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As a waitress at Nashville’s Stoney River Steakhouse® prior to landing her first record deal, Sarah Darling waited on country superstar Alan Jackson, dreaming what it might be like if she could one day share the stage with him. This past weekend, she celebrated that milestone, opening back-to-back shows for Jackson in Boise, Idaho, Salt Lake City, Utah and Arlington, Wash. (August 9, 10, and 11).

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Black River Entertainment artist Sarah Darling is bringing a beautiful new music video to her fans, just in time for the holiday season.  The video for the Christmas classic “O Holy Night,” filmed earlier this month, makes Darling the first artist to film a music video inside the stunning hall of Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Featuring a septet from the Nashville Philharmonic, the music video for “O Holy Night” is a striking performance piece that will be released this December.

When asked about the Sarah Darling music video, Nashville Symphony President and CEO Alan Valentine shared, “It is our privilege to make Schermerhorn Symphony Center available for this wonderful project. Our beautiful building hosts all kinds of music throughout the year, and the classically inspired architecture and intimate setting of the Lara Turner Concert Hall provides the perfect backdrop for a truly Music City holiday greeting.”

In further celebration of the holiday season, Sarah Darling will join Mayor Karl Dean and Parade Grand Marshal and legendary country music star Vince Gill on December 2nd as a part of the City of Nashville’s tree lighting ceremony. Kicking off the 59th Annual Piedmont Natural Gas Christmas Parade, Sarah Darling will perform “O Holy Night” at the lighting of the 40-foot Norway spruce. The ceremony will take place at Nashville’s Public Square in front of the Historic Metro Courthouse beginning at 6:30pm CT. The parade will follow at 7 p.m. and travel down Second Avenue and Broadway. The event is free and open to the public.

Sarah Darling’s recording of “O Holy Night” is available HERE and everywhere digital music is sold.

(l to r): Kevin Windham, Robbie King, Cowboy Kenny Bartram, Fred Andrews, Craig Morgan, Dessie Bostick, Chris Bostick, Sarah Darling, Randy Hawkins Photo Credit: Dan Harr/MusicNewsNashville

(l to r): Kevin Windham, Robbie King, Cowboy Kenny Bartram, Fred Andrews, Craig Morgan, Dessie Bostick, Chris Bostick, Sarah Darling, Randy Hawkins Photo Credit: Dan Harr/MusicNewsNashville

Country Music superstar and celebrated Outdoor Channel host Craig Morgan is understandably thrilled with the results of his 5th annual Charity Motocross Ride, Concert and Sporting Clay Shoot.  The two-day’s events and auction raised more than $95,000, which is more than the last two years’ events totals combined. 

Proceeds from the weekend’s activities benefit Billy’s Place, which is supporting children’s causes in Middle Tennessee and working toward building a home for temporarily displaced children in Morgan’s hometown of Dickson, just outside Nashville.

“It’s amazing how much this event has grown over the last 5 years and I’m over-the-top grateful to everyone from our celebrity friends and the Dickson and Middle Tennessee communities for their support,” says Morgan.  “We raised a record high amount this year for Billy’s Place and I’m thankful for the opportunity to do more for the children and families of Dickson. I already can’t wait to do it again next year!”

The fan favorite Motocross Ride was a resounding success as riders from across the country gathered for a thrilling wooded trail ride and hill climb. Riders and spectators alike also witnessed celebrity pro riders Fred Andrews, Cowboy Kenny Bartram, Randy Hawkins and Kevin Windham exhibit their gravity defying skills.  Joining Morgan for the day’s adventures were country music celebrities Bucky Covington and Sarah Darling.

New for 2011 was the sold-out celebrity Sporting Clay Shoot where Morgan, Andrews, Bartram, Covington and Hawkins tested their skills in a ten-team sporting clays competition. Later than evening, Craig and country music friends Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, and Pam Tillis took to the stage and thrilled the crowds with a non-stop parade of hits. During the concert, a live auction took place with auction items ranging from a custom dirt bike, generously donated by Chris Bostick of Carnival Kia, to the chance to shave Craig’s hair on stage!

As Morgan wraps this year’s event and begins planning for next year, he is also excited about his new single “This Ole Boy” which was recently released by Black River Entertainment.  Written by Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson, and Rhett Atkins, “This Ole Boy,” the title track and lead single from Craig’s new album, expected early 2012, is the perfect sing-along country love song.  Fans can sing along with their very own copy at iTunes http://bit.ly/ThisOleBoy-iTunes and Amazon http://amzn.to/ThisOleBoy.

Morgan can also be seen in the second season of his Outdoor Channel series, “Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors,” with episodes airing throughout the year.

 
People Magazine has gone Country again and features Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert’s wedding, some great grilling recipes just in time for summer and FREE Music!!!  You can get a 6 song playlist for free courtesy of People.com.  Click HERE to download your new People Country Playlist and be sure to pick up the new issue of People Country on newsstands now.

The 6 FREE songs include:
1) When Love Gets Ahold Of You – Reba 
2) Shut Up Train – Little Big Town
3) Where Country Growns – Ashton Shepherd
4) A Buncha Girls – Frankie Ballard
5) A Little Less Comfortable – Carter’s Chord
6) Bad Habit – Sara Darling

Country artists have taken to social media and expressed their thoughts & concerns for those affected by the earthquake & tsunami disaster. 


Taylor Swift: I’m sending my thoughts and prayers and love to those in Japan who are hurting.. 

Lady Antebellum: Watching the coverage of the devastating earthquake & tsunami is breaking our hearts. Our thoughts & prayers are with the people of Japan.


Faith Hill: Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of #Japan today.
Tim McGraw: Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of #Japan today.
Leann Rimes: My heart goes out to everyone in Japan…wow, crazy and heartbreaking!
Chris Young: Prayers for everyone touched by this disaster. Crazy  
Joe Don Rooney: Our hearts & prayers go out to all of Japan & all those affected by the earthquake & tsunami! #PrayForJapan
Julianne Hough: My heart wishes love & prayers to everyone effected by the horrific event that happened in japan devastating&terrifying thing to go through

Trisha Yearwood: Prayers to those in Japan affected by the earthquakes and tsumami…. 

Loretta Lynn:   My prayers are with everyone in Japan and everyone dealing with the tsunami. Please keep them in your prayers.

Sarah Darling: I’m sending my prayers to Japan and Hawaii. It really puts life in perspective. We have a lot to be thankful for.


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