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Zac Brown Band’s Coy Bowles is fast-tracking his children’s album in response to COVID-19

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Diego PerníaZac Brown Band bandmate Coy Bowles is planning to release a children’s album, Music for Tiny Humans. According to People, the singer has moved up the release date for his new project in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. 

Now, the record will be available on Friday, more than a month ahead of schedule, in order to “get the music out to the people when they need it most,” the singer says. 

Coy is also a children’s book author, with three published kids’ books to his name. His most recent, When You’re Feeling Sick, came out in 2017. 

Now, he’s adding his musical skills into the equation. “I put more heart and soul and love into this album than anything I’ve ever done professionally,” Coy explains. 

Part of the proceeds from the project will go to Save the Children and MusicCares, two organizations dedicated to supporting those in need through the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, Coy’s project includes a learning kit that he created in partnership with Lakeshore Learning.

“We are all in this together and I want to be part of the positive influence,” the singer added. 

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Duchess Meghan will narrate Disneynature film 'Elephant'

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Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will narrate a new Disneynature film, Elephant, which hits the streaming service Disney+ April 3, the company announced Thursday.

A source close to Meghan tells ABC News that the duchess recorded the voiceover in London last fall and had been made aware of the film through mutual friends of the filmmakers.

This is Meghan’s only project in the works with Disney, the source added, despite speculation to the contrary.

To mark the premiere of Elephant, which occurs during Earth Month, Disneynature and the Disney Conservation Fund are supporting Elephants Without Borders, an organization working in Botswana — a country dear to Meghan and Harry — to ensure the safety of people and elephants.

Among other goals, Elephants Without Borders is working to protect Botswana’s elephants and provide resources to the communities living near them.

Meghan’s involvement with Elephants, a documentary about a family of African elephants, marks the first professional endeavor for the duchess since she and Prince Harry announced in February that they were stepping down as “senior members” of the royal family.

Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, vacate their official royal roles on March 31. Their office at Buckingham Palace will close the next day.

Going forward, they will spend the “majority of their time” with their 10-month-old son, Archie, in North America, where they will no longer use their HRH titles. They’ll also no longer represent Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, nor will they receive public funds for royal duties.

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Brantley Gilbert brings a dose of heat in his flame-filled 'Fire’t Up' music video

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Jeff NelsonBrantley Gilbert is the ringleader of a fiery, hard-rocking “redneck circus” in the music video for his new song, “Fire’t Up.” The clip ups the ante for the country rocker, featuring a fire-breather, a pair of stunt motorcyclists and, of course, plenty of pyrotechnics. 

“It was a good time, man! It was a party all day long,” the singer tells CMT about the shoot. “It was an awesome experience and that’s one video shoot that I would do all over again, several times.”

“Just because we’re all stuck at home doesn’t mean we can’t still Fire’t Up,” Brantley wrote on Instagram, alongside a clip of his new video. The singer had to put the brakes on his 2020 Fire’t Up Tour as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Still, he’s finding creative ways to connect with fans and celebrate the new song. He recently debuted Fire’t Up Fridays, a weekly check-in with his fans over Instagram Live. On tomorrow’s installment, Brantley will be joined by comedian Josh Pray.

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FBI learned of coronavirus-inspired bomb plotter through radicalized US Army soldier

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Facebook(KANSAS CITY) — The suspected white supremacist who plotted to bomb a hospital facing the coronavirus crisis was in touch with a then-active U.S. Army soldier who wanted to launch his own attack on a major American news network and discussed targeting a Democratic presidential candidate, according to an FBI alert summarizing the case.

On Tuesday, as 36-year-old Timothy Wilson was on the verge of trying to detonate a car bomb at a Kansas City-area medical center, agents from the FBI’s field office in Missouri attempted to arrest him. But shots were fired, fatally wounding Wilson, according to the FBI.

Ahead of Tuesday’s incident, Wilson “espoused white supremacist ideology” and “made a threat that if any agent attempted to [search his property] they should ‘bring a lot of body bags,” said the FBI alert, distributed to state and local law enforcement agencies in the region on Wednesday.

The FBI alert also said Wilson had “shared instructions on how to make an [improvised explosive device] with another … Domestic Terrorism (DT) subject” from near Kansas City.

ABC News has identified that other domestic terrorism “subject” as Jarrett Smith, who was arrested in September 2019 while still stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas, as an active member of the U.S. Army.

According to charging documents filed at the time in Topeka, Kansas, Smith allegedly planned to travel to Ukraine to fight with the violent far-right group Azov Battalion; suggested targeting then-Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke; proposed bombing the headquarters of a still-unidentified news network; and distributed bomb-making tips online.

Smith has since pleaded guilty to federal charges of distributing information that relates to weapons of mass destruction, and he is awaiting sentencing.

On Wednesday, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that Wilson had been on the FBI’s radar for more than a year, indicating that the FBI’s probe of Smith led authorities to Wilson months before he sought to take advantage of the unfolding coronavirus crisis.

“With the current COVID-19 pandemic, Wilson decided to accelerate his plan to detonate a [car bomb] to cause severe harm and mass casualties,” the FBI said in its alert. “Wilson may have also believed the additional stress on society posed by the COVID-19 pandemic provided unique opportunities to exploit.”

The FBI believes other extremists inside the U.S. homeland may similarly “aspire to capitalize on the current health crisis,” but it is “unlikely” any of their actions “will rise to the level of terroristic actions like Wilson,” the alert issued Wednesday said.

During a conference call with police chiefs from across the nation on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for Infrastructure Protection, Brian Harrell, and the department’s liaison to state and local law enforcement, John Hill, tried to assure the chiefs that the federal government is doing all it can to protect “critical infrastructure” in their cities and towns, including hospitals.

But even before coronavirus became a crisis inside America, Harrell offered this stark assessment: “Based off of current events and the frequency of events, I am convinced that this country is becoming more and more violent every single day.”

“I live my life as if the worst day is right around the corner,” he told Congress last month, adding that the U.S. government is “focused on preparedness and protection.”

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Amid COVID-19 quarantine blues, Old Dominion are reliving their 2018 Ryman show

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ABC/Image Group LALike their country music peers, Old Dominion have had to cancel their spring 2020 tour dates due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and they miss their fans. 

“With everything going on, we’re missing playing for y’all,” the band wrote on social media. “The shows lift us up more than you know.”

In order to ease their loneliness, and make their fans smile, the band plans to relive a particularly memorable concert. In September of 2018, Old Dominion headed to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium stage, bringing special guests Kenny ChesneyKelsea BalleriniSam Hunt and Michael Ray along for the ride. 

“It was one for the ages,” they said of that show. “We figured we’d take the audio (mistakes and all!) and stream it for you to listen to wherever you are. Hopefully it’ll be a small distraction from everything else.”

The show will stream on Old Dominion’s YouTube channel on Friday at 12PM CT.

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