Archives: December 2009

Blue moon

What a way to end the year, we have a blue moon which won’t happen again until 2028. A fitting way to end the year and a decade. Draper and I got to see it.

I look forward to being with you all next year in the next decade.

Goodbye 2009 hello 2010!!!

Hans’ Pick of the day

I’ve Been Thinking about You” is a song recorded by Londonbeat. It was released as a single in the last months of 1990 in many countries.

It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100[1] on April 13, 1991, having hit number two in the United Kingdom the previous year[2]. The song also topped the singles charts in Spain, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands and Australia.

London beat – I’ve Been Thinking About You

HOPE YOU MISSED ME, I’M BAAAACK

OWWWEEE!!!

WELL AFTER A TOOTHACHE THAT KEPT ME UP FOR NEARLY 50 STRAIGHT HOURS, I DID FINALLY SEE A DENTIST….2 GREATEST FEARS: DENTISTS AND NEEDLES. SO I PUT THOSE FEARS ASIDE, ON ANTIBIOTICS AND PAIN KILLERS. FINALLY SLEPT LAST NIGHT. NOT 100% BUT DAMN GLAD TO BE BACK ON THE AIR

CARRIE UNDERWOOD RECENTLY GOT ENGAGED..HOW THE NEW MAN IN HER LIFE DOESN’T TURN OUT TO BE LIKE ONE OF HER LATEST HIT SONGS…

CLICK HERE TO VISIT JUSTIN MOORE'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: JUSTIN MOORE

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO SPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY JUSTIN MOORE TALK ABOUT HOW HIS LIFE HAS CHANGED WITH HIS 1ST #1 HIT DURING THE MORNING SHOW ON FOX 103

Justin Moore was born and raised in Poyen, Ark. One set of his grandparents raised cattle and he helped with the chores. The other grandparents taught him how to hunt and fish. Although he was a star athlete in high school, he moved to Nashville after graduation to pursue a music career. He teamed with songwriter-producer Jeremy Stover to record some demos of original songs, which eventually found their way to Alan Jackson‘s producer, Keith Stegall. Moore will release his debut album on the Valory Music label in 2008.


CLICK HERE TO VISIT JASON ALDEAN'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE

STUDIO 330 ARTIST OF THE DAY: JASON ALDEAN

CLICK HERE TO HEAR JASON PERFORM “DO YOU WISH IT WAS ME” DURING HIS STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Jason Aldean was born Feb. 28, 1977, and raised by his mother in Macon, Ga., with summers spent with his father in Homestead, Fla. In addition to taking him to concerts by Kenny Rogers, the Gatlin Brothers and Alabama, Aldean’s father also wrote out guitar chords on notebook paper to teach him how to play. Eventually, Aldean taught himself songs from listening to the radio. Early favorites included George Strait‘s “The Cowboy Rides Away,” Hank Williams Jr.‘s “The Blues Man” and Alabama’s “My Home’s in Alabama.”

Inspired by a country music awards show on TV, 14-year-old Aldean decided to try performing, so his mother arranged for him to sing two songs at the VFW Hall in Macon. After that, he began performing at area talent contests and local fairs. At 15, he joined the house band at the Macon nightspot Nashville South. A year later, he bought his first vehicle with money he’d earned singing, a 1985 Toyota pickup with a rusted-out tailgate. By the time of his high school graduation, he decided to pursue music full-time.

Aldean’s father booked his son’s band into college towns in Florida, Alabama and Georgia, then farther up the eastern seaboard. One of the band members was Justin Weaver, with whom Jason began writing songs. Aldean recorded an eight-song album in Nashville in 1996 to sell at his shows.

In 1998, he performed his original songs at a showcase staged by the Atlanta nightclub The Buckboard. None of the record company talent scouts who were there approached him, but Michael Knox, then of the Warner-Chappell publishing company, did. Aldean didn’t even know what a song publisher was. Nevertheless, signed to write songs for the company, he moved to Music City on Nov. 1, 1998, at age 21. A month later, he was offered a recording contract. When that didn’t pan out, he signed with another label immediately afterward.

However, after postponing his recording sessions repeatedly, the second label dropped him in 2000. The next three years brought a marriage and a daughter but no career progress. But after a showcase at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville in early 2004, manager Lawrence Mathis approached him, impressed with his talent. Aldean said he had six months to make something happen or else he’d be leaving Nashville. Within five weeks, Mathis secured him a record deal with independent label Broken Bow Records.

Aldean released his self-titled debut album for the label in 2005. Hits included “Hicktown,” “Why” and “Amarillo Sky.”

Chrstmas is over…looking forward to 2010!

