Country music icon Wynonna Judd and musician boyfriend Cactus Moser, of award-winning country group Highway 101, got engaged on December 24th. Wynonna and Cactus are presently touring together as Wynonna and The Big Noise.
About Wynonna Judd
Five-time GRAMMY Award winning artist and New York Times best-selling author Wynonna Judd first gained fame as part of one of the most successful musical duos of all time, The Judds. On top of that amazing feat, she also holds multiple gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA in excess of 30 million units sold for albums released throughout her illustrious 28-year career. Wynonna recently reunited with her mother, Naomi, for a final Judds tour in 2010, The Last Encore. During this time, the iconic duo invited cameras from the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) to capture their unprecedented moments together as they navigated the intricacies of their first tour in 10 years. The television docu-series, “The Judds” debuted in April 2011 with the highest rated premiere outside of OWN’s launch week and boasted the highest rated season finale in OWN history.
About Cactus Moser
Cactus Moser garnered fame as a founding member and stylistic drummer of the four-time Vocal Group of the year, Highway 101. In the later 80’s, Highway 101 charted 16 Top Ten hits, 5 of which went to Number One, with their debut album immediately being certified Gold. Now, in 2011, Moser continues to tour with Highway 101 as well as his new fiancée Wynonna.
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As a child in the 1960s, Amy Grant remembers a single pregnant woman staying with her family.Through a church-run program, “unwed mothers were just put in homes. That was a different time,” said the lifelong Nashvillian. Grant saw her parents’ care and concern for others from a young age. She also remembers her family bringing in a foster child when the girl was only 7, a girl the family tried, but failed, to adopt. “My mother loved people,” Grant said simply.
Grant’s husband Vince Gill loves his mother, but he concedes he might’ve been a bit more self-centered as a child than his bride. “My mom tells the story — I was a typical kid and she was harping on me all the time to cut the grass, cut the grass. And I never would,” Gill said. “And she said, ‘One day, I’m minding my own business and I hear the lawnmower start. And I thought, it’s finally got to him. He’s going to go cut the grass.’ She said the lawnmower was on for about two minutes and it was off again. “I went out and cut about three strips in the yard to hit golf balls, so I could have a tighter lie,” said the avid golfer, laughing.
No matter their starts, the country star and the Christian music icon — before and after they got married to each other — have grown into a couple on a lifelong mission to look for ways to help others, here in Middle Tennessee and around the world.
For this, The Tennessean has recognized Gill and Grant as the 2011 Tennesseans of the Year. Whether it’s Grant hosting the Lipscomb University tree-lighting for the local food bank, Gill and Grant playing a fund-raiser show to battle depression, or the two meeting Make-A-Wish kids before the couple’s annual Christmas concert, an Amy Grant-Vince Gill charity event is as ubiquitous here as Moon Pies. “My vote for Tennessean of the Year is Vince Gill because of his big-hearted altruism,” newspaper reader Ann Frazier West wrote of the nomination. “He gives so much of himself and his talent to our community, raising funds for the betterment of those who might not have much quality of life otherwise, and just generally spreading happiness.”
In choosing the couple for the annual award, The Tennessean editorial board notes, “Amy Grant and Vince Gill not only make a meaningful impact on the global stage through their music, but their philanthropy also helps people throughout Tennessee.” “Their years of charity work reached a crescendo in 2011, from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and American Red Cross to the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee and many, many more causes. That crescendo peaked this year when one of Nashville’s largest charity umbrella groups, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, gave Gill and Grant its 18th annual Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award.
The awards presentation happened at a typical Nashville hotel-hosted banquet, but it wasn’t typical at all. “At the beginning, Vince walked out and he was already crying after going through the well-wishers in the lobby,” foundation president Ellen Lehman said. A powerful video presentation moved the couple – and many in the audience – to tears. The breadth of the couple’s work was represented in a quilt given to them that featured the 60 nonprofits and organizations they have supported. “Not a soul left early that day,” Lehman said. “Not a soul. And that never happens.” The honorees were also deeply moved. “I loved everybody in that whole room. That’s how I felt. It made me so glad to have lived in the same town for all of my life,” Grant said. “I knew we were not in New York or Chicago, because it was a whole room of people visiting, telling old stories, not in a rush.”Gill added: “I’m proud to be a part of that [philanthropic] community. I’m proud that there’s a whole side of Nashville that doesn’t have anything to do with music at all that likes us. “Nashville, it’s my hometown. It has a giving personality, and for a lot of people, [serving others] is a way of life.”
