- HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT WEEKEND…..
CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s An All-Star Holiday Special premieres tonight on Fox, featuring big-name guests such as BRAD PAISLEY, DOLLY PARTON and fellow American Idol winner DAVID COOK. CHRISTINA APPLEGATE and KRISTEN CHENOWETH also join Carrie on the show, which she describes as, quote “a holiday special mixed with a variety show, mixed with lots of singing [and] lots of guests.” Carrie adds, “When I think of the holidays…I think of family specials, and I think this fits right in. Hopefully, everybody can get together and hang out and have fun and enjoy.”
In addition to singing her own hits, holiday classics and a few new tunes from her album Play On, Carrie is also participating in some skits with her mom CAROLE, who tries her hand at singing on the show. Even though Carole pretty much butchers the TAMMY WYNETTE classic “Stand By Your Man” in the sketch, Carrie says, quote, “She had so much fun with it, and everybody’s gonna love her.”
Another skit features Carrie’s beloved rat terrier ACE. Carrie has always wondered what Ace thinks about, so they came up with a sketch featuring NEIL PATRICK HARRIS as the voice of Carrie’s pup. She says, quote, “We had to kind of tone it down a little bit, ’cause they got a little carried away. But it was just a lot of fun.”
In another special performance, Carrie teams up with Kristen Chenoweth and Christina Applegate to perform the ’60s girl group classic “Be My Baby” while wearing pink dresses and blonde beehive wigs. Carrie also sings a duet with BRAD PAISLEY thanks to the power of digital video technology, since he wasn’t able to be in Los Angeles for the taping.”
Carrie and fellow Idol champ David Cook also perform a skit on the show as well as a possible duet. They taped a performance of VAN HALEN’s “Why Can’t This Be Love,” but David said Friday that there were some problems getting the rights to use the song. That means the song might not be in the show, but the only way to find out for sure is to tune in to Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special tonight at 8:00 ET on Fox.
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Birthdays for Monday, 12/7/09
Bobby Osborne 78/bluegrass singer, Grand Ole Opry star, one half of The Osborne Brothers, “Rocky Top”
Gary Morris 61/country singer, “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Another World” with Crystal Gayle
Tom Waits 60/singer
Aaron Carter 22/singer, Dancing with the Stars contestant
Eli Wallach 94/actor, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Ellen Burstyn 77/actress, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Exorcist
Priscilla Barnes 54/actress, Three’s Company
C. Thomas Howell 43/actor, The Outsiders, Gods and Generals
Shiri Appleby 31/actress, Roswell
IN CASE THE ENDORSEMENT DEALS FALL THROUGH, TIGER’S RELEASED A CHRISTMAS CD
Trisha Yearwood initially rose to fame as a protégée of Garth Brooks but quickly staked out her own identity as an assertive yet vulnerable modern woman. Yearwood was born in the small town of Monticello, Ga., in 1964 and grew up on a farm owned by her father, who also worked as a prominent local banker.She enrolled at the University of Georgia, but in 1985 she transferred to the music business program at Belmont College in Nashville. Yearwood served an internship with MTM Records and soon moved on to become an in-demand demo singer, which resulted in an up-and-coming Brooks hiring her as a backup vocalist. Yearwood appeared on Brooks’ 1989 debut and its blockbuster follow-up, No Fences, and with the help of producer Garth Fundis, she staged a showcase performance in 1990 that landed her a record deal with MCA.
Yearwood’s self-titled debut album was released in 1991, and the lead single, “She’s in Love With the Boy,” rocketed to the top of the country charts, making her an instant star. Three more singles from the record — “Like We Never Had a Broken Heart” (co-written by Brooks), “That’s What I Like About You,” and “The Woman Before Me” — all went Top Ten, and Yearwood toured as Brooks’ opening act, gaining immense exposure. As a result, she became the first female country singer ever to sell a million copies of her debut album — and later on, two million. Her follow-up was the acclaimed Hearts in Armor, which appeared in 1992 during the aftermath of a divorce. Two of its singles, “Wrong Side of Memphis” and the Don Henley duet “Walkaway Joe,” reached the Top Five, and the record as a whole established Yearwood as an artist of creative ambition; like its predecessor, it also went platinum. The title track of 1993’s The Song Remembers When went to No. 2 and she followed it with a Christmas album, The Sweetest Gift, in 1994; that year, she also married Mavericks bassist Robert Reynolds.
In 1995, Yearwood released her fourth proper album, Thinkin’ About You, another hugely popular collection that featured her second and third number one hits in “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)” and the title track, plus another Top Ten in “I Wanna Go Too Far.” The record found her music hinting more at adult contemporary-style country-pop, a trend that continued on 1996’s Everybody Knows. “Believe Me Baby (I Lied)” was another chart-topping smash, and the title track also made the Top Five.
In 1997, Yearwood issued her first compilation, Songbook: A Collection of Hits, which became her first album to top the country charts and which also reached the pop Top Five. She also recorded the Diane Warren-penned ballad “How Do I Live” for the soundtrack of the movie Con Air and it was nominated for a Best Song Oscar. It also reached No. 2 on the country charts and nearly made the pop Top 20 as well, though its performance was hurt by a competing version from LeAnn Rimes. Two new singles from Songbook were also successful: “In Another’s Eyes,” a long-awaited duet with Brooks, hit No. 2, and “Perfect Love” went all the way to the top. Yearwood won Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the CMA and ACM in 1997 and 1998, respectively, and she also picked up her first solo Grammy for “How Do I Live,” giving her a sort of country equivalent of the Triple Crown.
Now settled into her role as a big-voiced, crossover-friendly diva, Yearwood released her next all-new album, Where Your Road Leads, in 1998, with Tony Brown producing in place of Fundis. “There Goes My Baby,” “Powerful Thing,” and “I’ll Still Love You More” all went Top Ten, and another duet with Brooks on the title cut made the Top 20. Also in 1998, Yearwood made her first real foray into acting, taking a recurring role on the CBS military drama JAG that would last for the next few seasons. Unfortunately, her marriage to Reynolds broke up, and 2000’s Real Live Woman, recorded with Fundis, was a more personal outing that reflected some of her heartbreak and turmoil. Perhaps as a result, it sold fairly well in spite of not producing any major hit singles.
With new producer Mark Wright behind the boards, Yearwood returned in 2001 with Inside Out, which topped the country charts and produced the Top Five smash “I Would’ve Loved You Anyway.” Jasper County came out on MCA Nashville in 2005 with the hit, “Georgia Rain.” She signed to Big Machine Records in 2007. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide
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