Texas teen gets help from Nashville legends for new CD

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Now this is crazy amazing. 

While most 17 year olds are worrying about getting their first car and what dress to wear to prom, Richmond, Texas native Mary Sarah has spent the last couple of years recording a new album with some of Nashville's greatest legends. 

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A&E’s Crazy Hearts: Nashville’s Jimmy Stanley – 10 Random Questions

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Florida native Jimmy Stanley has a undeniable passion for songwriting, compelling vocals, and a fiery attitude to match. When he isn't busting his ass to write some amazing material, he is working at the legendary Bluebird Cafe.

Jimmy Stanley is a cast member on A&E's new reality tv show titled Crazy Hearts: Nashville. The series takes viewers into the life of up and coming musicians struggling to make it big. Although the world may have seen a glimpse of Jimmy's ability to write and sing music, I knew there was so much more to him than what meets the eye.

1. At what age did you know that you wanted to pursue music?

I grew up on a farm listening to country music and started singing as early as I can remember. When I was a little kid I thought I was a country singer but it was in college that I really decided to pursue it as a career.

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Kenny Rogers receives honorary degree from Professional Photographers of America

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Just three months ago, American icon Kenny Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. And now, last week in Phoenix, he picked up another career achievement, but this time it’s in recognition of his other talent and passion—photography.
 
Rogers received an honorary master of photography degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) at its annual conference, Imaging USA, during the PPA Award & Degree ceremony, last Tuesday night, Jan. 14, at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, where more than 145 award and degree recipients were honored. Prior to the ceremony, he gave an exclusive live Q&A with convention-goers, discussing his life and work.  Rogers also shared photos from his forthcoming photography book, Places I’ve Been, Things I’ve Seen

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Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke World Tour launches this week

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Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress, philanthropist, and 2014 Grammy nominee, Dolly Parton, is set to kick off her “Blue Smoke World Tour” this Friday, January 24, in Rancho Mirage, California.  In addition this past Friday, Parton announced shows in Tamworth and Cairns being added to the Australian leg of the tour, both shows are already sold out!
 
“It’s always great to perform at home in the good ol’ USA.  We're kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home.  I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true, there’s nothing like home,” says Dolly Parton. 

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Dolly Parton thinking about renewing vows for 50th wedding anniversary

Dolly Parton is getting ready to celebrate a massively huge milestone in her life - her 50th wedding anniversary to her seldom-seen husband, Carl Dean! Okay, the anniversary is still two years away, but Dolly's already making plans for the momentous occasion.

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Dolly Parton signs with a new record label, announces new album

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Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is proud to announce her latest recording endeavor, a partnership between her own label Dolly Records and Sony Masterworks.  The label deal will launch her new album Blue Smoke in New Zealand/Australia on January 31, 2014, to coincide with her international Blue Smoke World Tour which will hit New Zealand, Australia in February.  In addition, Blue Smoke will be released in the United States and Europe in May 2014, in advance of the Blue Smoke World Tour hitting England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden. 

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Dolly Parton bringing her Blue Smoke World Tour to America

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Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist DOLLY PARTON will kick-off her ‘Blue Smoke World Tour’ starting in January 2014, making a few concert appearances in the United States before heading down under for shows in New Zealand and Australia, then onto the UK and mainland Europe.

“It’s always great to perform at home in the good ol’ USA.  We're kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home.  I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true, there’s nothing like home,” says Dolly Parton. 

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Ashley Monroe – 10 Random Questions

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Ashley Monroe is widely known for her part in the trio girl band Pistol Annies with members Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley. However, she has been performing music since she was just a kid.

Monroe was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a pre-teen she moved to Nashville to pursue her music. After only a year she was offered a publishing deal as a songwriter. In 2006, she released a duet titled "I Don't Want To" with the legendary Ronnie Dunn. The single did fairly well. Monroe also co-wrote Jason Aldean's "The Truth" and Miranda Lambert's "Heart Like Mine." She is one of Nashville's greatest songwriter's.

In March of 2013, she released her album "Like A Rose" via Warner Bros. Nashville to critical acclaim. The album was produced by Vince Gill.

Monroe has a classic country sound and a fire that comes to life when she sings. She is what real country music is made of.

1. At what age did you know you wanted to pursue music?

Always. As soon as I could talk I was singing.

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Mindy Smith gets “Snowed In” with latest Holiday EP

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       I’ve been a fan of Mindy Smith since I first heard her cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”. I Loved her take on it! So I naturally looked up her music. I became a fast fan after hearing her song “Come To Jesus”, which is off of her 2004 album “One Moment More”.

       Mindy Smith’s latest is the five-song Holiday EP, “Snowed In”. It contains three traditional songs, plus two self-penned originals. The production is laid-back and stripped back, allowing the songs themselves and Mindy’s voice to shine. Mindy is once again joined by producer Steve Buckingham, who produced her first three albums.

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Dolly Parton’s new Christmas movie set to air tonight

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Grammy® Award winner Dolly Parton (Nine to Five, Steel
Magnolias
), to star along with Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement),
Brian McKnight (American Dreams), newcomer Desiree Ross
(Crossing the River) in the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie
A Country Christmas Story, tonight, November
9, at 8:00 pm ET/PT. 

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