CMA NOMINATIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean are waking up early today to announce the nominees for the Country Music Association awards. They will be announced on ABC's "Good Morning America." The CMAs air live from Nashville on November 1st.
DIXIE CHICK EMILY ROBISON WELCOMES BABY GIRL
UNDATED (AP) -- Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks is now a mom of four. People.com reports that she welcomed daughter Violet Isabel Strayer, weighing in at 8.5 pounds. It's Robison's first child with her boyfriend, Martin Strayer. Her rep says "Mom and baby Violet are doing well and Dad couldn't be happier." Robison has 7-year-old twins and a 9-year-old son with her ex-husband.
BILLY RAY CYRUS RELEASES NEW SINGLE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Billy Ray Cyrus is out with a new single he co-wrote, called "Change My Mind." It's the lead single and title track of his upcoming album due out October 23rd. Cyrus says he tried to capture all of his musical influences on the new record: bluegrass, Southern rock, gospel and country. Fans can catch him on TV this week. He'll be on "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, "Access Hollywood" on Friday, and performing the NFL halftime show in Houston during the Texas-Dolphins game on Sunday. The song "Change My Mind" is available at iTunes.
SCOTTY MCCREERY TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS ALBUM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- When Scotty McCreery decorates his Christmas tree this year, chances are he'll be listening to himself. He is releasing the album "Christmas with Scotty McCreery" on October 16th. It will feature nine classic holiday songs as well as two originals. McCreery says he wanted the record to be "holly and jolly" but also express what he calls "the real reason for the season:" the birth of Jesus. His favorite song on the mix is one of the new ones: "Christmas in Heaven." Some of the covers are: "Mary Did You Know?" "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells," "Let It Snow," "The Christmas Song" and "O Holy Night."
ERIC CHURCH COMING OUT WITH LIVE ALBUM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Eric Church built his career on the road, and now he'll have an album to relive it. Church is releasing his first-ever live album early next year. He's recording it during back-to-back shows in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on October 8th and 9th. He's also asking fans to send in videos showing how his music first captured their attention. The winner gets to attend the live taping. Details are at EricChurch.com.
TRACE ADKINS RELEASES "TOUGH PEOPLE DO"
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Fans can now buy Trace Adkins' new song "Tough People Do." His record label has sent the tune to digital retailers after the response it got when he performed it a Republican National Convention event. Adkins calls it a "song for all of us."
MCBRIDE, BIG AND RICH AMONG INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES
UNDATED (AP) -- Need a pick me up? Try listening to some of this year's Inspirational Country Music Award nominees. Martina McBride's cancer survivor anthem "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" is nominated twice. Vince Gill is up for three awards, once for his song "Threaten Me With Heaven." Other nominees include Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Lauren Alaina, Big and Rich, Alan Jackson, Scotty McCreery, and Jeff Bates. The ICM Awards will be handed out in Nashville on October 18th.
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