Disabled Teen Joins His Dad On Stage For A Performance That Changed Both Their Lives

Most 16-year-olds don’t become viral sensations when they enter their high school talent show.

But Jared Watson isn’t like most high school students.

You may notice that Watson uses a motorized wheelchair. He was born with a rare condition called spinal muscular atrophy that affects his ability to walk.

But what made Watson’s performance a global hit is what he can do, and that’s sing like a country music legend.

His performed “I Told You So” by Randy Travis with his father accompanying him on guitar, and once you watch their performance you’ll know why people can’t stop talking about it.

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Can you believe Watson only won third prize at the talent show? But that’s alright, because his singing voice earned him a few famous fans.

Travis’s wife, Mary David Travis, wrote to the young singer to congratulate him:

“Jared, you covered Randy’s song beautifully!” she wrote. “Just want you to know Randy teared up when he listened to it this afternoon.”

The performance also earned Watson the chance to perform on local TV, record demo tapes, and inspired him to write his own songs.

Watson says he used to dream of being the play-by-play announce for the Baltimore Orioles, but if you ask me he has a bright future on stage.

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“I thought this was going to be an ordinary performance for me, but it turned out that this performance is changing my life,” Watson said in an interview.

“He’s sung for as long as I can remember, and I’ve always known he’s a really good singer,” his proud father Lee said. “And for him to ask me to back him up, it’s a thrill for me, being his father.”

You can hear more of Watson’s performances on his YouTube page.

Let’s share this young man’s incredible performance so everyone can see it!

[H/T: InspireMore, WBOC]

Nashville Is Loving These New Songs And We Are Too

Jenna and Stuart Walker or, The Reklaws, are a brother-sister country duo, and are here to take over the country music scene! People can’t get enough of these two, and once you hear their new songs, you’ll see why.

Long Live the Night

Long Live the Night is a song that anyone can relate to and have fun with. To best describe this song would be, “That pre-party playlist staple.” Now that I’ve heard this song the countdown to summer is on.

Last Call

Last call is the single girl anthem. Jenna gave this track her own personal spin by drawing on personal experiences. This song is sure to be on repeat at all your GNOs.

Wish You Were Beer

Ever heard the term, “Saturday’s are for the boys”? This song is basically the dictionary definition of that saying. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, this song features James Barker Band, so basically what more could we want.

The Reklaws are fun, down to earth, and obviously know how to have a good time judging by their music videos.  

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You probably know the duo best from the single released in summer of 2017, Hometown Kids. When I first heard this song, it automatically became my summer soundtrack, and it has been on repeat ever since.

We’ve been patiently waiting for another hit to come from the duo, and today they not only gave us one, but THREE new songs that country fans can’t get enough of.

Don’t forget to add all of them to your favorite playlist! We made it easy for you, just click the link below:

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If you love Country Music, you’re going to love #LongLiveTheNight! These songs are guaranteed to be your next go-to pre-party jam!

Jenna and Stuart Walker or, The Reklaws, are a brother-sister country duo, and are here to take over the country music scene! People can’t get enough of these two, and once you hear their new songs, you’ll see why.

Long Live the Night

Long Live the Night is a song that anyone can relate to and have fun with. To best describe this song would be, “That pre-party playlist staple.” Now that I’ve heard this song the countdown to summer is on.

Last Call

Last call is the single girl anthem. Jenna gave this track her own personal spin by drawing on personal experiences. This song is sure to be on repeat at all your GNOs.

Wish You Were Beer

Ever heard the term, “Saturday’s are for the boys”? This song is basically the dictionary definition of that saying. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, this song features James Barker Band, so basically what more could we want.

The Reklaws are fun, down to earth, and obviously know how to have a good time judging by their music videos.  

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You probably know the duo best from the single released in summer of 2017, Hometown Kids. When I first heard this song, it automatically became my summer soundtrack, and it has been on repeat ever since.

We’ve been patiently waiting for another hit to come from the duo, and today they not only gave us one, but THREE new songs that country fans can’t get enough of.

Don’t forget to add all of them to your favorite playlist! We made it easy for you, just click the link below:

https://reklaws.lnk.to/LongLiveTheNightYV

Garth Brooks’s Daughter Is Following In Her Father’s Footseps

Allie Brooks, the daughter of country superstar, Garth Brooks, has definitely inherited her father’s singing genes.

