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Parker McCollum is reflecting on the significance of proposing to his fiancée, Hallie Ray Light

The "Pretty Heart" singer recalls how he knew Hallie Ray was "the one" when he made his Grand Ole Opry debut in February. The couple was broken up at the time, and knew the experience would have been more meaningful had she been there.

"We were still broken up and we were trying to work things out. But I walked off stage that night and I was like, 'I don't ever want to do anything like this again without her here," Parker shares with People 

The Texas native popped the question just before the July 4th holiday at a dinner event with both of their families and friends.

"I couldn't wait to ask her to marry me. There was no backup plan and no hesitation. I didn't overthink one thing. I was like, 'It can't get any better than her,'" Parker explains"There was no doubt in my mind that I was making the right decision. She saved my life, in a way. I don't think I was headed down the right road."

Parker penned a song for his fiancée, "Hallie Ray Light," that's featured on his 2020 EP, Hollywood Gold. He released his major label debut album, Gold Chain Cowboy, on Friday that includes current single, "To Be Loved by You."

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Keith Urban is ready to "Party for a Cause."

The country superstar has joined the lineup for the upcoming ACM Party for a Cause event. Keith is one of the many acts who will take the stage at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville on August 24 in benefit of ACM Lifting Lives. 

"I can't wait to play live and I'll see you there," Keith shares in a video announcing his performance, adding in the caption, "I am soooo looking forward to it!" 

Sam Hunt, Old Dominion, Mickey Guyton, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Trisha Yearwood and Tenille Townes are also slated to appear at the event. 

Party for a Cause precedes the 14th annual ACM Honors that will be hosted on August 25 at the Ryman Auditorium. Honorees include Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Lady A, Rascal Flatts, Loretta Lynn and more.

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Ingrid Andress and Sam Hunt are "Wishful Drinking" in their new collaboration. 

The pop-leaning song finds Ingrid taking lead on the first verse, longing for a lost love over a glass of something strong. Sam takes on the second verse, echoing Ingrid's sentiment of "when I'm a couple in I get optimistic/Like me and you are realistic." 

The "Wishful Drinking" video was released in conjunction with the track. Filmed at the Flamingo Cocktail Club in Nashville, the 70s-inspired clip finds the two singing alone at opposite ends of the venue before uniting on stage. 

"The sad bop you’ve wanted all summer is finally outttt! @SamHuntMusic you make everything sound better tbh thank u for being my first collab ever on a song," Ingrid declareda on Instagram. “'Wishful Drinking' out now for all you sad/happy hunnies out there."

"I heard Ingrid’s music a while back and knew right away she was a very talented singer and songwriter. When the opportunity came along to be a part of this song with her I was all in," Sam wrote on Twitter.

Ingrid will launch her headlining The Feeling Things Tour in the fall. She'll also serve as an opening act on Dan + Shay's The (Arena) Tour, beginning in September.

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Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn are set for a final bow in Las Vegas.

The legendary country acts are teaming up for a final run of their REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas residency in December. The trio will close out the year with a string of nine shows from December 1-15 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, performing more than 30 of their hit songs.

The shows take place on December 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14 and 15. Tickets go on sale to the public on August 6 at 1 p.m. ET. 

"I can’t wait to be back in Vegas with my buddies @BrooksAndDunn for our final shows at the @ColosseumatCP Dec 1-15!" Reba shares on Twitter. "Don’t miss your last chance to see us #TogetherInVegas!"

Launched in 2015, Together in Vegas has since become the longest-running country residency in Las Vegas.

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On this date in 2005, a country superstar released her sixth album, Fireflies. It hit the number-one spot on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts, and was eventually certified two-times Platinum. Can you name the “Mississippi Girl” who released it? ANSWER: Faith Hill.

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The song "I Will Always Love You" is commonly attributed to the late singer Whitney Houston, but not everyone is aware country star Dolly Parton originally wrote and recorded the single back in 1973.

Houston's 1992 cover was an astronomical success -- spending 14 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, winning two Grammy Awards and, ultimately, going on to become certified three-times Platinum by the RIAA.

Forbes previously estimated that Parton received over $10 million in royalties from the smash-hit single.  However, Dolly never publicly revealed what she did with the money until Andy Cohen asked her directly on Watch What Happens Live.

When prompting Parton to reveal the best thing she had done with the royalties, she revealed she invested it into a local Black community.

