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Little Big Town Inducted As Newest Member of Grand Ole Opry

©2014 Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

©2014 Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

The critically acclaimed Grammy®-winning vocal group Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook) was formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this evening by Opry members Little Jimmy Dickens and Vince Gill. The group had been invited to join the Opry on Oct. 3 by Opry member and friend Reba McEntire. The night marked a major milestone for the group whose first-ever public performance together was on the Opry in 1999.

The group opened its set with a performance of its hit “Bring it On Home,” hearkening back to its Opry debut. On that night, as the members recalled backstage, they had been accompanied by only a borrowed guitar. After the group’s performance of the smash “Boondocks,” Dickens and Gill took the stage along with Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher to present the group with its Opry Member Award.

“The word ‘family’ really means something out here. It really does,” Gill said to the group. “You’ll make friends like I have with this man right here,” he continued, nodding to Dickens. “You’ll be so be blessed by the friends you’ll make out here, and they’ll last your entire life. Welcome to the family, and remember to come here as often as you can.”

After the group shared its thanks to the Opry, family members, friends, and others who’d helped make its Opry dream come true, the members invited Gill to join them on their final song of the night, the Kris Kristofferson classic “Why Me.”

“Welcome them home!” Gill cheered before a standing ovation sold out audience.

Backstage, group members reflected on having grown up with the Opry and on its importance to their music. “This feels like the biggest moment of our lives and our career,” Schlapman said.

“I’m so excited about sharing this moment with the band,” Fairchild added. “We’ve been through the highest of highs together, and this is sure to be the highest. This is as good as it gets.”

Sweet reflected on everyone at the Opry having embraced the group over the years. “It feels like home,” he said. “It’s family.”

“There’s nothing like walking those halls backstage,” added Westbrook, later sharing amazement with the other members that the group’s name would be added to the Opry Member Gallery at the Opry House backstage entrance.

 

Vince Gill Honored by Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine

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Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, avid golfer, philanthropist and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill was recently named the 2014 BMI Icon, and he is one of five Music City residents recognized in Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine‘s “Nashville Arts and Entertainment Honors.” The new issue, which hit news stands this week, also recognizes Nashvillians Steve Buchanan, Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr., Martha Ingram and Jeffrey Steele.

One of the most popular and most recorded singers, superstar Vince Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music. His vocal performances are spellbinding, his songwriting emotionally powerful and his guitar-playing world-class.

Gill achieved his big breakthrough with “When I Call Your Name,” which won the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year award. He has since won 17 more CMA honors. Since 1990, Gill has received 20 GRAMMY Awards and sold more than 26 million albums. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A member of the GRAMMY-nominated band The Time Jumpers, Rounder Records released the band’s first studio album last year.

Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine, a Glover Group Entertainment Production, is pleased to make a $1,000 donation to an affiliated charity of each honoree, and for Vince Gill, The First Tee Foundation will receive the gift. The mission of The First Tee Foundation is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

The ultimate guide to the best Nashville has to offer in music, theater, sports, art, food, drink and more, the 2014/15 issue of Nashville Arts & Entertainment is packed with informative features, calendars highlighting upcoming events, shopping and more. Copies are currently available on newsstands and at www.NAEMag.com will be available through August 2015. Fans can also follow the magazine and get updates at Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

Ray Stevens to Co-host Inspirational Country Music Awards

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Comedy and country music icon Ray Stevens is set to co-host the 2014 Inspirational Country Music Awards™, to be held on Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 P.M. at Cornerstone Nashville (726 W Old Hickory Blvd) in Nashville, Tennessee. GRAMMY® Award-winning Stevens and his co-host, Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander, will take the reins of the show which honors and showcases some of the biggest names in Christian, country and inspirational music. Stevens will also perform at the event.

“I am honored to have been asked to co-host this year’s awards show,” says Stevens. “I’ll also be performing a few songs from my new gospel album.”

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the awards show, this year’s finalists include such notables as Vince Gill, Guy Penrod, Lady Antebellum, Rhonda Vincent, The Isaacs, Scotty McCreery, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Roys and more.

This year’s awards show will be broadcasted on the NRB Network as well as GEB America with more networks to be announced in the near future (check local schedule listings on each network for broadcast times in your area).

The Inspirational Country Music Awards are held in conjunction with the annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Week which draws fans to Music City every year. For tickets and more information about the festivities visit www.faithfamilycountry.com.

Vince Gill Takes On New Role With Nashville Predators

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Vince Gill has been named to the Nashville Predators Foundation’s board of directors. Vince is a longtime season ticket holder for the team and is already working with the Predators on scholarships for kids who want to play hockey or take up skating.

In addition to his appointment to the Nashville Predators Foundation Board of Directors, Vince will also join the Preds broadcast team for a select number of games this season. Vince, who has been a hockey fan since his early days growing up watching the Central Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons, will bring a unique fan perspective to the Preds broadcast booth.

“I’ve been involved with the Nashville Predators since I first heard that an NHL franchise was on its way to Nashville,” Gill said. “I’ve seen the incredible work that the Nashville Predators Foundation does in the community, and while we’ve worked together in the past, I’m looking forward to continuing to build and strengthen that relationship in the weeks and months ahead. Along with that involvement, I’m excited to join the Preds broadcast group to talk hockey and interact with some of the Predators’ great fans.”

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Partners with Michael W. Smith to Sponsor “Spirit of Christmas Tour”

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Three-time GRAMMY winner Michael W. Smith will bring holiday cheer to audiences across the country this holiday season as he launches “The Spirit of Christmas Tour,” set to hit several cities in the U.S. and Canada. Partnering with Smith as the official tour sponsor is Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.

Earlier this year, Smith debuted his first classic hymns album, aptly named Hymns, exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at www.crackerbarrel.com. The tremendous success of the album, which was recently nominated for a Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year, led to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store signing on as the official tour sponsor.

“I’m really happy to have Cracker Barrel as a tour sponsor,” remarked Smith. “Our local Cracker Barrel has become a very special place over the past several years. It’s where I take my Dad once a week for breakfast. We’ve shared some great memories there that I’ll always cherish. It feels great to have Cracker Barrel as part of my tour.”

“We enjoyed working with Michael and his team when we exclusively released his Hymns album earlier this year, and were so happy for them when it was recently nominated for a Dove Award,” said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “Christmas is a time when families come together, and often they gather to share a meal at Cracker Barrel. When we were approached about sponsoring his ‘Spirit of Christmas Tour,’ we knew it would be a great fit.”

In addition to “The Spirit of Christmas Tour,” Smith will co-headline three special events with long-time friend and fellow GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant. Teaming up in Dallas, Minneapolis and Atlanta, Smith and Grant will showcase their beloved Christmas set while performing alongside a full symphony orchestra. Full tour dates are listed below. For more information, visit: www.michaelwsmith.com.

Smith made national headlines last month as he announced the release of Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, featuring an all-star lineup of guests – Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono and Michael McDonald. The album will be available in stores – including Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® – as well as online on September 30.

“This is the most unique and unusual record I’ve ever done in my 31-year career,” remarked Smith.

The album was co-produced by Smith, CMA Music Awards and CMA Country Christmas producer Robert Deaton and renowned orchestral maestro David Hamilton.

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