It’s been several years since Mallary Hope has made an appearance at CMA Fest, and this year she took us to church! Hope has changed paths from Country Music to Christian, but she was still invited to take part in Spotify/Opry’s Hot Country/Christian Brunch at Blake Shelton‘s new restaurant Ole Red.
We had other plans during the time slot, but once Hope announced her performance we knew we had to be there! It’s been awhile since we’ve gotten to see her perform and after all, she is one of our favorites! Hope has been busy raising two little girls with her husband, Ryan Dokke and performing on the Winter Jam tour that recently wrapped. She has been working on new music since releasing her self titled debut Christian EP Mallary Hope.
WATCH MALLARY HOPE PERFORM HER UPCOMING SINGLE “ME”
Hope has had a big impact on the Country Music scene, writing songs for the likes of Lauren Alaina, Jana Kramer, Katie Armiger and the cast of the show Nashville. She has been featured on two of Darius Rucker‘s albums and contributed background vocals on Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum album.
Hope was the first performance of the day and CMA Fest goers were waiting a long time to get inside to experience Ole Red and all it has to offer. She did not disappoint and engaged the crowd to clap and sing along as she performed familiar songs and new ones as well. Hope is celebrating her birthday today! Happy Birthday Mallary! Enjoy the photos from her performance!
Taylor Swift is always full of surprises, whether it be having her team upgrade people from $50 seats to $800 ones, inviting fans over to her house, showing up at their wedding or showing up at their house! There was a recent AT&T and DirecTV event before her Chicago show on her Reputation Stadium Tour where she decided to stop by!
Fans were giving on-screen interviews, talking about things from their favorite Taylor Swift song, to reasons they love the superstar. Each time, she would pop out and surprise them doing their interview! Swift shared in a video AT&T shared that all of these fans have been long time fans but had never had the chance to meet her. She of course, wanted to meet them as well!
Watch the video clip below! The full video will air on #TaylorSwiftNot on DirecTV.
WOW! Are we ever readTAY for the “Babe” music video after the preview that premiered during the CMT Music Awards Wednesday night! The video drops Saturday and it is going to be amazing. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles plays the woman who got cheated on by Taylor Swift‘s character! Which is ironic since Swift is the one who wrote the song about being the woman that Nettles plays. In the video, now Swift gets to act our the role of the woman who her then boyfriend cheated on her with. *Cough Jake.*
In the video we can see Swift with Red hair. Is she perhaps hinting that she was cheated on by a red hair woman, or is she paying homage to the fact it was supposed to be on the album Red? With Swift’s attention to deal, we have to assume the action was deliberate, but it’s much more fun to just enjoy the video than to speculate on all the unknown!
We do know Swift wrote the treatment (aka she came up with the concept/storyline of the video). Sugarland told ET online:
“It’s your favorite summer movie you haven’t seen yet. It’s red-headed Taylor. Which I think is… it could be a giveaway if you’re a Mad Men fan, but maybe not.”
“It’s cinematic,” Nettles agreed, adding that Swift actually wrote the treatment for the video and helped shape the look. “It’s a period piece, if you will.”
Watch the trailer below, the full video drops Saturday!
Hayley Orrantia embarked on her first headlining tour the Strong, Sweet and Southern Tour, which was named after her single with the same name. Orrantia was joined by Brennley Brown, who most recently reached the top 10 on NBC’s The Voice. The tour’s last stop was in Nashville, TN at the Wildhorse Saloon. I was able to be a part of the final show and attend the event.
Brown kicked off the evening with a few of originals of her own and playing covers such as “Joline.” At just 16 years old, Brown showed no signs of her young age and captivated the audience with strong vocals and mature performance. Brown effortlessly set the tone for the rest of the night and kicked things off with a bang.
Orrantia opened her set with her original song “Tightrope,” which was a mid-tempo song drawing the comparison between the balancing act of walking on a tightrope and a romantic relationship. The song set the tone for the rest of the night as she spoke about a few of the songs and the story behind them. The first of these was “Lewisville,” which is a song about Orrantia’s hometown and the feeling of wanting to get out for the pursuit of achieving a longing dream. Orrantia also showed off her radiant and humorous personality by covering Vanessa Carlton‘s “A Thousand Miles,” and the audience was able to see along with all of the words. Afterward, Orrantia sang a toe-tapping, uptempo song titled “Stuck in the Rhythm,” which continued the high energy feeling of the show. Before Orrantia ended her set with “Strong, Sweet & Southern,” she performed Justin Timberlake‘s “Drink You Away.” Although the song has country undertones, Orrantia showed off her diversity and flawlessly delivered a powerhouse performance that solidifies her artistry. Before ending the night, Orrantia was joined on stage by Brown, where the pair sang Cam‘s “Diane.” The pair reached back and put an exclamation point to an already impassioned night of music.
Orrantia, who is mostly known for her role on ABC’s The Goldbergs, is now quickly cementing herself into the country music world. The show solidifies the certainty that Orrantia is well on her way to a prosperous and lasting career, with a mix of intelligent and provoking originals. Orrantia is definitely one you do not want to miss out on and has the vocals to back it up. If you plan on attending CMA Fest this year, be sure to check her out. She will be performing on the Maui Jim Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe on Friday, June 8th at 12:45 PM, as well on the CMA Close Up Stage at 2:45 PM on Saturday, June 9th.
When you think friendship goals, I hope you think of Taylena! Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez have been friends for 12, almost 13 years. Which is monumental since it’s Swift’s favorite number. Gomez and Swift first found each other back when the Jonas Brother‘s were still a thing! Although many things have changed over the years, hairstyles, homes, boyfriends, one thing has never fallen apart, their friendship!
Like tradition would have it, Swift brought Selena out to be a special guest on her Reputation Stadium Tour, like she has each tour! They performed Gomez’s song “Hands To Myself” which is a favorite of Taylor’s.
Swift shared a sweet picture of the two with the caption:
“To the person I could call at any time of day, who has been there no matter what… you absolutely KILLED IT tonight and everyone was so excited to see you. I love you, and 60,000 people at the Rose Bowl loved you too.”
Gomez echoed the sentiments, sharing a picture of the two backstage with the caption:
“I’m grateful for those I surround myself with. And this woman right here happens to be one of my favorites. Love our tradition and I love you.”
Not only did they have an electrifying performance, but Gomez made a surprise speech that even caught Swift off guard. She chokes up as she shares how much Swift and their friendship means and thanking everyone for supporting her because she is the kindest of humans.
WATCH SELENA’S HEARTWARMING SPEECH TO TAYLOR SWIFT
“I have to say thank you to my best friend of about 12 years, almost 13, she’s been one of my best friends, because this person has never ever judged a single decision I’ve made, she has always met me where I’ve been, she has encouraged me when I’ve had nothing to be encouraged about, and I don’t know if I would be as strong as I am if I didn’t have you and your family, because you’ve changed my life. But honestly, thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting someone that I know is the most beautiful, strong, independent woman I’ve ever met, so thank you as her best friend.”
Swift tried to hug her during it, but Gomez wasn’t finished and swatted her away so she could continue gushing about her! Can you say friendship goals?
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