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Miranda Lambert in April 2010
|Birth name||Miranda Leigh Lambert|
|Born||November 10, 1983
Longview, Texas, U.S.
|Origin||Lindale, Texas, U.S.|
Miranda Leigh Lambert (born November 10, 1983) is an American singer and songwriter. Outside of her solo career, she is a member of the Pistol Annies alongside Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. Lambert has been honored by the Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Country Music Association Awards.
Lambert’s debut album Kerosene (2005) was certified Platinum in the United States, and produced the singles “Me and Charlie Talking”, “Bring Me Down”, “Kerosene”, and “New Strings”. All four singles reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. Her second album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, was released in early 2007. Three of its singles–”Famous in a Small Town”, “Gunpowder & Lead”, and “More Like Her”)–peaked within the top 20 on the country songs chart, with “Gunpowder & Lead” becoming her first top 10 entry in July 2008. Her third album, Revolution, was released in September 2009. Two of its songs–”The House That Built Me” and “Heart Like Mine”–topped the Hot Country Songs chart.
2011’s Four the Record, included the singles “Baggage Claim”, “Over You”, “Fastest Girl in Town”, “Mama’s Broken Heart”, and “All Kinds of Kinds”. Lambert released her fifth album, “Platinum”, in 2014. The record won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album, and the album’s lead single “Automatic” reached top 5 on the Country charts. Her sixth studio album, The Weight of These Wings, was released on November 18, 2016.
From 2011 to 2015, Lambert was married to fellow country singer Blake Shelton.
Miranda Leigh Lambert was born November 10, 1983, in Longview, Texas, and was raised in Lindale, Texas. She was named after her great-grandmother, Lucy Miranda. Her father, Rick Lambert, was a police officer who played in a country-rock group called Contraband in the 1970s. He later became a private investigator in partnership with Miranda’s mother, Beverly. She has English, Irish and Native American ancestry.
While still in high school, Lambert made her professional singing debut with “The Texas Pride Band”. She also fronted the house band at the Reo Palm Isle in Longview, Texas, a long-running venue that had presented legends such as Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson, and the place where Brooks & Dunn started out as the house band.
2000–2003: Career beginnings
At 16, Lambert appeared on the Johnnie High Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas, the same talent show that had helped launch the career of LeAnn Rimes. Lambert then acquired a recording session in Nashville, Tennessee, but left the studio after she became frustrated with the “pop” type of music presented to her. She went back to Texas in 2000 and asked her dad to teach her how to play guitar, so she could write her own songs.
In 2002, Dusty Meador hired Miranda to perform at Tye Phelps’ country music restaurant and venue “Love And War in Texas”. Miranda continued to perform around the Texas Music Scene opening for Cooder Graw, Kevin Fowler and Jack Ingram. In 2003 she auditioned for the talent competition Nashville Star, where she earned a third-place finish behind Buddy Jewell and John Arthur Martinez. During her 9 week stay on Nashville Star Miranda caught the attention of the show’s judge and Sony Record executive, Tracy Gershon, who later convinced the label to sign her to their label.
2004–2008: Kerosene and Crazy Ex- Girlfriend
On September 15, 2003, she signed with Epic Records. Her debut single, “Me and Charlie Talking”, co-written by her father and Heather Little, was released in summer of 2004 as the lead single to her debut album. Titled Kerosene, Lambert’s first album comprised 12 songs, 11 of which she wrote or co-wrote. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts, and eventually gained a Platinum certification by the RIAA for shipments of over one million copies, selling more than 930,000 copies up to July 2008. Overall, the album produced four Top 40 singles on the Billboard country charts, including the title track which was a Top 20 hit. Lambert also toured with Keith Urban and George Strait in early 2006. In 2007, she toured with Dierks Bentley and Toby Keith.
Lambert’s second album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, was released on May 9, 2007. She wrote eight of the album’s 11 tracks, including its four singles. Much of the track “Gunpowder & Lead,” the album’s third single and her highest-charting single, was written while she was taking a concealed handgun class in her home town. Fady Joudah of The New Yorker said the album proved “she has talent and charisma on a par with Dolly Parton, another blond beauty who was once underestimated.”
