Lee Brice tells Palmetto magazine that he achieved his football dreams before becoming a professional musician. “I got to play at Clemson, which was my big dream, but I’ve been writing songs since I was ten years old, so it was always that for me—football and music. At Clemson, I was an invited walk-on, and I went through the walk-on process. They pulled me up about halfway through it, and they said, get yourself a starting position, and you’ll get a free ride. And I did. It was my life’s goal at that moment—to earn my way to a starting spot, and I did it. That was almost like the goal of my whole life—to be validated and to able to say, “I played for Clemson.” I got hurt shortly after that, but it didn’t really break my heart … I felt like I had met my goal and I felt like at that time, that football was becoming a job … football was awesome and it was fun, but it was time to follow what my true want and love was (sic).”
Ed Sheeran has co-written Kenny Chesney’s new song “Tip of My Tongue.” The song will be Kenny’s first release from his new album. “Tip of My Tongue” will be out on July 12th.
Contact Music claims Granger Smith’s wife, Amber, is still healing from losing her three-year-old son in a drowning accident.
She posted, ”People keep saying, ‘You’re so strong,’ ‘How are you functioning?’ ‘I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed.’ I am broken. My heart will never be the same. I will never be the same. Yes, I have strong moments, but I also (as any grieving mother would do) cry, scream, question, and fall to my knees. Then I get back up and fight. You can do this. You can grieve and still be strong for your family, husband and or other kiddos. Lean into Him in your weakness and learn to not beat yourself up (like I do) when you are having a moment of calm. Shut out the negative and focus on the light and the love.”
Justin Moore tells USA Today that music is the only thing that excites him as much as sports. “My general inspiration for playing comes from my passion for music. I was an athlete in high school, and afterward, music was the only thing that fueled a fire in me that was comparable to sports. More specifically, my artistic inspiration came from a combo of older country and southern rock. My favorite artists were Hank Williams, Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, and Dwight Yoakam.”
Carrie Underwood loves Independence Day. She says, “I think my favorite Fourth of July memory would be going to the fireworks stand and picking out which fireworks I wanted to do. I must have been like 7 or 8, and I came home and made a list of what order I wanted to do them in because I wanted to put a show on for Mom and Dad. Of course, I couldn’t wait until it was dark outside (laughs). So, I made my Mom and Dad get the lawn chairs and come out to the backyard and watch some not very dramatic fireworks at like 6 o’clock in the evening, but I was so proud of myself, and I was so proud of the show that I put on,” she continued. “So, I feel like that was a little training for what I do now – putting on shows, figuring out how it’s all going to work out.”
Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers tells Billboard magazine that he is a big hip-hop fan. “[I love] ‘Sicko Mode’ by Travis Scott. We were obsessed with that. I’ve also been wearing out the Ella Mai album. I’m a huge fan. ‘Boo’d Up,’ ‘Trip.’ The last song on her album is called ‘Easy,’ and it’s literally one of the best songs I’ve ever heard.”
Miranda Lambert tells WUSN that her management team is no longer going to allow her to take extended time off. “They’re not going to let me have eight months off ever again because I get married and do weird s***. I had the longest break I’ve ever had in 17 years.’’