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New Star Shining: Kelsea Ballerini and Jake Owen unwrap new Christmas covers this season

Epic RecordsKelsea Ballerini is rubbing elbows with the modern-day queen of Christmas on the soundtrack for the new animated film, The Star.

Mariah Carey, who’s known for her massive holiday hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” contributes a new song, also titled “The Star.” Kelsea covers the country/bluegrass standard, “Children Go Where I Send Thee,” while Jake Owen does his version of “What Child Is This?”.

A cappella sensation Pentatonix, pop stars Fifth Harmony, and Christian artists Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Casting Crowns also contribute tracks to the film.

The movie, which comes out November 17, tells the nativity story …read more

Keith Urban joins next month’s Country Rising benefit, as it expands to help victims of Vegas tragedy

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The GreenRoomIn light of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, next month’s Country Rising benefit in Nashville is expanding to donate money to shooting victims, as well as those affected by hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands.

Keith Urban will also join the lineup that already includes Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood.

Tickets for the November 12 concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena go on sale next Friday at 10 a.m. CT, with pre-sales starting on Wednesday.

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Cheerleader or potential Female Vocalist of the Year? Why Kelsea Ballerini couldn’t do both

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Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini is up for Female Vocalist of the Year at next month’s CMA Awards, but if she’d become a cheerleader, that might not be the case.

“Failure is so important,” the “Legends” hitmakers says in the November issue of Health. “I feel like failure can reroute your life. It sounds silly, but in eighth grade I was one of two girls who didn’t make the cheerleading squad. And you know what? That was the year I picked up a guitar and wrote a song.”

“So failure is what keeps you on your path,” she continues. …read more

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Help End Polio Disease with Pints for Polio Next Friday at Local Bars & Restaurants in Marquette County

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Marquette, MI – October 13, 2017 – Looking for something fun to do next Friday? How about having a good time while supporting a good cause! The local Rotary Clubs have teamed up to standing up to End Polio Now on Friday, October 20th. Join club members in the End Polio Now campaign by participating […]

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Marquette’s Big Game of the Week: Marquette Redmen Travel to Negaunee Week 8 in Football

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Marquette, MI  –  October 13, 2017  –  The Marquette Redmen are traveling just down the road to face the Negaunee Miners tonight. This annual cross town showdown is a much anticipate game and our Redmen have their work cut out for them with Negaunee coming off a 4 game winning streak! Miners Stadium will be quite […]

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From the “town trollop” to Mother Goose: How Dolly Parton’s persona is reaching a whole new group of fans

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Sony Music Nashville/Dolly RecordsDolly Parton has never been shy about her larger-than-life personality or her unique fashion sense, even admitting her look was based on “the town trollop.” But now, with her first children’s album, I Believe In You, the superstar from East Tennessee says that same over-the-top image is what’s endearing her to a whole new group of fans.

“I have always said I look like a cartoon, cause I kinda do,” Dolly admits. “I just always liked just being over-exaggerated. And my voice is small… And I think kids kinda can relate to me, like a …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty-two years ago this fall, Kenny Rogers released the song that would go on to become his signature tune. Can you name the Don Schlitz-penned hit that also inspired five TV movies? ANSWER: “The Gambler.”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock New American Idol judge Lionel Richie has joined the all-star cast of Kenny Rogers‘ final concert October 25 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Lionel wrote Kenny’s classic “Lady.”

Nineties hitmakers Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss are hitting the road on a new tour called Chicks with Hits. It kicks off October 19 in Clayton, North Carolina.

Toby Keith‘s The Bus Songs just clocked its fourth consecutive week at the top of Billboard‘s Comedy Albums chart.

If you missed Country Music Hall-of-Famer Charley Pride performing his classic, “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” Thursday on ABC’s The View, you can now watch …read more

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“Every Little Thing” you need to know about Carly Pearce is out there now

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Big MachineCarly Pearce was once a teen from Kentucky who convinced her parents to let her quit school so she could chase her musical dreams and sing at Dollywood. Now, she’s a newcomer with a major-label deal, a top-ten hit, and a debut album that arrives on Friday.

“I really can’t believe it,” Carly admits. “Like, I can’t believe that I have an album out and that I made this dream that I had as a little girl to be a female that had the opportunity to maybe be somebody in country music and make a mark…just that that opportunity …read more

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Strong words & a strong resolve to carry on: Jason Aldean delivers cathartic Tulsa concert, his first since Las Vegas

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Jason Aldean performs in Tulsa, OK; ABC News RadioAs Jason Aldean took the stage Thursday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it could’ve been any other night on his They Don’t Know trek — until he sang his third song.

His impressive video intro rolled, and Aldean burst onstage to start the show with his current single that’s both the name of the tour and the title of his latest record. “They Don’t Know” led into “The Only Way I Know,” which segued into “Johnny Cash.” And then Jason took nearly five minutes to talk about …read more

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