Gill said that way of life started for him when his career took off in the 1980s, and he began to get invitations to play and host fund-raisers. “I think the very first thing I did was host a little golf tournament for Mercy Homes because somebody asked me. ‘Really? You want me to host this? OK!’” he said. “If somebody thinks you can help, that’s such a great feeling.” And Gill, a Country Music Hall of Famer, hasn’t stopped chasing that feeling. Longtime manager Terry Elam said that early on, he had to train Gill to ask folks who approached him about charity events to call his management office. But Gill went ahead and did plenty of events without managers ever knowing. “I’d get a call from Hendersonville or Madison: ‘I just wanted to get a message to Vince, thanks for helping at our school or our event or charity,’” Elam said. “And I’ll think, ‘I didn’t realize he did that Thursday night.’”
For Grant, every career move starts with serving others, her longtime manager Jennifer Cooke says. “When I bring her something that’s a good financial deal, one of the first questions she asks is, ‘What charity can we involve?’” Cooke said. One of the biggest is Compassion International, a worldwide Christian-based child-sponsorship program with which Grant has been affiliated throughout her career. Grant pays more than lip service to Compassion: She and her children went to Uganda for a week to see the program in action. And Grant often keeps up with the kids she meets on such trips, whether she’s directly sponsoring them or not, Compassion senior vice president Mark Hanlon said. “It’s more of a heart thing and not so much about ‘just a charity’ of some sort,” Hanlon said. “I’ve seen it in Amy and Vince in their generosity with people, anonymous or not.”That’s an easy lifelong choice for Grant. “My mom used to tell me, ‘If you’ll get in the flow of listening to things around you and finding an honest way to be inspired, your life will be more interesting,’” she said. And it’s an easy choice for Gill in his new hometown.“Nashville. It’s just my home. Why wouldn’t you want to do everything you could to make your home better?”
The Community Foundation’s Lehman says Grant and Gill do charity work with “the purest motivations.” “They are not in it for credit; they’re not in it for fame; they’re not in it for what it can do for their careers,” Lehman said. “They’re grateful for the lives they have and want others to have better futures.”
What makes service work even more rewarding is doing it with each other, the couple said. “It’s always an honor for me to stand next to Vince,” Grant said. “I feel that way in a movie line, I feel that way at an awards ceremony. I have so much respect for him.”
John Partipilo/The Tennessean
By Brad Schmitt, For The Tennessean
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The debut of IMG Media’s production premiered on December 22nd at 8:00 p.m. EST / PST, with an encore presentation January 2 at 5:00 p.m. EST / PST. HGTV recently visited the home of country great, George Jones, and his wife Nancy. The Joneses opened up their 78-acre estate situated just outside Nashville, TN in Franklin and guided the camera crew throughout the property. The show will reveal the Jones’s stunning tranquil estate which boasts a stable, two lakes, five outbuildings, two caretaker residences, two private gated entrances, an inviting outdoor kitchen and entertainment area and swimming pool. The primary residence, approximately 10,000 square feet in size, features four bedrooms and six bathrooms.The hour-long episode will air on HGTV January 2 at 5:00 p.m. EST / PST.
