Author: Ilana Epstein

Dan + Shay Gear Up for New Era of Music with Massive Headlining Show in Holmdel, NJ (Review)

With a ton of new music coming this fall, Dan + Shay gave fans a taste of their new era by headlining Thunder 106 and Value City Furniture NJ’s annual Thunderfest at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on Friday (August 18). With the crowd already hyped up from performances by Big Loud artists MacKenzie Porter and Griffen Palmer, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney kicked off their 22-song set with their popular hit “10,000 Hours,” followed by classic tunes like “Alone Together,” “All To Myself,” “Nothin’ Like You,” “Keeping Score” and “From The Ground Up.” “I think this is the biggest...

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Parker McCollum Brings “Sad Boy Country” to the Big Apple with Headlining Show at Pier 17 (Review)

Despite Morgan Wallen postponing his One Night at a Time Tour due to doctor’s orders for vocal rest, opener Parker McCollum is still finding ways to play shows for his biggest fans. The 30-year-old, who was billed as direct support for Wallen’s New Jersey shows at MetLife Stadium last Friday and Saturday (May 19 & 20), made his way over the Hudson River for a special headlining show at Manhattan’s picturesque Pier 17 venue inside The Seaport. Only revealing details a week before show day, fans came in droves to see the budding country crooner along with tour mate and chart-topper...

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Bryce Leatherwood is Proud to Have “Stayed True to Himself” Throughout his Journey on ‘The Voice’ (Exclusive)

It’s been a whirlwind two days for Georgia native Bryce Leatherwood! The 22-year-old country singer took a leap of faith after auditioning for Season 22 of The Voice this year, ultimately receiving three out of four chair turns before capturing the hearts of viewers nationwide each week. But on Tuesday (December 13), all of the hard work paid off, as host Carson Daly revealed that he won the entire competition, beating out fellow finalists Brayden Lape and Bodie (Team Blake Shelton); Morgan Myles (Team Camila Cabello) and Omar Jose Cardona (Team John Legend). “All I can say is wow…it was crazy...

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Laci Kaye Booth is Reintroducing Herself with New Single “Damn Good In A Dive Bar”

After a year of both personal and professional hardships, Laci Kaye Booth is back and better than ever. The country artist releases her new track, “Damn Good In A Dive Bar” today (November 30), marking her first independent release since parting ways with her record label, Big Machine Records.  “This past year has been a rollercoaster for me,” Laci says to Celeb Secrets reporter Ilana Epstein over the phone.  The Livingston, TX native captured America’s hearts each week when competing on American Idol in 2019. After finishing in the Top 5, the 27-year-old signed a record deal with Scott Borchetta...

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Russell Dickerson Gives Fans the “Full Picture” of Who He Is As an Artist with Self-Titled Album (Listen)

There’s no denying that Russell Dickerson has earned himself a seat at the “it” table in Music City by skyrocketing his way to the top of the charts with his creative, fun and genre-bending songs. With two albums four No. 1 songs already under his belt, the 35-year-old Tennessee native shows fans and country music fans that there’s no sign of slowing down with the release of his third self-titled record that’s now available on all streaming platforms. Released this past Friday (November 4), this body of work promises to give fans the “full picture” of who he is, as he...

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Chris Lane Talks Entering a New Era of Music with New Label and EP “From Where I’m Sippin'” (Exclusive)

Chris Lane is entering a new phase in his life and we could not be more stoked about it. The chart-topping entertainer, husband and father is officially back in the spotlight with the release of his brand new EP From Where I’m Sippin, which is out now via his new label Red Street Records. “I feel like I’ve got a great team of people around me. It’s allowed me to have a little bit more creative control and freedom,” Chris shared about his new label. “Nobody’s more excited about that [new label] than I am.” Featuring five new fresh-Country concoctions...

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Madeline Merlo Shares How Her Version of An Unreleased Sam Hunt Song Became the Title of Her New EP (Exclusive)

After winning the season two premiere of NBC’s hit show Songland, Madeline Merlo knew she had to keep the momentum going. The singer began working tirelessly on new music, and fans will finally get to hear it all thanks to her four-track EP Slide, which is now available on all streaming platforms.  “I am elated to finally have this EP out in the world,” says Merlo. “I’m so grateful for my entire team, record label, publisher, all the co-writers, my producer Zach Crowell and every single person who had something to do with this project! My hope is that people...

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Noah Thompson Reflects on the Life-Changing Moment When He Won ‘American Idol’ (Exclusive)

Noah Thompson has lived a true Cinderella story this year. The Kentucky native went from being a construction worker in a town with a population of only 2,852 people to capturing the hearts of millions, winning Season 20 of American Idol back in May. Encouraged by his “work buddy” Arthur to audition for the longest-running singing competition series, Thompson never thought that his dream of becoming a country singer would become a reality. “Arthur told me I was going to win it from the beginning,” Thompson tells Celeb Secrets Country reporter Ilana Epstein in an exclusive interview. “I wasn’t trying to...

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Travis Denning Says New EP “Might As Well Be Me” Is All About Who He Really Is As A Person (Exclusive)

Known for his charming personality and catchy music, Travis Denning is showing fans a side they’ve never seen before with his six-song EP Might As Well Be Me, available today (August 5) on all streaming platforms. The 29-year-old Mercury Nashville recording artist’s project is crafted for the stage, as it features Denning’s hard-charging energy and mischief-making signatures while showing extreme growth since his previous release Dirt Road Down.  Telling Celeb Secrets Country reporter Ilana Epstein that this new record includes some of the “best music he’s ever recorded,” Denning says that he tried to be as authentic and present as possible...

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Alana Springsteen Shares The Song She’s Most Proud Of on New Album “History of Breaking Up (Part Two)” – Exclusive

Just ten short months after the release of History of Breaking Up (Part 1), budding country songstress Alana Springsteen is continuing her story with the second part to her critically-acclaimed debut. The 21-year-old’s sophomore project titled History of Breaking Up (Part 2) is available to stream everywhere beginning today (July 15) and tells a raw and honest story of going through a breakup. Co-writing all but one and co-producing and playing guitar on five, Springsteen tells Celeb Secrets that the entire process was “really vulnerable.” “The writing process was just really vulnerable,” she says. “These songs were in a lot of...

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