Christmas has come and gone. I had a great time this holiday being around friends and family. I hope you enjoyed yourself as well, and got everything you wanted, I know I did! 🙂

As we get close to the new year, this is a time to look back and appreciate everything that has happened over the last 12 months.

NORAD TRACKS SANTA…WATCH HIS FLIGHT HERE

CLICK HERE TO COUNTDOWN SANTA TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AND SEE WHICH OF SANTA WORKSHOPS IS THE BUSIEST For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to Christmas Eve phone calls and emails from children. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Last year, millions of people who wanted to know Santa’s whereabouts visited the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide Christmas Eve updates on Santa’s journey



KEEP YOUR RADIO TUNED TO FOX 103  THROUGH 4AM DECEMBER 25TH AS NORAD AND FOX 103 BRING YOU HOURLY UPDATES AS WE TRACK SANTA’S ANNUAL RIDE AROUND THE WORLD.

YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW SANTA TRIP BY BOOKMARKING THE MORNING SHOW BLOG AND FOLLOWING SANTA USING NORAD’S STATE OF THE ART TRACKING SYSTEM


STAY FIT THE TIGER WOODS WAY!!!


CLICK HERE TO VISIT DAVID NAIL'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: DAVID NAIL.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DAVID NAIL TALK ABOUT HIS WORST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER

David Nail grew up in a small town in Missouri, the son of a former high school band director whose musical collection included Stevie Wonder, Elton John and the Beatles. Nail turned to country in the 1990s, then started going back into its history and became a big fan of Glen Campbell. He moved to Nashville right after high school but returned to Missouri after a year. Two years later, he gave Nashville another try. He completed an album for Mercury Records, but it was not released. After taking a break from the music business to help coach a baseball team, he was introduced to music publisher and producer Frank Liddell. Their musical partnership led Nail to sign another record deal with MCA Nashville. His MCA album, I’m About to Come Alive, is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2009.

DON’T GET LOST THIS NEW YEARS EVE……

CLICK HERE TO VISIT CROSSING DIXON'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESTUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING ARTIST OF THE DAY: CROSSING DIXON

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO CROSSING DIXON PERFORM “GUITAR SLINGER” DURING THEIR STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Comprised of equal parts Southern rock and harmony-rich contemporary country, Crossin’ Dixon rose to Nashville’s attention in the mid-2000s on the strength of their live act. The four Mississippi natives — vocalist Jason Miller, drummer Michael Bole, and guitarists/vocalists Brandon Hyde and Charlie Grantham — first performed in 2002 as Kyote Wylde, but a relentless tour ethic (often resulting in 100 shows per year) resulted in a name change that could reflect their interstate travels. In 2006, a mutual friend introduced the band to the influential producer Michael Knox, who had helped launch Jason Aldean’s self-titled debut to platinum status the previous year. Knox took note of Crossin’ Dixon’s vocal harmonies, likening them to those of country legends Alabama, and a deal with Broken Bow Records was inked that September. With Knox handling production duties, Crossin’ Dixon entered the studio to record their boisterous debut single, “Guitar Slinger.” After its release in the summer of 2007, the band hit the road once again in support of the new single. ~ Andrew Leahey, All Music Guide

…AND THE WEEKLY DOSE OF LIES’ GOSSIP AND DIRT WITH PATSY J. KREBS FROM THE CUT~N~CURL IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE

LESS THAN 48 HOURS TO CHRISTMAS…HOPE YOUR SHOPPING IS DONE

CLICK HERE TO COUNTDOWN SANTA TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AND SEE WHICH OF SANTA WORKSHOPS IS THE BUSIEST For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight.



KEEP YOUR RADIO TUNED TO FOX 103 BEGINNING 4AM E.T. DECEMBER 24TH THROUGH 4AM DECEMBER 25TH AS NORAD AND FOX 103 BRING YOU HOURLY UPDATES AS WE TRACK SANTA’S ANNUAL RIDE AROUND THE WORLD. YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW SANTA TRIP BY BOOKMARKING THE MORNING SHOW BLOG AND FOLLOWING SANTA USING NORAD’S STATE OF THE ART TRACKING SYSTEM

THINKING OF QUITTING SMOKING FOR THE NEW YEAR? THINK AGAIN FRIEND..


