Briefs: News From Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, And Tim McGraw
Plus, The Bellamy Brothers Go Gospel (Again)
• Taylor Swift (left) will host a live Webcast for her fans on Aug. 13, where she is expected to reveal the first details about her new album, due in the fall. She will also be answering questions from fans, who can tune into the Webcast at 7 p.m. (ET) at
youtube.com/presents or TaylorSwift.com.
• The Bellamy Brothers, who are best known for their country hits, venture back into gospel music with the release of their second album in the genre, “Pray For Me,” on Sept. 4. The set includes 14 original gospel songs.
The duo’s first gospel album was amusingly titled “Jesus Is Coming (And Boy Is He Pissed),” and was nominated for two Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association.
“Creating this new album was a labor of love for us, and an element we hope we can always add to our variety of projects,” says the band’s Howard Bellamy in a release.
• Blake Shelton will be a guest on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” tonight at 11 p.m. (ET), where he is expected to reveal to host Chelsea Handler the details about his upcoming Christmas album with the punctuation-challenged titled “Cheers it’s Christmas.” With a name like that, expect some holiday drinking songs on the project. And as previously reported here, the set includes a duet with pal Reba McEntire.
• Proud Louisiana native Tim McGraw was surprised on stage at the Superdome in New Orleans on August 3 with news of his induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. During the middle of his set, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame president Mike Shepherd joined him on stage, and presented McGraw with a custom plaque honoring him for his contributions to Louisiana's rich musical heritage. Other Louisiana Hall of Fame honorees include Louis Armstrong, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dr. John and Allen Toussaint.
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.