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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Little Big Town stops by the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday. Check your local listings to see when it airs in your area.

Cam, Michael Ray and William Michael Morgan are just three of the artists on board for the 22nd Annual Key West Songwriters Festival, which takes place May 10-14 in the Sunshine State.

Dan + Shay will perform “When I Pray for You,” their song from the new movie The Shack, Wednesday on the Today show. It starts at 7 a.m. ET on NBC.

Big Machine Records is releasing “Drinkin’ Problem” as the debut single from the new trio Midland.

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You're the Inspiration: The role Shay Mooney's baby played in Dan + Shay's new single from "The Shack"

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ABC/Fred LeeLast night in New York City, Dan + Shay attended the premiere of the new movie, The Shack. Tim McGraw stars in the film based on the best-selling novel about a father who questions his faith after the loss of his young daughter.

Tim, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldredge and Dan + Shay are all on the soundtrack. The opportunity to write a song for the movie came at the perfect time for Shay Mooney, because he was expecting his first child.

“Right before I was about to have my kid,” he recalls, “Dan [Smyers] and I were writing with a couple of buddies of ours, and you know they both had kids, and [are] pretty new dads. We were able to screen that movie. Through that… we were able to put together this song ‘When I Pray for You.’”

Asher James Mooney arrived January 24, and his dad clearly beams with pride when he talks about him.

“It is the coolest thing in the world…” Shay says of fatherhood. “I get now what my dad would always tell me. He was like, ‘You’ll never know the love of a dad until you hold your son.’ And it was that moment for me.”

The Shack arrives in theaters this Friday, and the release of Dan + Shay’s new single, “When I Pray for You,” likely means they’ll soon have two songs climbing the chart. Their hit, “How Not To,” is closing in on the top-20.

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'The Voice' Recap: Lovers Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton go at it as the battle rounds continue

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Aliyah Moulden performs on “The Voice”; Tyler Golden/NBC(NEW YORK) — Week one of the new season of The Voice continued Tuesday night, with more hopefuls participating in the blind auditions.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and returning coach Gwen Stefani were back in their rotating chairs, looking to add new members to their respective teams, and leading to the first epic battle between lovers Gwen and Blake.

Here are the highlights from Tuesday night’s episode:

Montclair, New Jersey native Autumn Turner a figure skating teacher who found music during high school, opened the show with her version of Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.” She immediately got Adam to turn his chair, later followed by Gwen, Alicia and Blake. Adam declared that Autumn had a “grace and soul” rarely seen on The Voice, adding that she could “win this show.” Gwen told the young hopeful that she could help her live her dream because she’s already lived it herself. Alicia noted Turner was “probably good at everything.” Autumn picked Keys’ team.

Singer/guitarist Jesse Larson convinced Adam to turn around with his soulful take on “Jealous Guy by John Lennon — played on a guitar he built himself. He also revealed Prince once asked him to play guitar and sing background vocals for season four The Voice contestant Judith Hill, who worked with Prince after her time on show. Adam couldn’t understand why no one else turned their chairs around for Jesse and boasted, “When you win and it’s one chair…no one will ever not listen to me ever again. Larson joined Adam’s team.

Aliyah Moulden, a 15-year-old with a powerhouse voice, has experienced the highest highs and lowest lows during her young life. She earned the honor of opening for heartthrob Jesse McCartney, but also lost her father to cancer when she was just a month old. Aliyah got Blake, Alicia and Gwen to hit their buttons with her version of Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog.” Blake touted his experience coaching young singers to victory, including Danielle Bradbery and Cassidee Pope. Gwen reminded the teen that she started out young girl, too, and could offer her guidance the others couldn’t. Moulden ended up joining team Blake.

Savannah Leighton, 16, who watched her family fall apart after her father left her mother, uses music as an escape. Her version of Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally” got Blake and Gwen to turn their chairs around, leading to a battle royale between the two lovebirds. Blake got the battle rolling by declaring that he was “willing to get myself in bad trouble because I believe in you.” Gwen then made her case, noting that she could “mother” Savannah, adding, that she couldn’t understand why the girl wouldn’t want to go with the girl. Blake may not end up sleeping on the couch tonight, but Gwen landed Savannah on her team.

Last up was, Lilie Passero a singer/actress from Studio City, California inspired by R&B greats like Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin, and who currently waits tables for a living. In fact, she counts Gwen and Blake among her customers. Her version of “A Love of My Own,” by Carla Thomas, got Blake, Gwen and Alicia to turn their chairs. Blake praised the singer for her “classic style,” and Gwen added that it was “theatrical.” However Alicia won the day with her improvised song begging Lillie to join her team.

The Voice returns with more auditions Thursday night on NBC.

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New 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' trailer debuts on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) — As promised, yet another new trailer for the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuted Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! And the host had some help with the reveal — from Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt.

