ABC's Nashville family is growing as actress Hayden Panettiere is reportedly expecting a child with her 6-foot-6 fiancé Wladimir Klitschko. It will be the first child for both. Us Weekly reports that a friend of the actress has confirmed that she is expecting but with no real details of when the baby will arrive and if her character's storyline on Nashville will be affected. Panettiere recently told Parade Magazine that the couple's nuptials have been delayed due to the upheaval in Klitschko's native Ukraine. "Everything that’s happening in Ukraine definitely put a hold on things. But we have time." The couple has been together since 2009. (Photo Credit: www.huffingtonpost.com )
Martina McBride has been lucky enough to have known Dr. Maya Angelou - who passed away yesterday at the age of 86. McBride first met Dr. Angelou more than a decade ago. Dr. Angelou had discovered Martina’s music, and publicly proclaimed herself a fan of such inspiring songs as “Independence Day,” "In My Daughter’s Eyes," "A Broken Wing," "This One’s For the Girls"” and "Concrete Angel." Martina released this statement yesterday, "Hard to find the right words. Maya Angelou lived her life inspiring, educating, championing, lifting, nourishing, giving, and loving. Her influence on the world, by speaking the truth and sharing her wisdom and her spirit, is immense and unforgettable. She made you want to be a better person. That was her real gift to us all. Rest in peace Dr. Angelou."
Little Big Town will return for the second year to host the summer’s hottest television music event when the ABC airs CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock on August 5, Phillip Sweet said, "Last year was incredible and we can't wait to be back in LP Field surrounded by 50,000 screaming fans!" Band mate Karen Fairchild added: "Country Music truly has the most dedicated fans in the world and we're looking forward to spending another four days with them."
After facing many troubles in his personal life, Trace Adkins is coming back to play music for his fans. Adkins will return to the stage beginning June 5 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ and continuing into the fall throughout early 2014. He said, “I owe a debt of gratitude to everyone for the outpouring of encouragement and support over the past few months. It’s hard to put into words how much comfort you take from hearing ‘We’ve got your back.’ So these shows are for you guys – thanks." Trace is set to re-enter the spotlight with his six-piece band, the Sarepta Gentleman’s Club.