Capitol NashvilleCongratulations to Lady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli, on the impending arrival of their first child. The couple took to Lady A’s Twitter account Monday to share the good news saying, “So excited for a new Baby A on the way in Sept! And it’s a boy!!!”
Dave and Kelli tied the knot in April 2012. His band mate, Hillary Scott, welcomed her first baby, daughter Eisele Kaye, last July.
Justin Lubin/NBCEver since Kelly Clarkson announced she was expecting, glimpses of her baby bump have been rare. But this past weekend, she was out and about with her pregnant belly definitely on display.
US Weekly has photos of Kelly on a boating outing with her husband Brandon Blackstock and his family, including his stepmother, country superstar Reba McEntire. She was wearing black leggings, flip-flops and a long salmon-colored tunic with a black and white bow printed on the belly. Later, she wore a white top which showed off her belly even more.
That same day, Kelly and her group were spotted dining at a Cracker Barrel restaurant, according to the magazine. “Happy Easter everybody! We celebrated on the lake today. Loving the sun, family and friends!” she tweeted.
It’s not clear exactly when Kelly and Brandon are expecting their baby girl, though she announced in November that she was expecting. Earlier this month, she tweeted, “There’s something very cool yet very creepy about a baby moving inside your belly. Regardless, I’m pretty sure she’s gonna be a gymnast.”
Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has made it to the final round of voting for the Milestone Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards next month. She’s up against Ellie Goulding and OneRepublic for the fan-voted trophy. The polls are now open at Billboard.com/Milestone.
The Milestone Award recognizes an innovative artist who achieved a notable chart milestone in the past year. The winner will be announced during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, airing on ABC Sunday, May 18 at 8 p.m. ET.
Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch‘s latest single, “Where It’s At,” features him singing the phrase “yep yep” at several points in the song. Fans have latched onto “yep yep” so much, Dustin’s already selling t-shirts and other items with that line at his concerts.
Dustin tells ABC News Radio, “What’s crazy is how many people have picked up on that in social media, like Twitter and Facebook. I see it all over the place now. Hashtag yep yep.”
The overall message of “Where It’s At” celebrates the everyday magic of a true love relationship well beyond the first few dates.
“It’s about not being able to take your hands off of someone, but for good reasons,” Dustin explains. “It’s about real. Being real. It’s not about glam, you know. It’s about just being who you are in your own clothes and a ballcap and t-shirt and pajamas and being the big spoon on the couch and all that good stuff.”
“Where It’s At” is the lead single from Dustin’s upcoming sophomore album, due out later this year.
CMATheBand Perry recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the release of their sophomore album, Pioneer. While the latest single from that project, “Chainsaw,” climbs the charts, the Perry siblings are starting to think about what they want to say on their upcoming third album.
Lead singer Kimberly Perry says, “We have begun, slowly but surely, and I can’t even tell you what’s in our heads yet, because we’re still trying to get it all out on paper.”
The Band Perry spent a lot of time writing and re-writing songs for Pioneer. This time around, they’re taking a more intuitive approach to writing music.
“On the third album I can say it’s all about feel,” Kimberly explains. “‘How does this feel? This feels good. This is gonna feel good live.’ So it’s already taken a life of its own and it has its own personality. We’ll see what it becomes.”
There’s a chance The Band Perry could try out some of those new songs on the road. Go to TheBandPerry.com to see where they’re playing next.
Courtesy KevinSharp.comKevin Sharp, who scored a hit in 1996 with “Nobody Knows,” has died.
Sharp’s website announced the singer died Saturday night of ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues. He was 43.
Sharp — who survived a battle with a rare form of bone cancer after he was diagnosed while in high school — earned a #1 country hit in 1996 with “Nobody Knows,” a cover of a song by R&B artist Tony Rich. It was off his debut album, Measure of a Man, which also featured the singles “She’s Sure Taking It Well” and “If You Love Somebody.”
Sharp later released two more studio albums: 1998′s Love Is and 2005′s Make a Wish.
A memorial service is being planned in Nashville. More information will be announced on Sharp’s website in the near future.
CMACountry newcomer Jon Pardi probably wouldn’t have pursued a career in music if it wasn’t for his grandmother’s karaoke machine. She used to watch him sing for hours when he was a kid growing up in Dixon, CA.
Jon tells The Sacramento Bee, “She just loved to sing. We’d play Garth Brooks tracks or George Strait tracks, and we’d sing along. It was fun.”
Jon eventually picked up the guitar and began writing songs before moving to Nashville a few years ago. Now, he’s signed to the same record label as Strait, and the two got to hang out for a little bit earlier this month at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas.
“For five minutes I had a conversation with him, and he was so cool,” Jon says of George. “Talk about a guy who’s conquered it all, but still so level-headed. I always looked up to him before that, but I look up to him even more now.”
Jon recently shot the video for his latest single, “What I Can’t Put Down.” Look for that clip to premiere in the coming weeks.
MCA NashvilleKipMoore is just one of the many country stars you might find digging in the bins at an independent record store. He’s the proud owner of an old record player and is building a collection of old vinyl albums.
Kip tweeted, “Everyone should cut off from the world once a week, grab a drink and listen.”
Saturday, by the way, is national Record Store Day, and a few country artists like Dolly Parton and Eric Church are releasing vinyl products exclusively to independent record stores around the country to celebrate.