Carrie Underwood has revealed more details about her upcoming Christmas special on HBO Max. She will be performing songs from her My Gift album with help from John Legend and her son Isaiah. The special will show behind-the-scenes footage of her and Isaiah recording "The Little Drummer Boy", and John Legend will join her for "Hallelujah", a song they perform together on the album. My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood starts December 3 on HBO Max.
Back in the spring, Dolly Parton made a $1 million donation to Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, and it appears that it may have partially funded work to develop one of the the leading vaccines for COVID-19. Dolly's friend, Dr. Naji N. Abumrad of the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation shared with her at the time of her donation "that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure." According to the New England Medical Journal, that research helped Moderna develop its vaccine, which is 94.5% effective againt the virus.
Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town and Tim McGraw will all perform on this year's CMA Country Christmas. Thomas Rhett, who is hosting the show with his wife Lauren is also planning to sing. Darius Rucker will do a duet performance with violinist and singer-songwriter Lindsey Stirling. Lady A and Gabby Barrett will also perform on the show, which is airing on November 30.
A new biopic about Merle Haggard is on the way. Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to the project, which will be directed by Robin Bissell (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit). Bissell will co-write and co-produce the project with Theresa Haggard, who is the late country star's widow. The new movie will focus on Merle's 3 years in San Quentin and his rise to fame, detailing his struggle to distance himself from his ex-con status, and his relationship with his onstage partner and offstage love interest Bonnie Owens. Sam Rockwell will be playing Merle in the movie, and he will be doing his own singing.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are planning a live special to celebrate Christmas this year. Garth & Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event will air on CBS. It will follow the same format as their TV special from earlier this year, which had them taking requests from fans for the show. From their home studio, Garth and Trisha will sing seasonal songs "for viewers looking for the comfort and shared joy of music during the holidays," according to a press release.
Doug Supernaw, who was behind "I Don't Call Him Daddy" and "Reno", died Friday after a battle with lung and bladder cancer. He was 60 years old. Doug was diagnosed in February of 2019 and began his treatment. Unfortunately, the cancer spread to his brain and spine, and he had been in hospice care since October. He is survived by his third wife, children and grandchildren.
Miranda Lambert was among a small group of country artists who were allowed to attend the CMA Awards last week, and she came prepared. In a video posted on TikTok, it looks like Miranda brought her own tumbler to drink from, and her own personal cooler to fill that cup. Whatever it takes to keep yourself safe.
Blake Shelton was named Country Artist of 2020 at the People's Choice Awards on Sunday night. In his acceptance speech he had a few people he wanted to thank, saying, "Me and my team should be thanking all the fans out there who voted for this thing. And I don't spend a lot of time on social media anymore, but when I do look at it, all I see is fans retweeting and voting for, lately, for the People's Choice Awards. Thank you so much." Blake also recognized Gwen Stefani, thanking her for being his inspiration.