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Reba McEntire Helps Change The Conversation

Pictured (L-R): Lexi Mackenzie, Kalie Shorr, Reba McEntire, Alana Springsteen, Savannah Keyes & Allison Veltz

Pictured (L-R): Lexi Mackenzie, Kalie Shorr, Reba McEntire, Alana Springsteen, Savannah Keyes & Allison Veltz

Multi-media entertainer and entrepreneur Reba McEntire joined Change the Conversation to share her career experiences and advise during last night’s (3/29) inaugural Rising Young Artists Mentoring Session, hosted by Taylor Guitars, at The Bluebird Cafe.

Change the Conversation co-founder Beverly Keel spoke with the Grammy-Award winning icon about her illustrious forty-year career that has garnered 35 #1 singles, 56 million albums sold worldwide and prestigious industry honors. Her latest offering, the chart-topping LOVE SOMEBODY (Nash Icon Records), solidified Reba with the most #1 Billboard Top Country Albums among women and scored the biggest single sales debut of her career with the lead single “Going Out Like That.” The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in May for REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas, already selling out 18 consecutive for over 75,000 fans. Reba has become a household name across music, television, film, theater and retail.

The sold-out evening also featured performances from aspiring female singer-songwriters Savannah Keyes, Lexi Mackenzie, Kalie Shorr, Alana Springsteen and Allison Veltz.

Change the Conversation is a coalition designed to tackle country music’s gender issues that was formed by Tracy Gershon, Keel and Leslie Fram in 2014. The group’s goal is to increase the number of women played on Country radio and signed to label and publishing deals. The organization funds research and hosts industry experts to speak to the group.

Reba Helps CMA Announce 2016 International Awards

Following the success of CMA’s involvement in the largest Country Music festival in the U.K. – C2C, Country to County – the Country Music Association announced today the 2016 recipients of the organization’s International Awards.

“Advancing Country Music around the world is central to CMA’s mission and we are delighted to acknowledge the exhaustive efforts of our international and domestic colleagues and their dedication to developing new territories and fans for Country Music beyond our U.S. borders,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

The timing of the announcement coincided with the return of the CMA Songwriters Series and the fourth C2C London event, which is presented by AEG Europe and SJM Concerts in association with the Country Music Association. More than 60,000 Country Music fans attended a weekend of live performances from the biggest names in Country Music, alongside emerging artists from the U.K. and Europe.

During the event, Kacey Musgraves was presented the International Artist Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 personality Bob Harris and then surprised the respected broadcaster with the Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award.
International superstar Reba congratulated Musgraves and Harris and notified recipients Gord Bamford and Paul McGuire of Canada via personalized email messages.

“Access to Country Music has never been easier or more prevalent,” Trahern said. “Utilizing email and social media to have one of our format superstars notify the winners of our international honors brings it all home.”

CMA has been associated with C2C since the inaugural event in 2013. CMA-sponsored activities this year included the popular CMA Talks series, which featured “Live with Charles Esten” followed by a signing and “Nashville Heavy Hitters” with Susan Bank, Mike Dungan, Ali Harnell, and Randy Goodman. CMA Cinema returned with a screening of CMA Music Festival and CMA Songwriters Series shows featuring Little Big Town and Darius Rucker. The joint CMA/Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation (NCVC) booth was the hot spot for autograph seekers in Town Square. And the popular CMA Songwriters Series featuring Charles Esten, Lori McKenna, Ashley Monroe, Charlie Worsham, and host Shane McAnally – with a surprise appearance by Miranda Lambert – was a sold-out success. The Series made its international debut in London in 2012.

Following is a list of the 2016 Recipients of the CMA International Awards:

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Reba, Alison Krauss and More Added to Kris Kristofferson Tribute

Kris Kristofferson

Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Larry Gatlin, Jessi Colter, and Shooter Jennings have been added to the all-star lineup of The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson on Wednesday, March 16th, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

The all-star concert event taping will pay tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter and actor with performances by Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr., and Lee Ann Womack. Kristofferson will take the stage to perform with a number of special guests throughout the evening.

A final block of great seats is now available at, by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations and at the Bridgestone Arena box office. Citi is the official credit card of The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson.

Proceeds from a range of charity initiatives will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, the official charity partner of the show. For more information, visit The T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest foundation, funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. For more information, visit

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Get a Sneak Peek at American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl

Loretta Lynn

Calling all Loretta Lynn fans: circle March 4 on your calendar!

The iconic singer’s new documentary, American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl, will premiere the same day as the release of Full Circle, her first new studio album in more than 10 years.

The film celebrates the Queen of Country’s hard-fought road to success and features never-before-seen home movies and performances, along with interviews with Lynn and the famous friends she’s inspired – including Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Jack White and Sheryl Crow.

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“Oh heavens, I never thought of anything like this when I was a kid,” says Kentucky native Lynn, 83, in the documentary. “Growing up in Butcher Hollow, that’s where you’ll stay.

“When I started singing, why I looked at the song book and thought, ‘Well heck, this is easy,'” she says. “So I threw the song book down and wrote my own songs.”

Lambert, an avid fan, sums up the key to Lynn’s superstardom: “Loretta always just said exactly what she was going through right then in her music,” she says. “That’s why it resonates with us.”

To see other stars sing Lynn’s praises, catch American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl, debuting Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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