Tag: 2022 CMA Music Festival

LANCO Expected to Release a New Record this Year, Band Says It’s a New Reflection of Who They Are Today (Exclusive)

It’s been four years since LANCO released their last full-length project, Hallelujah Nights, but this year the wait comes to an end.  The platinum-selling award winning group is gearing up for the release of a new record, one in which represents them in a way fans haven’t seen before.  “A lot has changed, we’ve grown up a little bit, we have families now and so that’s definitely reflected in the music,” lead vocalist Brandon Lancaster shared with Celeb Secrets Country reporter Blakely McHugh at the 2022 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN earlier this summer. Like most people in...

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Drake White is Letting Go and Living Life – How He Overcame Partial Paralysis and Got Back on the Stage

“Let go and let God” is Drake White’s mantra for the year of 2022. After living the last two years  in recovery, he has a new perspective on life. In 2019, White suffered from a stroke on stage in Roanoke, VA which left him paralyzed on the left side of his body.  Doctors said it would be a long road to recovery to relearn his basic skills like walking and talking, meanwhile, the country artist was already setting his sights on something greater.  “I was already talking about getting back to the stage and they were like…  *listen to...

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Jordan Rowe Puts a Countryfied Twist on the Common Cocktail Phrase with new song “5:00 In The Country” (Listen)

Country music fans are swooning over newcomer Jordan Rowe and his traditional “true country” roots mixed with the perfect amount of youthful modern fun. Forever inspired by the likes of Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, and Kenny Chesney, the small town South Georgia native made his way to Music City right after college in 2019 and has since toured with some of the industry’s hottest names like Luke Combs, Jon Pardi, Cole Swindell to name a few. Today (July 29), the star-in-the-making dropped his new song “5:00 In The Country,” which puts a countryfied twist on the common cocktail...

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Q&A: Getting to Know the Men Behind Boy Named Banjo 

There’s a special dynamic between the men of Boy Named Banjo.  Unlike most, the country folk band was created more than a decade ago when most of its members were still in high school. It’s that familial feeling that gives them an extra something that other bands don’t have.  “I think we just have a special camaraderie,” William Reames, acoustic, said. “We’re all really good friends before bandmates, so I think that comes across on stage more than anything.” The crew originated in 2010 with its OG members, Reames, Willard Logan and Barton Davies. Two years after forming, and...

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Shelby Darrall Has a “Ruthless” Attitude Towards Songwriting – Here’s How She’s Taking Center Stage in Her Musical Career

Rising country star Shelby Darrall is making her mark in country music world. Born and raised in Napa Valley, Calif., music (and wine) is in her blood.  You can thank her father, Chuck Darrall, and his band Silver Creek for that. “My dad was in a band when I was growing up and I was kind of always around it and watching him do it,” Darrall said about her childhood. “[I was] inspired by him in a lot of ways.” In fact, her first time ever on stage was with her fathers band. But she didn’t get handed the mic just...

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Meet Roman Alexander: Minimalist, Adventurous Eater and Force to Be Reckoned With in Country Music (Exclusive)

“Between You & Me,” Roman Alexander is one to watch in country music.  One of the longest-running independent artists on Spotify’s Hot Country Artist Playlist, Alexander has been drawing buzz from Music City and beyond by putting out chart-topping hits and hitting the road with some of country’s biggest artists.  Does Sam Hunt or Old Dominion ring a bell? The Missouri native grew up listening to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley. It was that love, specifically for the King of Rock n’ Roll, that spurred an early start to his musical career. “My uncle...

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Ashley Cooke is Making Her TV Debut on This Season of “The Bachelorette!”

If you didn’t already have enough reasons to tune into this historic season of The Bachelorette, now you have another.  Rising country star Ashley Cooke will make her debut TV appearance on ABC’s hit-reality show this coming Monday (July 18), as she’s performing her swoon-worthy romantic duet, “Never Til Now” with chart-topper Brett Young. “Getting to make my TV debut is unbelievably exciting in general… but especially getting to debut on ‘The Bachelorette!’ It was so fun to get to marry the two worlds of TV and music and to do it all with my friend and duet partner, Brett...

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Mae Estes Dishes on What It Was Like Working with her Husband on “Thinkin Bout Cheatin’” (Exclusive)

I’ve been “thinking about cheating” isn’t your typical conversation in a marriage. It certainly isn’t an everyday hook for a song either. But for country singer/songwriter, Mae Estes, the topic came up naturally with her husband of two years, Chad Runyan. Although, it’s not what you think. “We were in the heat of talking about how we wanted our marriage to be, our commitment to each other and I said, ‘well you don’t have to worry about me cheating on you,” she told Celeb Secrets Country reporter Blakely McHugh backstage at the 2022 CMA Music Festival last month.  She added,...

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Hannah Ellis Reveals Why Being Turned Down on “The Voice” Was the Best Thing to Happen to Her (Exclusive)

When one door closes, another one opens, and that couldn’t ring more true for rising country songstress Hannah Ellis.  As she sat backstage with Celeb Secrets Country at the 2022 CMA Music Festival in Nashville last month, she reflected on what it’s taken to get to the moment of performing as a major-label artist at the longest-running country music festival in the world.  “I realized that the last time I played at CMA Fest, I didn’t have a record deal, I hadn’t had a song go to radio… so this is a huge deal,” she told Celeb Secrets Country reporter...

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Kimberly Kelly is Ditching Her “Plan B” and Going After Her Musical Dreams Full Force

“I’ll Tell You What’s Gonna Happen” — Kimberly Kelly is going to quit her day job, become a full time singer/songwriter, and release her debut album under her label, Show Dog Nashville.  It’s a big move for the musician as she has always had a main stream of income that supported her music. “People will say you know if you have a plan A you can’t have a plan B, and I don’t think so,” Kelly told Celeb Secrets reporter Blakely McHugh backstage at the 2022 CMA Music Festival  in Nashville last month. “You need like B, C, D,...

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