Justin Ross WardLove and Theft's Stephen Barker Liles is off the market. According to People, Stephen got engaged to fiancée Jenna Michelle Kennedy Tuesday night on the beach in Fort Myers, FL. He had a friend set up cameras on the beach outside the city's Fresh Catch Bistro, where the couple planned to eat that night.
Stephen says, "I called ahead and told them…to say that the table wouldn't be ready for 30 minutes so that we had to kill some time and walk on the beach."
That's when Stephen says he begged Jenna to marry him, and she said yes. They both cried as he slipped the 2.34 carat yellow center cut diamond ring on her finger.
The couple plans to get married in May 2014. Stephen says of Jenna, "She is my best friend and I am so grateful for the Lord bringing her into my life."
Broken Bow RecordsSome of country's hottest new stars have been added to the lineup for the 2013 CMT Music Awards, airing live Wednesday, June 5. Dustin Lynch, Ashley Monroe, Cassadee Pope, Kree Harrison, Love and Theft and Randy Houser will give abbreviated performances on the Nationwide Insurance stage during the show, airing that night at 8:00 p.m. ET on CMT and CMT.com.
Nationwide is also sponsoring the Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award for country's best new live acts. Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Kip Moore and Lee Brice are up for that trophy. Fans can vote at CMT.com through June 2 to determine the winner.
Jason Aldean, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town are also slated to perform on the 2013 CMT Music Awards. Jason Aldean will host the show with actress Kristen Bell.
Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks has announced three shows at the Wynn Las Vegas over the 4th of July weekend. The series of dates will be filmed for an upcoming TV special and DVD/Blu-Ray release commemorating Garth's long-term engagement at the Wynn Las Vegas's Encore Theater.
Tickets for the shows on July 4, 5 and 6 go on sale Monday, June 3 through Ticketmaster and WynnLasVegas.com.
Taylor by Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift will unveil her third fragrance, Taylor by Taylor Swift, next month. The new scent signals a break from her first two perfumes, Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted. Instead of focusing on the fairytale aspect of Taylor's music, the new fragrance is a nod to Taylor's personal style, according to People.
Taylor describes the new fragrance as "a mix of a lot of things: it's sweet, it's sophisticated, it draws you in. It's really my way of translating classic, yet modern, into a perfume."
The perfume bottle mixes Taylor's classic-meets-modern style featuring Taylor's favorite jewelry: pearls. “Pearls are the one fashion accessory that never seems to go out of style,” she says. "I keep a strand in my purse, and throw them on whenever I need to dress up my outfit.”
Look for Taylor by Taylor Swift to go on sale in late June.
CMABlake Shelton is teaming up with Pepsi for the soft drink's Iconic Summer program starting with an appearance at next week's CMA Music Festival. Blake will make an appearance at the newly debuted Pepsi Fan Engagement Bus at the festival. Other prizes and trips are available for fans who participate in Pepsi's Iconic Summer campaign at IconicSummer.com.
Blake is also slated to appear at the CMA Music Festival's nightly concerts at LP Field, running June 6 through 9 in Nashville. Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line are among the other stars set to perform.
RCAJake Owen has already scored three #1 hits from his latest album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, and he's going for a fourth chart-topper with his latest single, "Anywhere with You."
He says, "I hate to speak before it happens, but, like, we are on a roll."
Since Jake's career hit a new high with the title cut from Barefoot Blue Jean Night in 2011, he's kept the ball rolling with the energetic hits "Alone with You" and "The One That Got Away." He hopes all these uptempo songs, including "Anywhere with You," will catapult him to arena headliner status by 2014.
Says Jake, "'Anywhere with You' just has this breezy, good-time feel that if I was at a concert, that's the kind of song I want to hear. Sometimes reasons people go to concerts is to get away from life for a minute."
For now, fans can hear all of Jake's #1 hits on Jason Aldean's Night Train tour. They're playing a sold-out show at Boston's TD Garden Park on Thursday night as part of the Boston Strong benefit for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Valory Music CompanyJustin Moore has given a big tip of the hat to country's traditional side on his first two albums, and there will be some of those moments on his upcoming third album, Off the Beaten Path, due out in the coming months; but he promises that won't be all fans will hear.
He says, "There’s gonna be a lot of this new album that people go, 'Oh, that’s Justin. It’s what he does.' But there’s gonna be quite a few songs on this album that, I think, will surprise some people as well, which I’m excited about."
Justin adds, "It's the most diverse album we've done yet."
Fans can hear a little bit of that new direction on the album's lead single, "Point at You."
"It sounds like something we’ve put out," Jason explains, "but the subject matter is a love song."
In other Justin news, he met up with his friend and label mate Brantley Gilbert Saturday in Cincinnati for an afternoon practice with the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park. Justin called on his college baseball background to hold his own during the practice.
MCA NashvilleDavid Nail was instantly drawn to his new single, "Whatever She's Got," because it reminded him of his wife of four years, Catherine.
“I still to this day don’t know what she has,” David says of Catherine, “but I know that I like it...whatever it is.”
David adds that Catherine has responded very positively to his new song about her. She even danced along to the song in her underwear when David first played it for her at their house.
"Whatever She's Got" is the lead single from David's upcoming, still-untitled studio album. The new collection marks a new musical chapter for David, but he can't quite find the words to describe that chapter just yet.
David explains: "I can’t really say how it’s different without saying that I, myself am different. Therefore the music naturally formed its own life.”
David's new album will be in stores in early 2014.