Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert To Release New Album, For The Record, On November 4

Singer songwriter Miranda Lambert has announced that her new album, Four The Record, will be released November 4.

Lambert’s fourth album will be the follow up to her platinum certified, CMA and ACM Album of the Year, Revolution, which yielded the Number #1 singles, 'White Liar,' 'The House That Built Me,' and 'Heart Like Mine,' and the Top 10 'Only Prettier.'

Four The Record will build upon the foundation of her three previous platinum albums and showcase her evolution as songwriter and vocalist.

McAlister Kemp & John Williamson To Replace Sick Miranda

Due to severe upper respiratory infection, Miranda Lambert is unable to join country superstar, Alan Jackson, on his Australian Tour, beginning this week. Lambert performed this weekend in the States, but her condition worsened and by Sunday, her physician ordered complete rest. 

“I was very much looking forward to Australia with Alan Jackson and performing for all the music lovers down under”, said Lambert. 

For Alan Jackson’s five Arena shows (in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane), Jasmine Rae will now perform the second spot on each night, with country music’s hottest duo, McAlister Kemp, added as the opening artists. 

At CMC Rocks the Hunter this weekend, John Williamson is now confirmed to step in for Miranda Lambert and is excited about being added to the Festival line-up.

Miranda Lambert & Alan Jackson Win GRAMMYS On The Eve Of Their Australian Visit

Miranda Lambert - GRAMMY Winner

Just three weeks before their first ever visit to Australia, US country superstars Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert have triumphed at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles yesterday.  

Jackson, already a 2002 Grammy winner for his song, 'Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)', was awarded Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for his duet with Zac Brown Band on their #1 hit, “As She’s Walking Away”. Lambert took home Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her #1 song, 'The House That Built Me'. 

Jackson is one of the most awarded artists in country music history, with a swag including 14 ACM Awards and 13 CMA Awards. 

Lambert has been blazing a trail through awards ceremonies since the release of Revolution in late 2009. She was named Top Female Vocalist of the Year and won ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Video of the Year’ at last year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. This was followed by wins at the MusicRow Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards and even the French Country Music Awards, before taking out Female Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year and Album of the Year at the recent Country Music Association Awards (CMA Awards) in Nashville. 

Things are continuing to heat up around these two platinum-selling singer-songwriters, who will headline the CMC Rocks the Hunter 2011 festival, being held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March weekend. At CMC Rocks the Hunter, they are headlining the biggest international country lineup ever seen in Australia. 

The bill also features hit-makers Joe Nichols (US), Kasey Chambers, Jack Ingram (US), Troy Cassar-Daley, Emerson Drive (Canada), The McClymonts, Jasmine Rae, Russell Morris, Buxton Hughes (US), O’Shea (US), Dean Brody (Canada), McAlister Kemp and many more.

Lambert, Paisley, Shelton and Lady Antebellum The Big Winners At The 44th CMA Awards

Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton 

The CMA Awards have just concluded in Nashville and the winners are:

Entertainer of the Year: Brad Paisley

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

New Artist of the Year: Zac Brown Band

Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum

Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland

Album of the Year: Revolution - Miranda Lambert (Produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke)

Single of the Year: 'Need You Now' - Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year: 'The House That Built Me' - Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin

Musical Event of the Year: 'Hillbilly Bone' - Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins

Music Video of the Year: 'The House That Built Me' - Miranda Lambert, Directed by Trey Fanjoy

Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally - Guitar


Photo provided by the Country Music Association (US)

CMC Rocks The Hunter Line Up Locked In

The line-up for the 2011 CMC Rocks The Hunter festival, being held at Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales over the weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March, has been announced. 

An unprecedented roster of international and local country music stars is headlined by the legendary Alan Jackson, who already has five sold out arena shows locked in for March next year in Australia. 

Alan will be joined by Miranda Lambert, Joe Nichols, Jack Ingram, Troy Cassar-Daley, Emerson Drive , The McClymonts, Buxton Hughes, Jasmine Rae, Russell Morris, O’Shea, Dean Brody, Jonah’s Road and many more.

Also appearing at the festival will be local artists McAlister Kemp, Peter McWhirter, Dianna Corcoran, Mike Carr & Springfield, Victoria Baillie, Busby Marou, The Wilson Pickers, Mark Wells, Harmony James, Liam Brew, Markus Meier, Jayne Denham and Stephanie Brownlee.

