Trae Patton/NBCMaelynJarmon, the New York City waitress with perfect pitch, despite being deaf in one ear, ended her fairy-tale run Tuesday night by being crowned winner of season 16 of The Voice.
Jarmon's coach, John Legend, notched a victory in his debut season on the show, adding a The Voice championship to his EGOT status.
Maelyn, 26 and born in Frisco, Texas, finished ahead of three country artists on coach Blake Shelton's team. Twenty-five-year-old Louisiana native Gyth Rigdon was runner-up. Soulful Alabama country singer Dexter Roberts, 27, and 22-year-old Texas native Andrew Sevener finished in third and fourth places, respectively.
Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine had no team members remaining in the competition.
During the two-hour finale, each finalist performed with an acclaimed musical guest. The show began with Andrew joining Travis Tritt to perform Tritt's song "T-R-O-U-B-L-E." Maelyn performed an immaculate duet of "Angel" with Sarah Mclachlan; Dexter sang "That's Country Bro" with Toby Keith; and Gyth stood proudly alongside Darius Rucker to sing the Hootie & the Blowfish song "Hold My Hand."
Previously eliminated artists also returned to perform group medleys. Mari teamed up with Kim Cherry for a brash version of Lizzo's "Good as Hell," which then switched into Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative," performed by Domenic Haynes, Jej Vinson, Kalvin Jarvis, LB Crew and Shawn Sounds. Later, Celia Babini, Betsy Ade, Lisa Ramey and Presley Tennant performed a rocking version of Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen."
The musical lineup for the finale was star-studded from beginning to end. The Jonas Brothers performed their new single, "Cool"; former The Voice advisor Khalid performed "Talk"; OneRepublic delivered their new song, "Rescue Me"; Hootie & the Blowfish hit the Voice stage once again to perform "Let Her Cry"; BTS delivered "Boy with Love"; Halsey performed a gripping version of her new song, "Nightmare"; and Taylor Swift claimed the stage at the end with her new hit, "Me," featuring Brendon Urie.
The Voice has already been renewed for season 17, with the current coaches all scheduled to return.
Big Machine Even though it's only been out since Friday, Lady Antebellum's "What If I Never Get Over You" is already at #25 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.
Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood all agree part of the reason is probably because it calls to mind their 2009 smash, "Need You Now."
"To me," Dave explains, "this song just stands out so much because it asks so many great questions that are unanswered. What if time doesn't do what it's supposed to do? What if I never get over you?"
"I think we've all been there," he continues, "and I think that's what's always been so powerful about 'Need You Now.'"
"I mean, that song is actually around ten years old this year, which is crazy," he points out. "But, it went around the world to me because it just related to everybody."
While all three members of Lady A are co-writers on "Need You Now," that's not the case with "What If I Never Get Over You."
"I'm always like, 'Damn it, we didn't write it!'" Dave admits. "But man, when we hear a great song, at this point in our career, when it's a great song, a great song just wins no matter what," he says, as Charles and Hillary agree.
"And somehow this one feels like something we wrote more than some of the other ones we have written, and I don't know why," Dave observes. "But there's something beautiful about it to me that tells both sides of the story."
"What If I Never Get Over You" is Lady A's first single since leaving their longtime label, Capitol Nashville, last year. It's also the lead release from their forthcoming debut album for Big Machine.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Janson is set to sing his new hit, "Good Vibes," Wednesday on Live with Kelly and Ryan. You can catch the syndicated show after Good Morning America on most ABC stations.
Frankie Ballard will host an intimate Fan Hang on Thursday, June 6 during CMA Fest in Music City. You can find out more about the event at Warner Music Nashville online.
Tracy Lawrence, Eric Paslay, Liz Rose, and Heather Morgan will play a special edition of the CMA Songwriters Series on Wednesday, June 5 at the CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum the week of CMA Fest in Nashville.
You can check out the new animated music video for Ronnie Milsap and Dolly Parton's duet version of "Smoky Mountain Rain" on YouTube now. The collaboration is the new single from Ronnie's The Duets album.
ABC/Image Group LAKacey Musgraves’ new exhibit titled “All of the Colors” will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on July 2.
The Nashville exhibit traces the life of the Texas native, including everything from a high school detention notice for causing “continuous classroom disruption” to the manuscript for “Slow Burn” from her CMA-and-Grammy-winning Golden Hour album.