The 21-year-old is set to graduate from Nashville’s Belmont University in May, where she has been pursing a degree in songwriting, supported by knowledge of copyright law, demo production and music publishing.

“I have been watching, listening and learning as much as possible, just trying to be like a sponge and soak it all in,” Allie said. “It has been such a blessing to meet so many great people and play so many outstanding venues.”

Garth Brooks married his college sweetheart Sandy Mahl in May 1986. Together they had four daughters, Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks born in July 1992, August Anna Brooks born in May 1994, and Allie Colleen Brooks born in July 1996.

The couple later separated in March of 1999, and their divorce became final in 2001.

For the country singer, his children have always been his top priority. He even temporarily retired from the music industry in 2000 to focus on his family. He said he wouldn’t be returning to country music until after his youngest daughter graduated from high school. When Allie graduated from high school in 2014, he made his triumphant return to the stage.

During his time away from the spotlight, Garth married fellow country music star, Trisha Yearwood in December 2005. After Allie graduated, Garth and Trisha sold their home in Owasso, Oklahoma and relocated to Tennessee.

Now that Allie is set to graduate from University, things are about to change for her yet again.

Tribute Performance To The Victims Of The Las Vegas Shooting Was Ripped Apart By Twitter Users

Four country music singers took the Grammy’s stage on Sunday to pay tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas Shooting.

On Sunday October 1, 2017 Stephen Paddock, 64, began shooting out of his hotel window overlooking a country music festival, killing 58 people and injuring about 500. He later ended his own life when police found him. This was the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Artists Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne performed a cover of Eric Clapton’s song, Tears in Heaven. Clapton originally wrote this song for his  4-year-old son, Conor, who died after falling out of an New York City apartment window.

Although the performance was heartfelt and emotional, Twitter users didn’t hesitate to slam this entire performance.

Reba McEntire Steps Out With New Boyfriend At The Grammys

In 2015, country music superstar Reba McEntire had the shock of her life when her husband, Narvel Blackstock, filed for divorce after 26 years of marriage.

The couple’s family members, including their daughter-in-law, Kelly Clarkson, tried to keep them together, but Narvel had already made up his mind.

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About a year after the surprising announcement, Reba admitted that if it were up to her, she would still be married.

“The divorce was not my idea. I didn’t want it in any shape, form or fashion,” the singer/actress told CMT a few years ago. “So it was really hard to make the adjustment when someone’s not happy. I just want everybody to be happy in their lives, because our lives are too short to be miserable.”

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However, despite the pain, the 62-year-old entertainer came to accept that this was all part of God’s plan.

“I have a long list of so many questions for God. Why did this happen? And how did you allow this?” she revealed in an interview. “I can never forget some of what [Narvel] did. But going on with life is what’s really important.”

Reba’s focus on faith inspired her next venture: Gospel music. She released her album “Sing it Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” in February 2017, and it earned her a Grammy nomination in the Best Roots Gospel Album category.

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The country queen won the trophy at the 60th Grammy Awards ceremony, which took place on January 28, but there was something else about her that caught everyone’s attention: she looked happier than ever beside her new boyfriend.

Nearly three years after getting her heart broken, Reba’s moved on and she finally stepped out with him for the world to see.

Feuding Exes Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Call Each Other Out On Stage

It seemed like everything was going really well for Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert lately, but these exes obviously aren’t over their headline-grabbing divorce.

Last year, Lambert earned a pair of Grammy nominations, and Shelton was named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, but the two would apparently rather focus on the past.

Shelton and Lambert in 2015.WireImage

The country music super-couple split in 2015, after being married for four years and together for another six. While they’ve both moved on since then – Lambert is dating country star Anderson East, while Shelton is with fellow Voice judge Gwen Stefani – they’re still not above taking potshots at each other.

At a recent tour date in Greenville, South Carolina, Lambert made a jab at Shelton that only her biggest fans could spot.

During her song “Little Red Wagon,” Lambert changed the lyric “I live in Oklahoma” to “I got the hell out of Oklahoma.” Fans realized she was referring to Tishomingo, Oklahoma, where Lambert lived with Shelton during their marriage.