Storme Warren and Steve Forde will be the event hosts.

Additional Alan Jackson Show Added Following Massive Demand

Alan Jaskson

Alan Jackson's first ever Australian tour next year is shaping up as being the biggest country music tour of the past fifteen years  with a third third Brisbane concert added for Saturday March 12, on-sale this Thursday October 14.

Jackson, sold-out his four east coast concerts this morning as fast as a speeding freight train. Concerts in Melbourne and Sydney and two in Brisbane were all but gone in the three price categories – platinum, gold and silver – by 10am eastern standard time.

The phenomenal demand, obvious within minutes of general sales opening at 9am, prompted promoters’ Chugg Entertainment and Rob Potts Entertainment Edge to consider additional shows.

Potts himself, on-ground in Nashville with Jackson’s U.S management, watched speeding reports as fans burned through ticket sales.  Negotiations were immediate and it was a quick decision to add a third Brisbane concert.

Regarding adding another date to the Australian tour, when reached on his boat, Jackson said, “I‘m a Southern man, and that‘s about as far South as we can go. Let‘s do it!”

“We’re over the moon,” said Rob Potts.

“Alan and his team over here are excited too.  And humbled.  I guess no matter how famous you are it’s hard to imagine just how big you are in a country so far away. We told Alan Aussie fans would go crazy for him, now he knows it’s true.”

Alan Jackson will tour Australia with the hottest name in country right now, the CMA female record-breaking nominated Miranda Lambert, and arguably Australia’s hottest up-and-comer Jasmine Rae.

“This is an amazing line-up, certainly the biggest-name country music tour we’ve done,” said Potts.

Alan Jackson’s forthcoming album 34 Number Ones will be released on 26 November through Sony Music Entertainment

Miranda Lambert Dominates CMA Awards Nominations

Miranda Lambert CMA AwardsIt was one for the record books when the final list of nominees for The 44th Annual CMA Awards were announced today with fresh faces layered throughout the field of finalists vying for a coveted crystal trophy on what they call "Country Music's Biggest Night." 

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live in Australia on CMC from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville at midday on Thurdsay November 11.  When the final nominations were tallied, Miranda Lambert led the list of finalists with nine nominations - the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards. Alan Jackson received 10 nominations in 2002. Prior to that, Merle Haggard held the record with nine in 1970. 

Lambert received nominations for Entertainer; Female Vocalist; Album for Revolution; two for Single, 'The House That Built Me' and 'White Liar' Song for 'White Liar,' which she wrote with Natalie Hemby; Musical Event, for 'Bad Angel' with Dierks Bentley and Jamey Johnson; and two for Music Video of the Year for 'The House That Built Me' directed by Trey Fanjoy, and 'White Liar' directed by Chris Hicky. Lady Antebellum garnered the second highest number of CMA Awards nominations with five including Entertainer of the Year. Third on the list of nominees was Zac Brown Band and Blake Shelton with four nominations. 

In a major surprise, 2009 Entertainer of the Year and 2010 Grammy Album of the Year winner Taylor Swift was not nominated for the Entertainer of the Year award this time around.

Australia's Keith Urban received two nominations for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban won Entertainer in 2005 and Male Vocalist of the Year three times (2004, 2005, and 2006).  The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 industry professional members of CMA. They include international voters. 

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Carrie Underwood Is ACM Entertainer Of The Year Again

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood was the big winner at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards is Las Vegas last night. She won the fan-voted Entertainer of the Year award for the second time.

Miranda Lambert also had a huge night winning Female Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year and Album of the Year for Reveloution.

The full list of winners were...

ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Revolution – Miranda Lambert SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR - ’Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum
SONG OF THE YEAR - 'Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum
VIDEO OF THE YEAR - 'White Liar’ – Miranda Lambert
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR - 'Hillbilly Bone’ – Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins

2010 Academy Of Country Music Awards Nominees Announced

Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band have topped the nominations for the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which were announced by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton last night.

