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Kane Brown raises his voice to combat injustice: "We have to become one to be at peace"

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ABC/Image Group LAKane Brown is contributing his voice to the discussion of racism and injustice in America. 

In a tweet Monday, Kane focused his message on how to bring about peace and unity in a world that’s divided, encouraging that we all need to see one another as human beings. 

“We will never see peace in this world until we ALL see each other as PEOPLE. We will never understand each other when you have people on 2 different sides. We have to become 1 to be at peace,” Kane writes, alongside a peace symbol and heart emoji. 

He later expanded on this point in an Instagram post, admitting that he’s not a confrontational person and wanted to express his view point in an effective, yet sensitive manner. 

“I’ve been trying to think of how to say this as easy as possible and not be bashed because of the different sides. I hate confrontation but this is the truth whether you wanna Believe it or not,” he continues. “Any questions I’ll answer as many as I can.” 

Kane is one of the many country artists who have turned to social media to decry racism in the wake of George Floyd‘s death in police custody a week ago today in Minneapolis.  Others who’ve spoken out include Thomas RhettDan + ShayJimmie AllenLady Antebellum, Mickey Guyton and many more.

By Cillea Houghton
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Trisha Yearwood is writing her fourth cookbook: "It's been really fun"

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ABC/Image Group LATrisha Yearwood is working on a new cookbook. 

The country star and host of the hit Food Network show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen spilled the beans during a Facebook livestream with fans this weekend, revealing that she’s in the beginning stages of writing her fourth cookbook. 

The new publication will follow Trisha’s previous three books: Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma KitchenRecipes from My Family to Yours, Home Cooking with Trisha YearwoodStories and Recipes to Share with Family and Friends, and Trisha’s Table. 

The superstar says the new book will likely focus on her niche of comfort food recipes. “I’ve figured out what we do is comfort food, so that’s what we’re going with. And I’m excited. I’m having a really good time,” she says. “It’s been really fun. I’ve missed doing it.”

Trisha co-wrote her first two books with her mother Gwen and sister Beth, while Trisha’s Table was penned by the two sisters after their mother passed away. 

“Writing the books is always kind of cathartic for me. It started with the very first one that my mom and my sister and I wrote after our dad passed, and it was a way for us to be together,” she explains. “And then we wrote that second book together. Then the third book Beth and I did, and that became a tribute to both of our parents. And so, I’m really excited.”

Trisha anticipates that the new book will be available next year.

By Cillea Houghton
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Kelly Clarkson sets sail on a "Pontoon" with Little Big Town cover

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ABC/Paula LoboKelly Clarkson kicked off The Kelly Clarkson Show this morning with a nod to Little Big Town: a cover of their hit “Pontoon.” 

On each episode of her talk show, Kelly does a segment called “Kellyoke,” where she performs a cover version of a popular song. The Voice coach officially welcomed summer, along with the month of June, with her sultry take on LBT’s breezy track.

The audience bounced and clapping along as Kelly danced her way through the crowd while serenading them with the 2012 Grammy and CMA-winning hit,  complete with a run of soulful notes before the final chorus.  

The show was filmed in February before the COVID-19 pandemic led to the shut down of in-house production in March. Kelly has since been hosting the show from her home in Montana and conducting virtual interviews, in addition to airing previously taped clips. 

By Cillea Houghton
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Ashley McBryde proclaims "Hang in There" with 'Good Morning America' performance

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ABC/Image Group LAAshley McBryde finds new meaning in her song, “Hang in There Girl” during a virtual performance on Good Morning America

The 2019 CMA New Artist of the Year joined GMA via video conference to deliver an enduring acoustic performance of the meaningful track. Poised on a leather couch with her guitar, Ashley lives and breathes the lyrics that proclaim “hang in there girl/you’re gonna be all right.”  

The song is inspired by a young woman she saw on the side of the road, looking frustrated with the world. Ashley empathized with her, having grown up in a small, rural town and feeling those same frustrations.

“I really wished I could have stopped and tell her, ‘hang in there, you’re really going to look back on this fondly,'” Ashley explains of the song that’s featured on her new album, Never Will, released on April 3.  

She also states that in light of the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25 that’s rattled the nation, the song’s message remains timely. 

“The record came out in the height of the pandemic, so this song has a whole new meaning for me now, especially with everything that’s happening in the world this week. ‘Hang In There’ is something we’re all having to tell ourselves and each other,” she remarks.

By Cillea Houghton
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Jimmie Allen, Maren Morris & more speak out on death of George Floyd

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ABC/Image Group LASeveral country stars are speaking out in the wake of the death of George Floyd

Protests and riots broke out across the country this weekend after a video surfaced last week showing white Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old Floyd, who’s black, for over eight minutes, during which time Floyd became unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead.  Chauvin and three other responding officers were fired and Chauvin was later arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

Jimmie AllenMaren Morris and Lady Antebellum are among the artists using their voices to condemn racism and hatred and support acts of love and compassion.

Jimmie shared an honest Twitter post about his role as a father of a black son. Lady A’s Hillary ScottCharles Kelley and Dave Haywood also made a collective statement about their responsibiliy as parents to raise their children “to lead with love, respect, compassion and a serving heart.” 

Ingrid Andress lent her voice to the discussion by recommending a series of books to help educate her fans on equality, in addition to sharing the link to the grassroots organization, Justice for Big Floyd, while Maren tweeted the lyrics to her song, “Dear Hate.”  

Here are those reactions, and more:

Jimmie Allen: “I challenge everyone to love each other and let our hearts speak louder than the injustice. Love so hard that is suffocates the hate.”  

Lady Antebellum: “We can’t speak to how it feels to be the target of racism in America, but we can see the pain, the suffering & the toll it continues to take. Our hope is that we all take the time to listen, educate ourselves, have difficult conversations and make changes through our own actions.”

Maren Morris: “Dear Hate…” 

Mickey Guyton: “There are people out here really trying to spark change. And the looting is absolutely disrespecting George Floyd’s death. Let’s honor him today. Spread truth in love.” 

Chris Young: “Racism is NOT something that should be ignored, and is something that should not exist. Sorry, but I can’t just stay silent on this.” 

Tim McGraw: “Nobody’s ever improved on the ideal that all are created equal and that we should love one another as we love ourselves….”

Ingrid Andress: “I implore you to educate yourself so you can start understanding why this is such an important movement.” 

Travis Denning: “I stand for my black brothers and sisters that are like family to me, and the black men and women I’ll never meet. I stand for all men and women to be treated equally.” 

Maddie & Tae: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” 

Old Dominion: “I know we as people can find love and compassion for our neighbors who have been hurt.” 

Tenille Townes: “I have sat down to find words over these past couple of days and I really don’t know what to say. But I keep speaking George Floyd’s name and I’m letting the sadness and hunger for change soak in every time I do.” 

By Cillea Houghton
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