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CeCe Winans’ Musical Legacy Extends To The Next Generation — Alvin Love III

Alvin Love III is on top of the world after his first Grammy win, and what a big win!  Although this is not the songwriter and producer’s first time showcasing his writing skills, this is his debut as a producer overseeing the production details of an entire album.  After years of coaxing his 12-time Grammy award-winning mother, CeCe Winans, to let him spear-head her new project, he finally received the green light.  Love is the visionary behind the generation-bridging new album, Let Them Fall in Love, that took almost three years to complete.  It was worth the wait because the project recently won two awards, Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance/Song at the 60th Grammy Awards held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

When receiving the back-to-back awards Love was beyond thrilled saying, “What a night! Thanks to a team of the most talented musicians and engineers, Let Them Fall in Love scored two Grammys. Thank you, Mom. Thank you, Jesus!”

Love’s eclectic vision and foresight to bring together heavy-hitting mixers like Dae Bennett (Tony Bennett, Amy Winehouse, Olivia Newton John) , Jimmy Douglas  (Pharrell Williams, Michael Buble) and Phil Lassiter (Jill Scott, Roberta Flack, Kirk Franklin, Al Jarreau) was genius. Their combined experience spans over four decades of working with legendary talent added the special touch of retro Love was after. The entire album was recorded with live musicians in Nashville and New York studios.

Prior to his work on Let Them Fall In Love, Alvin penned the following songs for Winans:  “More” featured on  For Always: The Best of CeCe Winans,

“A Place Like This”, “Purified”, “Colorful World”,  from Purified, “The Coast Is Clearand a Co-Producer’s credit on Thy Kingdom Come.  He also composed the mid-tempo tune “Changed My World” on BeBe & CeCe’s Grammy winning release of Still.  The contemporary gospel duo, Mary Mary, featured Love’s “Homecoming Glory” on their fifth studio album Something Big in 2011.

In addition to building his chops working with family and friends, Love took a leap of faith, writing and co-producing his own seven track album released in 2010 entitled, The Strawberry Project.  Music lovers should keep their eyes on Alvin Love III because the best is yet to come!

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Album Review: Tyminski | ‘Southern Gothic’

He was the deep, bluegrassy singing voice of George Clooney’s character in ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou’, a GRAMMY winner, and member of Alison Krauss & Union Station.

The new album, ‘Southern Gothic’ from Universal Nashville’s newest addition to their tremendous roster, Tyminski, is quite special. The first time I heard it, it gave me chills and I could not get the music out of my head.  It’s actually kind of indescribable. You can’t fit this one in the genre box. It’s swampy, haunting, cathartic, reflective, a little country, Americana, indie rock even…it’s magnificent and my favorite album to come out in a long time.

Do yourself a favor and buy this album. Grab a glass of wine or whiskey might be a little more appropriate for this one, turn up the volume, and be prepared to feel transported down to the deep southern cities of Savannah and New Orleans through the lyrical imagery of this musical masterpiece.  Imagine cities where Spanish moss hangs low from trees near over 100-year old southern mansions like the Garden District of New Orleans, and around every street corner you know there is some history, often a slightly sorted history that will intrigue you.  It’s just a vibe in both cities that is both unmistakable and indescribable, which is how I would describe this new album from Tyminski.

Better yet, grab a copy of this album, pack your bag, pop it in your car’s cd player, and take a weekend trip yourself down to these beautiful southern cities to see what I mean.  It’s the perfect soundtrack to accompany you along the way, if you decide to live it up and explore what I think inspired this album or at least what I imagine inspired it.

Watch this mesmerizing new video of the title track, “Southern Gothic”, my favorite off the album, by clicking HERE.  You’ll want to watch it over & over like me.

You’re going to love this one.  Buy it today!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

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Nashville powerhouse group The SteelDrivers received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album for The Muscle Shoals Recordings, marking four career nods for the group. The critically-acclaimed album, released June 16 on Rounder Records, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and achieved the highest first-week sales in the band’s history. 

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Country Music Sweethearts Joey+Rory Score GRAMMY® Nomination


Award-winning, husband and wife country music duo Joey+Rory received their first GRAMMY® nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. According to the announcement by The Recording Academy, the couple have been honored for their recording of “If I Needed You,” written by Townes Van Zandt and featured on their current project, Country Classics, A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage (Gaither Music Group).

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Cam Earns Her First GRAMMY® Nomination with Her Gold-Certified Smash, “Burning House”!


Arista Nashville/RCA Records singer/songwriter Cam is celebrating a huge week with a Top 5 single, an album release, and the first GRAMMY® Award nomination of her career.  Cam was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for her compellingly powerful smash single, “Burning House.”

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Paul McCartney And Ringo Starr To Perform Together On “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A GRAMMY® Salute”

Entertainment Special Celebrates
the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ Legendary
U.S. Debut Performance on
“The Ed Sullivan Show,” and Will Air Exactly 50 Years to
the Day, Date and Time of the Original Event

All-Star Lineup Features The Beatles
LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Kate Beckinsale, Jeff Bridges,
Gary Clark Jr., Johnny Depp, Dave Grohl,
Eric Idle, Imagine Dragons, Alicia Keys &
John Legend, Anna Kendrick, David Letterman,
LL COOL J, Jeff Lynne, Maroon 5, John Mayer
& Keith Urban, Brad Paisley & Pharrell Williams,
Katy Perry, Sean Penn, Ed Sheeran, Joe Walsh,
Stevie Wonder, and a One-Night Only Reunion
of Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart

"The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" - ShowPaul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together on “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A GRAMMY® Salute,” airing this Sunday, Feb. 9, 8 – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. The primetime entertainment special — presented by The Recording Academy®, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS — will celebrate the remarkable legacy of the seven-time GRAMMY-winning group the Beatles and their groundbreaking first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The show, which taped on Monday, Jan. 27, the day after the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound and airs exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the original event. Originally slated to be a two-hour event, the special has added an additional half-hour given the overwhelming success of the taping, a wealth of archival material, and new interviews. For updates and breaking news, please visit GRAMMY.com, and The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Continue Reading →

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Grammy Nominated Singer/Songwriter Dierks Bentley To Release 7th Studio Album RISER On FEB. 25

Dierks BentleyEach of singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley’s six previous albums has a unique sound reflecting his creative state of mind at that particular moment in time.  The story continues on Feb. 25, 2014 when Bentley will release RISER, a country project grounded in lyrical substance with a new sonic power that spotlights Bentley’s distinctive gravelly voice, one of the most original and recognizable in the genre. Continue Reading →

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Nashville to Make Big Impression at 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards

The 54th Annual GRAMMY AwardsMusic’s biggest night is upon us, and Focus on the 615 wants to keep you in the loop with your favorite GRAMMY hopefuls! Kanye West, Adele and Bruno Mars may be among the most nominated, but our hometown country stars make up a notable portion of the prestigious list as well.

First-time nominees Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton each landed three nods, as did past GRAMMY-winner Taylor Swift, each competing for Best Country Album. Newcomers Thompson Square have two nominations for their hit Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not, and The Civil Wars also have two for best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album. Receiving a huge honor, The Band Perry continues their incredible year with a nomination for Best New Artist.

Other notable nominations include Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter’s collaboration on You And Tequila, garnishing two nods, and the Zac Brown Band finding their way into the Visual Media category with Where The River Goes from the Footloose soundtrack. Click here to see a complete list of the GRAMMY nominations.

Nashville is well-represented in performances as well, with Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Glen Campbell, The Band Perry, Shelton, The Civil Wars and Swift all gracing the GRAMMY stage. Jason will perform his smash Don’t You Wanna Stay with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie will team up with legendary crooner Tony Bennett, and Campbell, TBP, and Blake will all be taking the stage together.  Click here to see a complete list of the GRAMMY performances.

Who are your favorites to win? What performances are you most looking forward to? Let us know!

Focus will be tweeting live throughout the performance, so be sure to follow us at @FOCUSonthe615! You can also follow contributor Matt Williams at @mattwilliams27!

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