide $30 in life-saving healthcare resources to Heal The Music. MHA fights so those in our industry never have to feel alone in a health crisis and removes obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for three or more years or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life. More info at www.musichealthalliance.com.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriters Hall of Fame member, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) as a top 5 song of the 20th Century. His creative works “Castles In The Air,” “Vincent,” and “American Pie” will be the focus of a full episode of The Song – Recorded Live @ TGL Farms television show that will air August 27 at 8:30/7:30c on AXS-TV.
“I have been really blessed to have written songs that turned into hit records and propelled my career throughout the years as well as have other artists like Madonna, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Drake, Weird “Al” Yankovic, and countless others record them,” says Don McLean. “A good song will last a lifetime!”
Season one includes nine 30-minute fast-paced episodes hosted by Krista Marie and Damien Horne and a one-hour “Best of The Song” finale co-hosted by CeeLo Green. Previous guests include Big & Rich feat. Cowboy Troy, Rick Springfield, All-4-One, Lonestar feat. Jim Messina, Rome Ramirez feat. Dirty Heads and Travis Tritt.
Don McLean recently announced plans for a feature documentary, ‘The Day The Music Died: The Story Behind Don McLean’s American Pie,’ set for release at the end of 2021. The project will also inform a new stage play that will revolve around McLean’s deep catalog (which includes “Vincent,” “Castles in the Air” and “Wonderful Baby”), as well as a children’s book based on his most famous song.
McLean Joins Studio 10 in Australia for an in-depth exclusive interview McLean connected with Studio 10 in Australia recently to discuss the creation and meaning of “American Pie” as we approach the 50th Anniversary of the song and album release. They reflect on the cryptic references in the song, how it correlated to the events of the era, and McLean’s own upbringing, and how the song continues to impact the world today. They also discussed the sadness, pain, and loss culminating in the creation of “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)”, where McLean began writing the lyrics on his green pages. The song is also included on the breakthrough album recorded nearly fifty years ago. Covered by Perry Como, Elvis, Helen Reddy, Josh Groban, Bon Jovi, global boxing sensation Tyson Fury and many more, Don McLean’s permeating songcraft is truly timeless. 2021 will welcome the 50th Anniversary American Pie Don McLean tour to three continents. Watch the full, exclusive interview: https://youtu.be/vwRuInx6fSU.
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About Don McLean: Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, a BBC Lifetime Achievement award recipient, and his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) a top 5 song of the 20th Century. A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. His catalog of songs has been recorded by Madonna, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban, Drake, Weird “Al” Yankovic, and countless others. In 2015, one of McLean’s four handwritten manuscripts of the lyrics to “American Pie” was auctioned by Christies, selling for just over $1.2 Million. 2019 honored Don with a star on the Las Vegas Walkway of Stars and his song “And I Love You So” was the theme for Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding. Now in 2020, Don signed a recording contract with Time Life to release his catalog of recordings as well as the much anticipated new album Still Playin’ Favorites, which will be released in the Fall. “American Pie” will be featured in the Avengers Black Widow and the Tom Hanks movie BIOS and much more to be announced. And when you think things are slowing down, not so for Don McLean! 2021 will mark the 50th anniversary of American Pie with a World Tour to follo
About AXS TV: Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur CEO Mark Cuban, AXS TV delivers the ultimate in music entertainment programming with an eclectic lineup that includes classic concerts from music’s most iconic bands, as well as exclusive music festival coverage, original hit series, docs that rock, insightful specials, and knock-out live mixed martial arts action. AXS TV is a partnership between Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and CBS. The network is available nationally in the United States and can be seen in parts of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. For a list of providers, visit axs.tv/subscribe. For more information, see www.axs.tv and www.axs.tv/press. Follow AXS TV on Facebook, Twitter @axstv; Instagram; and YouTube. Press information is available at axstvmediacenter.com.
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Performance Marks The Oak Ridge Boys’ 45th Consecutive Appearance at The Kentucky State Fair
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky State Fair announces that legendary country music quartet, The Oak Ridge Boys will perform the national anthem on Saturday, August 29th, at The World’s Championship Horse Show. The performance will mark the group’s 45th consecutive appearance at the Kentucky State Fair, a record unmatched by any other touring act.
The Oak Ridge Boys were originally scheduled to perform on the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series stage. However, the modification of the 2020 Kentucky State Fair as a participant only show necessitated the cancellation of the full performance. However, The Oak Ridge Boys were determined to find a way to keep their record of consecutive performances going.
Extraordinary cooperation between The Kentucky State Fair, The World’s Championship Horse Show, and The Oak Ridge Boys are keeping this remarkable record intact. Continued support from Texas Roadhouse includes catering for the band provided by the Louisville-based company.
Duane Allen, lead singer of The Oak Ridge Boys says, “The Kentucky State Fair is always circled on our calendar. It’s an honor to perform the national anthem at The World’s Championship Horse Show this year. We can’t wait for this very special opportunity.”
Attendance at The World’s Championship Horse Show will be limited to participants only. Pay-Per-View live coverage event is available here.
The 2020 Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 20-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, visit www.kystatefair.org or find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or its blog.
About The Oak Ridge Boys: The Oak Ridge Boys have sold over 41 million units worldwide and are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country music field, the Oaks have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards, nine GMA DOVE Awards, and two American Music Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban, members of the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and the Grand Ole Opry (since 2011)—is known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating two double-platinum albums and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” and “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.
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