“The Voice” winner Danielle Bradbery is ending the year with quite a bang! The fresh faced singer has just been announced as the new face of SKECHERS!
Starting in Spring 2014 The Heart of Dixie singer will be part of SKECHERS global marketing campaign including television and print ads. Her first string of ads will be promoting BOBS, which is a charitable footwear line that gives children in need shoes.
And it sounds like Danielle couldn’t be happier with her new gig. “This has been an incredible year — I never thought I would have a record deal so quickly and appear in campaigns for SKECHERS.”
President of SKECHERS, Michael Greenberg, even likened Bradbery to a country superstar who also had the same endorsement with the shoe retailer. ““With a Top 20 hit under her belt, she’s clearly talented and definitely one to watch. We see the same massive potential in Danielle as we did in Carrie Underwood when we signed her several years ago, and we are excited to be a part of Danielle’s career from the start.” (via Taste of Country)
Shoes seems to be running in the country music family lately as Taylor Swift has an ongoing partnership with Keds and Miranda Lambert has a line she helped design debuting next year with Rich Footwear Group.
Actors who decide to sing country music are often met with the hard (and unfair) task of moving past their famous name. Just ask two recent crossover artists, Lucy Hale and Jana Kramer. Add the infamous Spears name to that scenario be ready for the critics to roll their eyes.
Little sis to megastar Britney Spears, Jamie Lynn Spears, announced her country music dreams back in 2010 by moving to Nashville and many were skeptical. But after listening to the Louisiana native’s debut single How Could I Want More, many skeptics might change their tune.
Between the honest lyrics and heartfelt delivery, country fans might be surprised to learn their new favorite tune is from the once child star. Spears sounds like a true natural sweetly singing the love song. A full album has not been announced but we have a hunch many will be anxiously awaiting it’s release.
So this girl, Lucy Hale, is pretty awesome! She’s a huge television star and she’s got a brand new country album coming out (sneak peak here). But she found time in her busy schedule to visit a high school in my area for a full blown concert in the middle of the school day. If that wasn’t enough, Lucy is a sweetheart and boy, can this girl sing! We chatted about her upcoming album and her fate on the ABC hit show Pretty Little Liars (don’t worry fans, Aria isn’t going anywhere). And you’ll never guess who she wants to model her career after! I’ll let that one be a surprise!
Between the cowboy hat, the many plaid button downs, the jeans and the southern drawl, you just can’t get more country than Jason Aldean. Wrangler Jeans hopes to capitalize on the superstar’s signature look by putting him a brand new ad campaign for Wrangler Retro jeans.
The 30 second television commercial shows the When She Says Baby singer doing what he does best – playing to fans in signature Wrangler’s Retro jeans of course. The catchy “long live” sequence runs through the ad ending with a line so perfect for the country superstar: “Long Live Cowboys.”
I love watching award shows – specially of the country music genre. But of any award show I enjoy watching the red carpet the most. Call it an obsession with the glamour of it all, but I can’t get enough! And no red carpet presentation would be complete without a rundown of the best and worst dressed. I was joined by radio personality Kayla Blakeslee for the CMA Awards red carpet fashion video. Do you agree with our bests and worsts?
We only had a small amount of time in the video segment to give our favorites, but here’s a complete list of who I thought rocked it (and flopped it) on the CMA red carpet!
Country music’s biggest didn’t disappoint with the presentation of this year’s CMA awards! There were so many wonderful moments (I mean did you see the red carpet pics?) that it was hard to narrow down a few for this post. But below are 4 of my favorite performances from last night’s broadcast. What were your favorite moments!
The entire opening monologue was great but Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood brought down the house by poking fun at the President with an Obamacare number.
Taylor Swift’s Acoustic Version of “Red” with Allison Krauss and Vince Gill
What a tender moment for the artist who’s usually surrounded by dancers and confetti. One of my favorite T-Swift performances to date.
Carrie Underwood’s montage of current hits.
One word: Damn! That voice! And don’t forget about those legs! Twitter was a buzz and rightfully so.
George Jones Tribute with Alan Jackson and George Straight
Two country legends pay tribute to “the greatest country singer of all time” and it was a tear jerker.
