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by Denny & Christal posted Apr 27 2015 9:57AM

Some of country music's biggest stars were in downtown Nashville on Thursday (4/23) to commemorate the grand opening of the George Jones Museum. More than 800 people turned out for the gala event that celebrated the life and work of The Possum. Among those seen walking the red carpet were Dierks Bentley, Naomi Judd, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Greenwood, and Lorrie Morgan. The museum is the result of years' worth of effort by Jones's wife, Nancy, who announced its creation last fall. The grand opening corresponds to the second anniversary of Jones's passing on April 26. The new museum is a world-class exhibition that documents Jones's life and cements his position in the history of country music. The George Jones Museum spans more than 44,000 square feet and features extensive displays of memorabilia and photos, video displays and interactive experiences.

Garth Brooks has set a special new opening night for his return to Knoxville, Tennessee on his world tour with Trisha Yearwood. The new opening night for the Knoxville shows will be Thursday May 28 at Thompson Boling Arena. Garth will then play three more shows in K-Town, including performances on May 29, 30 and 31. Tickets for the shows will go on sale this Friday (5/1) at 10:00 AM ET. Garth's upcoming shows in Knoxville mark the first Tennessee stop on his world tour and the first time playing the city in more 18 years.

Justin Moore is asking his fans to help make his current album, Off the Beaten Path, a gold-certified record. His album needs to sell less than 150,000 copies to reach the 500,000 copy gold milestone, and he's offering his fans some special prizes to sweeten the deal. Some of the prizes include autographed album copies, meet and greets, personalized gold record plaques, a signed guitar and even a personal phone call from Justin himself. There will also be one special grand prize winner that will get to have a concert experience of a lifetime. Moore explains, "We're gonna pick one of y'all, and we're gonna come play a concert at your house for free. So, tell your neighbors to be ready, because we're coming!" You better hurry because the contest ends this Thursday (4/30).

Miranda Lambert always looks stunning when she's out in public, so it's hard to believe that there's ever a time when she not cover shoot ready. But, she isn't glammed up all the time. Miranda appears in People's annual World's Most Beautiful issue, where she poses for the camera sans makeup and looks just as beautiful as ever. But, what does Blake Shelton think about the Lambert's no makeup thing? Miranda shares, "He's one of those dudes who's like, 'You look prettier without it.' he doesn't care. He sees me the same, whether I have a whole glam squad or I'm just hanging out at home."

by Denny & Christal posted Apr 24 2015 9:09AM

Michael Ray will realize a lifelong dream tonight (4/24) when he makes his Grand Ole Opry debut. Ray will perform his Top 20 single "Kiss You In The Morning," as well as a song to honor his grandfather and the artists he grew up on. Michael started playing acoustic guitar and singing in his grandfather's country band when he was only nine years old, and, together, they would play classic country songs for anyone who wanted to listen. The family band was called Country Cousins, and the music was inspired by some of the greats. Michael's grandfather passed away earlier this year, and he wants to pay tribute to his family patriarch by playing him a special song on that iconic stage. Ray says, "The plan was for Papa to join me on stage so I will honor him by playing his guitar on one of our favorite traditional and classic songs by an Opry legend."

Tyler Farr will be in New York City next week to celebrate the release of his sophomore album Suffer In Peace. Farr's album will hit store shelves on Tuesday (4/28) and he will celebrate with an appearance on the FOX News Channel's morning show Fox & Friends on Monday (4/27). He will then perform on NBC's TODAY show on album release day, before heading over to Irving Plaza in The Big Apple to host a special album release show for his fans that night. The new album features Farr's Top 5 single "A Guy Walks Into a Bar." This isn't the first time Tyler has promoted a new album in New York City. In 2013, Tyler unveiled his cover art for his debut album, Redneck Crazy, across the Sony plasma big screen in the middle of Times Square.

There is a musical on the way about the life and music of the late Mindy McCready, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in February of 2013. According to Rolling Stone Country, actress Jennifer Blake, known comedic roles in films such as Behaving Badly and Zoolander, will portray the late singer in the play titled McCready the Musical. The play will kick off on May 8 at Spirit Studio in Los Angeles and will run for six weeks, wrapping up on June 12. Blake actually helped create the new play that will focus on Mindy's life as well as feature a four-member band performing some of her songs throughout the show.