Lady Antebellum scored seven nominations. While Lambert and Underwood received six each nominations in five categories. Zac Brown also scored six nominations -  four as a member of the Zac Brown Band and another two as the group's producer.
Following for CMA Awards and Grammy success, Taylor Swift received a total of five nominations, including her first Entertainer of the Year nomination.
Under the ACM tally, artists receive multiple nominations in certain categories if they wrote the song or produced the recording.
Kenny Chesney's nominations include entertainer of the year (which he has already won four times) and top male vocalist. Brad Paisley is also nominated for the fan voted Entertainer of the Year and top male vocalist. His American Saturday Night is nominated for album of the year, and "Welcome to the Future" is competing for video of the year.
The other entertainer of the year nominees are Toby Keith, George Strait and Australia's Keith Urban. The three categories for newcomers - top new solo vocalist, vocal group and vocal duo - will also be opened up to fan voting. The winner in each of those three categories will then move on to compete for overall top new artist, another fan-voted category.
Reba McEntire will host the show live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas USA on April 18.

2009 CMA Awards Nominations Announced

Brad PaisleyThe final list of nominees for "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards" features fresh faces in 10 of the 12 CMA Awards categories with new artists layered throughout the finalist field, the continued dominance of the established superstars, and crossover favorites making huge gains in 2009.

