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Go Backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards

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The Academy of Country Music is announcing that the first-ever ACM commemorative book, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards will be available to music fans everywhere on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at booksellers nationwide, and is available NOW for pre-order at Amazon.  Written by the Academy’s own Lisa Lee, with a foreword by Reba, the gorgeous 224 page book invites fans to peek behind the scenes of the ACM Awards.  All of the Academy’s proceeds from sales of the book will go to ACM Lifting Lives.

Featuring contributions by country music’s biggest stars from the 1960s to the present day, including Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Loretta Lynn, Alabama’s Randy Owen, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Marty Stuart, and commentary from Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and many more, This Is Country is a must-have for fans of music everywhere.

From the first informal ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in the mid-’60s to today’s star-studded LIVE telecast viewed by millions, generations of country’s biggest superstars have graced the Academy of Country Music Awards stage.  Now, in anticipation of the 50th ACM Awards telecast next spring, the Academy has opened its archive for the first time ever to reveal candid, never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia capturing some of the greatest moments in the history of country music. Rich with backstage and performance photographs, compelling behind-the-scenes stories, and firsthand accounts from country legends and contemporary artists, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards (Insight Editions / $50.00 / September 2014) offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the past, present, and evolution of the Academy.

“For five decades, the Academy of Country Music Awards has proudly showcased the best in country music, to the delight of millions of viewers,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We are so excited to share some of the most candid moments in our history with music fans. ‘This Is Country’ truly is a backstage pass to the ACM Awards.”

“It’s an incredible honor to help tell the story of the Academy as well as the stories of the amazing artists and people behind the scenes who have built it over the last 50 years,” said Lee.  “To flip through the pages and watch the show evolve from a Southern California banquet to a network television powerhouse is a sight to behold.”

“It’s been a wonderful experience working with the Academy and Lisa Lee,” said Robbie Schmidt, Insight Editions’ acquisitions editor. “The ACM has an incredibly rich history and we’re excited to offer country music fans this intimate look behind the scenes. A special thank you to the iconic artists whose participation and support made this book possible.”

All of the Academy’s proceeds from sales of the book will go to ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life.  For more details on the book or for more information on ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, please visit www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

Reba McEntire & Lionel Richie Join Celebrity Fight Night

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Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie, David Foster and Larry King will join Andrea Bocelli for the international debut of Celebrity Fight Night, in Tuscany, Italy September 3rd – 7th. Thanks to Bocelli’s personal invitation to present the event in Italy, this marks the first time it will be celebrated outside the United States. Joining these celebrities will also be Maestro Zubin Mehta, Sophia Loren and the face of Celebrity Fight Night, Muhammad Ali, has also been invited.

The benefit trip will bring 100 philanthropic donors and special guests all around the region showing them the best in arts, culture and entertainment. Sophia Loren will be celebrated at an exclusive event at Bocelli’s villa in Forte dei Marmi, a few days before her 80th birthday. 16-time Grammy winning producer David Foster will direct the entertainment at this private party that will include Lionel Richie, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Dunn, and Sinbad.

“Although we have been asked many times to bring our annual charity event to other cities, we have always politely declined.” said Jimmy Walker, Chairman of Celebrity Fight Night. “All that changed when Andrea Bocelli personally invited us into his home country to join him for this tremendous endeavor. We are fortunate to have the partnership of such an iconic superstar, along with the welcoming cooperation and support of many people and companies in Italy.”

The festivities will culminate with a star-studded charity Gala dinner on Sunday, September 7, at Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Bocelli will sing along with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra directed by Zubin Mehta. Reba McEntire will receive a special honor during the evening commemorating her long-term support for charities.

“We’re deeply proud that Celebrity Fight Night has offered to dedicate this year’s charity trip also to the Andrea Bocelli Foundation,” said Laura Biancalani, President of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. “This collaboration among the different entities, blending our ideas, strengths and resources, has proven to be a labor of joy. The enthusiasm that continues to develop on all sides is proof that our combined energies will conquer new frontiers and bring us nearer to our ambitious goals. Our heartfelt thanks for CFN’s support, which is already enabling the Andrea Bocelli Foundation to move ahead of schedule with our empowerment projects, especially on the ground in Haiti.”

“The Internationally known Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, part of the Barrow Neurological Institute, in Phoenix USA, has been able to carry out Muhammad and Lonnie Ali’s vision of providing the best care to all people with Parkinson’s disease from everywhere on the planet regardless of ability to pay,” said Dr. Abraham Lieberman, Director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. “The research and the services provided by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center is made possible through the generosity of the benefactors of Celebrity Fight Night. Muhammad and Lonnie Ali join me and everyone at the Center in wishing a resounding success to Celebrity Fight Night in Italy. This event’s generosity benefits all people with Parkinson disease”

Families of the most exclusive Italian fashion houses in Italy will also be joining the cause, including Stefano Ricci, Antico Setificio Fiorentino, Ermanno Scervino, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Emilio Pucci, as well as the renowned Marchesi de Frescobaldi winery, luxury automaker Maserati, and Italian watch designer Officine Panerai.