It was a pretty sneaky reference to her former beau, and Shelton didn’t hesitate to fire back at his own concert the very next night.

Country World Grieves After Losing A Legend Just Months After A Rare Diagnosis

The music industry was devastated to learn of the sudden passing of Lari White, who rocked the gospel and southern rock scene for decades.

White was a legendary performer and award-winning producer, who not only wrote hits for her own albums, but helped lift the careers of other artists along the way.

Her career began while performing with her family’s Gospel band in Florida, where she was born. Achieving stardom through a talent show, White released her debut album “Wishes” that rocketed to the top of the charts. She would go on to win several Grammy awards for her work.

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With many hit songs over the course of decades, White turned her attention to producing the music of other artists, becoming the first first female producer of a male superstar, Toby Keith.

The star’s family announced earlier this week that White had passed away while in hospice care, surrounded by loved ones. Since then, there has been a flood of tributes and touching messages from the country music industry in response to her death.

Country Legend Dies 4 Months After Being Diagnosed With Rare Disease

Another celebrity has left us too soon, and unfortunately, there wasn’t much anyone could do to stop it.

Lari White, famed country music star, passed away Tuesday morning surrounded by her friends and family.

White rose to fame in the 80s after performing in a musical competition in Tennessee. She then entered the You Can Be A Star talent show in Nashville, blowing away the audience and judges with her incredible voice and stage presence.

In a few years time, she would take the national headlines by storm with her 1994 album, “Wishes.”

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White shot up the charts with singles like That’s My Baby, That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love), and Now I Know.

She would go on to win not one, but three Grammy Awards for the Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album.

But her ambitions didn’t end there, she had a taste of the limelight as a star, and wanted more.

How Willie Nelson’s Daughter Rescued His Famous Guitar From The IRS

With 12 Grammy awards and legions of devoted fans around the world, it’s hard to name a country star bigger than Willie Nelson.

The singer-songwriter who gave us classics like “Red Headed Stranger” and “Always On My Mind” is still impressing crowds at 84, but the country legend’s career nearly ended for good in 1990.

That was the year Nelson’s famous guitar, Trigger, was almost taken away from him.

Nelson and his guitar, Trigger.Sonic Vista Studios

Nelson has been performing with his iconic Martin acoustic guitar since 1969. The singer named the famous instrument after cowboy Roy Rogers’s horse, and credits the guitar with creating his iconic sound.

Nelson once even ran into a burning building to pull out his beloved guitar. So when the IRS came knocking on his door in 1990, the musician went to extreme lengths to protect his instrument.

The tax agency had put a $16 million lien on Nelson’s property over unpaid taxes, and was preparing to auction off his property to the highest bidder.

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Nelson blamed his accountants for the tax mix-up, but even after the IRS negotiated his bill down to $6 million, it was still too high for him to pay.

The singer vowed that he would give up on show business if his guitar was auctioned, saying, “When Trigger goes, I’ll quit.”

Thankfully, Nelson’s daughter Lana stepped in to rescue the guitar.

Willie Nelson Forced To Cancel Tour After Health Complications

Even if you aren’t the biggest country music fan, you have definitely heard of Willie Nelson, the legendary musician and singer. At 84 years of age, he has been recording and performing music for over 60 years, and continues to release new albums each year.

However, fans are concerned about his future in the industry and his health overall after he walked offstage just as he was beginning his set at a concert in California.

Nelson has dealt with health concerns before in his elderly age and taxing work schedule, including last year when a cold forced him to cancel a handful of shows across the States.

However, no one is sure what prompted the artist to suspend his upcoming tour after a coughing fit caused him to end his show early and stagger off of stage last weekend.

Attendees shared their accounts of the night with local news stations and why they are worried about Nelson’s health.

Dolly Parton Finally Explains Why She Never Had Children

There’s never been a doubt that country legend Dolly Parton loves kids. In 1986, she partnered with Jack and Pete Herschend to open an amusement park, Dollywood, in her hometown of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The singer-songwriter wanted to create a place where families could escape to and have a good time, while helping her fulfill a childhood promise she made to her father, Robert.