CLICK HERE TO VISIT FAITH HILL'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: FAITH HILL

CLICK HEAR TO LISTEN TO FAITH TALK ABOUT HER TV SPECIAL TONIGHT WITH “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING”

Faith Hill (Audrey Faith Perry) was born on Sept. 21, 1967, in Jackson, Miss. Adopted at only a week old, she grew up in the small town of Star. She sang in church growing up and moved to Nashville at 19 to pursue a country music career. Hill’s first Music City job was selling T-shirts at Fan Fair. She later landed an office job with singer-songwriter Gary Morris‘ Nashville company. Morris heard her singing along with the radio and asked her to perform on demo tapes. Hill’s first professional gig was singing backup for songwriter-musician Gary Burr, who would later become her co-producer. She was discovered by a Warner Bros. executive while singing with Burr at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe. Warner Bros. Nashville released Hill’s debut album, Take Me as I Am, in 1993. She made country music history in January 1994 when her debut single “Wild One” held the No. 1 position for four consecutive weeks on Billboard‘s country singles chart. Hill was the first female country singer to accomplish the feat with a debut single since Connie Smith‘s “Once a Day” in 1964.

She earned three Grammy awards in 2000 — for female country vocal performance, best country album and for country collaboration with vocals, for the McGraw duet, “Let’s Make Love.” The couple embarked on the co-headlining Soul 2 Soul tour in 2000. The outing raked in $49.6 million, making it the top country tour of the year. Hill was named female vocalist of the year at the CMA Awards in 2000.

The Faith Hill Family Literacy Project, designed to help combat illiteracy worldwide, launched in 1996. Hill’s concern for family literacy is a result of her own family’s firsthand experience with the issue. Her father, one of 14 children, never learned to read after being forced to quit school in order to help support his family. Hill’s dream is that “someday every person will be able to read.”

DRUNK ON NEW YEARS EVE BUT NEED A FAST RIDE? THEN CALL THESE GUYS

CLICK HERE TO VISIT ZAK BROWN BAND'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESTUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING ARTIST OF THE DAY: ZAK BROWN BAND

CLICK HERE TO WATCH ZAK BROWN BAND PERFORM HIS LATEST HIT “HIGHWAY 20 RIDE” DURING HIS STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Zac Brown was raised in Dahlonega, Ga. The former restaurant owner started his music career as a solo artist, but in 2004, he formed the Zac Brown Band with bassist John Hopkins and fiddler Jimmy De Martini; more recent additions are guitarist/organist Coy Bowles and drummer Chris Fryar. They average more than 200 shows a year and have sold more than 20,000 CDs independently. The Zac Brown Band has already landed support slots with Sugarland, ZZ Top, Travis Tritt, Etta James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, Willie Nelson and BB King. Their third album, The Foundation (2008), is on the Live Nation label.

Hans’ Pick of the day

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (sometimes with Coming changed to Comin’) is a Christmas song. It was written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, and was first sung on Eddie Cantor‘s radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and over 400,000 copies sold by Christmas. The song is often used to tell children that Santa knows when they’ve been bad or good and that they should be good.

Christmas Music: “Santa Claus Is Coming”, Bruce Springsteen

CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE……

CLICK HERE TO COUNTDOWN SANTA TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AND SEE WHICH OF SANTA WORKSHOPS IS THE BUSIEST For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight.


KEEP YOUR RADIO TUNED TO FOX 103 BEGINNING 4AM E.T. DECEMBER 24TH THROUGH 4AM DECEMBER 25TH AS NORAD AND FOX 103 BRING YOU HOURLY UPDATES AS WE TRACK SANTA’S ANNUAL RIDE AROUND THE WORLD. YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW SANTA TRIP BY BOOKMARKING THE MORNING SHOW BLOG AND FOLLOWING SANTA USING NORAD’S STATE OF THE ART TRACKING SYSTEM

CLICK HERE TO VISIT BRAD PAISLEY'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: BRAD PAISLEY

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO BRAD PAISLEY TALK ABOUT HIS IDEA OF CHRISTMAS WEATHER AND CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WITH “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING”