All proceeds will go to the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

Reba’s Pray for Peace Movement

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On Monday (7/21) Reba McEntire released a new song and video “Pray For Peace” via her website and social media pages.

“The idea to write [the song] came to me last year as I was walking on our place in Gallatin, TN,” she says. “For days I’d sing, ‘Pray for Peace’ over and over. It wasn’t until several months later did the other parts start to fall in place. Some, not until we got into the studio to record it.”

The tune is already generating big name support. Keith Urban posted a YouTube video of his family praying. Amy Grant posted a video of herself singing the song on her Facebook page. And while there’s no official word on whether “Pray For Peace” will be on a new album, her pal Ronnie Dunn says via his Facebook page, “No record label knew what to do with it, so she made it an online thing.”

Reba’s “Fancy” Goes Gangsta with Iggy Azalea Remix

Reba McEntire‘s classic song “Fancy” is being shared with a whole new generation of folks and a whole in genre. Rap=pess Iggy Azalea has put her gangsta spin on the country classic, remixing it into something only recognizable by the back-up beat and Reba’s vocals sprinkled throughout. What do you think? Or better yet…what does Reba think??

Bob Kingsley Honored at Grand Ole Opry with Big Surprise Guests

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Country Radio Hall of Famer Bob Kingsley was honored last night (2/17) for his 40 years in national radio syndication as part of American Country Countdown (1974-2006) and as host and owner of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 (2006-present), distributed by WestwoodOne. The surprise event, benefiting the Opry Trust Fund, included performances, appearances and taped messages by a mix of industry legends, today’s hit-makers and Nashville’s most influential singer-songwriters. A 50-year veteran of the radio and music industries, Kingsley walked into the Grand Ole Opry House believing he was there to pay tribute to the Grand Ole Opry’s 89th birthday, when in reality, the evening was all conceived to honor him.

“I could not have been more surprised,” said a visibly moved Kingsley, “and I could not feel more honored. I have made a career of country music radio because I love it, and to have my friends in the business, from artists and songwriters to industry executives, tell me my work has made a difference–well it means the world to me. And to have the people I work with day in and day out here to celebrate with me makes it all the more special.”

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Nearly 50 artists participated in the evening including 25-plus taped video messages along with in person appearances or performances by Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Lynn Anderson, Garth Brooks, Eli Young Band, Radney Foster, Janie Fricke, Jack Ingram, Jewel, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Will Robinson, Tom Schuyler, Red Steagall, Jeffrey Steele, Tanya Tucker, Steve Wariner, Lee Ann Womack, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young. Many of the artists who paid tribute commented not only on their professional relationships with Bob but also on their personal friendships. Bob’s dedication and commitment to bringing their music to the fans, while offering insights into their creative processes and personal lives, have made him the most listened-to voice in country radio history.

“What a pleasure to host so many friends on the Opry House stage tonight as we all came together to celebrate one of country radio’s most beloved voices, leaders, and gentlemen,” said Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager. “All of us at the Opry are particularly honored that, just as Bob has made a point to do throughout his career, tonight’s event also gave back to a worthy cause, the Opry Trust Fund. For nearly 50 years the Trust Fund has assisted members of the country music community in need, and I can’t think of a better way to honor Bob’s contributions to the country community than to continue that legacy of helping others in his name.”

2014 marks 40 years since Bob Kingsley first became involved in counting down America’s biggest country hits every weekend. Bob was named American Country Countdown’s producer in 1974, and took over as host four years later. His long and successful run as host set the stage for modern-day syndication, and with the formation of KCCS Productions, he and his wife and partner Nan Kingsley established a highly successful business approach where they distributed and retained ownership of the content created for the show. Bob’s career entered new territory in 2006 with the launch of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, a show KCCS solely owned and distributed, partnering with Dial Global, now WestwoodOne, for national ad sales. Bob’s wins as the CMA’s National Broadcast Personality of the Year awards in 2001 and 2003 and his 2006 Academy of Country Music Award for On-Air Personality-National showed his impressive staying power, bookending 40 years of industry honors that began with 1966 and 1967 trophies as the ACM’s Radio Personality of the Year, during his tenure on-air at KGBS in Los Angeles. Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 can be heard currently on more than 350 radio stations around the world.

A proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Bob has a passion for military-related and other charitable causes. Using his national platform to give back, Bob has been an ardent supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, and he hosts the annual National Cutting Horse Celebrity Cutting to benefit a variety of causes.

*Photos Courtesy of Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry

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