Toby Keith visited his hometown of Moore, OK, to help repair some of the damage done to his family's homes. Recently Toby was in Nashville with his daughter working on her full album. When both heard about the storm hitting their city, they shut down the recording process to call everyone to make sure they were OK. Fortunately all their family members weren't severly injured.
Toby gave an interview to FOX News to show the damage done to the area & the effects it had on his own family. CLICK HERE to see.
Blake Shelton is partnering with NBC to help organize a benefit for the Oklahoma tornado victims. Blake a Oklahoma native from Ada, which is 75 miles south of Moore where the deadly tornado hit, killing more than 20 people, performed with his wife Miranda Lambert on a live episode of 'The Voice' with an emotional performance of "Over You" to give tribute to the victims.
Shelton states, “I’m hoping it will raise a lot of money,” he tells Billboard. “Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly.” (quote via TasteofCountry.com)
And while no lineup has been announced as yet, the ‘Sure Be Cool If You Did’ hitmaker pointed to his fellow ‘The Voice’ coach Usher and observed, “I can call in some really big favors.”
Stay tuned for details on this special television event as they develop.
Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton performed their smash hit "Over You" on "The Voice" last night to honor the Oklahoma victims in the recent tragedy. Artists are coming together to help with the relief efforts.
See Toby Keith's statement & her daughter talking here
With more than 40 artists confirmed, the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza will be rockin’ with back-to-back daily concerts during the 2013 CMA Music Festival, Thursday-Sunday, June 6-9, in downtown Nashville.
Free and open to the public, the Bud Light Stage lineups kick-off on Thursday, June 6 at 10:30 AM/CT featuring crowd favorites and up-and-comers entertaining fans each day until 5:00 PM/CT.
“The location of the Bud Light Stage is perfectly situated to provide a place to discover new talent and reconnect with well-known hitmakers,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “This stage was one of our most popular destinations in 2012 and I’m expecting the same level of enthusiasm and attendance again this year.”
Artists performing on the Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza include: Lauren Alaina; Dean Alexander; Katie Armiger; Frankie Ballard; Kelleigh Bannen; Big Smo; Bucky Covington; Dailey & Vincent; Sarah Darling; Emerson Drive; Rose Falcon; Andy Gibson; JT Hodges; Chris Janson; Angie Johnson; Krystal Keith; LoCash Cowboys; Robin Meade; Randy Montana; David Lee Murphy; Parmalee; Mac Powell; Michael Ray; Chase Rice; Canaan Smith; Joanna Smith; Chris Stapleton; Steel Magnolia; Pam Tillis with Lorrie Morgan; James Wesley; Chuck Wicks; and Drake White.
With 11 stages and many free lifestyle exhibits to explore throughout the Festival footprint in Nashville, CMA Music Festival is a great, family-friendly entertainment value. The concerts at the Bud Light Stage are fun in the sun and within easy walking distance of all the Festival event sites, including the all-new AT&T® U-verse® Fan Fair X (FFX) with autograph signings, concerts, lifestyle exhibits, marketplace, live broadcasts, demonstrations and more in the brand new, state-of-the-art Music City Center.
It all kicks off Thursday, June 6 with "Lady A Day at FFX" featuring Lady Antebellum performing, signing autographs, and cutting the ribbon when Fan Fair X officially opens to fans. Fan Fair X is free to four-day ticket holders, but tickets to this exciting new attraction are available to fans for $10 a day or $25 for four days Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, with children 12 and younger admitted for free. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or the CMA Music Festival Box Office by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378) (price includes handling fees). Visit CMAfest.com for details.
“If You See Something, Say Something” at CMA Music Festival
At CMA Music Festival, the safety of our attendees, artists, staff, and volunteers is of utmost importance. Therefore, CMA will be utilizing the “If You See Something, Say Something” program from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“If You See Something, Say Something” is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities.
All of those in attendance at CMA Music Festival are asked to be vigilant in reporting suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area).