Contemporary country singer/songwriter Brad Paisley was born October 28, 1972, in Glen Dale, WV; given his first guitar at age eight, he delivered his first public performance at church two years later. With his 50-something guitar teacher Clarence “Hank” Goddard and two of the older man’s seasoned musician buddies, the teenaged Paisley formed his first band, the C-Notes, and at age 12 began writing his own material. After performing in front of the local Rotary Club, he was invited to appear on Wheeling station WWVA’s famed Saturday night broadcast Jamboree USA. Paisley’s debut was so well received that he was invited to join the program full-time, and in the years to follow he opened for the likes of the Judds, Roy Clark, and Little Jimmy Dickens. He later attended Nashville’s Belmont University, serving an internship with ASCAP; the contacts Paisley made there helped him land a songwriting deal with EMI, and he also appeared on countless demos. Signing to Arista, he issued his debut solo album, Who Needs Pictures, in 1999. The record produced two chart-topping singles in “He Didn’t Have to Be,” an ode to loving stepfathers, and “We Danced” and also earned generally positive reviews for its diversity of country styles. In the meantime, Paisley recorded a duet with Chely Wright, “Hard to Be a Husband, Hard to Be a Wife,” for the Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry compilation; the two later collaborated on several songs for Wright’s Never Love You Enough album. The sequel to Paisley’s debut, Part II, was released in 2001 and promptly returned him to the Top Five with “Two People Fell in Love.” “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” gave Paisley his third chart-topper, and “Wrapped Around” fell one spot short of becoming his fourth. “I Wish You’d Stay” became the fourth Top Ten hit from the record in early 2003. At the beginning of August 2005, Paisley put together a short “director’s commentary” preview of his next album for his fan base to download. The full album, Time Well Wasted, appeared two weeks later and narrowly missed the top of the album charts, though it did hit number one on the country charts. In 2006 Brad Paisley Christmas, a collection of both originals and covers, came out, followed by 5th Gear in 2007. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

SAY GOOD NIGHT GRANDPA!…..

CLICK HERE TO VISIT DOLLY PARTON OFFICIAL WEBSITE

STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION ARTIST OF THE DAY: DOLLY PARTON

CLICK HERE TO WATCH DOLLY PERFORM A REAL COOL “MERLE HAGGARD MEETS JERRY REED” SOUNDING VERSION OF HER HIT SONG “9 TO 5” DURING HER STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Born on Jan. 19, 1946, in Locust Ridge, Tenn., into a poor family that would eventually include 12 children, Dolly Parton learned early to escape the hardships of life through her vivid and far-ranging imagination. Before she learned to read and write, she was “making up” her own songs. She got her first guitar when she was 8 and began singing on a Knoxville, Tenn., radio station at age 11. That same year, she made her first recording on Gold Band Records, a tiny independent label. She made a name for herself locally while still in high school, but she dreamed of a bigger stage. The day after she graduated in 1964, she moved to Nashville.

Her first charting records on Monument Records included “Dumb Blonde” and “Something Fishy,” both in 1967. At about this time, Porter Wagoner was looking for a new “girl singer” for his syndicated television show. Parton accepted the job in 1967, signed with RCA Records in 1968 and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1969. However, she left Wagoner’s show in 1974, as her solo releases — such as “Joshua,” “Coat of Many Colors” and “Jolene” — were out-charting their collaborations. After their split, Parton wrote the song “I Will Always Love You” for Wagoner, and it reached No. 1 for the first time in 1974.

As a solo artist, Parton also snared the CMA’s female vocalist award in 1975 and 1976 and won the entertainer trophy in 1978. Still, her TV variety series lasted only one season, in 1976. Her musical style grew closer to pop music, but fans responded as “Here You Come Again” spent five weeks at No. 1 in 1978.

She also grew more interested in movies, starring in 1980’s 9 to 5 — the title song earned her an Oscar nomination — and 1982’s Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Taken from the Whorehouse soundtrack, “I Will Always Love You” reached No. 1 again in 1982. A Bee Gees-written duet with Kenny Rogers, “Islands in the Stream,” topped the country charts in 1983.

Parton re-recorded “I Will Always Love You” with Vince Gill, and they won a CMA award for vocal event in 1996. Taken from the album Trio II, a cover of “After the Gold Rush” won a Grammy for best country collaboration with vocals in 1999, and Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later that year.

In 2006, she earned her second Oscar nomination for “Travelin’ Thru,” which she wrote specifically for the film Transamerica. She also returned to No. 1 on the country charts later that year by lending her distinctive harmonies to the Brad Paisley ballad, “When I Get Where I’m Going.”

Parton also changed the landscape of her Tennessee stomping grounds when she opened the Dollywood theme park in 1985. It remains among the most popular vacation destinations in the South. She has also donated more than 1 million books to pre-school children across the United States and provides scholarships to high school students in Sevier County, Tenn. In return, the county honored her with a life-size statue in front of the courthouse.