Nashville's mayor, Karl Dean, joined Live Nation for at a press conference at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center yesterday (4/23) to announce the first concert at the newly named Ascend Amphitheater. Mayor Dean announced that the amphitheater will open on July 30 with a concert headlined none other than Eric Church. Mayor Dean said that Music City's newest venue will get off to a great start with a concert from Church, who he says represents everything that's great about the city. Eric will help launch the new amphitheater with a rare solo performance – just him and his guitar. Tickets for the show go on sale April 30. The amphitheater is located on the banks of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville.

by Denny & Christal posted Apr 23 2015 9:56AM

Little Big Town won the Vocal Group of the Year trophy at Sunday night's 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, but when they weren't stealing the show with their energetic acceptance speech, they winning over folks with their performance. The group took the stage to perform their Top 20 single "Girl Crush," which Billboard and Rolling Stone both named one of the top performances of the night. LBT's performance of "Girl Crush" also had the honor of being the most
Shazamed moment of the entire three and a half hour broadcast. The song also experienced a sales spike following their performance seeing sales top 30,000 tracks the day of the award show

After facing a little controversy of their own with their song "Girl Crush," Little Big Town is sending Tim McGraw their full support for holding the Sandy Hook Promise benefit concert in Hartford, Connecticut. Tim received a lot of criticism from gun-rights advocates when he announced the July 17 show, with conservative website even calling the benefit show a "gun control fundraiser." Tim promptly released a statement defending his decision hold the show, saying that he supports gun ownership, but also believes that "with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety — most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children." LBT's Phillip Sweet has a hard time understanding why anyone would criticize what Tim's trying to do. Sweet says, "It is depressing that people have that much time and energy to invest, when they could be doing better things, like educating their child and loving people in the world instead of attacking someone who's trying to do something good, like Tim McGraw. Why would you want to attack that?" The controversy surrounding the concert even caused Billy
Currington to withdraw from the show. Sandy Hook Promise is an organization whose mission is to protect children from gun violence. It was founded after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left twenty children and six adults dead in late 2012.

The great Satchmo would be proud of Justin Moore and his new rendition of "What a Wonderful World." Moore sings Louis Armstrong's iconic tune for a new commercial for outdoor retailer Cabela's in an effort to get everyone to disconnect from their electronic devices for a day and enjoy the world outside. The commercial shows clips of scenic landscapes and families enjoying the outdoors together, but it ends with the camera panning out to reveal that a little girl was actually watching the beautiful scenes unfold inside her room on her tablet. Cabela's says the average American boy or girl spends more than seven hours in front of an electronic screen every day.

by Denny & Christal posted Apr 15 2015 11:49AM

Miranda Lambert and the rest of the country music world will be in Texas this weekend for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. Even though Miranda has already won 18 ACM awards, including taking home the Female Vocalist of the Year trophy for five years straight, she still feels the need to have a good-luck charm at the awards show. Lambert tells Billboard, "My grandmother gave me a ring for my 30th birthday, an amethyst with diamonds. I wore it to the Grammys and (Country Music Association Awards), so I'll probably wear it on ACMs night. It has been good luck so far!" The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on April 19 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.

Chris Young is the latest artist to take part in "ACM Sessions," the online concert series featuring some of country's biggest stars and rising talent performing their hits and participating in a Q&A session. The series is captured at smaller and more intimate venues in Los Angeles or Nashville and is brought to viewers through a partnership between the Academy of Country Music and CBS Interactive. Young's episode was held at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville, where fewer than 100 lucky fans were treated to his special acoustic performance. During the show, Chris played three of his #1 singles, including "You," "Tomorrow" and "Gettin' You Home," while also delivering his fan-favorite hit "Aw Naw" and his current Top 5 single "Lonely Eyes."

Trisha Yearwood's third cookbook, Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life has debuted at number 7 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Yearwood's third cookbook shows you how to balance your lifestyle between indulgence and discipline without sacrificing flavor. In other news, the sixth season of Trisha's Emmy-award winning Food Network show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, will debut this Saturday (4/18) at 10:30 AM ET. During the season premiere, Yearwood invites her friends over to enjoy Bacon Waffles with Maple Syrup, Asparagus Frittata, Lemon Blueberry Bread, and Cinnamon Cereal Cocktail.

Brad Paisley will host a night of stand-up comedy this Thursday (4/16) at Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center as part of the Wild West Comedy Festival. Brad tells Nashville's Tennessean that he'd consider one day dabbling in a bit of stand-up himself, "I really like the perspective of life that comedy gives you. I've always felt it is the absolute key to getting through anything."

by Denny & Christal posted Apr 14 2015 12:59PM

Tim McGraw has announced that he will bring his tour to Hartford, Connecticut this summer for a very special show benefitting Sandy Hook Promise, an organization founded in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left twenty children and six adults dead in late 2012. The special show will take place on July 17 at Hartford's XFINITY Theatre and will also feature performances by Tim's "Shotgun Rider Tour" mates Billy Currington and Chase Bryant, along with special surprise guests to be announced later. This cause is close to Tim's heart, as it is to the fiddle player in his touring band, Dean Brown. Brown's longtime friend Mark Barden is the father of one of the children who was killed in the 2012 tragedy.

