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Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman Lends a Ham This Holiday

Country Music Star and southern sweetheart Kimberly Schlapman, of CMA Award- and Grammy Award-winning band Little Big Town, is lending a ham this holiday season by partnering with Smithfield to donate one million servings of protein by December 24th.

To help raise awareness for the fight against hunger, Kimberly is asking fans to give back and lend a ham to their community. For every act of goodwill shared with the hashtag #LendAHam on Twitter or the Smithfield Facebook page, Smithfield will donate one serving of protein to a local food bank with the goal to reach one million servings.

For more information, visit Smithfield.com/LendAHam.

Little Big Town Explain “Girl Crush” and Kelly Clarkson Crushes It!

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Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town had never heard the phrase “girl crush” before some Nashville songwriters presented him with a song by that name.  Jimi says it’s not often that he’s never heard of something before, which is why he was impressed. Bandmate Karen Fairchild went into the studio and Jimi  says she killed it. He says “Girl Crush” is one of his favorite songs from their album “Pain Killer.”

It seems everyone has a girl crush on “Girl Crush.”   Kelly Clarkson was performing a free concert in Cerritos on Saturday night (Nov. 22) to celebrate the grand opening of the new Microsoft store at Los Cerritos center when she belted out the tune for the audience.

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman & Husband Honor Brother’s Memory with Forgivness

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In 2012 Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town‘s brother-in-law took a motorcycle ride on Thanksgiving eve. The ride, usually done as a group of the guys from the family, was done solo, and he promised to be home by 5:30. Dinner came and went, dessert was served, but Allen Schlapman, father and husband, never returned. Instead, two Williamson County police officers rang the doorbell, explaining that Allen had died instantly when a drunk driver had crossed the center line, hitting the motorcycle head on. And although sorrow and hatred were the initial reaction, the couple tell The Tennessean that they’ve moved passed that.

The first thing I thought: This guy killed my brother. I hope he goes to the electric chair,” Stephen Schlapman said. “Some careless, selfish, inconsiderate stupid drunk hit him, killed him.”

Forgiveness speeds up the process of being able to move on. Until you forgive the person who did you terribly wrong, you can’t move on and you’ll never be able to talk about it.”

Instead, the couple have started a non-profit, The Dogwood Project, that delivers teddy bears and dogwood trees — Allen Schlapman’s favorite kind of tree — to children in Tennessee who lose a parent. The Dogwood Project also gives surviving parents recommendations for grief counselors for their kids.

Since the accident, Gregory Powers was sentenced to 22 years for the death of Allen. He has written a letter to the family, and asked for forgiveness. You can read the entire letter here.

Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes & MORE on Front & Center

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The critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” and the Country Music Association have teamed up to present four all-new CMA Songwriters Series episodes set to air as part of “Front and Center’s” Spring season on public television (check local listings).

The shows will feature performances from some of the hottest names in Country Music including Brandy Clark, Bob DiPiero, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, and Charlie Worsham, who have collectively sold more than 20 million albums, won 12 CMA Awards, had 11 No.1 albums, and charted more than 30 No. 1 singles.

Along with a virtual who’s who of songwriters, the shows will be filmed from Marathon Music Works in Nashville on Dec. 1 and 2 (two each day).

Last season “Front and Center” announced its partnership with CMA and taped two shows: one program featured Lady Antebellum and the second was a special 10th Anniversary Celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series with Dierks Bentley. The episodes premiered last month as part of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” celebration and will continue to air through the end of the year.

“CMA is extremely proud of our songwriters and their many contributions to the success of Country Music,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “And we are thrilled to partner with ‘Front and Center’ again to shine a national spotlight on this important segment of our industry. It’s great knowing that we have a partner who truly appreciates the talent of Nashville’s creative community.”

“The reaction that we received as a result of our partnership with the CMA, and subsequently from the shows that we aired with Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley, was overwhelming,” said “Front and Center” Executive Producer Don Maggi. “The acceptance that ’Front and Center’ has received from the Nashville music community, and its fans, left no question that we should do even more for the forthcoming Spring season. Four NEW CMA Songwriters Series shows, with some of the best that Country Music has to offer – a clear victory for the fans that will get to see these artists in a one-of-a-kind setting.”

Evans and McBride will take the stage on Monday, Dec. 1st (6:30 PM/CT), followed by a performance by Hayes (9:30 PM/CT).

Little Big Town will open the performances on Tuesday, Dec. 2nd (6:30 PM/CT), followed by DiPiero and Friends: Clark, McAnally, and Worsham (9:30 PM/CT).

CMA Award winners Evans and McBride will join musical forces for a CMA Songwriters Series “Ladies Night Out.”

The final taping on Tuesday will be Bob DiPiero and Friends. DiPiero was instrumental in the creation of the CMA Songwriters Series back in 2005. A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has notched 15 No. 1 hits including “Little Rock” (recorded by Reba), “Blue Clear Sky” (recorded by George Strait), and “Southern Voice” (recorded by Tim McGraw). He will be joined by 2014 CMA Song of the Year winners, Clark and Shane McAnally as well as Warner Music Nashville recording artist Worsham.

For videos, photos and more from the CMA Songwriters Series please visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.

CMA Country Christmas Promises to Be the Best Yet

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On Friday, country music’s biggest stars and musical icons joined together on stage to ring in the holidays for the taping of CMA’s Country Christmas. Hosted by Jennifer Nettles, the show promised holiday cheer and musical memories, and it delivered.

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I’m going on record that this will be the biggest and best CMA Country Christmas yet! Not only was the set amazing, and obviously Jennifer Nettles did a fantastic job hosting and performing, but the goose-bump moments were a plenty. Highlights of night included Carrie Underwood and Michael W. Smith performing “All is Well,” LeAnn Rimes absolutely amazing performance of “Carol of the Bells,” Idena Menzel and Jennifer Nettles performance of the ‘Frozen’ classic “Let it Go” and Little Big Town and Michael W. Smith performance of “Silent Night.”

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You can see more of our pictures on our Flickr here.

“CMA Country Christmas” airs Monday, Dec. 1st (8:00-10:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

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