Hans’ Pick of the Day

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” is a Christmas song written in October 1962 with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker.[1] The pair were married at the time, and wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.[2] It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of different artists.[2]

Noel Regney wrote the lyrics for the song, while Gloria Shayne Baker composed the Christmas carol‘s music in October 1962.[2] This was an unusual arrangement for the two writers. Usually it was Baker who wrote the lyrics for their songs while Regney composed the music, as they did on their classic children’s song “Rain Rain Go Away“.[1][2]

Regney was inspired to write the lyrics “Said the night wind to the little lamb, ‘Do you see what I see?’ ” and “Pray for peace, people everywhere,” after watching babies being pushed in strollers on the sidewalks of New York City.[1] Baker stated in an interview years later that neither could personally perform the entire song at the time they wrote it because of the emotions surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis.[1] “Our little song broke us up. You must realize there was a threat of nuclear war at the time.” [1]

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” was released shortly after Thanksgiving in 1962.[1] The song was originally recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale.[1] It went on to sell more than quarter-million copies during the 1962 Christmas holiday season.[1]

However, it was Bing Crosby who made the song a worldwide smash hit when he recorded his own version of it in 1963.[1] Ironically, Crosby recorded the carol for Capitol Records on November 22, 1963, the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, and the recording was released a week and a half later on a then-new Christmas album. Over the years, Crosby’s recording of the song has been widely played on the radio. The original version has been available on numerous compilation Christmas albums and compact discs put out by Capitol Records.

Bing Crosby – Do You Hear What I Hear?

IT’S THE 1ST DAY OF WINTER….YEE-HAW!!

  • WELL EVEN THOUGH WE’VE HAD SNOW FOR ABOUT A MONTH NOW, TODAY MARKS THE OFFICIAL 1ST DAY OF WINTER….AND ONLY 4 MORE SHOPPING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS; BETTER GET IT DONE BY WEDNESDAY, SO YOU HAVE TIME THURSDAY TO WRAP THE GIFTS

CLICK HERE TO COUNTDOWN SANTA TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AND SEE WHICH OF SANTA WORKSHOPS IS THE BUSIEST

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to Christmas Eve phone calls and emails from children. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Last year, millions of people who wanted to know Santa’s whereabouts visited the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide Christmas Eve updates on Santa’s journey.

KEEP YOUR RADIO TUNED TO FOX 103 BEGINNING 4AM E.T. DECEMBER 24TH THROUGH 4AM DECEMBER 25TH AS NORAD AND FOX 103 BRING YOU HOURLY UPDATES AS WE TRACK SANTA’S ANNUAL RIDE AROUND THE WORLD. YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW SANTA TRIP BY BOOKMARKING THE MORNING SHOW BLOG AND FOLLOWING SANTA USING NORAD’S STATE OF THE ART TRACKING SYSTEM

CLICK HERE TO VISIT CARRIE UNDERWOOD'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: CARRIE UNDERWOOD

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO CARRIE TALK ABOUT HER PAST CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCES ON “DOC~N~DUCK IN THE MORNING

Carrie Underwood was born March 10, 1983. Her family already owned the farm in Checotah, Okla., though Underwood was born in the next town over, the one made famous in Merle Haggard‘s song, “Okie From Muskogee.” Her father, Stephen, worked at a paper mill, and her mother, Carole, was an elementary school teacher. Underwood is the youngest of three sisters. Shanna is 13 years older and Stephanie is 10 years older. Underwood was just 4 years old when Shanna moved out on her own but says her siblings have always been there for her.  She released the single “Jesus, Take the Wheel” to country radio later that year; her debut album Some Hearts followed in November, less than six months following her Idol win.

Some Hearts proved to be a huge hit, leading to the No. 1 hits “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” and “Before He Cheats.” She toured with Kenny Chesney as well as Brad Paisley in 2006. She also won her first CMA Awards in 2006, in the Horizon and female vocalist categories.

HERE’S JEFFREY THE GIRAFFE WITH TOYS FOR COUNTY GIRLS AND BOYS

SANTA WALT REMINDS LISTENERS TO SHOP EARLY, AND HIDE YOUR PRESENTS WELL!!!

PROOF THAT SANTA IS OVER 21


CLICK HERE TO VISIT JULIANNE HOUGH'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESTUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION ARTIST OF THE DAY: JULIANNE HOUGH

CLICK HERE TO WATCH JULIANNE PERFORM “HIDE YOUR MATCHES” DURING HER STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Julianne Hough (pronounced “Huff”) came to national prominence as the two-time professional dance champion on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, but the 19 year-old says her ultimate goal is a career in country music. Growing up one of five Utah-born siblings, Hough says her family was sometimes referred to as the “blonde Osmonds.” At age 10, she immersed herself in dancing after her parents separated. After spending five years studying performing arts in London, she moved to Los Angeles to earn a living as a dancer while pursuing her musical dreams. She started making regular trips to Nashville while working on Dancing With the Stars and performing on the show’s tour. Her connections in Los Angeles and Nashville resulted in Hough being introduced to producer David Malloy, a Nashville producer who has worked with Eddie Rabbitt and Reba McEntire, among others. Hough’s self-titled debut album is scheduled to be released in May 2008. It contains the single, “That Song in My Head.”