The Academy of Country Music has announced that its ACM Lifting Lives' gala, originally called "One Night, Two Cities, All Music," will now take place exclusively at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Friday (4/17), and will no longer take place at two separate locations. ACM Lifting Lives' manager Hannah Martin says that the Academy changed the location because they didn't want to put people in a difficult position of having to choose between two different events. The now "supersize," one-location event will include a combination of previously announced artists including Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and The Band Perry with special surprise guests. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will still host ACM Lifting Lives' first-ever fundraising gala, just two days before the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. 

Tyler Farr was in Nashville this past weekend to make a special appearance at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits held downtown at the Music City Center. Tyler performed an acoustic set for those in attendance and then as the crowd continued to grow, he stayed for an hour to sign autographs for the fans. From Nashville, Tyler heads to Dallas for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards and 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival where Farr will perform on Saturday (4/18). Prior to taking the stage to perform, Farr will appear at the 3rd Annual ACM & Cabela's Great Outdoor Archery Event hosted by Luke Bryan and Justin Moore.

Just in time for Mother's Day, Jo Dee Messina's new book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom is now available online and at bookstores everywhere. The book was coauthored by Messina and tells the story of her mom, and how through her love and support she learned to be a mother herself to her two young boys. The book is a collection of 101 stories that serve as a big "thank you" to moms of all ages across the country. The title track from Messina's latest album, Me, is the perfect companion track to the new book because it explores what every mother has asked herself at one time or another. The book also includes the lyrics to "Me" and a link to a special performance of the song by Jo Dee.

by Denny & Christal posted Apr 13 2015 9:14AM

Jason Aldean was hit in the head by a cup of beer during his show in Wichita, Kansas, on Thursday night (4/9).  After Jason was hit, he stopped singing, looked into the crowd and pointed out the offender. Aldean then walked closer to the crowd and motioned for the security guards to have the offender removed. Jason then finished singing the song, and addressed the incident during the next break in the concert. Aldean was understandably furious at what had happened, telling the audience, "It took everything I had not to go kick that guy's teeth in." The offender, who had apparently been drinking, told the deputy on duty at the concert that he was trying to get Jason's attention to let him know that his friend had just gotten engaged and he wanted Aldean to somehow acknowledge it on stage.

Garth Brooks has already taken his world tour with Trisha Yearwood to Pittsburgh, and now he's bringing the massive show to the "Pittsburgh of the South." Garth has announced two concerts in Birmingham, Alabama on June 12 and June 13 at Legacy Arena at the BJCC. Tickets for the shows go on sale Friday, April 17. These will be Brooks' first shows in Birmingham in 19 years. Birmingham is just the latest city to host Garth and Trisha on the massive world tour that's been setting ticket sales record at venues across the country. The tour is in support of Garth's latest album, Man Against Machine, which was released in November. The album is Brooks' first new studio project in 13 years.

Lady Antebellum has teamed up with mortgage lender Quicken Loans to give seven lucky fans the backstage experience of a lifetime and a year of mortgage relief with the launch of the "7FOR7 Sweepstakes." The sweepstakes celebrates the band's upcoming "Wheels Up 2015 Tour," which kicks off May 1 in Lubbock, Texas. The "7FOR7 Sweepstakes" is an extension of the group's charity-focused 7FOR7 campaign, and will award seven grand prize winners a year's worth of mortgage payments, as well as a VIP concert experience for them and a guest, including meet-and-greet passes and complimentary travel.

Entertainment Weekly has added Michael Ray's debut single, "Kiss You In the Morning," to its "16 Songs We're Loving This Spring" playlist. Ray is the only country artist on the list. EW says of the single, "Grab some gum, girl, because this Nashville newcomer wants to kiss you—yes, you with the faded jeans—under the moonlight, in the car, and wherever else you'll let him." "Kiss You In The Morning" made Ray the Most Added Male artist when it was released in February, and has already cracked the chart's Top 25 after only seven weeks at radio. And according to his Facebook page, he'll be playing Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill in Woodbridge next month

by Denny & Christal posted Apr 10 2015 9:35AM

Taylor Swift posted a message on her Tumblr page yesterday (4/9) to share some very sad news: her mom has been diagnosed with cancer. In her post titled "Just so you know…," Taylor told fans that she asked her mom to go to the doctor to get screened for any health issues as a Christmas gift to her and to ease some of her worries. Swift said that there weren't any red flags to suggest anything was wrong, but her mother did the tests just to get her and her brother off her back. Taylor then wrote, "The results came in, and I'm saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer." Swift said that her mother wanted everyone to know because it might help remind them that getting checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle with the disease.