If suspicious activity is suspected, attendees are encouraged to text ALERT (space) and the LOCATION of the suspicious activity to 66937. There will also be a special Festival law enforcement phone number posted throughout the event area for attendees to call to report suspicious activity.
Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. For that reason, the public should report only suspicious behavior and situations (e.g., an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area) rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to terrorism or other criminal activity.
CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA. Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. Bud Light is the Official Beer of the CMA Music Festival. Pepsi is the Official Soft Drink of the CMA Music Festival. Transitions® Adaptive Lenses: the Official Eyewear of the CMA Music Festival. American Airlines is the Official Airline of CMA Music Festival. Bad Boy Buggies are the Official UTV of the CMA Music Festival.
More than 1,050 graduates from 60 countries - the college's largest-ever graduating class - received degrees on May 11 at Berklee's 2013 commencement. Berklee president Roger H. Brown presented honorary doctor of music degrees to music legends Willie Nelson, Carole King, and Annie Lennox - all multiple Grammy Award-winners, among their many accolades. Lennox delivered the commencement address to the graduating class and an estimated audience of more than 4,000 guests at the Agganis Arena.
In her address, Lennox said, "Consider this, wherever you think you're heading right now might turn out to take a completely different path. What looks like an ending might actually be the start of a brand new beginning. Wherever and however we find ourselves, what a privilege it is to enrich our lives through music: the incredible universal language of the soul. Enter it wholeheartedly, make it yours to share with the world in the very best way you can." Lennox also sang lines from several songs that inspired her as a teen, including "Say a Little Prayer," "Wichita Lineman," and King's "It's Too Late."
President Brown enlisted Kris Kristofferson, Nelson's guest for the festivities, to help present Nelson's honorary doctorate. The longtime friends had performed a duet of Hank Williams' "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" at the previous night's commencement concert. Recalling the student performance during his acceptance, Nelson said, "Last night was especially tremendous. I enjoyed hearing everyone play and sing so many great songs. The history of music is good, but the future is even better, thanks to you folks."
The annual commencement concert at the Agganis Arena featured some of the college's most accomplished students paying tribute to the honorees with performances of music associated with their careers. The honorees all took the stage during the event. Nelson also performed "Night Life," while Lennox performed her hit song "Cold" with the student and faculty orchestra. King joined in during the "The Locomotion," to dance along. Other concert highlights included renditions of King's "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman," and "I Feel the Earth Move;" Nelson's "On the Road Again," and "Crazy;" and Lennox's "Walking on Broken Glass," and "Why."
During the ceremony, President Brown thanked Berklee's faculty and staff for their extraordinary commitment to the students, especially during the trying times in the aftermath of the marathon bombing. "The knowledge and skills our students have accumulated are astounding. They don't fully realize it, but this training prepares them for many possible paths, inside the music industry and outside," said Brown to parents in the audience. "If we have been successful, we have prepared them for a dynamic world in which new careers will be invented, the nature of which we cannot even yet imagine."
This year's honorary doctorate recipients were recognized for their achievements in contemporary music, for their enduring contributions to popular culture, and for the influence their careers and music have had on Berklee's international student body. King, Nelson, and Lennox join the ranks of such esteemed recipients as Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, David Bowie, Bonnie Raitt, Count Basie, Sting, Loretta Lynn, B.B. King, Billy Joel, Chaka Khan, Steven Tyler, George Clinton, and Patti LaBelle.
Berklee's class of 2013 graduated with bachelor of music degrees or professional diplomas. Female graduates numbered 327, representing 31% of the total class. International students from 60 countries made up 36% of the class. The largest number of graduates from outside the U.S. were from South Korea and Canada. Students from as far away as Ghana, Mozambique, Japan, Russia, and the Philippines were among the graduating class. Domestic students were from 46 states. The top three majors were professional music, performance, and music business/management. Guitar, voice, and piano were the three most common instruments among the graduates.