by Brad Schmitt
Brad Schmitt is a longtime Nashville entertainment journalist, having shared the goods on Music City’s most interesting people in the newspaper, on TV, and online for more than 15 years. Every week, Brad hits country fans with the latest news from Nashville and the lives of their favorite country artists.
Cher and Blake Shelton “never stopped busting each other’s chops”
Cher means this in a good-natured way of course. I think. But we’ll find out tonight (Oct. 14) when the first pre-taped battle rounds air on The Voice.
As you probably know, Cher has been tapped to be a mentor for Team Blake Shelton, and looks like things got a little crazy between them.
“Blake and I never stopped busting each other’s chops the whole time,” she told ABC News Radio, “and I’m much better at it than he is.
“He got the worst of it almost the whole time.”
But seriously, folks, Cher says Blake really believes in his contestants.
“I just so respected how he believes in what he’s doing and how, you know, at the time that he’s doing it he’s giving it every single, everything in his body, you know?” she said.
“Like, when he would get, he’d get up and start walking around but you could see it in, in the way his body moved that he was really, you know, reaching down deep to try to help these kids.”
Chris Young does a powerful cover of Eric Clapton hit “Change the World”
The Grammys folks came knockin’ and Chris Young answered.
Grammy.com has an amazing “Reimagined” series where modern artists re-do classic Grammy award-winning songs.
For instance, R&B singer Eric Benet did Willie Nelson hit “Always on My Mind.”
Now, Chris is the first country artist to jump into this fairly new series. And he picked
“Change the World” because it’s beautiful.
“It really is one that just spoke to me,” Chris said.
The performance is stark and moving — and online, so you can check it out.
And don’t think it’s not nerve-racking to remake an instantly recognizable hit.
Chris said his first thought: “Man, I hope I don’t mess this up.”
Shania Twain is writing “personal” songs for her first album in 12 years
Shania Twain starts her second Vegas run Tuesday (Oct. 15) — and this may be the tip of the iceberg.
You know that Shania hasn’t had an album out since 2002′s Up! But looks like that’s changing.
Shania told the Canadian Press (kinda like our Associated Press) that she has been a writing fool this summer. OK, she didn’t use the word “fool,” but Shania has been writing a lot of songs.
“They’re very personal, (and) I think probably a little bit more personal than ever before,” Shania said.
“I mean, I’m just trying to express myself more emotionally than maybe ever before in my music. I haven’t been thinking commercially very much about the market, or the audience or anything like that,” she says.
Hmmmm. Come see the softer side of Shania.
But probably no time soon. Shania says she doesn’t even have a producer picked out for a new album.