About George Jones
George Jones is the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles in every decade since the ‘50s. Jones also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, two Grammy Awards, is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and holds a National Medal of Arts. At 80, Jones continues to be an active country music superstar, headlining dozens of concerts each year. George Jones a Country Music Superstar and an inspiration to each and every country music artist alive on this planet today
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The Cost of Ink: About two months ago I had to replace my printer. The old one refused to feed the paper properly each time I needed to print a document. Luckily I found a very efficient new printer on sale for $89.00 and it came with ink included. Yesterday I got the all too familiar prompt, “Black ink is low.” I went on line and since I was going to order some black ink I thought I would just go ahead and order the other three cartridges at the same time. The total cost came up to $79.00 just ten dollars short of what I paid for the printer to begin with. I then proceeded to ask my associates if they experienced this problem and one CD duplicator told me that every time his printer runs out of ink, he throws it away. He said it was cheaper for him to go out and buy a new printer that came with ink already than to buy ink replacements. He went on to say he had thrown away 3 perfectly good printers in the last year. I am glad that laundry detergent doesn’t fall into this same pricing. Can you imagine having to throw away your socks every day because the cost of washing them would be higher than replacing them?
As time seems to go bye so fast, it is already time for us to wish all the wonderful DJ’s worldwide that have supported our Artists and RhonBob throughout 2011, a fabulous and wonderful, 2012. I have said it often, as it is a fact “YOU the DJ makes it happen for our Artists”, and each and everyone of our Artist are very, very thankful to you, as are Bob and myself. May good health, and wonderful memories make up the many days of the new year for you, and we wish that lots of love will play a major part in your life, throughout 2012. Knowing how you love to do DJ work, may you be blessed for helping so many artists around the world (including ours). A very special thanks also for being so kind with airplay of the Artists that have recorded my songs. May your days be fruitful, your days anointed, and you and your family protected under God’s wing.
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Bill Rainey, one of country music’s great Radio personalities is moving in new directions as well as being streamed in over 272 markets with his radio show on www.nbrn.fm . Bill continues to be awarded for his display of integrity and love for true country music. Bill should, in our opinion, be on one of America’s largest and most popular mainstream radio stations. Bill was the top dog with KXEN, one of the most powerful country stations in the world, where the biggest stars and records were made successful by the DJ’s that worked there, and Bill Rainey led the pack. He knows great music when he hears it, but he is a man who believes in giving every artist the opportunity to move their career’s forward, by playing their music.
At this time, the Bill Rainey Show out of Nashville, TN (NBRN.FM), is the only radio show “Encompassing the Globe” muliple times. Some of the stations that broadcast his show are streaming it 3X a day, 6 days a week. Each time the mic is opened, artists on Bill’s Show go around the globe hundreds of times. There is a saying in the music business, “When you are being played by Bill Rainey the world listens with both ears”
If you want to hear the Thunder in your Music Bill Rainey will strike it up for you
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Tim McGraw shops new label after split with Nashville’s Curb Country superstar pursues life after Curb Records Even before a Nashville judge released country singer Tim McGraw from his 20-year contract with Curb Records, the superstar’s manager was looking for his next recording deal, according to newly released court records.
With 40 million albums sold to date and an estimated $35 million in earnings last year alone, the singer is one of Nashville’s biggest country music franchises. Any multi-year recording deal he strikes is likely to be worth tens of millions to both McGraw and the company that signs him.
The mission that McGraw manager Coran Capshaw described as “find a future home for Tim” has led to discussions with chief executives at the nation’s biggest recording companies: Warner Music Group, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records. Capshaw has also consulted with Big Machine Records, the independent Nashville label that launched Taylor Swift’s career.
There is no word yet on whether any deal has been struck.
McGraw — whose spokeswoman cited current legal hurdles — had no comment. Sony and Big Machine records also declined to comment on the outcome of any conversations, while other labels didn’t respond to emailed requests for comments.
McGraw and Curb Records formally parted ways on Nov. 30 when Nashville Chancery Court Judge Russell Perkins ruled that McGraw was free to record with another company.
The judge’s written order in the case, filed after the hearing, outlines testimony by McGraw’s manager in out-of-court depositions about McGraw’s post-Curb business dealings.
Since Curb filed suit, Capshaw noted, there have been numerous conversations about McGraw’s future, including discussions with Warner Music Group’s most powerful executives, among them Los Angeles-based Warner Brothers Records Vice Chairman Rob Cavallo and Nashville’s chief Warner executive, John Esposito.