In 2005, at the 40th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Lambert won the Cover Girl “Fresh Face of Country Music Award”. She was also nominated for the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award in 2005; in 2007, Lambert also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her single “Kerosene”. She also won the Top New Female Vocalist award at the 2007 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards. At the 2008 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend won Album of the Year.
Lambert released her third album, Revolution, on September 29, 2009. She co-wrote 11 of the album’s 15 tracks; the album also includes co-writes from Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton.
Revolution received significant critical praise on its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 85, based on 11 reviews, which indicates “universal acclaim”. Rolling Stone magazine praised the album saying, “Lambert remains country’s most refreshing act, and not just because she makes firearms seem like a matter-of-fact female accessory.” Entertainment Weekly said, “She’s found stylistic shades of songwriters twice her age…” and the album is “…a portrait of an artist in full possession of her powers, and the best mainstream-country album so far this year.” Boston Globe commented that “Revolution’’ is the sound of Miranda Lambert coming into her own.” Slant magazine praised the album saying, “Miranda Lambert expands on her fascinating, fully realized artistic persona …”
Lambert debuted her new single, “Dead Flowers”, at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5, 2009. It was released on May 4, 2009, and was a minor Top 40 hit on the charts. The album’s second single, “White Liar”, was released on August 17, 2009, and debuted at No. 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In February 2010, “White Liar” became Lambert’s first Top Five hit, reaching a peak of No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. “The House That Built Me,” the album’s third single, was released on March 8, 2010 and became a No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It stayed there for four weeks, and received platinum certification from the RIAA on July 8, 2010. “Only Prettier” followed as the album’s fourth single in July 2010 and its accompanying music video went viral. The music video for “Only Prettier” featured cameo appearances by fellow country artists Kellie Pickler, Laura Bell Bundy, and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. In December 2010, “Only Prettier” reached a peak of number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, giving Lambert her seventh Top 20 hit. “Heart Like Mine” was released in January 2011 as the fifth and final single from Revolution. It became Lambert’s second Number One hit on the country charts for the chart dated May 28, 2011.
In promotion of Revolution, Lambert launched a headlining tour; Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars in March 2010, with stops in 22 cities and a performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.
On September 1, 2010, it was announced that Lambert had received a record-setting 9 CMA award nominations. She performed at the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards on November 10, 2010. She won the CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, and her Revolution won Album of the Year. Lambert and Sheryl Crow performed “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as a tribute to country legend Loretta Lynn, who also entered the stage to join them and finished the song with Crow and Lambert as backup. Later that night, Lynn presented the Female Vocalist of the Year CMA award to Lambert. On February 13, 2011, Lambert won a Grammy Award in the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category for “The House That Built Me.”
2011–2013: Four the Record and the Pistol Annies
Lambert’s fourth studio album, Four the Record, was released on November 1, 2011; her first album for RCA Nashville, after Sony Music Nashville announced a corporate restructuring. Four the Record produced five singles: “Baggage Claim”, “Over You”, “Fastest Girl in Town”, “Mama’s Broken Heart”, and “All Kinds of Kinds”. “Over You”, which Lambert and Shelton co-wrote, reached number 1 in early 2012. Late in 2012, Lambert appeared on Shelton’s Christmas album Cheers, It’s Christmas, to which she contributed guest vocals on a version of “Jingle Bell Rock”. Lambert recorded a song for The Hunger Games soundtrack (The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond), called “Run Daddy Run” featuring The Pistol Annies. The soundtrack was released on March 20, 2012. On October 23, 2012, Lambert and Dierks Bentley announced the co-headlined 33-show Locked & Reloaded Tour, beginning on January 17, 2013.
In 2012, Lambert made her acting debut on NBC’s long-running legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in an episode titled “Father’s Shadow”.Lambert later told CMT News she was a big fan of the show: “I never wanted to act. I still don’t. I don’t want to be an actress. I just wanted to be on that show mainly so I could be a groupie [for their autographs].”