Kimmel told the audience that instead of having celebs on the show plugging their projects, he was going to allow audience members to plug whatever they wanted. The gag, of course, was that Pratt was one of those audience members, whom Kimmel didn’t appear to recognize. Kimmel also claimed to have never heard of Guardians of the Galaxy.

“There’s a hot green alien and we save the universe,” Pratt explained. “There’s a raccoon who has a machine gun, talks a lot of smack. There’s a sentient tree who only knows how to say his own name…”

“Are you on drugs or something?” Kimmel interrupted.

As for the trailer itself, this version focused more on action than comedy, although of course there was some of the latter. The major takeaway is that it ends with our first look at Kurt Russell, who plays the father of Pratt’s character, Peter “Star-Lord” Quill.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — also starring Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Michael Rooker — opens nationwide May 5. Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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RODEO UNCORKED!® ROUNDUP AND BEST BITES COMPETITION: LOCAL FOOD ENTHUSIASTS PACK NRG CENTER FOR A TASTE OF THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™

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The sold-out Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition featured dishes from 111 distinguished Houston restaurants, chefs and caterers paired with winning wines from the 2017 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition.
Champion wines were selected from 2,850 entries representing wineries from approximately 20 different countries, including Australia, Austria, France, Italy, Japan, Peru, South Africa and Spain. These entries included 105 wines from the 2017 featured region of Tuscany and 351 wines from Texas.

The champion wines are:
Grand Champion Best of Show – Arinzano Gran Vino Blanco, Pago de Arinzano D.O., 2010
Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show – Nice Winery Notorious Malbec, Mount Veeder, 2013
Top Texas Wine – Pedernales Cellars Texas High Plains Tempranillo, 2014
Top Sparkling Wine – Laetitia Brut Rosé, Arroyo Grande Valley, 2014
Top White Wine – Fall Creek Vineyards Chardonnay, Certenberg Vineyards, 2014
Top Red Wine – Trinchero Forte Red Wine, Napa Valley, 2012
Top Region Wine – Talosa Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano D.O.C., 2012
Top Sweet Wine – Bodegas Dios Baco, Baco de Elite Amontillado Sherry, Jerez D.O., NV
Top Value Wine – Aia Vecchia Lagone, Toscana I.G.T., 2013
Top All-Around Winery – Wilson Winery of Dry Creek Top Region Wine Company – Palm Bay International Top Wine Company – Trinchero Family Estates
Top Texas Winery – Kiepersol Vineyards & Winery

The 2017 Best Bites winners are:
Outstanding Showmanship Award
 Grand Champion – Cupcake Kitchen
 Most Creative – Brothers Produce

People’s Choice Award
 Grand Champion – Killen’s STQ
 Reserve Grand Champion – Royer’s Round Top Café

Tasty Traditions Award
 Grand Champion – Mostly Chocolate – hazelnut and popecochs, goat cheese
 Reserve Grand Champion – Merlion on 4th – Shrimp Raad Prick

Trailblazing Appetizer/Starter Award
 Grand Champion – Revolve Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Derek – achiote braised pork sliders, jalapeño cabbage slaw, sriracha honey glaze
 Reserve Grand Champion – Snooze: An AM Eatery – OMG French Toast Bites: French baguette with sweet mascarpone, topped with salted caramel and vanilla crème, and finished with strawberries, toasted coconut, and powdered sugar
 Third Place – Cotton Culinary – duck roulade with candied jalapeño, wrapped with smoked hatch bacon

Lone Star Entrée Award
 Grand Champion – Merlion on 4th – Shrimp Raad Prick
 Reserve Grand Champion – Killen’s STQ – pork belly burnt ends with cherry habanero sauce and a side of creamed corn
 Third Place – Hearsay Gastro Lounge Market Square – Southern-fried Texas quail on 5-year-aged sharp cheddar grits with a Thai chili, bacon, bourbon and butter honey

Two-Steppin’ Dessert Award
 Grand Champion – Mostly Chocolate: hazelnut and popecochs, goat cheese
 Reserve Grand Champion – CRAVE – red velvet mini cupcakes
 Third Place – Brio Tuscan Grille – mascarpone cheesecake

Rookie Award
 Hearsay Gastro Lounge Market Square

All champion wines will be auctioned at the Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction, Sunday, March 5.
A selection of the champion wines will be available for tasting, by the glass and bottle, throughout the run of the Show, March 7 through 26, in the Champion Wine Garden, located in Carruth Plaza. Times are Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Fridays, 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sundays, noon to 10 p.m. Educational seminars are available in the Champion Wine Garden, ranging from $45 to $65 per person. To learn more, visit rodeohouston.com/Visit-the-Show/Attractions-Activities/Wine-Garden.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show runs March 7 – 26.

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