|Posted on May 25, 2011 at 12:01 AM||comments (0)|
Country music traditionalist, Republic Nashville recording artist, Sunny Sweeney caught up with CSC to discuss her latest single “From A Table Away,” admiration for country legend Loretta Lynn, performing at the Grand Ole Opry plus much more…
|Posted on May 13, 2011 at 2:33 PM||comments (0)|
By OSKAR GARCIA
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- On the final track of their new album - their first together in 30 years - Donny and Marie Osmond give a nod to difficult times.
"Sun follows rain, strength follows pain," the duo sings before echoing the song's title. "We will find a way."
It's a motto that Marie Osmond has taken to heart over the past year. She's still grieving after her son Michael Bryan committed suicide in Los Angeles in February 2010.
"Some days are harder than others, and you take it one day at a time," she said recently. "Yeah, those anniversaries are tough - it's coming up his birthday here in a few days."
But while Marie Osmond, 51, is still mourning the loss of her son, she is also marking a period of rebirth. She wed her first husband, Stephen Craig, on Wednesday, on what have been the birthday of Michael and her late mother Olive. Craig and Osmond were originally married in 1982 and have one son, Stephen.
Also this week, she and her brother Donny released "Donny & Marie," which has them revisiting their country roots. Marie Osmond rose to her own fame as a country artist in the 1970s, with her hit "Paper Roses" reaching No. 1 on the country charts in 1973.
Marie said the timing felt right for a new album because fans were asking, and they found good songs and collaborators. The album was produced by Buddy Cannon, a country producer known mainly for his work with Kenny Chesney.
"He's so good to work with in terms of the selection of the songs and finding the songs that work with our voices," Donny, 53, said. "It was a pleasure to work with him."
Between numerous TV appearances and their live Las Vegas show, slated to run through the end of next year, the Osmonds have proven that they're still in demand after several decades of performing. During a half-hour appearance last month on home-shopping network QVC, the Osmonds sold 10,000 copies of their new album in 30 minutes, their whole allotment for the show.
Both Osmonds said it made sense to connect with fans on a personal level with the album. During a performance last week in Las Vegas, Marie recounted a story of being with two mothers whose children were donor and receiver of a heart transplant.
"Little did I know at that time what it would feel like to lose a child," Marie said before dedicating a song to her son.
Marie opened up about the death in a November appearance on Oprah Winfrey's television show, saying her son's suicide was "probably the hardest thing" she's been through.
It was the most serious blow after a series of setbacks. In 2007, when she placed third on "Dancing with the Stars," she famously fainted on the show as she dealt with personal troubles off of it.
"Emotionally, you have to be really pulled together and I was going through a divorce, my son went into rehab, my father died," Marie said last week.
"Going into the finals, it was tough - my dad - it kind of ripped my heart out it was just really tough to focus."
Marie and Donny Osmond include some of their own personal stories in their Las Vegas show. They feel especially connected to their fans, who have watched the most famous siblings from the Osmond entertainment clan grow up since they were kids, including their highly successful "Donny & Marie" variety show in the late 70s.
"There are times when people come up ... and they feel like you're part of the family because we were in their homes every week," Donny said. "We grew up with it. I hear that all the time: 'We grew up together.'"
"And then I say: 'We never grew up,'" Marie said.
|Posted on May 12, 2011 at 1:33 PM||comments (0)|
NASHVILLE – International superstar Shania Twain has been seen all over the media this past week in support of her New York Times best-selling memoir, From This Moment On and the premiere of her new docu-series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, “Why Not? With Shania Twain”.
From This Moment On was released to rave reviews from fans and critics alike and quickly placed in the top of the New York Times best-sellers list.
The OWN original series “Why Not? With Shania Twain” premiered Sunday May 8th at 11pm ET/PT and debuted as the highest rated premiere to-date for the network attracting 839,000 total viewers for its timeslot. The series will move to its regular time period on Sundays at 10pm ET/PT this week (May 15th).
Twain currently graces the cover of People magazine, on stands now, and will also cover the upcoming June issue of Redbook.
Catch Shania on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” today and “The Talk” on May 18th.
|Posted on May 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
Thanks to EMG Promotions, Country Stars Central is giving you an opportunity to win a copy of country music superstar Shania Twain’s brand new autobiography “From This Moment On” this month...
|Posted on May 10, 2011 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
She’s a little bit country; and he’s a little bit rock and roll; beloved music duo, entertainment superstars Donny and Marie Osmond have joined forces for the first time in thirty years to record a brand new album of infectious and powerful songs simply titled, “Donny and Marie” released on MPCA records…
|Posted on May 7, 2011 at 10:58 PM||comments (0)|
Music fans in Moline, Ill were in for one of hottest shows of the year on Thursday May 5th, 2011 as country music megastar Kenny Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal” tour made a sold-out one night only appearance at the i wireless Center with special guests Uncle Kracker and Billy Currington…
|Posted on March 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
March 21, 2011 – Platinum-selling recording artist Billy Currington, who kicked off his opening slot on Kenny Chesney’s Goin’ Coastal Tour last week, celebrates his seventh #1 single with “Let Me Down Easy.” The single, from his fourth studio album Enjoy Yourself, marks his fifth consecutive #1. “Let Me Down Easy” has been rapidly climbing the charts since its release and has taken the top spot on the Billboard and Mediabase Country Singles Charts this week.
“I’m so grateful to all our fans and especially to country radio who have given us another #1,” said Currington. “To be able to kick off the first weekend of the Chesney tour with my 7th #1 single feels too good to be true. This is a great time and I can’t wait to share it with everyone on the road this summer”
Billy Currington has sold more than 11 million units, earned multiple RIAA Gold and Platinum certifications, had 8 Top 5 singles, 10 Top 10 singles, and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and multiple CMA and ACM Awards.
Billy is currently out on the road on Kenny Chesney’s 2011 Goin’ Coastal Tour. For more official Billy Currington news and ticket information go to www.billycurrington.com
|Posted on March 6, 2011 at 10:08 PM||comments (0)|
Associate writer John Matthews caught legendary country music stars Jack Greene and Bill Anderson along with music super group, Little Big Town at the Grand Ole Opry this past week for its debut of the year at the Opry House in Opry Mills.