Lady Antebellum launched 7FOR7 this week, a week-long campaign where the band travels across the country to surprise and fulfill seven wishes for seven fans in seven days. The special endeavor preceded the release of their fifth studio album.
747 out today.
This morning during their appearance on Today
, Lady Antebellum surprised nursing student Katharine Laventis
, who lost both her parents at a young age and is now paying her own way through school. Laventis, who was in the crowd under the pretense that she and a friend had won free tickets to the taping, was recognized and pulled up on stage by the band during their on-air interview. The trio then completely shocked Laventis with their announcement that they would be setting up a scholarship with American International College to help offset the cost of her tuition. To watch today’s 7FOR7, click here.
For broadcast purposes, the video may be downloaded here: DayTwoOf7FOR7
Dierks Bentley wrapped the first leg of his 2014 RISER TOUR with capacity crowds as the tour made its final stops across the Midwest. He capped the weekend with his 9th Annual Miles & Music For Kids event raising $335,479 for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, notching the event’s biggest donation to date. "I’m still coming down from the high of such an unbelievable last run of shows on the summer leg of this tour,” said Bentley. "The fans in Cincy, Cleveland and Indianapolis were ready to close out their summer in a big way. Then we got back to Nashville, and I was totally blown away by the outpouring of support we got for this year's 'Miles & Music.' This little event we started nine years ago has taken on a life of its own. I feel like I'm just a small part of this thing. It has really become about country music fans and bikers coming together to help our community and those kids. It's incredible."
Nashville, TN – Sept. 29, 2014 – Multi-CMA nominee
Critics echoed fan enthusiasm, claiming “crowds from coast to coast now know Bentley's strengths as a headliner” (Indianapolis Star) and noting Bentley was “captivating, leaving the 20,000 fans eagerly awaiting more” (The Plain Dealer).
The Platinum selling singer/songwriter will kick off the second leg of the 2014 RISER TOUR with new openers Randy Houser and Eric Paslay this week in arenas across the west coast. With five nominations, Bentley recently received the most nods of any male artist forthe upcoming 48th Annual CMA Awards including "Male Vocalist of the Year," "Album of the Year" for RISER
, "Song of the Year” for “I Hold On" and "Single of the Year" and "Music Video of the Year” for his most recent chart-topper and Platinum certified “Drunk On A Plane.” For more information and a full list of tour dates, please visit www.dierks.com
Lady Antebellum launched 7FOR7 today, a week-long campaign where the band travels across the country to surprise and fulfill seven wishes for seven fans in seven days. The special endeavor precedes the release of their fifth studio album 747 out tomorrow, Sept. 30.
This morning (9/29), Lady A popped up in Miami, FL on their way to New York City and surprised South Miami Elementary Expressive Arts Center teacher Vivian Gonzales. The trio snuck into the music teacher’s classroom and surprised her with an instrument donation for the school with the help of friends at Little Kids Rock. Lady A also invited Gonzales and her husband on an all-expense paid vacation to New York City tomorrow to attend the group’s album release show at Gramercy Theatre. Gonzales was nominated by her husband who describes her as a “a great wife, an amazing mom and a phenomenal music teacher” who “spends her days, nights and weekends coming up with lessons to engage every student she has in the world of music, and change their lives forever.” To watch today’s 7FOR7, click here.
For broadcast purposes, the video may be downloaded here: DayOneOf7FOR7
arrives in stores and online Tuesday (September 30th), and they feel the album really kind of embodies what they were hoping for in the new album. Lady Antebellum
“There’s a song we cut on the record called ‘747,’ and…the theme of that to us feels like what represents the record – a big sound coming at you with a lot of urgency,” says Lady A’s Dave Haywood. “I felt like this was a new chapter for us as Lady A, and a new sound. We had a new producer, Nathan Chapman, guide us through making this record, and really he had a big part in a lot of the big sound.”
The album features their recent two-week No. 1 hit, “Bartender.”
