Country music sensation Scotty McCreery debuted his highly anticipated new single “Southern Belle” on “FOX & Friends”
All-American Summer Concert Series last Friday. The song, written by Sean McConnell and Jason Saenz, will be available for purchase Aug 24th and impacts radio Sep 7th. “Southern Belle” is the first single from McCreery’s upcoming new album due out in early 2016.
As part of the All-American Summer Concert Series, “FOX & Friends” hosts Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Brian Kilmeade presented McCreery with an RIAA-certified Gold Single plaque representing more than half a million sales and streams of his recent Top Ten Hit “Feelin’ It,” written by Frank Rogers and Matthew West. This is the singer/songwriter’s latest RIAA-certified single, having already earned three Platinum certifications for his singles “I Love You This Big,” “The Trouble with Girls,” and “See You Tonight.”
“What a way to start the morning by debuting my new single and then receiving a Gold record for ‘Feelin’ It’,” said an excited McCreery. “I have the greatest fans in the world and I thank them for supporting me and my music. I hope they will love ‘Southern Belle’ just as much!”
This summer, McCreery is featured in Fandango.com’s “I Love Movies” original video series. Watch him talk about his favorite movie, “Miracle,” here. He is also on the road throughout the summer, both on his own and as the special guest on the Rascal Flatts RIOT 2015 Tour. Visit ScottyMcCreery.com for tour dates and ticket information.
– Posted by TawnyTucker CMTT
When you think of the iconic and often flashy Dolly Parton, the words “pure and simple” don’t usually come to mind.
But during her recent performance at the Ryman Auditorium, she used her songs to tell the story of her life
The special performance was a benefit for the Dustin J. Wells Foundation, which raises funds for the W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville, Tenn. Dustin Wells, the nephew of Dolly Parton’s producer and bandleader Kent Wells, died in a tragic car accident ten years ago. The Wells family created the foundation in his memory, raising money for a local organization dedicated to teaching music to young people who may not be able to afford lessons otherwise.
Students from the W.O. Smith kicked off the night with a 2-song performance, showcasing their musical talents. Kent Wells also performed an original song that he had written in honor of his nephew, before bringing Dolly Parton out.
The 90-minute set was simple and elaborate all at once. The stage design was elegant and the backing band was smaller than her usual ensemble, but it gave the look and feel of an authentic, biographical theatre performance.
A self-proclaimed “Backwoods Barbie,” Dolly told the story of her humble upbringing through songs like “Tennessee Mountain Home” and “Jolene”. One of the highlights of the night was her a Capella rendition of “Little Sparrow,” that brought the audience to a standing ovation. Throughout the night, she sparkled in an all-white pant suit, adorned with rhinestone accents, with matching instruments: a glittering dulcimer, a shimmering banjo, a sparkling electric guitar.
If you didn’t know who Dolly Parton was before the start of the show, you certainly knew by the end of it. She had the crowd on their feet singing along to “9 to 5” before closing the show with an effortless, sincere performance of the iconic “I Will Always Love You,” dedicated to her fans over the years.
Pure and simple? A shimmering and brilliant performance by one of country music’s greatest treasures.
– Posted by Nicole Palsa CMTT
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7
The German philosopher Schopenhauer compared the human race to porcupines huddled together on a winter night: ‘The colder it gets outside, the more we huddle together for warmth. But the closer we get…the more we hurt one another with our sharp quills. And in the lonely night of earth’s winter, eventually we begin to drift apart and wander out on our own and freeze to death in our loneliness.’ What’s the answer?‘Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us’ (Matthew 6:12).President Ronald Reagan understood this. After an attempt on his life in 1981, his daughter Patti Davis said, ‘The following day my father said he knew his physical healing was directly dependent on his ability to forgive John Hinckley. By showing me that forgiveness is the key to everything, including physical health and healing, he gave me an example of Christ-like thinking.’ Perhaps your wounds are old ones: an abusive parent, a cheating spouse, a business deal gone sour. Or maybe they’re still fresh: an overlooked promotion, an unpaid debt, kids who’ve forgotten you exist. Either way, you’ve a decision to make. Get over it, or get even. Let it heal, or turn to hate. Release it, or resent it. Resentment allows whatever’s eating you, to eat you up. It stokes the fire, fans the flames, and replays the pain. Think about it: has your resentment brought you relief? If today you stood by the grave of the one who hurt you, would you be free? It’s doubtful. ‘The merciful…will be shown mercy,’ because they’ve experienced an even greater grace—God’s—and forgiveness is the key to understanding it.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to forgive others so that I can go on doing Your will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen