NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 4, 2018) – Legendary country music artist Mickey Gilley was presented the Calgary White Hat Saturday night at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
“It was a great honor receiving the White Hat in Calgary, just about like when I got the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was awesome!” said Gilley.
The Calgary White Hat recognizes the recipient as an honorary citizen of Calgary and is a symbol of friendship and hospitality that has been bestowed upon celebrities and government officials alike since 1948. Other notable recipients include former U.S. Presidents Clinton and Bush, the Dalai Lama, Oprah and the Rolling Stones.
“It is a distinction given to visiting dignitaries as an Official City Welcome, making our guests Honorary Calgary citizens,” said Kevin Hendrickson of the Calgary Stampede Promotional Committee. “Mr. Gilley was chosen for his lifelong work in the country music industry. We wanted to extend our respect and the lifelong work that he has brought to country music.”
Mickey Gilley is currently traveling and performing both solo and together with Johnny Lee on their “Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour.” The tour kicked off earlier this year and the two have been playing to sold out crowds all over the country.
About Mickey Gilley
Country music artist Mickey Gilley has been wowing fans with his haunting sound of Louisiana rhythm and blues since 1957. The Mississippi native grew up with his two famous cousins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart, surrounded by the influence of music. Gilley made his chart-topping debut with his song “Is It Wrong For Loving You,” in which Kenny Rogers played the guitar. After moving to Pasadena, Texas, in 1971, he opened his world famous honky-tonk nightclub, Gilley’s. He continued to show chart success with hits like “City Lights” and “Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time,” both of which reached number one on the Billboard Country chart. In 1980, Gilley appeared in the film “Urban Cowboy” alongside John Travolta and Johnny Lee. At age 82, Gilley is still going strong and is currently on the Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour alongside Johnny Lee, playing more than 40 dates across the United States in 2018.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music icon and New York Times Best Selling author Naomi Judd is on top again with the No. 1 best-selling book in the country, according to Amazon’s Best Sellers in Country Music. Following national television appearances on CBS’ The Talk and Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, “River of Time: My Descent Into Depression and How I Emerged With Hope” ascends to the top of Amazon’s Best Sellers. CLICK HERE to purchase.
Naomi is also bringing her energetic flare to the April issue of First For Women as she opens up about the wellness strategies that keep her looking and feeling her absolute best. She also shares common sense beauty tips and the advice Oprah Winfrey gave her years ago that’s even more relevant today.
This summer the country music icon will return to the ball field for the City of Hope 28th Annual Celebrity Softball Game in Nashville, Tenn. Naomi participated in the game in the late 80s and early 90s and is dusting off her glove to return as a play-by-play Guest Announcer Saturday, June 9. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
ABOUT NAOMI JUDD:
Hailing from the Appalachian foothills of Ashland, Ky., mother and daughter duo, The Judds, were first discovered by RCA label head Joe Galante in 1983 after landing a spot on WSM-TV’s “The Ralph Emery Show.” They made their chart debut by the end of the year with “Had A Dream (For The Heart),” and the two were on their way to a history-making career. For the rest of the 1980’s, each single from The Judds released by RCA went to the Billboard Top 10, with 14 hits going all the way to number one. The Judds embarked on their “Farewell Tour” in 1991 after Naomi’s diagnosis of Hepatitis C forced her to retire from the road. Naomi focused on her health, beating the disease, writing several New York Times best-selling books and becoming a popular motivational speaker. This fall, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the lives and careers of the GRAMMY®-winning mother-daughter duo with an exhibit opening Aug. 10, 2018. For more information, follow Naomi Judd on Facebook and Instagram or visit NaomiJudd.com.
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Ray, one of the night’s featured talents, welcomed surprise guest Tippin to the stage where the two performed the country legend’s #1 hit song, “Kiss This,” before a SOLD-OUT crowd.
“Wow, what an honor to represent the great Collin Raye!” adds Absolute Publicity president Don Murry Grubbs. “We recently spent some time getting to know Collin and walked away feeling like family. Big things coming this year!”
Raye will be announcing new music in the coming weeks.
Launched in January of 2009, Absolute Publicity represents some of the most recognizable names in country music. The company’s roster includes Ricky Skaggs, John Anderson, The Marshall Tucker Band, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Stevens, T.G. Sheppard, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Billy Dean, Craig Wayne Boyd, Restless Heart, Halfway to Hazard, Pam Tillis, Kelly Lang, Ricky Cook, Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons, Moe Bandy, Shenandoah (tour publicity), Sammy Kershaw, and the late Mel Tillis.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 12, 2018) — Grammy Award winner John Berryhas released the single “Beautifully Broken,” written by Jenny Slate Lee and Tiffany Arbuckle Lee. An accompanying video for the song, produced by CJM Productions in Nashville and directed by Jeff Moseley can be watched onlinehere. Both the song and video were simultaneously released on the WSM 650 AM radio program Coffee, Country and Cody and Heartland TV online. The music is the title track for the exhilarating new feature film, “Beautifully Broken.” The song, which features heartfelt lyrics, is perfectly paired with the compelling film that tells the riveting true story of three families, worlds apart, whose paths seem unlikely to cross. Music is available for streaming on Spotifyand download on Amazon Music and iTunes.
“When I was pitched this song and watched the movie, I was immediately committed to the project,” said John Berry. “The emotion conveyed in the lyrics and throughout the movie ties perfectly with the movie and I am grateful to be a part of this project.”
The movie will be released nationwide later this year and you can hear John Berry’s version of the soundtrack featured at the end of the film as credits roll. The movie has been getting positive reviews and filling up advance release theater screenings. Watch the trailer at beautifullybrokenmovie.com.
About John Berry
GRAMMY Award-winning country star John Berry has placed 20 singles on the country hit parade charts, six of which went Top 5 as well as a #1 on the Billboard and Radio & Records country charts. He has earned numerous Gold and Platinum records. Berry’s co-written “A Mind Of Her Own” and “Kiss Me In The Car” introduced him to radio audiences in 1993. Then, “Your Love Amazes Me,” “What’s In It For Me” and “You And Only You” thrust him to stardom in 1994. “Standing On The Edge Of Goodbye,” “I Think About It All The Time,” and “If I Had Any Pride Left At All” were all major hits the following year. “Your Love Amazes Me” earned Berry a 1995 GRAMMY nomination. In 1996, he scored a GRAMMY win for his participation in Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel Vol. 1. Berry took “Change My Mind” into the country music Top 5 in that same year. “She’s Taken A Shine” became an even bigger hit in 1997. The same year, he was nominated for CMA Vocal Event of the Year for “Long Haired Country Boy” with Charlie Daniels and Hal Ketchum. Both fans and the media took note when “There He Goes” was released as a 1999 duet with Patsy Cline. Berry’s two most recent albums, What I Love The Most and his holiday album, Christmas, are both available now at johnberry.com as well as iTunes and other digital retailers. Berry’s TV show, Songs & Stories with John Berry, airs weekly on Heartland Television, The Family Channel, The Country Network, Roku (via Heartland), AMG TV, Country TV (New Zealand), and Keep It Country TV (UK). For more information, visit songsandstories.com.