“I absolutely adore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” Kacey says, “and it’s a privilege to have them curate an exhibit that will showcase pieces from moments all the way back to my childhood that are very special to me.”
The display will also feature the satin dress Kacey wore to the 2014 Grammys, as well as the western-themed Versace pantsuit she sported at last year’s CMA Awards.
Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors is set to run through June 7 of next year.
Columbia NashvilleMaren Morris is a happier, healthier “Girl” these days, after working on both her body and her mind, she reveals in the article that accompanies her June cover of Women’s Health magazine.
In addition to watching what she eats and working out with Carrie Underwood’s trainer Erin Oprea, the Texas native has also given up smoking.
“It used to be such a stress reliever,” Maren admits. Ultimately, she realized the cigarettes were affecting her vocals.
“It’s a gift to sing well and make people emotional, so I don’t take it for granted,” she explains.
Even though she’s a Grammy-winner who’s currently headlining her own world tour, Maren still battles her nerves as she prepares to face a crowd.
“It’s stage fright. Some parts of it never go away,” she tells Women’s Health. “When I get out there and relax into it, I’m fine.”
Maren also confesses Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s recent version of A Star is Born resonated so much with her -- and her husband, fellow singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd -- she decided to talk to someone about it.
“I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had to go to therapy,” Maren says candidly. “Not the substance abuse part, but there were things that happened to [Lady Gaga’s] character that happened to me.”
“That movie rocked us both,” she continues. “We were like, ‘We can never end up like this. Cool?’”
You can read more in the June issue of Women’s Health, which hits newsstands May 28.
The title track of Maren’s sophomore album, Girl, is currently only one spot away from country’s top ten.
MCA NashvilleFor someone who’s officially retired from touring, George Strait continues to work plenty these days.
In fact, demand to see the Country Music Hall of Famer in Kansas City, Missouri next year is so great, he’s adding another show. The second concert at Sprint Center will be Sunday, January 26, following his previously-announced Saturday set. Tickets for the new date go on sale Friday, May 31.
Still to come this year for King George: stops in Columbus, Ohio; Foxborough, Massachusetts; and Fort Worth, Texas; along with his continuing series of shows at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Fans are sure to hear his latest hit, “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar,” which is currently in country’s top twenty.
Right now, "Up Down" hitmaker Morgan Wallen has one of the most recognizable haircuts in country music, as he rocks a 2019 update on the classic mullet.
The East Tennessee native says you can thank his dad for his "business in the front, party in the back" style.
"I started doing it because I was looking at my mom and dad's photo album," Morgan explains. "And whenever they got married, my dad had a mullet."
"So me and him pretty much look identical, you know, if you go and put pictures of us at the same point in our life [side by side], we pretty much look the same. So I thought he looked good, so I figured maybe I could do it too," Morgan laughs.
While Morgan was ready to make the mullet cool again, few people in his camp agreed.
"I don't think anyone thought so," Morgan admits. "Because at my label, my management, I told 'em I'm gettin' a mullet, and they're like, 'No, no, no, no. Please don't. Please don't. Please don't.'"
"But I did it anyway, and now it's, like, part of my brand, kinda, you know. It's like a thing," he smiles.
All in all, Morgan says the response has been positive, though he was prepared to deal with the haters.
"Honestly, I expected that. I expected people to kind of give it to me," he tells ABC Radio. "But, honestly, it's just been mostly support, which is cool."
"I mean, I get a couple people, you know, like 'I can't believe this guy's got a mullet. What's he thinking?' you know. But other than that, it's just cool."
Right now, Morgan's latest hit, "Whiskey Glasses," is at #3, with a good shot at becoming his second #1.
Warner NashvilleThis week, “God’s Country” becomes Blake Shelton’s fourteenth career number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, though it's only been out eight weeks.
It’s his first since “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” which spent five weeks atop the tally in 2013.
“Honestly, I wasn’t even looking for songs or to go in the studio,” Blake tells Billboard, “but my producer called me one day and said, ‘I’ve got a few songs you need to listen to,’ and ‘God’s Country’ was the first one that he played.”
“And man, it stopped me in my tracks,” he continues. “I called him and said, ‘We’ve got to record this now.’ I love the song and think it really fills a spot musically that’s missing in country music right now, and I’m so glad fans like it as much as I do.”
This week, “God’s Country” is also #10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, making it Blake’s thirty-second career top ten on that ranking.
Arista Nashville The Brooks & DunnREBOOT is coming to CMT Crossroads.
