Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to Receive Nashville Symphony Harmony Award

 

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will be the recipients of this year’s Nashville Symphony Harmony Award. Every year the Symphony chooses to honor a recipient who exemplifies the harmonious spirit of the Nashville musical community.  Tim and Faith will be honored at the 2014 Symphony Ball, which will take place at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on December 13th.

 

Previous recipients of the Harmony Award include Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton.

Blake Shelton is Loving His New Fellow Coaches on The Voice

Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton

Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton

Season seven of The Voice will premiere on Monday, and it looks like Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are loving their new fellow coaches, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.  Blake says, “I absolutely did not see this coming, the level of brilliance Gwen and Pharrell brought into the game.  Gwen Stefani is Gwen Stefani.  She is just an icon.”

 

 

One thing that has really thrown Blake off in the auditions is Pharrell’s willingness to talk contestants into going with a coach other than him, even when he hits his button. Blake says, “Pharrell hits his button and then almost begs the artist to go with another coach.”  He’s certain it’s some sort of mind trick or sneaky ploy but he can’t figure it out.

 

It may just be part of Pharrell’s zen-like personality. Gwen says, “Pharrell is just an incredibly generous, peaceful, amazing guy.  He’s like the Oprah Winfrey of the show.”

 

Adam Levine proclaims, “I think it’s the best season we’ve ever had. Gwen and Pharrell are incredible, formidable opponents, but also just people I respect and love.”

 

After finishing in second place last season with his contestant Jake Worthington, Blake is hoping he can score his fourth win on The Voice this season.  He told US Weekly, “I’ve been a liar from day one. When we sit down there in those blind auditions and spill our guts and make our pitches to get artists on our teams, I’m willing to stoop to any level.  I’m just a scumbag, and I admit it!”

 

The Voice season seven premiere will air Monday night, September 22nd, at 10pm ET/9pm CT.

 

Sam Hunt Gets a Golden Surprise At His Album Preview House Party

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt hosted a house party in Nashville this week to give some friends, and invited guests from the media and music industry a chance to hear his new album, Montevallo, which he’ll be releasing next month. While guests played corn hole and beer pong and enjoyed plenty of barbecue and adult beverages, Sam took a moment to thank everyone for coming, which is when his record label president, Mike Dungan, surprised him with a plaque certifying that his debut single, “Leave the Night On” has sold over 500,000 copies and been certified digital gold.

 

Sam is thrilled with the response the song has been getting because he says, “‘Leave the Night On’ right now is the song that’s sort of at the front of the boat for the whole project. It’s a song I’m excited about that represents what’s to come with the album in a lot of ways. It’s a good sign because people are reacting to ‘Leave the Night On’ and giving us such a great response that it really excites me about the music to come, because I know taste-wise if they’re enjoying this song that they’re going to enjoy hopefully the record and the songs that come behind it.”

 

Sam’s four-song EP, X2C, is available through digital retailers now, and his full album, Montevallo, will be released on October 27th.

Kenny Chesney Keeps it Interesting with His Cheat Meals on His Diet

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney is a self-proclaimed health nut. He works out religiously and sticks to a pretty strict diet.  He eats the same thing every morning before he works out.  “I get up really early to train, and I eat five egg whites and one whole egg and scramble them with peppers and coconut oil. That’s my daily ritual,” he tells People.
Every once in a while he’ll let himself cheat on his diet. The last fried food he ate was on his boat down in the Virgin Islands in June.  Kenny says, “I think I had some shark bites – fried fish – but only a few. If I’m going to do a big calorie intake, I’m going to do alcohol and not food!”

 

Kenny’s workouts consist of cardio and strength training, but he’s also found a new way to not only workout, but also to escape from the world for a little while. He recently learned to surf and he says he regrets not doing it sooner.  “It’s therapy for me. I don’t think about anything other than keeping my ass up on that board.” Kenny will release his brand new album, The Big Revival, this coming Tuesday, September 23rd.

 

New Baby and Questionably Crazy Two Year Old Keep Life Interesting at Joe Nichols’ House

Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols new daughter, Georgia, is four months old, and it seems one person who is not happy that she’s here and still hanging around the house is her big sister, 2-year-old Dylan. Joe says, “I know that when her sister came along she was very much like, ‘Put it back!  It’s still here … it’s right over there.  It’s making noise and pooping everywhere.  I’m the only one that does that.’”

 

Because she’s only two, it’s a little early for the birds and the bees talk, so Joe says, “We haven’t talked about anything other than the giant bug that mommy delivered. That’s how she looks at it, that’s what I think.

 

When it comes to personalities, Joe says Georgia is super chill, “very super laid back and always happy, always smiling, looks like her mama.” His two year old on the other hand, Joe laughs and says, “I think she’s a good kid, but I think she has a strong chance of either being like class president and running for office or a serial killer.  I’m not sure which one she’s going to be yet.  She’s capable of either one.”

 

Joe says Dylan acts a little crazy sometimes. For instance, “She’ll take off and run full head of steam into a wall and she’ll get dizzy and she’ll be like, ‘Awww yeah!’”  He laughs and says, “It’s interesting around my house.”

 

Joe just released his new single, “Hard to Be Cool,” off of his Crickets album, which is the follow up to his two number ones off that album, “Sunny & 75” and “Yeah.”