On April 4, 2011, during the taping of the Academy of Country Music’s ‘Girls’ Night Out’ television special in Las Vegas, Lambert debuted her new project, girl group Pistol Annies. The group consists of Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley. They released their single, “Hell on Heels,” in May 2011, and released their debut album, Hell on Heels, on August 23, 2011, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart. Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker said the trio “is good enough to recall those transcendent moments of vocal harmony the Dixie Chicks used to hit every few months.” A second Pistol Annies album, Annie Up, was released in May 2013. This album produced the group’s first country chart entry with “Hush Hush”. The Pistol Annies are also one of many acts featured on Blake Shelton’s 2013 single “Boys ‘Round Here”, which went to number 1 on Country Airplay. They had previously accompanied Shelton on a rendition of “Blue Christmas” on Cheers, It’s Christmas.
“Automatic,” the lead single from Lambert’s fifth studio album, Platinum, was released on February 5, 2014, to praise from music critics. The album, containing 16 songs, was released on June 3, 2014. The album’s second single, “Somethin’ Bad”, is a duet with Carrie Underwood and was debuted on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on May 18. The album’s third single, “Little Red Wagon”, was released to country radio on January 12, 2015. The album’s fourth single, “Smokin’ and Drinkin'” released to country radio on June 22, 2015.
2016–present: The Weight of These Wings
On July 18, 2016, Lambert released “Vice” to country radio and digital outlets. Written by Lambert, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, it was her first song released since Platinum. In September, Lambert announced her sixth studio album, The Weight of These Wings, which was released on November 18, 2016. She was selected as one of 30 artists to perform on Forever Country, a mash-up track of “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “On the Road Again” and “I Will Always Love You” which celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards.
Bryan at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards
|Birth name||Thomas Luther Bryan|
|Born||July 17, 1976
Leesburg, Georgia, United States
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
Thomas Luther “Luke” Bryan (born July 17, 1976) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for his longtime friends from high school, performers Travis Tritt and Billy Currington, and releasing his first Spring Break album. After signing with Capitol Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee in 2007 with his cousin, Chad Christopher Boyd, he released the album I’ll Stay Me, which included the singles “All My Friends Say,” “We Rode in Trucks,” and “Country Man.” The follow-up album Doin’ My Thing included “Do I,” which Bryan co-wrote with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, and the number one singles “Rain Is a Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.”
Tailgates & Tanlines, released in 2011, includes “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” and the number one singles “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” “Drunk on You,” and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.” Bryan’s fourth album, Crash My Party, was released in August 2013 and includes the number one singles “Crash My Party,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Drink a Beer,” “Play It Again,” “Roller Coaster” and “I See You.” His fifth album, Kill the Lights, was released in August 2015 and its lead single, “Kick the Dust Up,” became his thirteenth number one hit, followed by his fourteenth number one “Strip It Down.” Bryan co-wrote all of his singles with the exception of “Drunk on You,” “Crash My Party,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Drink a Beer,” “Play It Again,” “Roller Coaster,” “Kick the Dust Up” and “Home Alone Tonight” and co-produced all four albums and one compilation album with Jeff Stevens. Bryan was the recipient of the Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards “Entertainer of the Year” award.To date, Bryan has sold over 7 million albums and 27 million singles worldwide.
Life and career
Bryan was born in rural Leesburg, Georgia to LeClaire (née Watkins) and Tommy Bryan, a farmer. Shortly before Luke was going to move to at age 19, tragedy struck his family. “My older brother, Chris, was unexpectedly killed in a … car accident … I’m kind of hyperventilating talking about it. … You never truly … move beyond it.” His mother, LeClaire, had made a statement: “We knew Luke at some point would come to Nashville,” his mother said. “But … you can’t leave your family, and … I couldn’t bear the thought of him being away.”
Instead, Luke went to college at in Statesboro, Georgia, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. One of Bryan’s Chapter Brothers is Cole Swindell, Georgia Southern 2005, who won the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist of the Year Award in 2015.
Bryan made it to Nashville years later in 2007, after his father told him to pack his truck to pursue a career in music. He finally gained success as a songwriter, but soon after he signed as a performer; his first big hit was “All My Friends Say”
When Luke was invited to perform at the famous Grand Ole Opry, his older sister, Kelly, organized 129 people to attend his Opry debut. A few days after his performance, his sister unexpectedly died at home for unknown reasons.Bryan said the cause remains undetermined. “My only older siblings … gone from the world, in a flash in two, two different, crazy, tragic manners, that … we’ll never know, and never understand.”
