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Kellie Pickler Honored With Department of Defense Spirit of Hope Award in D.C.

Photo Credit: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee

Photo Credit: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee

Loved not only for her bold personality and southern charm, country music recording artist and the star of the CMT hit docu-comedy television series I Love Kellie Pickler is known for her avid support of our servicemen and women. In honor of Kellie’s continued work spanning nine-and-counting USO tours, the critically-acclaimed North Carolinian and her husband Kyle Jacobs were honored Sept. 28th, with the Department of Defense Spirit of Hope Award, presented annually to distinguished Americans and organizations to include entertainers and men and women of the United States Armed Forces whose patriotism and service reflects that of Mr. Bob Hope.

“I am so humbled to be in such great company in receipt of this honor from the Department of Defense,” Kellie shared after accepting the distinguished award with her husband Kyle on Wednesday in Washington D.C. “We’ve been so blessed to have a great relationship with the USO which has allowed us to be able to take a little piece of home to our service men and women both overseas and here at home.”

The Department of Defense criteria for the Spirit of Hope Award requires the recipient to have selflessly contributed an extraordinary amount of time, talent or resources to significantly enhance the quality of life of service members and their families serving around the world and epitomize the values of Bob Hope—duty, honor, courage, loyalty, commitment, integrity and selfless dedication.

In 2015 at the CMA Music Festival the parents of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle presented Kellie Pickler with the first-ever Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award and in 2013 Kellie received the Heart For The Warrior Award from the USO of North Carolina during the Salute to Freedom Gala.

Christmas 4 Kids Announces 2016 Ryman Concert Lineup

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The Christmas 4 Kids organization has announced the lineup for its 2016 Ryman Auditorium concert, set for Monday, November 21st at 7:00 PM in Nashville. For the second year, legendary southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band will headline the show with Ray Stevens, Aaron Tippin and Montgomery Gentry also scheduled to perform. Singer/songwriter James Robert Webb will open the show. Country singer Ty Bates is also scheduled to perform.

“This year’s show at the Ryman is shaping up to be huge,” says Christmas 4 Kids President, Linda O’Connell. “Last year, we set a record for money raised for Christmas 4 Kids. With this great lineup, I think we can do it again!”

Doug Gray, lead singer of The Marshall Tucker Band adds, “We had so much fun at last year’s show at the Ryman. We’re grateful that Christmas 4 Kids asked us to come back for a second year. We love being able to help an amazing organization that does so much to bring a memorable Christmas to the children who need it most. See you in November, Nashville!”

“I’m so glad to be a part of this great show,” notes Stevens. “I’ll be debuting a brand new Christmas song at the show and I’m sure it’s one the kids will love.”

Tickets are $36.50 and $60.00 and are available for purchase now at Ryman.com. All proceeds generated from the concert go to the Christmas 4 Kids organization.

Chris Lane Gets His “Fix” on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Chris Lane is currently touching hearts with his lovestruck new single “For Her,” he took a moment to turn up the heat during his national TV debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers last night (9/28).

Lane satisfied the cravings of late night viewers as he dominated the stage with a red hot performance of his first chart-topping stunner “Fix.” In case you missed it, watch Lane’s “Fix” performance below.

With jaw-dropping falsetto vocals mixed with a smooth R&B-meets-country vibe, listeners can’t get enough as Lane continues to blaze his own trail. His second single, “For Her,” off his debut album GIRL PROBLEMS, offers up a sweet real-life proposal music video which has since garnered over 124,000 views (and counting) in nearly two weeks.

For more information, visit www.iamchrislane.com

George Strait Releases “Strait Out Of The Box: Part 2”

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George Strait will release Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 exclusively with Walmart on Nov. 18th. This impressive three-disc, 56-track collection features 36 hit singles including 26 No. 1s plus two brand new songs, his latest radio single “Goin’ Goin’ Gone” and 18 choice album cuts, all personally selected by the King of Country Music.

Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 spans 20 years of Strait’s career from 1996 to 2016, following the highly successful, 8x Platinum-selling 1995 release, Strait Out of the Box. Strait is one of the most celebrated country music stars in history and Billboard recently named him No. 1 on the Greatest of All Time: Country Artists list. With 60 No. 1 singles and more than 70 million records sold, Strait has more No. 1 songs than any other artist and is third only to Elvis Presley and The Beatles with the most Gold and Platinum albums in history. He is the most-nominated artist in CMA Awards history and was the first country music artist honored with Billboard’s Legend Of Live Award.

Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 is now available for pre-order only at Walmart.com.

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