Alan Jackson is set to release his 15th studio album Angels and Alcohol on July 17. The new record is Alan's first studio album in three years and features all new music. Jackson wrote seven of the ten tracks on the album including its title track. The release of Jackson's new album comes 25 years after his debut album Here In The Real World hit store shelves. Alan has been hitting the road on his 25th Anniversary "Keepin' It Country Tour," which makes a stop in Nashville this Saturday (4/11) for a sold out crowd.

Justin Moore is asking for his fans' help in taking his latest album, Off The Beaten Path, to RIAA Gold Certified status. In a recent announcement to his fan club email subscribers, he revealed that each time a new album sales milestone is reached, prizes like autographed CDs, meet and greets, personal phone calls and more will be unlocked. And what if over 150,000 albums are sold? He will play a private, acoustic concert at one lucky fan's home!

CMT has announced that it's hitting the road this for its inaugural, all-female "Next Women of Country Tour" headlined by Jana Kramer and Kelsea Ballerini. The network's first-ever ladies-only tour will kick off in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 30, making 10 stops across the country this spring.. Tickets for the tour go on sale today (4/10) at participating venues.

by Denny & Christal posted Apr 8 2015 10:28PM

The nominees for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards were announced yesterday. Taylor Swift leads the pack this year with 14 nominations in 13 categories, including the night's biggest honor Top Artist. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line each earned three nods at the annual award show, including Top Country Artist. Jason, Luke and FGL will compete against Brantley Gilbert and Blake Shelton for the top country prize. The Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17 at 8 PM ET on ABC.

The Academy of Country Music has announced the winners of awards that will not be televised during the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, due to time constraints. Some of this year's Special Award recipients include Alabama, Loretta Lynn, Luke Bryan and Eric Church. The Special Awards honorees will be handed out during the 9th Annual ACM Honors event on September 1, 2015 at Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium. The 50th ACM Awards will be broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on April 19 at 8:00PM ET CBS.

More artists have been added to the already star-studded lineup at LP Field during 2015 CMA Music Festival Nightly Concerts in Nashville. It has just been announced that Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Maddie & Tae, and Chris Young will all participate in CMA Music Festival, taking place Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14. These artists join previously announced performers including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Neal McCoy, Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Wynonna & The Big Noise, and Zac Brown Band.

Dustin Lynch is giving fans on a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his life on the road with his new web series "On The DL." The first few episodes followed Dustin as he performed a surprise sets on tourist vans in Mexico for Crash My Playa and headed over to Daytona International Speedway to watch his buddy race super cross. The latest episode of "On The DL" follows Lynch to Panama City Beach, Florida for Spring Break where he headlines an outdoor concert at Spinnaker Beach Club. New episode of the web series will debut every Wednesday on Dustin's YouTube channel. 

by Denny & Christal posted Apr 6 2015 8:02AM
Miranda Lambert has added another member to her family, but it's not a loveable pooch. Lambert took to Instagram recently to post a picture of her with her new vintage camper. The photo shows Miranda sitting in the doorway of her new blue and white Shasta camping trailer that's secured on top of another trailer. The caption for the photo reads, "Newest member of the family! This is Dixie yall! A 1961 Shasta! #glamping - which means glamorous camping, or, in other words: to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury. We wouldn't expect anything less from the "Platinum" singer. "Dixie" joins Lambert's happy camper family alongside her vintage 1954 Flying Cloud Airstream, dubbed "Wanda the Wanderer," which has been accompanying the singer on her "Certified Platinum Tour."

Hunter Hayes is giving hints that he might have a potential collaboration with Garth Brooks very soon! Hayes will be performing at the upcoming ACM Lifting Lives Benefit Gala at The Omni Dallas Hotel on April 17, which will be hosted by none other than Brooks. Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will host ACM Lifting Lives' "One Night, Two Cities, All Music" gala on April 17, just two days before the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. In addition to the Omni Dallas Hotel, the event will also take place at the Fort Worth Zoo.  The funds raised from the gala will be donated to several Texas-based organizations including Garth's charity, Teammates for Kids.

Justin Moore recently stopped by the Hershey Fire Station in Hershey, Pennsylvania to honor firefighters for the daily sacrifices they make and the courage they display on behalf of their local community. Moore gifted each of the firefighters free tickets to his concert at The Giant Center on March 26 and also presented the fire station with a $5,000 check donation to use towards necessary renovations. The donation was made on behalf of the whisky brand Crown Royal. The visit was supported by Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" program, which awards naming rights of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, The Brickyard 400, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to one deserving hero who has made a positive impact on the lives of others..