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The park’s proceeds go towards Parton’s children’s reading initiative called Imagination Library. The program caters to children from birth until the age of five, and participants receive one free, hand-selected book every month.

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Parton and her husband of 51 years, Carl Thomas Dean, also helped raise many of Parton’s younger siblings, which earned her the nickname “Aunt Granny” by her nieces and nephews. She is also godmother to pop star Miley Cyrus, whose father, Billy Ray, became close to Patron after working together on the song “Romeo.”

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But despite it all, people still wonder why the 71-year-old never had children of her own. She has opened up about the topic in past interviews, and said admitted that she doesn’t regret her decision.

“Now that Carl and I are older, we often say, “Aren’t you glad we didn’t have kids?” she told Billboard. “Now we don’t have kids to worry about.”

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The “Jolene” singer did not really explain why they made that choice in these particular interviews, but she did reveal the real reason behind her decision in a previous chat with The Guardian.

Loretta Lynn’s Health Takes A Turn For The Worse

Legendary country singer Loretta Lynn had a tough 2017 after she suffered a stroke that left her “kind of paralyzed” in May.  

“American country music legend Loretta Lynn was admitted into a hospital in Nashville Thursday night after she suffered a stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee,” read the statement issued by her publicist.

Lynn, who was still touring at the time, was advised by doctors to postpone her shows so she could focus on her recovery. Her prognosis was good, and she was expected to make a full recovery, but she still spent three months in the hospital and at a rehabilitation center.

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Upon her release, the singer, known for her string of hits like “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” and “One’s on the Way,” shared an update on her condition via Facebook.

“Thank you so much for all of your prayers, love, and support,” Lynn wrote. “I’m happy to say that I’m at home with my family and getting better by the day. My main focus now is making a full recovery so that I can get back to putting all of me into what I love, sharing my music with all of you. I’m just letting everybody know that Willie [Nelson] ain’t dead yet and neither am I, and I can’t wait to see all of you on the road!”

Lynn pushed her album, “Wouldn’t It Be Great,” release date to 2018 so she could be well enough to promote it, but unfortunately, the new year is off to a rough start for her.

First Photo Of Carrie Underwood Surfaces Since Revealing She Looks “A Bit Different” After Injury

When it was revealed that Carrie Underwood had fallen down the stairs, I don’t think anyone understood how bad the situation was. The country superstar told fans she had broken her wrist and required surgery, but it seemed like that was her only injury.

Since then, Underwood has been spending time with her family, most recently in Peterborough, Canada with her husband, Mike Fisher’s, family.

She also posted this photo of herself bundled up, which most people attributed to it being 5 degrees in Peterborough.

But in an email sent to fan club members, Underwood revealed that her injuries were far worse than she had lead on.

“There is also another part of the story that I haven’t been ready to talk about since I have still been living it and there has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up,” she wrote in the note. “It’s crazy how a freak random accident can change your life. In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in. I am determined to make 2018 amazing and I want to share things with you along the way. And when I am ready to get in front of a camera, I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different.”

This left fans concerned, not for her appearance, but hoping that the singer was physically okay. But a new photo has surfaced which is bound to reassure fans that Underwood is on the road to recovery.

Luke Bryan’s Exotic Christmas Gift For His Wife Will Leave You Yelling “Crikey!”

Luke Bryan is a thoughtful, but still fun-loving guy. For someone who has been through as much tragedy as he has, it’s always great to watch him live life to the fullest.

Seventeen years ago, Bryan lost his older brother, Chris, in a car accident. He put his musical aspirations aside in order to stay with his family, but his dad, Tommy, pushed him to pursue.

“I said, ‘You know, if you’re going to pursue your music career, you need to pack your truck up and move to Nashville,'” Tommy said.

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Seven years later, Bryan’s sister, Kelly, died unexpectedly in her home. Then, seven years after that, Kelly’s widower, Ben, died, leaving behind their three children. Without hesitation, Bryan and his wife, Caroline, stepped in to take the kids into their home.

“We never thought twice about it,” Caroline said. “You know, it was never something that he and I had to sit down and talk about. ‘Should we take this on?’ We just did that.”

In 2017, Caroline’s niece, Brett, died when she was just seven months old. As a way to honor her, Caroline “hijacked” one of Luke’s barns, naming it “Brett’s Barn”, and filled it with llamas, ponies, and other animals for kids with illnesses to come and visit.

This year, as a gift for both Caroline and Brett’s Barn, Luke decided he wanted to add some exotic pets to the group.

Reba Returns To Where Her Career Began More Than 40 Years Later, And Gets The Crowd On Their Feet

Most country music stars made a name for themselves after working hard behind the scenes for years, but Reba‘s big break was like something out of a Hollywood movie.

The Grammy-winning country star comes from humble beginnings in McAlester, Oklahoma. She first started performing as part of her school band, and later on local radio stations with her sisters. But by the time she made it to college it was clear Reba had a backup plan, because she was studying to be a teacher.

Reba performing at a rodeo in the 1970s.Reba / Twitter

But one lucky break changed everything, and it happened at a very unlikely place.

Reba’s family has a strong connection to the rodeo scene. Her father is a rancher, and a champion steer roper, while the singer competed in barrel jumping herself.

Those connections landed Reba a job singing the national anthem at rodeos, including the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in 1974. Watch her incredible performance:

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In the crowd that day was country star Red Steagall, who was performing at the same event. Steagall was so impressed with Reba that he helped start her singing career in Nashville. She signed a record deal the next year, and the rest is country music history.

But more than 40 years after her big break, Reba returned to her roots for an emotional performance.

He Lost A Fight With An Ostrich, Plus 14 Other Wild Facts About Johnny Cash

The late, great “Man in Black” is no longer with us, but his legacy casts a long shadow on country music to this day.

It turns out that the Cash’s life was as rich, strange, and beautiful as his music. Here are 15 interesting facts about country music’s original bad boy:

1. He picked his name himself

“Johnny Cash” is about as fake a name as you can come up with, but in fact it’s the singer’s real name. His father, Ray Cash, wanted to name his son Ray, while Cash’s mother, Carrie, wanted to name him Rivers, which was her maiden name. The couple settled on J.R. as a compromise, and those initials were Cash’s only name for 18 years.

Cash as a young man.Ranker

When he enlisted for the Air Force, the officer wouldn’t let Cash go by J.R., so he christened himself John R. Cash, and the rest is history.

2. His brother’s death had a huge impact on his life

Cash was remembered as a cheerful young boy who liked to joke around, but he became serious after his older brother Jack died. Jack was religious, and very protective of his brothers. He was injured in a table saw accident, and spent a week in serious pain before he died.

Jack Cash with Johnny.Rolling Stone

Cash dug his brother’s grave himself, and began writing and sketching soon after his death. Later in life, Cash was said to often ask himself “What would Jack do?”

3. He broke the news of Joseph Stalin’s death

During his time in the Air Force, Cash worked as a radio operator. His keen sense of hearing and his skill with Morse code made him an asset, and he landed a job intercepting radio messages in West Germany.

Cash, during his time in the Air Force.Ranker

He was at his post in 1953 when news of the Soviet dictator’s death was announced, making Cash the first American to learn about the historic event.

4. His iconic scar was from a botched surgery

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Cash is famous for the striking scar on the right side of his face. He received it during a surgery to remove a cyst while he was in the Air Force. Cash claims that his doctor was drunk, and botched the operation.

5. He once performed with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins

The “Million Dollar Quartet.”Wikimedia

The four iconic musicians got together for a jam session at the Sun Records studios in Memphis on December 4, 1956. The recording session was later called “The Million Dollar Quartet,” and the special night even inspired a Broadway musical with the same name.

6. He used a special trick to make “I Walk the Line” sound just right

As Cash explains in this clip, to imitate the sound of a snare drum while playing without a drummer, he slid a piece of paper underneath the strings of his guitar. Pretty clever.

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7. He wasn’t just a musician

Cash didn’t just write songs, throughout his life he also penned short stories and poetry. He wrote a pair of autobiographies – Cash and Man in Black – and even a novel called Man in White.

The book follows the apostle Paul through the story of his conversion to Christianity, and it also parallels Cash’s recovery from drug addiction. The book wasn’t a big hit, but it was one of Cash’s proudest accomplishments.