The soon-to-be Country Music Hall of Famers will stage a live version of their new album that pairs them with today’s hottest stars on Tuesday, June 4 in downtown Nashville.
Luke Combs, Brett Young, Jon Pardi, Midland, LANCO’s Brandon Lancaster, and Cody Johnson are already on board to recreate B&D’s biggest hits with Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, with more names still to be added.
The outdoor show will take place at the corner of 5th and Broadway in downtown Music City. If you’d like to be a part of the standing-room-only audience, admission is free. You’ll just need to arrive well in advance of the 8:30 p.m. CT event.
CMT Crossroads: Brooks & Dunn is set to premiere Friday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.
The legendary duo will officially be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this October.
Maelyn Jarmon performs; Trae Patton/NBCPart one of The Voice season 16 finale began Monday night, with the four finalists singing for America's vote.
Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine have no artists left in competition, so the finals came down to Team Blake Shelton's three country artists -- Dexter Roberts, Gyth Rigdon and Andrew Sevener -- and Team John Legend's Texas songbird, Maelyn Jarmon. Each artist performed a cover song, a duet with their coach, and an original song.
The show began with Maelyn performing the original song, "Wait for You." She said her song choice was inspired by her boyfriend, with whom she's been out of touch because of the competition. Her live performance had Adam repeating his Maelyn-specific mantra afterward that she should win the competition, and that it has nothing to do with his love of hating on Blake.
The first coach and artist duet was between Blake and Andrew Sevener, who performed "All Right Now," by Free.
Alabama country artist Dexter Roberts performed a cover of Randy Houser's "Anything Goes," a song that allowed Dexter to pour his emotion into his powerhouse vocals. Kelly was won over, saying that the song put Dexter in the vain of soulful country.
The next duet, between Blake and Gyth Rigdon, was a cover of the Travis Tritt version of "Take It Easy," by The Eagles.
Andrew Sevener's original song was "Rural Route Raising," a choice Kelly liked because it skirts the line between old and new country. John joked that despite being a city slicker he could appreciate country music, saying Andrew had been "in a zone" his last few performances.
Next, John and Maelyn performed a sublime duet of the Nat King Cole classic, "Unforgettable." Maelyn talked about the similarities between Cole and her coach, and John shared that, growing up, he won a local Star Search competition covering the song.
Gyth Rigdon's cover performance was of the late Earl Thomas Conley's "Once in a Blue Moon." During rehearsal, Blake said he wasn't afraid of Gyth covering any song, so long as he felt connected to it. Conley passed away in April of this year and following Gyth's performance, Blake said Earl's family would be so proud of the moment. "Way to honor a country music hero," declared Blake.
Dexter Roberts chose his original song, "Looking Back," because it put him at home vocally. But Kelly didn't focus on his voice, saying she loved Dexter as a person just as much. Adam said Dexter's performance was his "strongest look," and Blake called him the most ready of all the finalists to go make an album.
Andrew Sevener had prior success covering a rock song in the competition, which is why he performed Hinder's "Lips of an Angel." John said that while he's obviously partial to Maelyn, he'd pick Andrew from the remaining Team Blake artists. Blake said that the night belonged to Andrew.
The last duet, between Blake and Dexter Roberts, was Brooks & Dunn's "Hard Working Man."
Gyth Rigdon's original song, "Proof I've Always Loved You," was unique because he actually wrote it. He said he penned it a number of years ago after meeting his eventual wife, and the performance proved to be a stirring tribute to their love. Blake said that Gyth performing his own song raised him to another level.
Maelyn closed out the show with a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", her elegiac voice soaring over the audience. Maelyn had a connection to the song, having sang it at a karaoke bar with her father when she was a struggling waitress in New York. She recognized that despite the song's title, the lyrics are about longing and regret. Afterward, Adam described Maelyn as an "angel from heaven." John said he felt transported and that it was all the things we want music to be, imploring America to vote for Maelyn.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday night's The Voice season finale. which begins at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Brandon Urie from Panic! at the Disco, Halsey, BTS, Khalid, Travis Tritt, OneRepublic and Hootie & the Blowfish are scheduled to perform.
If you're surprised to learn that Eric Church co-wrote Keith Urban's new single, "We Were" -- you're not the only one.
Keith himself confesses he had no clue the Chief had anything to do with the tune.
"I just loved it," Keith says. "From the very first verse, I just loved it. I love the imagery of it. I love the melody, the feel of it. I had no idea Eric was a writer on it."