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood says the band really wanted a big sound for their new album, 747. Lady A (747 title) 2 OC: …in your face. :33
“There’s a song we cut on the record called ‘747,’ and we love the, the theme of that to us feels like what represents the record – a big sound coming at you with a lot of urgency. I felt like this was a new chapter for us as Lady A, and a new sound. We had a new producer, Nathan Chapman, guide us through making this record, and really he had a big part in a lot of the big sound, you know, like on ‘Bartender’ and then some of the other stuff, once you hear the rest of the record. It represents, I think, our theme of wanting something really in your face.”
Scotty McCreery is once again on Billboard’s 21 Under 21 list, the annual ranking of music’s most powerful stars under-21. He’s joined by Lorde, Justin Beiber, 5 Seconds of Summer and Meghan Trainor.
Lady Antebellum will perform their recent two-week No. 1 hit, “Bartender” on NBC’s Today show on Tuesday (September 30th) and Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (October 1st).
Did Eric Church subtly announce some baby news during his concert in Louisville, Kentucky?
Apparently, he did. His team confirms to CMT.com that country's resident outlaw and his wife Katherine are expecting their second child.
During Thursday's (Sept. 25) stop of his Outsiders World Tour, Church launched into "Sinners Like Me," and I couldn't help but wonder if maybe I'd heard a slight lyric change in the second portion of the song. Where he normally sings, "Give my dad a grandson," I thought I heard him say instead, "Give my dad another grandson."
But who could be certain? There was a slight grin from him and applause from the audience, but that was the case all night. Between the volume of the music, cheering and singing along, it was difficult to clearly decipher anything in the arena.
I thought to myself, "Nah, he didn't. You're hearing things." I dismissed it and didn't think any more about it until a nagging curiosity finally led me to seek out the official lyrics.
It seemed like an unprecedented personal statement for the notoriously private star, but it made sense. Church and his wife already have one son, Boone McCoy, born back in 2011. Rather than speculate and wonder, we reached out for official confirmation and, indeed, Church's reps confirmed news of another bundle of joy for the singer and his wife.
And although he did sing, "Give my dad another grandson," the baby's gender has not officially been confirmed otherwise. Church and his wife were married in 2008 in his native North Carolina.
The members of Lady Antebellum are just days away from releasing their new album, 747, and will be hitting the media circuit next week. The group will kick-off the week with a three-song performance on TODAY (9/30) followed by an intimate performance at the Gramercy Theater that night for a Yahoo! live stream event starting at 8pm ET. The band will also stop at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (10/1) to perform their multi-week smash hit single "Bartender."
This week, Lady Antebellum announced the 7FOR7 project where they will give seven surprises for seven fans in seven days. The week-long celebration will take them across the country where they will help make some deserving fans' wildest dreams come true. Videos clips from each of the seven stops will be posted on Facebook.com daily.
For this new album, the band was challenged to think outside of the box by none other than Charles Kelley’s wife. “I think we were definitely challenged, and we were very honest with ourselves, that we had maybe not pushed ourselves to evolve like I know we can, and we should have,” says Charles. “We just needed a little time and a reason to kind of do. It wasn't until now, this past year, I don't know, man. We just had this fire lit where we were ready to kick ass again.”
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley says his wife challenged him to think outside the box for their new album.
Lady A (make a statement) OC: …make a statement. 1:34
“My wife is brutally honest, and she's not the most musical person, but she is a very… you know, a good example of a listener, or someone that would be a fan of our music, and she said, ‘Charles, I really want you guys to stretch yourselves a little bit. I know you've got better songs.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean by that? Better songs? This is great stuff?’ And she said, ‘I know, but I've heard that before. Y'all have done this before.’ And it really made me mad, because I was like, ‘This is who we are. This is what we do. I'm not all of a sudden gonna go do something else, just because it's popular. I don't write those songs. We don't write that way.’ She's like, ‘I know, but just let yourself try different things.’ It kinda stuck with me and pissed me off, but in a good way. It wasn't until we started writing these songs…they scared me when we were writing. Songs like ‘Bartender; and ‘Freestyle,’ where after we finished them, it was like, ‘Whoa, we can write these kinds of songs. And do them in our way.’ I think we were definitely challenged, and we were very honest with ourselves, that we had maybe not pushed ourselves to evolve like I know we can, and we should have. We just needed a little time and a reason to kind of do. It wasn't until now, this past year, I don't know, man. We just had this fire lit where we were ready to kick ass again. We were ready to really get out there, and make a statement.”
