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Amber Hayes Releases Holiday Track “It Ain’t Christmas” to Fans

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Country artist Amber Hayes has released a holiday track titled “It Ain’t Christmas” to her fans. The song is available now as a free download through Hayes’ website.

The upbeat tune talks about the joys of the holidays and how the Christmas season is just not the same without country, family traditions. “It Ain’t Christmas” was co-written by Hayes and Bill DiLuigi.

“I had this melody stuck in my head for a couple of weeks and I knew it would be the perfect fit for a Christmas song! I was on the road with Bill [DiLuigi] when the inspiration for ‘It Ain’t Christmas’ hit, and later that night, we both sat in the lobby of the Holiday Inn where we were staying and wrote the song. I love this track so much because it touches on so many things I just love about Christmas in the country,” commented Hayes.

With the release of her new 5-track EP, Running Out Of Memories, in November, Hayes has a lot to be excited about this holiday season. The album features three new songs, which were produced by Bobby Terry; a remix of her previously released tune, “Me & Loretta;” and a new rendition of the classic “Cotton Eyed Joe,” which was featured in the 2014 film Cowgirls ‘N Angels 2: Dakota’s Summer.

Over the past few years, the Oklahoma native has been touring and performing at fairs, festivals and performance venues across the country. She opened for one her biggest musical influences, Reba McEntire, and has also entertained fans overseas at military bases and International festivals, including the Country Gold Festival in Japan, and the Scandinavian Country Music Festival in Sweden. She has made multiple appearances performing the national anthem at many NFL and NBA games across the US.

Hayes first broke onto the Country music scene after her starring role as Kathy Twitty in the Conway Twitty musical, It’s Only Make Believe. She released her debut EP, C’mon, in 2010, which landed her two Top 40 singles (“C’mon” and “Wait”) on the national MusicRow Country Breakout chart. In 2012, she released her sophomore album, Any Day Is A Good Day, which scored Hayes her first Top 30 record with the album’s title track.

For more information about Amber Hayes, view her website at www.AmberHayesMusic.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Dolly Parton Scores Platinum Album in UK

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As 2014 draws to a close, Dolly Parton is far from resting on her laurels, and shows no signs of slowing down. The songstress continues to make history, with a record-setting tour overseas, and also raises the bar from a sales standpoint with yet another platinum selling album in a career that has already seen worldwide sales of over one hundred million records, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

“I was so happy when Blue Smoke went Silver, so excited when it went Gold and now I’m over the moon to hear that we have gone Platinum,” says Parton. “Thanks to the fans and to everybody who made this happen.”

Once again, the Country Music Hall of Fame member proved her timeless quality as a recording artist once again with the Platinum-selling success of her CD Blue Smoke….The Best Of, a collection that includes her most recent studio album as well as a compilation that includes many of her most memorable hits, such as “Love Is Like A Butterfly,”  “Here You Come Again,” and her biggest hit as a solo artist, 1980’s “9 To 5.” But, Dolly’s success with the album was not entirely tied to those past glories. Blue Smoke….The Best Of earned a pair of Top-30 airplay hits for Parton in the UK with ‘Try” and “Home,” as well as her cover of Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands On Me” and the title cut, which also made the Top-40 airplay.

“Dolly’s hard work ethic has once again paid off achieving platinum sales in 2014 with Blue Smoke…The Best Of,” says Danny Nozell, CEO CTK Management.  “I am very blessed to be working for a true Icon who lives up to her name. Dolly dominated 2014 with many milestones and charting history. Thanks to our partner Sony Masterworks, Sony UK, and all of Sony worldwide. We make a great team!”

Parton’s success overseas continued with a recent nomination for International Artist of the Year at the BBC Music Awards 2014. The nomination capped off a year in which Parton – after five decades in the business – scored one of her biggest and most heralded performances ever.

The singer brought her show to Glastonbury, where an estimated 180,000 came to watch her perform – her largest audience ever. Her set prompted The Guardian to say “Parton rewarded Glastonbury with a performance that surely calls for a redefinition of the word “crowd-pleaser.” The concert also aired on television, attracting the festival’s largest ever TV audience. Parton also was in the news constantly with appearances all over the tube in the UK, a Twitter campaign to “Get Dolly On Grimmy” (a reference to Nick Grimshaw’s Radio One morning show), and as well as through the story of “Dolly The Dog,” a fluffy white Lurcher who was separated from her owners following Parton’s Glastonbury performance last month. She volunteered to take the dog back to America with her, but the owners came forward to reclaim their lost pet.

The success of Blue Smoke…The Best Of gives Parton the distinction of having the biggest album from an International female so far this year.

Since moving to Nashville in the spring of 1964, Parton has created one of the biggest success stories in entertainment history, with hits on country and pop radio, Gold and Platinum singles and albums the world over, membership into The Grand Ole Opry (1969), the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1986), and the Country Music Hall Of Fame (1999). She was won seven Grammy Awards, nine CMA Awards, including the Entertainer of the Year prize from the organization in 1977, and seven awards from the Academy of Country Music. She has also enjoyed success on television, on the big screen, and as an author, with the Best-selling autobiography My Life and Other Unfinished Business.

For more information on Dolly Parton please visit:
www.dollypartonentertainment.com

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood to Headline Big Barrel Country Music Festival

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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood will headline the inaugural Big Barrel Country Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway June 26-28 in Dover, DE. See the complete lineup here.

5 Quick Holiday Questions with Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys

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5 Quick Holiday Questions with Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys

Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?  HOT CHOCOLATE

What is Your Favorite Holiday Tradition  PERFORMING OUR CHRISTMAS SHOW ALL ACROSS THE USA AND BEING HOME WITH MY FAMILY

What was your favorite Christmas present as a child?  A RED RYDER DAISEY AIR

How did you learn the truth about Santa Clause?  WHEN HE CAME ON TOUR WITH THE OAK RIDGE BOYS….WE HAVE THE REAL SANTA CLAUSE

What is Your Favorite Christmas recipe? I DON’T COOK, BUT, I LOVE HOME COOKING BY NORAH LEE, MY WIFE

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The legendary Oak Ridge Boys are celebrating the holiday season with their Christmas Night Out Tour, and marking 25 years of one of the longest running Christmas tours in the music industry. This year’s series of concerts will journey across the U.S. with an unforgettable show featuring yuletide classics blended with some of the group’s greatest hits. The creative force and signature sound of the Oaks have become synonymous with Christmas music as the country legends continue to captivate multi-generational audiences around the globe.

The Oak Ridge Boys are also currently working on a new album that’s expected to be released in 2015. For the latest updates, including information on a concert near you, visit: oakridgeboys.com.

Christmas Night Out Tour Dates:
Dec. 19 – Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel, Tama, IA
Dec. 20 – Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Dec. 21 – Weidner Center for Performing Arts, Green Bay, WI

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