"Because I learned it off the [demo] recording and wrote out my own lyrics," he explains, "and went in and sang it. And we went and recorded it, actually recorded it last December, before Christmas."
"And then," Keith continues, "I just lived with it for a while tinkering [with] bits and pieces of it over the next handful of months, until we finished it out."
Keith was getting ready to turn the song in to his label when he realized his "Raise 'Em Up" collaborator had helped craft the song.
"It wasn't until I needed to make sure I had all the lyrics right that I asked for a copy of the lyrics," he recalls. "And that's the first time I saw the writers on the song. So I was shocked when I saw Eric on it, but it made sense as well."
"We Were" is the lead single from Keith's forthcoming follow-up to last year's Graffiti U album.
Nashville venues are where it's at, according to the Academy of Country Music. On Monday, the ACM named Music City's historic Ryman Auditorium the Small Capacity Venue of the Year, while Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater claimed the Medium Capacity title. The Tennessee capital's Bridgestone Arena continued the trend, taking home the Large Capacity honor.
Home State, the debut album by Jordan Davis, has racked up more than 500 million streams since its release in March of last year. The Louisiana native was presented a plaque commemorating the milestone on Friday night before he opened for Old Dominion at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
Eric Paslay's new podcast is called Level with Me, with each episode focusing on a guest who's living with diabetes. Eric himself has Type 1 diabetes.
"Prayed for You" hitmaker Matt Stell has released a new video for "Everywhere But On." It's the title track of his debut EP, which comes out this Friday. You can check out the new clip on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LAThis Saturday, Eric Church will become the first solo artist ever to headline Nashville’s Nissan Stadium alone, without an opening act.
As he’s done on the previous stops on his Double Down Tour, the North Carolina native will deliver three hours of music, all by himself. It’s the first time in the venue’s two-decade history that’s ever happened.
Eric will also premiere the new music video for his latest single, “Some of It,” on the stadium’s screens prior to the show.
Big Machine Lady Antebellum had a minor technical difficulty this weekend during their residency at The Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas -- but it very well may have been the highlight of their whole show.
As the trio was doing their new single, “What If I Never Get Over You,” the sound went out. So Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood headed into the audience for an acoustic version of the song, with only Dave playing guitar.
“Little hiccup last night when the sound cut out,” the band tweeted. “But hey, the show must go on! Might have to add this stripped down moment into our set now though we loved it so much.”
You can check out the impromptu, acoustic version of “What If I Never Get Over You” on the band’s socials.
Lady A continues to tour this summer, before returning to the Palms for more of their Our Kind of Vegas residency in August.
CapitolJon Pardi is offering a big dose of “Heartache Medication.” That’s the title of his new single, his new tour, and his new album, which will be out September 27. You can stream or download the new song now.
"The single 'Heartache Medication' has an 80’s George Strait 'Fool Hearted Memory' feel to it, and is something people can dance to,” Jon explains. “That’s something I really wanted for this album.”
“There really are no sad songs on this record,” he continues. “It covers a range of subjects, but is ultimately about moving on, and having a good time.”
The California native will launch his Heartache Medication Tour October 1 with two nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. “There Was This Girl” hitmaker Riley Green will open most of the dates.
Here’s the complete itinerary for Jon Pardi’s Heartache Medication Tour, with pre-sales starting May 28, before tickets become available to the general public on May 31:
10/1,2 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 10/4 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Armory 10/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Eagle’s Ballroom 10/10 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Criterion 10/11 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall 10/12 -- Helotes, TX, Floores Country Store 10/24 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre 10/25 -- Boise, ID, Revolution Concert House and Event Center 10/26 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot 10/31 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 11/1 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 11/2 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Theater
The Valory Music Co.Eli Young Band achieves the fourth number one of their career so far this week, as “Love Ain’t” ascends to the top of the chart.
"Getting back here to the top again is a blessing that both country music fans and country radio have given us. We do not take this for granted,” lead singer Mike Eli says. “It's a blessing that carries on to our families and our teams that have been behind us every single step of the way.”
“We humbly thank you all for making this happen for us," he adds.
“Love Ain’t” is one of the new tracks on This is Eli Young Band: Greatest Hits.
The song’s music video -- which features veteran Taylor Morris, a quadruple amputee -- is up for Group Video of the Year at next month’s CMT Music Awards.
Next up, Eli Young Band plays Fox & Friends’ All-American Summer Concert Series on May 31.