Keith Urban is nominated for several CMA Awards, including Album of the Year and Entertainer of the Year, which has seemed to have floored him. He feels being named an Entertainer of the Year is defined mostly by live performances.
“I know the criteria isn’t purely about live performance, but I’ve always felt that that’s what it is, otherwise I thought it probably should be called Artist of the Year, but I always thought it’s called Entertainer of the Year,” says Keith. “I’ve always loved putting on concerts and tours and shows and really tried to put on something that’s incredibly entertaining and engaging. I probably obsess about that part of what I do equal to making records for sure.”
The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 5th on ABC.
Keith Urban (Entertainer of the Year nomination) OC: …extraordinary. :32
“Well, I know the criteria isn’t purely about live performance, but I’ve always felt that that’s what it is, otherwise I thought it probably should be called Artist of the Year, but I always thought it’s called Entertainer of the Year. I’ve always loved putting on concerts and tours and shows and really tried to put on something that’s incredibly entertaining and engaging. I probably obsess about that part of what I do equal to making records. So, to get that nomination, along with the album, at this point is extraordinary.” AUDIO: Keith Urban talks about his Entertainer of the Year nomination for this year’s
Dierks Bentley will hold his annual Miles and Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and concert on Sunday (September 28th). Kip Moore, Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Randy Houser are scheduled to join him at the Riverfront in Nashville. Proceeds raised from the sold-out ride and show will benefit Vanderbilt Children’s Research Hospital.
This is an event that Dierks looks forward to every year, and it looks as though this will be their biggest year yet. “It feels really good, I mean, the weather looks good, ticket sales good on the Riverfront,” says Dierks. “It’s supposed to be our best year ever, so it feels good, feels great.”
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley talks about this year’s Miles & Music celebrity motorcycle ride and concert.
Dierks Bentley (Miles & Music 2014) OC: …feels great. :16
“It’s completely sold out, I think, as far as the ride goes. There’s no tickets left at all no VIP tickets left, and great turn out of artists and other celebrities being involved in the ride aspect of it. So, it feels really good, I mean, the weather looks good, ticket sales good on the Riverfront. It’s supposed to be our best year ever, so it feels good, feels great.”
Dierks Bentley celebrated the No. 1 success of “Drunk on a Plane” at the newly-reopened Sutler club in Nashville this week. Party favors for all of the guests included a pilot’s hat, aviator sunglasses and a stick-on mustache. The mass appeal of the song kind of took the star by surprise.
“This song has had a long road to get where it is as far as just writing it to it going on the record, second-guessing whether it should even be on the record, and then becoming a single and wondering whether it should be a single or not, and then obviously, once it became a single I was very happy that it was because it really took off,” says Dierks. “It’s been one of those songs that it reminds me a long of ‘What Was I Thinking,’ because of the impact it’s had on the fans and the way they come dressed up to our shows wearing the hats and the Aviators and the mustache.”
“It’s been such a fun year; this song obviously was a big part of that overall fun-ness,” he adds.
Dierks just released “Say You Do,” the follow-up to his two-week No. 1, “Drunk on a Plane.”
AUDIO: Dierks Bentley talks about the success of his recent two-week No. 1 single, “Drunk on a Plane.”
Dierks Bentley (Drunk No. 1) OC: …I’d say. :32
“It’s crazy, you know, this song has had a long road to get where it is as far as just writing it to it going on the record, second guessing whether it should even be on the record, and then becoming a single and wondering whether it should be a single or not, and then obviously, once it became a single I was very happy that it was because it really took off. It’s been one of those songs that it reminds me a long of ‘What Was I thinking,’ because of the impact it’s had on the fans and the way they come dressed up to our shows wearing the hats and the Aviators and the mustache, and it’s been such a fun year; this song obviously was a big part of that overall fun-ness, I guess I’d say.”