Brad Paisley is everything he’s supposed to be: a nice guy who’s actually nice, a “country” man who celebrates his surroundings without disrespecting others’, a wise man who even at his absolute nadir understood that he has no idea what it’s like in someone else’s skin. He also plays a ton of guitar and turns more clever phrases than Robert Downey Jr. and writes his own damn songs. He makes soft-focus mush like marriages and fatherhood and whiskey and fishing sound like a blast, except when he’s breaking your heart, and he virtually never means to hurt anyone. He’s the rightful successor to his ’90s analog, the witty, hearty, hooky Garth Brooks, and next month he releases Love and War, which will have collaborations with Mick Jagger and Timbaland.
Cole Swindell – You Should Be Here
Colden Rainey “Cole” Swindell (born June 30, 1983) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Swindell has written singles for Craig Campbell, Thomas Rhett, Scotty McCreery, and Luke Bryan, and has released two albums for Warner Bros. Records Nashville. The first album has produced four singles: “Chillin’ It“, “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight“, “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey“, and “Let Me See Ya Girl“, all of which have charted in the top 5 of Hot Country Songs and/or Country Airplay.
Atlantic City, NJ (August 1, 2016) – The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC revealed today that entrepreneur Mark Cuban, actress Sara Foster (VH1’s “Barely Famous”), singer-songwriter Cole Swindell and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes will serve as celebrity judges for the “2017 Miss America Competition.” Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ABC’s and ESPN’s “NBA Countdown”) joining as co-host. Miss America airs live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. The evening will be filled with glitz and glam as 52 women compete for the coveted crown and scholarships.
The panel of celebrity judges will evaluate the contestants’ performances in the following categories during the live broadcast: Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview and On-Stage questions. These young women will showcase their incredible blend of intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness and dedication to community service as they compete for the title of Miss America 2017.
“I am honored to be a judge at Miss America this year,” said Swindell. “I love a good competition and am looking forward to helping choose a winner.”
“It is an honor to meet some of the most accomplished young women in America today. It will be tough to choose just one. It helps to know – based on personal experience – that the one selected is not necessarily the best, she’s the best representative at the time of those coming from every corner of our great and diverse nation,” stated Hawkes.
Additional judges for the “2017 Miss America Competition” will be announced in the coming weeks.
Mark Cuban, owner of the 2011 World Champion Dallas Mavericks and best-selling author of How to Win at the Sport of Business, was an entrepreneur from the early age of 13, when he sold garbage bags door-to-door. Today Cuban is recognized as one of the most influential people in both the cable and sports industries. He is owner and Chairman of AXS TV (www.axs.tv), the largest independently owned and operated TV network in the U.S. He takes personal responsibility for programming AXS TV, and under his vision and leadership, it is the premier destination for live events, breaking news, and as-they-are-happening trends in the worlds of pop culture, music, fashion and entertainment. Cuban also co-owns The Landmark Theater chain, Magnolia Pictures and Magnolia Home Video, along with partner Todd Wagner. In 2005 Magnolia and Landmark Theaters pioneered a “day and date” movie release, meaning the movie was released in theaters, on TV (HDNet Movies), and on DVD all on the same day. Taking this process one step further, Cuban created the “Ultra VOD” platform, releasing movies to video-on-demand on both cable and satellite up to four weeks prior to their release in theaters. Cuban also co-founded Broadcast.com, the leading provider of multi-media and streaming on the Internet, which was sold to Yahoo! Inc. in July, 1999, and MicroSolutions, a leading national systems integrator, which was later sold to CompuServe. On January 4, 2000, Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks. Under his leadership, the team’s home games have become a total entertainment experience.Despite initial criticism, he added much more to the usual game-day experience options like the Mavericks ManiAACs. His successful efforts have brought a sense of pride and passion to the fans. Mark Cuban also appears on the Emmy award-winning show “Shark Tank.” The business-themed show returns to the ABC Television Network for its eighth season on Friday, September 23. A graduate of Indiana University, Cuban hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and resides in Dallas, Texas.