"The 43rd Annual CMA Awards" will be broadcast live from the Sommet Center in Nashville and will be broadcast live in Australia on CMC on Thursday November 12.  Reigning CMA Male and Female Vocalist of the Year Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return for a second year to host what Nashville calls "County Music's Biggest Night".
"It is great for the format and speaks to the strength of our music and talent of our artists that there are so many new faces on the list of nominees this year," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "With more than a quarter of the nominees making their debut in 2009, representing a variety of major and independent labels, there will be a heightened level of excitement and anticipation for the CMA Awards in November."
For the fourth year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made on ABC News' "Good Morning America." Darius Rucker and Lee Ann Womack delivered the news from the "Good Morning America" studios in the heart of New York City's Times Square. The remaining categories were announced by Randy Houser on "Insider Special Edition: 2009 CMA Awards Nominations" live from CMT's network studios in Nashville, hosted by CMT personalities Cody Alan and Alecia Davis.
At the conclusion of the announcements, Paisley led the list of finalists with six nominations. Paisley was nominated for Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for American Saturday Night, which was produced by Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois; Single and Song for "Then" (DuBois and Ashley Gorley are also nominated as songwriters); and Music Video for "Start a Band" with Keith Urban, which was directed by Jim Shea.
Urban, along with Jamey Johnson, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and Zac Brown (frontman of the Zac Brown Band),each received four nominations.
George Strait received nominations for Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Music Video for "Troubadour" directed by Trey Fanjoy; and Musical Event with Lee Ann Womack for "Everything But Quits" (a category they won in 2005 with "Good News, Bad News"). Strait now has 79 career CMA Awards nominations, which ties him with Alan Jackson for the most nominations to date. He leads the trophy count with 22.
Taylor Swift has four nominations including her first for Entertainer of the Year. The last time a solo female artist was nominated for Entertainer of the Year was Faith Hill in 2000. Shania Twain was the last female artist to claim the trophy in 1999.Swift, who won the Horizon Award in 2007, is also nominated for Female Vocalist (she received her first nomination in the category in 2008); and Music Video for "Love Story," which was directed by Trey Fanjoy. In another first for the 19-year-old artist, she is nominated for Album of the Year for Fearless. Swift may also receive a second trophy for producing Fearless with Nathan Chapman.
Keith Urban's nominations include Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Music Video for "Start a Band" with Paisley; and Album of the Year for Defying Gravity. Urban is eligible to win a second trophy in the Album category for producing Defying Gravity with Dann Huff. Huff is also a nominee for Musician of the Year.
Jamey Johnson's list of nominations includes New Artist; Single and Song for "In Color" (which Johnson co-wrote with Lee Thomas Miller and James Otto); and Album of the Year for That Lonesome Song, which was produced by The Kent Hardly Playboys. These are Johnson's first artist nominations. In 2007, as a songwriter he won Song of the Year for George Strait's "Give It Away," which he co-wrote with Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon.
Zac Brown claims his first CMA Awards nominations in 2009 - three with his self-named group and one for penning their hit "Chicken Fried." The Zac Brown Band received nominations for New Artist; Vocal Group; and Single of the Year for "Chicken Fried," which was produced by Keith Stegall. Zac Brown picked up the additional nomination for Song of the Year for writing "Chicken Fried" with Wyatt Durrette.
A powerhouse in the Entertainer of the Year category, Kenny Chesney has won the trophy in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008, which ties him with Garth Brooks for the most wins in the category. Chesney is nominated again in 2009, in addition to nods for Male Vocalist and Musical Event with Mac McAnally for "Down the Road." McAnally is also nominated for Musician of the Year along with Eddie Bayers, Paul Franklin, and Brent Mason.
Darius Rucker wasn't only handing out the good news today, he was a recipient. The lead vocalist and songwriter for the pop group Hootie & The Blowfish, received his first CMA Awards nominations as a solo Country artist in 2009 for New Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year. He performed on the 2008 CMA Awards.
After winning Female Vocalist of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2008, Carrie Underwood is back in 2009 with two nominations for Female Vocalist and Musical Event for "I Told You So," featuring Randy Travis. Travis picked up a second nomination for Song of the Year, for writing "I Told You So." Travis' version of the hit song was nominated for Single and Song of the Year in 1988.
If Underwood wins the Female Vocalist trophy again, it will tie her with Martina McBride (1999, 2002-2004) and Reba McEntire (1984-1987) for most wins in this category. McBride and McEntire are each nominated in the Female Vocalist category in 2009. Miranda Lambert is also a Female Vocalist nominee.
McEntire scored a second nomination for her performance with Brooks & Dunn on "Cowgirl's Don't Cry" for Musical Event of the Year. In doing so, she retains her position as the female artist with the highest number of nominations in the 43-year history of the CMA Awards with 48.
Brooks & Dunn have been presented 19 trophies during their career. In 2009, Brooks & Dunn have nomination for Musical Event with McEntire for "Cowgirls Don't Cry" and are nominated for Vocal Duo, a category they have won a record 14 times.
The reigning Vocal Duo crown is in Sugarland's hands. The duo was nominated in the category again in 2009 and also picked up a nomination for Album of the Year for Love on the Inside. Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles may also win an additional trophy each for producing the album with Byron Gallimore.
A new entry in the Vocal Duo of the Year category this year is Joey + Rory. Also nominated are Big & Rich and Montgomery Gentry.
Until 2008, there was a long dry spell for the Eagles between nominations for Vocal Group of the Year (1976, 1977, 2008) but they are back in 2009. The Zac Brown Band is the new addition to the category along with returning nominees Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and Rascal Flatts, who haveswept the Vocal Group of the Year category the past six years.
Reigning New Artist of the Year Lady Antebellum received a second nomination for Single of the Year for "I Run To You," which was produced by Victoria Shaw and Paul Worley.
Artists making their debut in the New Artist of the Year category (formerly the Horizon Award) include Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Jake Owen, Darius Rucker, and the Zac Brown Band. Artists can only be included in this category two times.
Houser received a second nomination for Music Video of the Year for "Boots On," which was directed by Eric Welch. Rounding out the Music Video category is Billy Currington's "People Are Crazy," which was directed by The Brads. The song hit a chord with CMA Awards voters and picked up additional nominations for Single and Song of the Year for writers Bobby Braddock and Troy Jones. Currington, who has two nominations, can receive an additional trophy for producing the Single of the Year with Carson Chamberlain. Currington's last nomination was in 2005 for Musical Event with Shania Twain for "Party for Two."
Making their debut in the Musical Event category are The Raconteurs with Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe for "Old Enough." Raconteurs' frontman Jack White, of The White Stripes and The Dead Weather, is no stranger to the format as the producer of Loretta Lynn's critically hailed album Van Lear Rose. Skaggs received his last nomination in this category in 1999 for "Same Old Train," which included a veritable who's who of Country stars.  
The 2008 CMA Awards, held in Nashville during November Sweeps (Nov. 12), ranked behind only the Academy Awards and Grammy Awards during the 2008-2009 season for awards shows among total viewers. With "The 42nd Annual CMA Awards," ABC won Wednesday evening in both total viewers (15.9 million) and adults 18-49 (5.0/13). According to Nielsen research, 34.6 million unique viewers 2+ watched six minutes or more of the program. 
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 plus industry professional members of CMA, Winners of "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards" will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the US Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.
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Source: Country Music Association (CMA)
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