Nashville, TN – Sept. 24, 2014 – Multi-Platinum trio Lady Antebellum is launching 7FOR7, a week-long campaign where the band will travel across the country to surprise and fulfill seven wishes for seven fans in seven days. The special endeavor kicks off 747 album release week, with the first surprise launching on Monday (9/29).
“We can't wait to see this idea come to life,” said Lady A’s Hillary Scott. “We posted a note on our socials a few weeks ago asking for people to nominate friends or family who would love a surprise from Lady A, and a ton of great stories rolled in. There are so many inspiring fans out there who we want to celebrate! We have some HUGE plans up our sleeves, and you never know where we might pop up!"
Lady Antebellum’s upcoming fifth studio album 747 is available in stores Sept. 30 and has already spawned the multi-week No. one and PLATINUM certified lead single "Bartender." The new music follows over 11 million albums sold worldwide, nine trips to No. One on the country radio charts, six Platinum singles and seven GRAMMY awards. They are currently nominated for two CMA Awards in the "Group of the Year" and "Music Video Of The Year" categories.
September 24, 2014 (New York) –Multi-Grammy, CMA, and AMA Award winners round out the line-up for the new season of public television’s acclaimed music series Front and Center. This season marks the series’ most diverse line-up to date, including its first Country Music performances, and one-of-a-kind shows with Dierks Bentley, Counting Crows, The Fray, John Hiatt, Lady Antebellum, Paul Rodgers, Richie Sambora, Joe Satriani, Richard Thompson, and Keith Urban.
“This season could be our best,” said Executive Producer Don Maggi. “We’re featuring some of the finest names in pop, rock and country music, who have collectively sold millions of albums, won numerous awards and are easily some of the best live entertainers in the business.”
The ten all-new shows will begin feeding to public television stations starting September 30th. Check local listings for air dates and times in each market and for a sneak peek at the new season click here http://tinyurl.com/l89ywor.
Counting Crows (September 30)
John Hiatt (October 7)
Dierks Bentley (October 14)
Joe Satriani (October 21)
Lady Antebellum (October 28)
Keith Urban (November 4)
Paul Rodgers (November 11)
The Fray (November 18)
Richard Thompson (November 25)
Richie Sambora (December 2)
The season includes a new collaboration with the Country Music Association (CMA) featuring a 10th Anniversary celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series with CMA Award winner Dierks Bentley. Other performances include Grammy nominee Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company), performing music from his first studio album in nearly 13 years, The Royal Sessions, as well as seven-time Grammy Award Winner, and six-time CMA Award winner, Lady Antebellum, with new music from their highly anticipated upcoming album 747. Grammy nominee and instrumental guitarist Joe Satriani performs an exclusive 99th birthday commemorative concert for celebrated guitar pioneer Les Paul, and legendary songwriter/guitarist Richie Sambora, co-creator of some of the most instantly recognizable songs today, performs his first solo concert in New York City in nearly 25 years, paying tribute to his mentor and hero Les Paul.
Country superstar Dierks Bentley said, “The core of Country Music is its songs, and the CMA established the CMA Songwriters Series 10 years ago to recognize a really important part of our genre, the songwriters. We don’t typically take the time to thank the songwriters, so collaborating with the CMA and Front and Center was the perfect place — a night with five guys on stools sharing stories, songs and whiskey.”
"My Front and Center special was special indeed,” said British rock singer Paul Rodgers. “They provided a dazzling setting for all the Royal Session musicians from Memphis, and myself, to dig into the tracks from the album. Visually and aurally the show came off beyond my expectation. Everyone worked together to capture the same magic that we captured and recorded on the album. Absolutely a night in my life to remember and I'm thrilled that we can share it with the fans.”
All episodes of Front and Center are directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux of FogoLabs.
For more information on the Front and Center music series please visit www.frontandcenter.com and check out the YouTube page at www.youtube.com/frontandcentertv.