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Blake Shelton Announced as Headliner for 2017 Carolina Kickoff Concert


Basis Entertainment has announced the Carolina Kickoff Concert will return to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on August 19, 2017 with country star and five-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year winner Blake Shelton to headline. Early bird tickets are currently on sale at

Blake Shelton made the announcement on the jumbotron during the East Carolina football game on Saturday (9/10) against NC State.  The 2017 Carolina Kickoff will also feature other top country talent with more artist announcements planned in the following weeks.

“A few years ago we made a decision that we wanted to use our venue for more than just sporting events, that we wanted to actually become a venue for other events; concerts, shows and make Greenville/ECU a destination, ” said Jeff Compher, director of athletics for East Carolina University. ” This is big part of that and also part of our branding as a university and as a community. We are growing; we have the largest freshman class ever attending our university this school year. We can support an event of this caliber and take the proceeds and put it back into our facilities and operations.”

“The university is the city’s seamless partner in the things we do to promote this region and we want this to be a major concert venue for years and years going forward,” said Allen Thomas, mayor of Greenville, NC. “It’s not just Greenville. Every city from Wilmington to the Virginia line, and everyone in-between in the coastal communities can come for music entertainment. We could not be happier to wave them in to have a wonderful time here.”

Early bird tickets for the 2017 Carolina Kickoff are officially on sale ending on September 16 at 11:59PM.  Tickets prices start as low as $39 and can be purchased by visiting


The Story Behind Country Music’s Epic Mash-Up! Plus: Hear Blake, Carrie, Miranda and 27 Other Stars Sing ‘Forever Country’


Shane McAnally was nothing short of terrified when he stepped into the studio to begin a project that, on paper, looked a little crazy.

The challenge of melding three iconic country song – John Denver’s “Country Roads, Take Me Home,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” – into one new piece of music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards, was “a very scary process,” McAnally tells People.

In fact, when a mash-up was first proposed as a way of marking the anniversary, McAnally, who’s written hit songs for Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Kacey Musgraves among others, argued against it.

“I didn’t think it would work in our genre,” he says. “I said, ‘Maybe in pop music you can just take a piece of a song, but we tell stories. And we can’t just cut into them and take a piece.'”

But as McAnally, a CMA board member as well as a top producer in town (he’s behind albums by Sam Hunt and Musgraves), and other CMA members began to consider what songs could work, the idea took shape.

“I Will Always Love You” was a song that everyone felt like needed to be a part of it but I was having a hard time with the story – it’s such a personal song. It’s to one person,” he says. “But when you play that song over, ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’, they somehow take on a life together and it feels almost like you’re speaking more to the music, and to country music specifically, when you say, ‘I will always love you.’ It feels meant to be.”

An ode to the life of a traveling musician, Nelson’s classic seemed a natural addition to the mix.

“The line ‘The life I love is making music with my friends,’ kept coming into my mind and ‘On the Road Again’ felt essential,” McAnally says.

The result, dubbed “Forever Country,” was born and McAnally took on the task of producing the recording, a monumental undertaking with 30 artists, including one whom he especially wanted to impress.

“I was very scared when Dolly heard it that it might seem like a bit of a compromise to the integrity of the original song,” he says. “The song is such a simple, perfect sentiment. It was really important for her to know we handled it with care. She just listened and said, ‘Wow. That really works!’ It was really hard not to cry in front of her. I’ve cried a lot since then!”

The tune begins with West Virginia native Brad Paisley singing the opening lines of “Country Roads” (“Almost heaven, West Virginia) followed by a host of stars – Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Shelton”, George Strait – adding line after line until Musgraves begins “I Will Always Love You” (“If I should stay/I Would only be in your way”). Lyrics from the two songs weave in and out with different Nashville voices as Jason Aldean begins “On the Road Again,” joined by Rascal Flatts and many more.

The song premiered on country radio stations around the country Friday, but you’ll have to wait ’til Tuesday for the video, directed by Joseph Kahn, who won a VMA Award for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”.

“The responsibility of this feels greater than anything I’ve done,” McAnally says of the project. “I hope this is a great timepiece for the legacy of country music.”

Profits from the sales and streaming of “Forever Country” will go toward music education causes supported by the CMA Foundation.

Blake Shelton Launches Prizeo Campaign To Benefit Musicians On Call

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Blake Shelton has launched a Prizeo campaign to benefit Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. Fans can enter to win the grand prize of spending the day on the set of Blake’s upcoming music video shoot by donating $10 to MOC. The more fans donate the more entries they receive to win the grand prize as well as other prizes including an exclusive campaign t-shirt, a thank you note, a signed lyric sheet and a meet and greet with Blake on his tour. To check out more information and donate today please go to

MOC currently brings the healing power of music to patients in 20 cities including New York, Miami, Nashville, Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Denver, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Denver, San Francisco and Atlanta. MOC has also just reached the milestone of playing for half a million patients, families and caregivers and launched its Half A Million Moments Campaign. For more information on the campaign and MOC visit

Blake Shelton Celebrates His 22nd #1 “Came Here to Forget”

Pictured (l-r): Songwriter Deric Ruttan, Blake Shelton, songwriter Craig Wiseman   photo by Ed Rode for ASCAP

Pictured (l-r): Songwriter Deric Ruttan, Blake Shelton, songwriter Craig Wiseman photo by Ed Rode for ASCAP

Hit songwriters Deric Ruttan and Craig Wiseman were honored at a party held at the ASCAP offices on Music Row to celebrate the success of Warner Music Nashville recording artist Blake Shelton‘s 22nd (and 17th consecutive) #1 song, “Came Here to Forget,” produced by Scott Hendricks. The song marked the third #1 for Ruttan, whose previous chart-toppers include Shelton’s 2013 hit “Mine Would Be You.” Wiseman celebrated his 26th #1 with “Came Here to Forget,” and was also congratulated for his 25th #1 song, “Gonna,” the fourth and final single from Shelton’s ninth studio album, Bringing Back the Sunshine.

Publishers on hand to honor the team behind the tune included Big Loud Shirt’s Matt Turner, Round Hill Music’s Penny Gattis, THiS Music’s Rusty Gaston, and Warner/Chappell Music Publishing’s Ben Vaughn. ASCAP VP of Nashville Membership Michael Martin greeted the packed crowd in the PRO’s lobby before presenting ASCAP’s Beth Brinker, who hosted the festivities.

“Came Here to Forget” was released in March as the lead single from Shelton’s tenth studio album, If I’m Honest, which was recently certified Gold, a milestone that was celebrated at the party with a plaque presented by Warner Music Nashville Chairman/CEO John Esposito and CMO Peter Strickland. Shelton’s friend, collaborator and Warner Music Nashville labelmate RaeLynn also attended the gathering to congratulate Shelton and the songwriters.

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