It feels like only yesterday that Blake Shelton‘s charge Dia Frampton was the runner up on the debut season of ‘The Voice.’ Well, season two is upon us, and Shelton is already raring to go and plotting his methods for another round. Shelton revealed that he will retain last season’s strategy of picking the singers with the most unique and different voices for his team. Obviously, Shelton has no interest in cultivating a poker face during the audition round.
The Band Perry had a banner year in 2011, due in large part to the crossover success of ‘If I Die Young.’ They will soar into 2012 with another heralded appearance. The trio of siblings will perform the national anthem at the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas on Jan. 6, reports CMT.
Alan Jackson was the subject of last night’s ‘Backstory’ on GAC, and the singer’s relationship with wife Denise was a focal point of the episode. Alan and Denise have been married since 1979, so their relationship factors heavily in his career and his music. The duo endured their fair share of ups and downs since that fateful meeting at a Dairy Queen, but through it all, they remain stronger than ever.
Mindy McCready continues to speak to the press about her recent actions, where she took her son Zander, 5, from her mother and step-father’s Florida home. The grandparents have custody of the boy, but McCready claims she had good reason to yank her son from his living situation.
Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott is in love and not just with her fiancée Chis Tyrell. The singer seriously loves her pooch Hobbs and is addicted to tweeting about him. She’s not that different from millions of other proud pet owners out there; she just has a bigger audience with which to share photos. Scott constantly posts candid pics of her pooch on Twitter, and each one is cuter than the next. Hobbs is so adorable that we can’t stop looking at the shots and we look forward to her sharing more.
Toby Keith should be ready to raise a ‘Red Solo Cup’ in celebration. The singer’s Toby Keith Foundation has designs on opening a facility to house and provide amenities for the families of children receiving treatment for cancer. The foundation is inching closer to its goal of opening the $8.5 million complex, dubbed the OK Kids Korral, as an Oklahoma City board has approved the plans.
Dan ‘Bee’ Spears, who served as the bassist in Wille Nelson‘s touring band for over 40 years and who played on several of the singer’s crucial albums, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday (Dec. 8). Spears was 62.
If anyone understands exactly how eliminated ‘X Factor‘ contestant Rachel Crow feels about finishing just short of your reality TV singing competition goals, it’s Lauren Alaina. A mere six months ago, Alaina heard Scotty McCreery‘s name announced instead of hers during the ‘American Idol’ finals. While Crow placed fifth in her competition, she, like Alaina, was an early favorite, loved by fans and judges alike. But she didn’t ultimately notch the win.
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