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In this edition of The Nashville Stew, LeAnn gets married; watch a video of Miranda's new girl group; Blake Shelton debuts as tv judge; Martina McBride tells why she didn't stay in Nashville for her latest album project. That and bonus video from John Rich. Read on..............
LeAnn Rimes and actor Eddie Cibrian said “I do” Friday, April 22, in a private ceremony held in California. The wedding guests were they were invited to a surprise engagement party for the couple. But, instead saw LeAnn and Eddie tie the knot at the intimate gathering of roughly 40 guests. Rumors of a weekend wedding for the controversial couple had leaked out last week. The actor’s two sons, Mason (7) and Jake (4) from his previous marriage were a part of the wedding party. The couple have been engaged since December when Cibrian popped the question to Rimes with a 5-carat diamond ring. This is the second marriage for both of them.
Miranda Lambert was serenaded by husband-to-be Blake Shelton at the ACM’s Girls Night Out special Friday night. She then introduced the world to best girlfriends, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, who make the all-lady trio Pistol Annies a reality. The group sang their hearts out and warned their sugar daddies that they’re coming for them.
Blake Shelton debuts as a television talent judge Tuesday on The Voice.The country superstar joins Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green as coaches on the new reality competition show. Each 'Voice' coach will pick singers to mentor during blind auditions, during which they'll only hear the competitors and not see them. The coach then forms his/her own team to compete for the rest of the show, with viewers casting votes on the final winner. Blake says he won't just be listening for potential country singing stars for his team, but will keep his options open. Watch a video of Blake singing Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" with his fellow judges below:
Shania Twain is about to become a more public person with the release of her book “From This Moment On.” Shania will be doing book signings around the country (none in the Wichita area, though) and talk about her book and upcoming reality tv series on the Oprah network, OWN. Look for Shania on Oprah’s syndicated show on May 3rd and on Ellen DeGeneres on May 12th. The reality tv show on OWN debuts after the finale of The Judds reality show on Sunday night, May 8th.
Martina McBride says she had "a burst of creativity and positive energy" from recording her upcoming album in a new studio and out of Nashville. Even though Martina and her husband, John, own the popular Blackbird Studios in Nashville she left her girls at home and moved to Atlanta for a short time to record the album. Martina notes. "I wear a lot of hats when I'm here, not only to my children, my husband, my record company, I'm always getting pulled in all different directions, and the music really kind of comes second, honestly. I sort of have about three or four hours a day to really focus." The as-of-yet unnamed album will be out in August.
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is recognizing female country singers in the new Women Who rock" exhibit. Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Loretta Lynn and Brenda Lee are being included in the exhibit as women who's careers were "flashpoints, the firsts, the best, the celebrated -- who moved rock and roll music and American culture forward." The "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power' exhibit, premieres at the Cleveland, Ohio facility May 13 and runs through February 26, 2012.
Props to our Kansas boy JERROD NIEMANN, who’s single “What Do You Want” has received Gold digital certification from the RIAA. The song was co-written by Jerrod and becomes his second Gold Digital Single in the span of eight months, following the AUGUST certification of his hit “Lover, Lover.” Jerrod was obviously happy, “It is unbelievable. I have loved Country music since I was a kid. Country music is so much bigger than all of us, so to have two Gold singles is one unbelievable thing, but to me, in country music, that makes it even more special.”
John Rich has raised $700,000 and counting for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. John is still trying to win a big check from Donald Trump to give to the kids as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice. But, while that game plays out, John is hoping his fans and those who support the kids at St. Jude’s will download his song “For The Kids” from iTunes. Head over to iTunes to purchase the song. John is giving everything he gets from the downloads to St Jude’s. You can watch the video below:
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