"I bought my big office complex down in Nashville... down in what was the Black area of town," she explained. "It was mostly just Black families and people that lived around there."

Adding "it was off the beaten path from 16th Avenue," a well-known area in the city, Parton continued that she purchased "the whole strip mall" there. 

The singer declared that she felt it was "the perfect place for me to be, considering it was Whitney."

"So I just thought this was great, I'm just gonna be down here with her people, who are my people as well," Dolly said. "And so I just love the fact that I spent that money on a complex. And I think, 'This is the house that Whitney built.'"

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Chris Young is bringing his "Famous Friends" on tour. 

This fall, the chart-topping singer will set out on the Famous Friends Tour that covers 13 cities from October through December. The trek kicks off October 21 in Little Rock, Arkansas and runs through December 5 where it wraps at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Along the way, Chris and friends will make multiple stops in Texas and perform another arena show in Iowa at Xtream Arena. Mitchell Tenpenny and newcomer Callista Clark join as opening acts.  

“Everybody’s been asking me when’s the tour announce -- well now you have your answer and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I’m pumped to be able to share some of this new music on tour!” Chris shares in a statement. 

The Famous Friends tour is named after Chris' current #1 single, featuring Kane Brown

News of the tour comes just days before the Tennessee native drops his long-awaited album, Famous Friends, on Friday. The 14-track album also features collaborations with Mitchell and Lauren Alaina. It's his first studio album since Losing Sleep was released in 2017.

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Brett Young is a proud father, as he and wife Taylor announce the arrival of their second child. 

Over the weekend, Brett took to Instagram to reveal that his second daughter, Rowan Marie Young, was born on July 21. She joins the couple's one-year-old daughter, Presley.The "Mercy" singer shared the news alongside a photo of the sleeping newborn wrapped in a big pink bow.

"I thought my heart was maxed out. I usually don’t like to be wrong…… I was wrong. And I can’t wait to thank you properly for the opportunity to be your daddy. I already love you so much and I can’t wait to watch you and your sister become best friends," Brett writes in the caption.

The singer also praises his wife and eldest daughter, encouraging the new baby to follow their example as she grows up.  

"The women in your life are super heroes and you’re the luckiest lady alive. Presley has been begging for you. Be prepared for me to mess everything up and your mom and sister to always be there to fix it," he continues. "I love you. Welcome to the ‘Youngs’ -Daddy." 

Brett and Taylor welcomed Presley in October 2019. His most recent #1 hit, "Lady," is inspired by them. Brett's set to release a children's book, Love You, Little Lady on August 24.

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Garth Brooks was forced to pump the brakes on his Nashville-based concert on Saturday due to severe weather in Tennessee.

ABC-affiliate WRKN reports that Brooks pulled the plug on his stop at Nissan Stadium after strong storms rolled into the area, with fans reportedly capturing video of lighting strikes and others taking cover from the pouring rain.

Before the show was postponed, fans were reportedly asked to wait out the inclement weather in their vehicles, or to shelter near the gates.

According to the venue, plans were being ironed out to reschedule the show to Sunday, but fans received more bad news when that date wasn't viable.

"After collaborating with our vendors and local officials, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Garth Brookes Stadium Tour at Nissan Stadium," stadium officials said in a statement. "Unfortunately, we were unable to secure adequate safety personnel and provide our standard of fan experience in order to move forward with the concert on Sunday evening."

Ticket holders will be notified when the concert is rescheduled and will be able to use their tickets and parking passes for the new concert date.

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In addition to their musical career, the Lady A band mates all have one big thing in common: They’re proud parents who’ve enjoyed spending time with their respective families while off the road during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For her part, singer Hillary Scott is mom to three daughters: Eight-year-old Eisele and three-year-old twins Betsy and Emory. The younger two girls, she says, are now at an age where they’re starting to come with her in the studio, and are even showing some musical talents themselves.

“It was so cool to see them hearing their own voice back, and just getting to be in the control room with me,” Hillary recalls. “Because, you know, the majority of their lives, they haven’t really come to work with mom, you know?”

As for the girls’ musical personalities, Hillary says they’re showing individual tastes and preferences, with Betsy displaying a bit more of a passion for the spotlight.

