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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.”

Kelly Clarkson & Brandon Blackstock Welcome Baby Girl River Rose!

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Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock have made a grandma outta Reba McEntire! Kelly and Brandon welcomed a baby girl on Thursday, June 12th. Kelly made the announcement on Twitter yesterday!

Our baby girl River Rose Blackstock arrived on June 12th! Thank you everyone for all of your well wishes! Brandon and I are on cloud 9!! :)

What a beautiful name!!! River Rose Blackstock! The new addition joins Brandon’s children from a previous relationship 12-year-old daughter Savannah, and 8-year-old son Seth. Looks like Brandon has a whole new reason to celebrate Father’s Day!

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??

Keith Urban’s We’re All for the Hall Benefit Concert to Be Held on May 6th

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Keith Urban will continue his We’re All for the Hall tradition on Tuesday, May 6th. This year’s All 4 The Hall theme, Songtellers (A LARGE Intimate Evening) will feature performances from Urban, Gill, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, David Nail, Deana Carter, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, Lee Ann Womack with Buddy Miller, Darius Rucker, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire and Ronnie Milsap. The concert’s theme will have each artist perform songs that they’ve recorded and/or written, or a classic…and they’ll tell a story about the song. Why they wrote it. Why they recorded it and what it means to them.

Reserved seating tickets, which are priced at $35 and $50 (does not include Ticketmaster surcharge), will go on sale April 4 at 10:00 a.m. CST and are available at ticketmaster.com, the Bridgestone Arena box office or by calling 800-745-3000. A limited number of VIP ticket packages will also go on sale on April 4th at Ticketmaster.com. (Complete ticket purchase information is below.)

“I think this is going to be an extremely unique and revealing night for everyone,” said Urban. “Not only are we going to see extraordinary ‘one of a kind’ performances, but we’re going to hear some stories that just may have us hearing these well known songs in a whole new way.”

Funds raised through the All 4 The All concerts have collectively raised more than $2 million in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum’s preservation efforts, exhibitions and educational programs that teach audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music. In addition, Urban has teamed up again with Rally.org to help fans raise funds for the Country Music Hall of Fame and to compete for prizes including VIP tickets. For more information go to all4thehall.keithurban.net.

“The first four All 4 the Hall concerts have netted more than $2 million,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “They continue to be our most successful fundraisers, with the proceeds helping to fund the care of our unrivaled collection, exhibitions, educational programs and more. The museum appreciates the generosity and unwavering support that Keith Urban and Vince Gill continue to display for our institution and for this genre of music. Fans eagerly anticipate this show, expecting, and getting, a unique, entertaining, and world-class line-up that only Keith and Vince can inspire. This year’s concert will not disappoint.”

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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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