At Sony Music, Capshaw talked about a possible deal with Nashville CEO Gary Overton, New York-based executive Mel Lewinter and former Nashville executive Skip Bishop before he left the company.
At Universal, Capshaw has had discussions with Nashville-based Chief Executive Luke Lewis and the company’s top man, Lucian Grange. Capshaw also testified he had a “general conversation” with Mike Dungan, president and CEO of Capitol Records Nashville. At Big Machine Records, he spoke with Scott Borchetta.
Capshaw’s discussions come amid an upheaval at record companies, with expected shake-ups and possible executive-level changes to come soon in the industry after last month’s breakup of global music company EMI Group.
Universal Music now owns the company’s recording division, including Capitol Nashville.
The potential upheavals mean that McGraw’s future contract could depend in part on where the executives he has negotiated with in recent months land in an industry that often sees leaders jump from one label to another.
Even without a new recording contract, McGraw’s career appears to be moving forward faster than it has in the year since the dispute began with Curb.
Two new McGraw songs were released in the past month. Curb Records, which owns the rights to all McGraw music recorded before November, will release McGraw’s Emotional Traffic album in January.
McGraw announced he would release a new single in January as well. He said he is releasing his single independently.
While Curb Records and McGraw focus on future releases, both parties continue to hint at lingering animosity after the end of what had been one of the longest-running business partnerships in Nashville’s music industry.
An ongoing breach of contract lawsuit first filed against McGraw by Curb Records and a subsequent countersuit by McGraw against Curb are scheduled to be heard separately in the months to come.
“This isn’t over,” Curb Records Chairman Mike Curb told The Tennessean in rare public comments about the case. “It’s not over. Historically over the last 50 years, we’ve figured these things out. I don’t think we’ve had anything like this in the whole time we’ve been in Nashville.”
McGraw has left little doubt about how he feels about Curb Records’ efforts to halt the release of his latest album.
“It’s extremely unfortunate that it wasn’t released earlier this year in conjunction with the Emotional Traffic tour,” McGraw told his fans online, before adding: “But all I want to do now is focus on the positive and look to the future.”
Tennessean reporter Cindy Watts contributed. Reach Anita Wadhwani at email@example.com or 615-259-8092.
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No Rest For Independent Superstar James Marvell This Christmas and New Year: While most of us are taking it easy this Christmas and starting to arrange a family get together with Christmas lunches and so on, James is going to be working and working really hard to entertain his many fans while performing for them while they are relaxing and enjoying the Christmas Season.
James leaves for Florida on his way to Texas this Christmas Season to fill several dozen bookings, then he flies into Tampa Florida, around the middle of January 2012 for a show and then back to Texas to continue the Texas show dates. If you are interested in attending one of James live shows please watch your local newspapers in those areas for details. So for the next three months which includes this Christmas weekend and New Years, James will be a very busy performer.
James Marvell fans can also check out his TV appearance on Raw Deal …. You can actually pick up the entire RAW DEAL TV Show at this link by scrolling down below where it says; Watch the Full 30 minute Version as seen on TV.
James has also made history recently by being one of only a few artist in the history of music, to have had a song charted in three genre’s of music. In the 1960’s James was a member of the Warner Brothers Pop Sensation “Mercy”. In 1969 “Mercy” had a million seller “Love Can Make You Happy” on the Billboard Charts second only to the Beatles with “Get Back” with Frank Sinatra charting at #5, below them with “My Way”
In the early 1970’s James formed “MGM’s” Country Due called “The Country Cavaliers” who were to become known as Country Music’s first ever “Country Outlaws” This successful Country duo first release was a giant hit for them called “First Country Outlaws Didn’t Get High”
Wildhorse Entertainment is proud to announce that James Marvell’s big #1 hit song originally recorded with the “Country Cavaliers”, is now available for free download at Wildhorse Entertainment The Home of Independent Superstars. Just scroll down to our really famous Independent Superstar “James Marvell’ Right click and download
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