“They both love to sing. I would have to say Betsy is a little bit more of a...if you ask her, it’s always a ‘yes,’” she explains. “Like, ‘Do you wanna sing a song?’ And she’s like, ‘Yeah, okay,’ and she’ll just bust into something.”

As for Betsy's favorite song selections? “She still very much loves ‘This Is Me,’ from The Greatest Showman. Anything with ‘Oh-oh’s in it, it’s her favorite,” Hillary says.

While the three band mates of Lady A agree that time spent with their children has been a high point of life off the road, they’re excited to hit the stage once again. They took to the road late last month for the first dates on their What a Song Can Do Tour.

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Ryan Hurd’s new song, “Coast,” arrived last week. The track follows his current top-thirty single, “Chasing After You,” which is a duet with his country superstar wife, Maren Morris

Danielle Bradbery channels the fierce independence of female-driven ‘90s country in her new song, “Stop Dragging Your Boots.”

On Friday, solo performers Hailey Whitters and Ernest announced their new collaborative album, the seven-song Countrypolitan. They wrote many of the project’s songs together, and also included a cover of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ “Islands in the Stream.” That duet is out now.

Willie Jones and Cooper Alan are among the artists slated to perform in “CMT Hot Prospects,” CMT’s new free, pre-game concert series for Atlanta Braves baseball games.

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Dolly Parton is weighing in on Britney Spears' conservatorship battle.

The country legend was asked about the situation while on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Thursday night. While she didn't get too specific on her feelings about the #FreeBritney movement, she did say she can relate to what Britney is going through.

"I try to not get involved in other people's business," Dolly said. "I think she's a wonderful artist, and I think she's a wonderful girl, and I only wish her the best."

She added, "I understand all those crazy things. I went through a lot of that myself through a big lawsuit in my early days with Porter Wagoner, trying to get out on my own. So I understand where she's coming from and how she feels. So I hope that it all turns out the way that it should."

Back in the '70s, Dolly announced an end to her partnership with Wagoner, a country singer who helped launch her career. He later sued her for $3 million, claiming breach of contract. They eventually settled out of court.

Dolly wrote her classic 1974 hit "I Will Always Love You" as a farewell to Wagoner.

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Dolly Parton is weighing in on Britney Spears' conservatorship battle.

The country legend was asked about the situation while on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Thursday night. While she didn't get too specific on her feelings about the #FreeBritney movement, she did say she can relate to what Britney is going through.

"I try to not get involved in other people's business," Dolly said. "I think she's a wonderful artist, and I think she's a wonderful girl, and I only wish her the best."

She added, "I understand all those crazy things. I went through a lot of that myself through a big lawsuit in my early days with Porter Wagoner, trying to get out on my own. So I understand where she's coming from and how she feels. So I hope that it all turns out the way that it should."

Back in the '70s, Dolly announced an end to her partnership with Wagoner, a country singer who helped launch her career. He later sued her for $3 million, claiming breach of contract. They eventually settled out of court.

Dolly wrote her classic 1974 hit "I Will Always Love You" as a farewell to Wagoner.

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Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley bring the breezy, windswept vibes of their “Freedom Was a Highway” duet to life in a new music video. 

In the clip, Jimmie starts off solo, going for a summer joyride in a classic red convertible. Somewhere along the two-lane blacktop, in the middle of the woods, the singer pulls over to investigate something sparkly on the side of road: It’s a golden guitar that seems to have magical powers.

One strum on the guitar and Jimmie conjures up a full backing band, which immediately kick into gear as he begins to perform “Freedom Was a Highway.” But that’s not all: Soon, Brad enters the picture, sitting on the back of a pickup truck and singing along. Soon, the pair of artists’ middle-of-nowhere jam session turns into a packed concert, with golden confetti falling from the sky.

A live performance of “Freedom is a Highway” from Jimmie and Brad will likely become a reality for fans with tickets to see Brad’s tour this summer: Jimmie is currently an opening act on the bill. 

The two artists’ duet is currently a top-twenty hit at country radio.

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JT Colston

Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley bring the breezy, windswept vibes of their “Freedom Was a Highway” duet to life in a new music video. 

In the clip, Jimmie starts off solo, going for a summer joyride in a classic red convertible. Somewhere along the two-lane blacktop, in the middle of the woods, the singer pulls over to investigate something sparkly on the side of road: It’s a golden guitar that seems to have magical powers.