Cash also did a little acting, but let’s just say he was a better musician than actor.

8. He was arrested seven times

Cash was a real live wire in the ’60s, when he was battling an addiction to prescription drugs. He was once caught sneaking into El Paso from Mexico, carrying more than 1,100 pills in his luggage. Somehow, Cah got away with just a suspended sentence.

One of Cash’s mugshots.Rolling Stone

Another one of Cash’s arrests, in Starkville, Mississippi, was for picking flowers. The singer was drunk and went flower picking on somebody else’s property at 2 a.m. He was put in jail for trespassing, where he kicked a wall so hard he broke his toe. Sounds like a rough night, but it inspired a pretty great song.

Starkville holds an annual Flower Picking Festival in the singer’s honor, and they even pardoned him for the offense in 2007.

Faith Hill’s Health Problems Could Mean Something More Serious

Faith Hill has been a force to be reckoned with in the music industry for almost 25 years. The “Way You Love Me” singer has won five Grammy Awards and has been nominated for another 13.

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In 1996, Hill set out on tour with fellow country music star, Tim McGraw. The two began seeing each other, despite Hill being engaged to her producer. Months later, the singer found out she was pregnant. She and McGraw married in October 1996 and have been together ever since.

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McGraw and Hill continue to be a power couple in the country music world, proving that it’s possible to stay devoted to the same person despite being in the public eye. Currently, the couple is on their Soul2Soul tour, and just released their first-ever joint album, called The Rest Of Our Life.

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But now, after a long leg of the tour, fans are reeling with concern after a statement was released regarding her health.

5 Country Stars Who Overcame Incredible Tragedy

Country music isn’t always about sunshine, drinking beer and riding in a tractor. The genre is full of heavy ballads that sadly come straight from the artist’s life experience. While many of country music’s biggest stars may live a life of luxury now, all that fame and glory hasn’t protected them from horrible tragedies in their lives.

From difficult childhoods, to huge personal loss these stars have to overcome the unthinkable in their lives, even when the spotlight was directly on them.

While you may always see the country superstar with a smile on her face, behind the infectious humor and good nature lies a tragedy,  

On March 16, 1991, while on tour for her Rumor Has It album, McEntire lost eight members of her band, as well as her manager, the pilot and co-pilot in a plane crash near San Diego.

McEntire and her husband were not on the doomed flight, which crashed only minutes after leaving the airport, due to poor visability.

The songestress went on to dedicate her sixteenth album For My Broken Heart, to her deceased road band.

While it’s no secret that Johnny Cash suffered from his own personal demons before his death in 2003, his history is something that may surprise you.

During his public life he struggled with drugs and alcohol, but his true hardships began before he was a legendary singer.

When Cash was only 12-years-old his favorite brother, Jack, was accidentally pulled into a saw mill while he was working. He suffered for more than a week due to his injuries before passing away at the age of 15. Cash felt tremendous guilt over his brother’s death, because he was out fishing with another one of his brothers that day.

He cites his brother’s death to be a big influence over his work.  

Keith Urban Accepts An Award At The AMAs, Then Gets An Even Bigger Surprise

It’s been a busy year for one of country music’s power couple, but Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman squeezed in one more special surprise at the American Music Awards.

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Since he moved to America from Australia in the ’90s, Keith Urban has become one of country music’s biggest names. His classic songs, including “Somebody Like You” and “You’ll Think of Me,” made him a star, and he’s used that success to become a judge on American Idol and Australia’s version of The Voice.

Urban and Kidman wore matching black outfits to the ceremony.E!

But Urban’s wife Nicole Kidman keeps busy too. She was named Australia’s richest celebrity earlier this year, and won an Emmy award for her role on the HBO  show Big Little Lies, which she also produced. All that and these two still find time to spend with their daughters Faith Margaret and Sunday Rose.

This year, Urban was nominated for a number of awards at the AMAs, which are voted on by fans. His album Ripcord was up for the Favorite Country Album award, his song “Blue Ain’t Your Color” was nominated for Favorite Country Singer, and Urban himself was nominated for Male Country Artist.

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Urban was announced as the winner of that last award, but when he took the stage to accept it the presenters surprised everyone with a special announcement.