I’ve been watching the CMA Awards religiously for several years now, however this was the first year I became invested. Having been in the country music industry for a little over two years I’ve finally become a junkie. I have listened to every album, memorized each single, read up on the lives of these superstars and even met some insiders with stories you’d never believe. I feel like I’ve got this down.
Of course I say that and realize I’ve got quite a ways to go. But nonetheless, this year I bring you my first ever CMA award prediction list – complete with explanations. I may not have it all figured out but I’ll give it a shot! Besides, awards shows are so unpredictable that any guess could be correct!
And of course I’m most looking forward to the red carpet looks anyway. Perhaps I should add another category for who will take best dressed!
Entertainer of the Year
My Choice – Blake Shelton
It’s hard to argue with the success of Blake Shelton this last year. The reigning CMA entertainer of the year took no time off in continuing his popularity streak releasing a number 1 selling album and winning The Voice for a 3rd straight season. Taylor Swift with her album and worldwide tour could possibly beat Shelton, but I think some country purist voters may want to give it an artist who more embodies country music.
Male Vocalist of the Year
My Choice – Blake Shelton
Could Blake Shelton win both male vocalist and entertainer of the year? Yes! Again, in a category with crazy popular artist, most who released an album and broke box office records, it’s still hard to argue with Blake Shelton’s popularity.
Female Vocalist of the Year
My Choice – Taylor Swift
Having won female vocalist for 3 years in a row, it’s unlikely that Miranda Lambert will pull out a four-peat, especially with Carrie Underwood’s face plastered everywhere from albums to tours to football to live musicals (hello CMA entertainer nod next year!) But overshadowing all that is the reigning queen of music period: Taylor Swift.
Vocal Duo of the Year
My Choice – Florida Georgia Line
They came from seemingly nowhere and now FLGA members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have taken the country music – and pop music – world by storm! Between their breakout hit “Cruise,” their collaboration with hip hop singer Nelly, their debut album and their 3 consecutive number one hits, Florida Georgia Line will take home the trophy!
New Artists of the Year
My Choice – Florida Georgia Line
Although Kacey Musgraves is a top contender for this award given her critically acclaimed debut album and writing success with Miranda Lambert; her year fizzled almost as quick as it arrived. Florida Georgia line on the other hand took off and never stopped going.
Vocal Group of the Year
My Choice – Little Big Town
The Band Perry released a killer album this year (and yea, I’m still bitter they were snubbed in that category) but Little Big Town had a break out year complete with an album, number one hits and awards galore including a Grammy.
Musical Event of the Year
My Choice – “Highway Don’t Care” Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Yes, this was Florida Georgia Line’s year and their collaboration with Nelly was a hit, but it didn’t receive much airplay on the country side. They could be a black horse to take home the prize but I’m betting it will be Tim Taylor and Keith ‘s number one smash, “Highway Don’t Care.”
Album of the Year
My Choice – Blake Shelton Based on a True Story
Let’s be real here: Little Big Town seems to be riding off their success of Pontoon and Tornado but overall their album felt like an odd choice for this category. Kacey Musgraves’ album was highly acclaimed (I LOVED it) but it failed to resonate on the country airwaves past it’s debut single. Taylor Swift’s Red was wildly popular worldwide, but it sounds more like a pop album than country music album. That leaves us with Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton. I go with Blake simply because Based on a True Story was an overall great album. Carrie produced 3 amazing songs and 9 so-so songs.
Single of the Year
My Choice – Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”
“Cruise” is a song that makes you smile and turn up the radio when it comes on (a year later and I still do it). Plus, it was a smash crossover hit with Nelly and it catapulted the once “nobodies” into a seemingly unstoppable career.
Song of the Year
My Choice - Miranda Lambert “Mama’s Broken Heart”
This is the only category where I am predicting a winner yet truly believe it should go to someone else. “Mama’s Broken Heart” is a fantastically written song and will win because of it’s writing and who wrote it (Kacey Musgraves) not to mention who sang it. But Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” is a song that hit home for so many people along with beautiful writing. For me, it should take the top prize.
Music Video of the Year
My Choice – Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”
First of all, the song is outstanding (and was completely snubbed in the song categories). Now, mix that with Carrie Underwood’s power vocals and movie like video complete with special effects and a Wizard of Oz theme and we’ve got a winner. Plus, she already won the CMT Music Video of the Year award for it.