Aside from a successful career as a model, Sara Foster is best known for her role as the manipulative and cunning ‘Jen Clark’ on the CW’s cult series “90210.” Foster’s most recent project is “Barely Famous,” a unique, tongue-in-cheek comedy parodying reality television, in which she created, co-stars in and executive produces with her sister, Erin, for VH1. “Barely Famous” is in its second season, which premiered on June 29th. Sara and Erin, who are the daughters of David Foster, portray sisters born into the Hollywood lifestyle who are trying to navigate their careers and dating lives while maintaining perfect public images. In 2011, Foster costarred with David Cross, Sean Astin and Michael Vartan in James B. Rogers’ comedy, “Demoted.” Additionally, Foster starred opposite Cary Elwes and Gabriel Mann in the 2010 science-fiction film “Psych 9,” which was directed by Andrew Shortell, and starred as Jesse Metcalfe’s girlfriend in 2008’s comedy, “The Other End of the Line.” In 2004, Foster turned heads as the crime-fighting lesbian spy ‘Amy Bradshaw’ in Angelea Robinson’s film “D.E.B.S.” for Screen Gems. Earlier that year she made her feature film debut as the lead femme fatale in the movie adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel, “The Big Bounce.” Foster also has a string of guest starring roles on TV series such as “CSI” and “Crossing Jordan” as well as a memorable appearance playing herself having a romantic tryst with Adrian Grenier’s character, ‘Vincent Chase’ on HBO’s “Entourage.”
Cole Swindell, Platinum-selling recording artist and record-breaking five-time No. 1 hit maker, released his second album You Should Be Here and it shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums Chart and No. 3 All Genre within hours of release. Its lead single and title track held a four week run on top of Billboard’s Hot Country songs chart (tally of digital streams, radio airplay and sales) in addition to multiple weeks sitting at No. 1 on country airplay. His Gold-certified “You Should Be Here” already boasts over 50 million streams, 700,000 tracks sold and more than 24 million YouTube views. The song joins Swindell’s first four No. 1 consecutive singles as a solo artist (including Gold-certified “Let Me See Ya Girl,” along with Platinum-certified hits “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” and “Chillin’ It”) from his Platinum selling self-titled debut album. In 2015 the Georgia native won the ACM New Artist of the Year, was named to Billboard’s Top New Country Artists, awarded CMA’s “Triple Play Award” for having (at least) three No. 1 songs in the past twelve months, and was the only performer to claim the title in 2015. He was nominated for CMA Awards’ “New Artist of the Year” and named Music Row’s Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, with celebrated songwriting credits which include not only his own five No. 1 hits but “This Is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line, “Get Me Some of That” by Thomas Rhett, and several songs with Luke Bryan such as his No. 1 single “Roller Coaster,” among others. He is currently touring with Florida Georgia Line’s “Dig Your Roots Tour.” This fall, Swindell will begin his headlining tour, Down Home Tour Presented by CMT, after opening for Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots Tour. The Down Home Tour coincides with the release of his third and newest EP, Down Home Sessions III. To date, Swindell has sold over 1.4 million total album equivalents in the two years since his debut, including 4.8 million tracks sold and 330 million streams.
Sharlene Wells Hawkes was crowned Miss America in 1985 after representing her home state, Utah. Hawkes went on to be an accomplished communicator across several disciplines – from sports, to business, to the United States military. In 1987, Sharlene became one of the first women to ever sign with ESPN. There, she became an award-winning sportscaster for over 15 years, covering such events as the World Cup Soccer, the French Open and the Kentucky Derby. In 2005, Sharlene founded Remember My Service Productions, a leading publisher and producer of historical commemoratives for the Armed Forces and Veteran Service organizations. Her support of the troops has gained her notoriety, leading to her appointment by the Secretary of Defense to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. Hawkes holds a masters in Organizational Communications from the University of Utah and bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.
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Tim McGraw – Humble And Kind (Official Video)
McGraw has released fourteen studio albums (eleven for Curb Records and three for Big Machine Records). 10 of those albums have reached number 1 on the Top Country Albums charts, with his 1994 breakthrough album Not a Moment Too Soon being the top country album of 1994. All of these albums have produced 65 singles, 25 of which have reached number 1 on the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts. Three of these singles — “It’s Your Love“, “Just to See You Smile“, and “Live Like You Were Dying” — were the top country songs of 1997, 1998, and 2004 according to Billboard Year-End. He has also won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, 10 American Music Awards, and three People’s Choice Awards. His Soul2Soul II Tour with Faith Hill is the highest grossing tour in country music history, and one of the top 5 among all genres of music.