One strum on the guitar and Jimmie conjures up a full backing band, which immediately kick into gear as he begins to perform “Freedom Was a Highway.” But that’s not all: Soon, Brad enters the picture, sitting on the back of a pickup truck and singing along. Soon, the pair of artists’ middle-of-nowhere jam session turns into a packed concert, with golden confetti falling from the sky.

A live performance of “Freedom is a Highway” from Jimmie and Brad will likely become a reality for fans with tickets to see Brad’s tour this summer: Jimmie is currently an opening act on the bill. 

The two artists’ duet is currently a top-twenty hit at country radio.

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Lauren Alaina’s next full-length album is on its way. This week, the singer shared the news that a 15-song collection called Sitting Pretty on Top of the World will come out September 3.

“It’s about being a dreamer becoming an achiever. It’s being broken and ending up healed. It’s all of me,” the singer says of her new project. “The early chapters. The new beginnings. The hope for the future and total appreciation for the past. Taking the Road Less Traveled and ending up Sitting Pretty on Top of the World.”

To kick off her album roll-out, Lauren’s sharing the lead single “It Was Me” as an instant grat track for those who pre-order the album. Co-written by the singer with acclaimed co-writer Hillary Lindsey, “It Was Me” is a bare-all confessional that takes stock of all the insecurities that prevent a person from finding happiness. 

Lauren’s fans will likely recognize a few more songs on the album, too. The track list includes “Getting Over Him,” her duet with Jon Pardi. It also features a new version of Lauren's RIAA Gold-certified single, “Getting Good,” reimagined as a duet with Trisha Yearwood.

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UMG Nashville

Lauren Alaina’s next full-length album is on its way. This week, the singer shared the news that a 15-song collection called Sitting Pretty on Top of the World will come out September 3.

“It’s about being a dreamer becoming an achiever. It’s being broken and ending up healed. It’s all of me,” the singer says of her new project. “The early chapters. The new beginnings. The hope for the future and total appreciation for the past. Taking the Road Less Traveled and ending up Sitting Pretty on Top of the World.”

To kick off her album roll-out, Lauren’s sharing the lead single “It Was Me” as an instant grat track for those who pre-order the album. Co-written by the singer with acclaimed co-writer Hillary Lindsey, “It Was Me” is a bare-all confessional that takes stock of all the insecurities that prevent a person from finding happiness. 

Lauren’s fans will likely recognize a few more songs on the album, too. The track list includes “Getting Over Him,” her duet with Jon Pardi. It also features a new version of Lauren's RIAA Gold-certified single, “Getting Good,” reimagined as a duet with Trisha Yearwood.

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Dolly Parton is weighing in on Britney Spears' conservatorship battle.

The country legend was asked about the situation while on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Thursday night. While she didn't get too specific on her feelings about the #FreeBritney movement, she did say she can relate to what Britney is going through.

"I try to not get involved in other people's business," Dolly said. "I think she's a wonderful artist, and I think she's a wonderful girl, and I only wish her the best."

She added, "I understand all those crazy things. I went through a lot of that myself through a big lawsuit in my early days with Porter Wagoner, trying to get out on my own. So I understand where she's coming from and how she feels. So I hope that it all turns out the way that it should."

Back in the '70s, Dolly announced an end to her partnership with Wagoner, a country singer who helped launch her career. He later sued her for $3 million, claiming breach of contract. They eventually settled out of court.

Dolly wrote her classic 1974 hit "I Will Always Love You" as a farewell to Wagoner.

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Bravo

Dolly Parton is weighing in on Britney Spears' conservatorship battle.

The country legend was asked about the situation while on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Thursday night. While she didn't get too specific on her feelings about the #FreeBritney movement, she did say she can relate to what Britney is going through.

"I try to not get involved in other people's business," Dolly said. "I think she's a wonderful artist, and I think she's a wonderful girl, and I only wish her the best."

She added, "I understand all those crazy things. I went through a lot of that myself through a big lawsuit in my early days with Porter Wagoner, trying to get out on my own. So I understand where she's coming from and how she feels. So I hope that it all turns out the way that it should."

Back in the '70s, Dolly announced an end to her partnership with Wagoner, a country singer who helped launch her career. He later sued her for $3 million, claiming breach of contract. They eventually settled out of court.

Dolly wrote her classic 1974 hit "I Will Always Love You" as a farewell to Wagoner.

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