CMT recently announced its full slate of original programming with some new additions. The new lineup includes a scripted series starring Billy Ray Cyrus as an Elvis impersonator and a reality show starring Kellie Pickler. Billy Ray's show is expected to premiere in early 2016. Pickler's show, which is tentatively titled I Love Kellie Pickler, will follow her marriage to songwriter husband Kyle Jacobs. I Love Kellie Pickler is set to premiere September 18.

by Denny & Christal posted Apr 3 2015 9:06AM

Dierks Bentley has created a new digital platform called "Sounding Off" that will offer fans an inside look at his "2015 Sounds of Summer Tour" through a unique series of exclusive videos. The series will feature clips posted online showcasing everything from the tour's kick off all the way through the final notes. The series of videos will also feature surprise cameos from tour openers Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith. The first episode of the series can be seen here 

Darius Rucker will return to host the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday, April 18 at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas, Texas. This is the ninth one held since 2004 and brings together country music artists such as Kix Brooks, Chris Young, and more to raise funds and awareness for ACM Lifting Lives' Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. The ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic, ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride & Concert, ACM Lifting Lives "One Night, Two Cities, All Music" Gala and ACM Party for a Cause Festival are all being held during the ACM Awards week culminating with the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. The ceremony will broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.

The City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, one of the highlights of CMA Music Festival week, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. This year's softball game will be held on June 13 at the brand new First Tennessee Park in Nashville and will commemorate 25 years of striking out cancer. Every year, the Celebrity Softball Game features some of country music's biggest stars all in the name of supporting City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Some of the stars that have taken the field in previous years include Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Vince Gill and many more. The full line-up of celebrity players will be announced in the coming weeks.

After only seven weeks at radio, Michael Ray's debut single "Kiss You In The Morning" has already catapulted into the Top 30 on the charts. Michael is elated at the success his single is having at radio and knows he wouldn't be where he is if it weren't for the support of his fans. Ray says, "The fans got me to Nashville and they just continue to help me get to the next step. This is mind-blowing." And, the fact that he can actually hear his voice on the radio has made this ride even better. Michael shares, "Anytime I hear it on the radio it's a big thing for me. It's surreal. I mean you grow up listening to radio and then you find yourself on a rotation with men and women you look up to and respect."

by Denny & Christal posted Apr 1 2015 8:47AM

Garth Brooks is headed to Tampa, Florida for the first time in 16 years! Brook just announced that his massive world tour with Trisha Yearwood will roll into The Big Guava for two concerts at the city's Amalie Arena, home to NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. The concerts will be on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, with tickets going on sale Friday, April 10 at 10:00 AM ET. The Tampa shows are just the latest dates added to The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood that's been setting ticket sales records across the country.

The 3rd Annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge was held on Sunday (3/29) at Centennial Park in Nashville, with Jerrod Niemann, Charlie Worsham and Campbell all on hand in the park to give special performances. The event was a big success, helping to raise more than $100,000 for colorectal cancer education, research and prevention. The event also honored more than one million colorectal cancer survivors through Fight Colorectal Cancer's (Fight CRC) One Million Strong campaign. Colorectal cancer is close to Campbell's heart, as his father was diagnosed with the disease when he was only 11-years-old, and passed away within a year.

Kenny Rogers will be taking his show to South Africa for the final time, performing his "Farewell South Africa Tour" in June. The tour will kick off in Johannesburg on June 15, before heading to Carnival City on June 16 and in Cape Town on June 18. Kenny will be joined by special guest regional country legends "Big Daddy" Lance James, "Queen of Country" Barbara Ray, "Midnight Cowboy" Clive Bruce and "The Killer" Tommy Dell. Rogers' global appeal is evident by the more than 120 million albums he sold worldwide and the hits he's charted in each of the last seven decades.

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December 10, 2014...........Looking for a singer/songwriter/musician.....

1.  This Virginia boy is not country and has won numerous Grammy Awards.

2.  A few years ago, he wrote the soundtrack to a popular animated film.

3.  He recently came under some fire after making controversial remarks about the Ferguson, Missouri incident.

Answer:  Pharrell Williams

In July, 2010, William's composed the soundtrack to the movie "Despicable Me".

Regarding the Ferguson,Missouri incident, Williams told Ebony Magazine that Michael Brown's actions inside a convenience store, and caught on video, show a teenager without respect for authority.

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