McGraw has ventured into acting, with supporting roles in The Blind Side (with Sandra Bullock), Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, Tomorrowland, and Four Christmases (with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon), and lead roles in Flicka (2006) and Country Strong (2010). He was a minority owner of the Arena Football League‘s Nashville Kats.
In acknowledgement of his grandfather’s Italian heritage, McGraw was honored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in 2004, receiving the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Music during the Foundation’s 29th Anniversary Gala.
Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y.
History making duo Florida Georgia Line recently became the first ever Country act to achieve RIAA’s DIAMOND (10 million copies sold) certification for their hit single “Cruise.” In their relatively short career, FGL has achieved 11 #1 hits as artists and songwriters, most recently with their first single off their third studio album, “H.O.L.Y.” Their PLATINUM certified sophomore album ANYTHING GOES (Big Machine Label Group) fueled five scorching consecutive chart-toppers – PLATINUM-certified “Anything Goes,” “Sippin’ On Fire,” “Sun Daze,” 2X PLATINUM-certified “Dirt” and the final release from the album “Confession.” The 2016 ACM Awards saw the pair take home their third consecutive honor for Vocal Duo of the Year. In addition, they have won three consecutive CMA Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year and three consecutive CMT Artists of the Year honors, among numerous other accolades from the ACMs, AMAs, CMT and Billboard. FGL has skyrocketed to stardom becoming the only artist in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles; breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, and having sold over 23 million downloads and over 3.5 million albums worldwide to date. In 2015 alone, the group’s ANYTHING GOES TOUR sold an impressive 1.5 million tickets, and they have just embarked on their headlining tour, DIG YOUR ROOTS thru the end of 2016. Their highly anticipated third studio album, DIG YOUR ROOTS is slated for release later this summer (2016) and depicts an evolution in both their musical and personal journeys. FGL has given fans a taste of the new music with the lead single “H.O.L.Y.,” written by hit makers busbee, Nate Cyphert and William Larsen, and produced by the award-winning Joey Moi. The music video was shot at The Twelve Apostles, just outside of Melbourne, Australia and their wives make a cameo in the song about love’s salvation. Taking their undeniable songwriting skills to the next level and discovering new talent, FGL formed publishing company Tree Vibez Music.
Freedom In Our Eyes – Rock Road Rebels – Top Rock Music Videos
Many artists are quick to champion their roots in major metropolitan areas like NYC, LA, Nashville, and so on. These cities are seen as hotbeds of what’s modern and cutting edge, where the next trend is around the corner. Jacksonville, Missouri, home to Rock Road Rebels, is not one of those towns. With a 2010 census population of 151, it’s as small as small town gets. It’s true heartland, proudly located off the beaten path.
It’s also the perfect home for a band that celebrates their love of 70’s Southern Rock and Blues. Rock Road Rebels doesn’t need to study fleeting trends to define their sound because they’re expertly versed in decades of rock and roll before them. On their new single, “Freedom In Our Eyes,” they wear not just their love of classic rock, but also their undying patriotism on their sleeve.
With impeccable individual execution the guys of 3R (Shane Newbrough on vocals, Michael “Goz” Goslin on bass, Ryan Conners on guitar, and Brock Manly on drums), launch into a thunderous declaration of their love of country. They also make it known that they’re ready to go toe to toe with anyone who might consider infringement on all of ‘our’ or ‘their’ Constitutional rights.
The video begins with the band’s bus pulling up in front of the towering World War 1 monument, the Liberty Memorial, in downtown Kansas City. The words inscribed in the base of the monument read “IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE WORLD WAR IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY AND OUR COUNTRY.” That phrase perfectly encapsulates the spirit of “Freedom In Our Eyes,” knowing the lifestyle we are all free to live in the USA, even our rights to agree/disagree/dissent, were all earned by the sacrifice of millions before us.
Channeling the energy of their time at the monument, the band erupts into a ferocious performance for the cameras, taking turns to each showcase their incredible chops for the audience. We also get the chance to see them laying down tracks in the studio, where their chemistry and camaraderie is clearly as organic and homegrown as Main Street through downtown Jacksonville, Missouri.
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