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A tragic accident has claimed the life of famous actor, Paul Walker. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, both lost their lives in the accident. Well known for his roles in the Fast and Furious Movie Series, Walker (age 40), and  Roger Rodus died in a fiery crash in Santa Clarita, CA around 3:30 pm on November 30.


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It was devastating to hear the tragic news of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting at the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on 7/20/12.  Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this horrific tragedy. Country artists take to social media to express their concerns.

Luke Bryan – prayers for all those affected by the tragic events in colorado #coloradoshooting

Reba McEntire -  My heart and prayers go out to the folks in Aurora, CO. I’m so sorry this has happened. I don’t understand it.

Brad Paisley – There are no words to describe how terrible the Colorado theater shooting is. I’m so sad. Praying for these families.

John Rich – I can’t imagine my family being taken from me by a mad man in a movie theater. This is more than anyone can fathom. That’s Why I Pray.

Thompson Square - sending up prayers for the families of Aurora Colorado. God bless you

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City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge 2012 -

Team Rosters have been announced for the 2012 City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge Present By Staples.   Country Music Artists and the City of Hope are once again teaming up to Strike Out Cancer as they make their way to the softball field on Saturday, June 9 during CMA Music Festival.  The event will be hosted by Storme Warren.

Grand Ole Opry Team
Carrie Underwood
Vince Gill
Lauren Alaina
Brantley Gilbert
Kristen Kelly
Scott Hamilton
Billy Gillman
Greg Bates
Chris Lucas (LoCash Cowboys)
Mallory Hope
Sarah Darling
Shane Tallant

After Midnight Team
Scotty McCreery
Chuck Wicks
David Nail
Robin Meade
Whitney Duncan
James Otto
RaeLynn (The Voice)
Bucky Covington
Preston Burst (LoCash Cowboys)
Rachel Holder
Jeffrey Steele
Two Foot Fred

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster by clicking HERE.

City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge 2012 -

Country Music Artists and the City of Hope are once again teaming up to Strike Out Cancer!  On Saturday, June 9 during CMA Music Festival, several country artists will be making their way to the softball field for the 2012 City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge Present By Staples.

Celebrities announced to play are Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, David Nail, James Otto, Robin Meade, Scott Hamilton, Chuck Wicks, Whitney Duncan, Bucky Covington, Sarah Darling, Billy Gilman, Kristen Kelly and Two Foot Fred.  The event will be emceed by Storme Warren.

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster by clicking HERE.

The 2011 game raised nearly $200,000 with more than 5,000 attendees. Over the years, the Celebrity Softball Challenge has raised nearly $2 million dollars benefitting City of Hope’s life-saving mission – finding cures and better treatments for cancer and a host of other devastating diseases.  For more information about the City of Hope, please visit their official website

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Pop Icon Whitney Houston, 48, passed away today, February 11.  Details of her death are still unknown. The Recording Academy issued the following statement regarding the passing of Houston:  Six-time GRAMMY® winner Whitney Houston was one of the world’s greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice.

CNN reports Dolly Parton, who wrote “I Will Always Love You,” said, “mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.”

Additional Country Artists are also stunned to hear the news and have taken to social media to share their thoughts. 

Jay DeMarcus: Whitney Houston has died!!! Oh my goodness, what a loss…. Sad.

LeAnn Rimes Cibrian: Seems like we are losing the great ones all to soon. RIP Whitney, how horribly sad.  Whitney Houston was the first cd I ever bought. She had a God given gift. Hopefully, she’s singing with angels now. I can’t stop crying. I have a show to do soon. Wow, I learned how to do what I do because of 3 great women, one being Whitney. She was always so kind to me. This is not gonna be an easy show for sure. I’m doing what she taught me to do by listening to her records over & over as a little girl. Her death is very surreal.

Josh Thompson: R.I.P Whitney Houston, I will always love you! Too soon?

Meghan Linsey: Whitney Houston??? What?? I’m speechless! Sooo freakin sad… Wow. RIP Whitney Houston… One of my biggest inspirations. When I was 5 I auditioned for a movie and I did a dance routine to Whitney’s “How Will I Know”. The first song I ever sang in front of people was Whitney’s “One Moment In Time”. I was 9.

Love And Theft: Rest In Peace to the incredibly talented Whitney Houston – you will be missed

Laura Bell Bundy: Noooo!!! Please tell me it’s not true?! Whitney we will alway love you!#rip

Whitney Duncan: Very sad about Whitney Houston. Such an amazing talent.

Danny Gokey: Whoa!!! just found out Whitney Houston died!!!!! Such sad news

Lady Antebellum: We are so heartbroken to hear of the loss of Whitney Houston. One of the best voices EVER! Praying God’s comfort for her family. ~hill

Neal McCoy: Whitney was my favorire female singer,,,ever!!!

Billy Ray Cyrus: R. I. P. Whitney Houston. I will always love you and your music and talents will live on forever.

Chris Young: RIP Whitney Houston. Truly one of the best vocalists of all time/all genres. #sadday

Sara Evans: What a tragedy losing Whitney Houston. One of my all time idols. So very sad for her family. I will be praying for them. :(

Lee Brice: RIP Whitney… What a vocalist!

Brett Eldredge: Weird thinking Whitney Houston just passed away down the street from where I’ve been all day….one of the best voices, rest in peace! #fb

Reba: Rest in peace, Whitney.

Eddie Montgomery: Wow really??? Whitney Houston one of the greatest singers of all time and I loved her in the bodyguard!! I smell bobby Brown

Martina McBride: So sad about Whitney. She was one of my singing idols. Prayers going up for her family, especially her daughter.

The Band Perry: RIP Whitney Houston. #heartache

Edens Edge: Loving SNL tonight w/ homage 2 Whitney Houston.Ended the evening watching her national anthem performance.Lover of music-I will miss u.HB

Jason Aldean: Very sad to hear about the death of Whitney Houston…. What an amazing talent she was.

Luke Bryan: On the bus listening to Whitney. Very heartbreaking to lose someone that defined my generation. Voice of an angel. A very sad day.

Sugarland: A beautiful voice and a talent beyond compare. You will be missed. -K

Jewel: What a shame, not just because a great voice is silent, but a great LIFE is ended way too early. My thoughts are with her family #RIPWhitney

Thoughts & Prayers go out to Whitney Houston’s family & friends during this difficult time.