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Kelly Clarkson And Brett Eldredge Partner With Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® For Holiday Series

To celebrate the holiday season, exclusive music videos feature new hits and traditional holiday classics

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® kicked off the holiday season today with the release of its “Rocking and Stockings” content series with multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar Kelly Clarkson and platinum-selling singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge. The exclusive performances of new hits and traditional holiday classics premieres today on Cracker Barrel’s YouTube channel with Clarkson’s “Love So Soft,” followed by Eldredge’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” on Nov. 17. Fans can follow along as each new video launches weekly through Dec. 12.

 

“Rocking and Stockings” features four performances of new music from Clarkson’s recently released eighth studio album “Meaning of Life,” including her latest hit single, “Love So Soft,” as well as “Meaning of Life” and “Heat.” It also includes Clarkson’s new holiday track “Christmas Eve.” From his 2016 holiday album “Glow,” Eldredge performs traditional classics, including “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “First Noel.”

 

“The holidays are always a special time for us,” said Cracker Barrel Senior Marketing Manager Julie Ulmer. “We created ‘Rocking and Stockings’ to bring together two of music’s most beloved artists for exclusive performances as a joyful way to kick off the season and to help inspire the love and togetherness we hope our guests feel when they dine with us.”

 

“Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday and recording the music for ‘Glow’ was a dream come true,” said Eldredge. “I’ve been inspired for this record from a very young age, and I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I’ve loved since I was a little kid. I think we found a little magic on this album and Christmas is all about magic!”

 

For fans wanting more, Cracker Barrel is offering Eldredge’s fourth studio album “Brett Eldredge” and holiday album “Glow,” as well as Clarkson’s “Meaning of Life” album and children’s books “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby” and “River Rose and the Magical Christmas,” at its locations nationwide and online at shop.crackerbarrel.com.

 

“Meaning of Life” is the album Kelly Clarkson was destined to make with Atlantic Records; it is a collection of soul-inspired pop that immediately belongs among the legendary label’s classic canon. In addition to her new album, Clarkson also succeeded her New York Times Top 10 bestselling-debut children’s book, “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby” this year with “River Rose and the Magical Christmas,” both available now from HarperCollins.

 

While Eldredge’s chart-topping album “Brett Eldredge” shows the singer’s diverse and ever-evolving sound, his dream of creating a holiday album became reality with the release of “Glow” last year, which gave the singer a chance to record all the classic songs he loved as a child.

 

By partnering with artists through its Spotlight Music Program, Cracker Barrel provides guests exclusive access to content they can’t find elsewhere like the “Rocking and Stockings” performance series. Known for its Warehouse Sessions, Cracker Barrel has partnered with artists including Alison Krauss, NEEDTOBREATHE and Reba McEntire for live and taped performances from its Décor Warehouse in Lebanon, Tennessee. In February, Cracker Barrel’s partnership with a cappella group Pentatonix and singer-songwriter legend Dolly Parton won the artists a Grammy Award for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” for their unique remix of Parton’s 1970s hit “Jolene.” This was the first time the song had won the prestigious award since its release over 40 years ago.

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About Kelly Clarkson:

Grammy-Award winner Kelly Clarkson recently released her eagerly anticipated eighth studio album “Meaning of Life.” Her first release with Atlantic Records, “Meaning of Life” is the album Clarkson was destined to make, a collection of smart and sensual soul-inspired pop that immediately belongs among the legendary label’s classic canon. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of American Idol’s inaugural season and has grown to be one the most popular artists of this or any other era, with over 100 No. 1 Billboard singles and total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. Clarkson has released eight studio albums (“Thankful,” “Breakaway,” “My December,” “All I Ever Wanted,” “Stronger,” “Wrapped In Red,” “Piece By Piece,” “Meaning of Life”), one greatest hits album, and two children’s books (New York Times Top 10 best seller “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby” and the recent follow up “River Rose and the Magical Christmas”). She is the recipient of three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards, and one Country Music Association Award. Clarkson was also recently announced as a coach on the 14th season the “The Voice,” in addition to serving as a Key Advisor on the current season’s Knockout Round.

About Brett Eldredge

Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge recently released his new single “The Long Way” from his self-titled record, which was the best-selling album (all-genres) upon release and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and the Top Album Sales Chart. “The Long Way,” which he performed on both The TODAY Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in August 2017, follows Eldredge’s six chart-topping singles including his most recent, “Wanna Be That Song.” His sophomore album “Illinois” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart upon its release, and it features the platinum-certified mega hit “Drunk On Your Love” and gold-certified “Lose My Mind.” The Paris, Illinois native released his Christmas album “Glow” in October 2016, which earned him the No. 1 song on the Holiday Music and Adult Contemporary charts with “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” a duet with Grammy-winner Meghan Trainor. Eldredge’s 2013 debut album “Bring You Back” spawned three chart-topping singles including the platinum-certified “Don’t Ya,” the gold-certified “Beat of the Music,” which was the most played country song of 2014, and the gold-certified “Mean To Me.” Known for his world-class vocals, Eldredge has performed his songs on nearly every major television show in the country and was most recently featured on Keith Urban’s ripCord World Tour. He is currently on the road with Luke Bryan through 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.bretteldredge.comfacebook.com/bretteldredge and @bretteldredge.

About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) shares warm welcomes and friendly service while offering guests high-quality homestyle food and unique shopping – all at a fair price. By creating a world filled with hospitality and charm through an experience that combines dining and shopping, guests are cared for like family. Established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn., Cracker Barrel and its affiliates operate 647 company-owned Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations in 44 states and own the fast-casual Holler and Dash® restaurants. Dedicated to its mission of Pleasing People, Cracker Barrel was named the 2017 Best Full-Service Restaurant in America by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. For more information about the company, visit crackerbarrel.com.

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COUNTRY NOW INKS EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AND RECORDING PARTNERSHIP WITH YOUTUBE PHENOMINON JULIA SHEER FOR NEW SINGLE RELEASE

MAY 5th RELEASE OF “SHOULD’VE RUN” TO FEATURE COUNTRY NOW PREMIERE OF SIX-PART ONLINE SERIES AND MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LEGENDARY BLACKBIRD STUDIO/ACADEMY

 

Country Now, the first original country music-dedicated YouTube channel, today announced that it has inked an exclusive partnership with YouTube phenomenon Julia Sheer, whose 450,000+ subscribers and 72 million views ranks her as one of YouTube’s best know and most followed artists.  The partnership will incorporate a 6-part daily online series, Blackbird Sings and music video premiere, produced by Country Now in association with The Blackbird Studio/Academy. “Should’ve Run” is be available at at all digital retailers and at URL. For a preview of Blackbird Sings go tohttp://bit.ly/1eyOnYC and to purchase a copy of “Should’ve Run” visit URL.

 

“With this unique content partnership with one of YouTube’s biggest artists, Country Now is looking to change the paradigm in how country music gets created and marketed.  In Blackbird Sings we’re combining the best of the Nashville’s hit making abilities with YouTube’s growing power to create new stars by reaching untapped audiences.” said Dominic Sandifer, President Country Now/Greenlight Media & Marketing, LLC.  “Working at Blackbird Studios with legendary insiders like studio owner John McBride and record exec Butch Waugh allowed Country Now and Julia Sheer the incredible chance to produce a new single while documenting the process.

 

The campaign will launch with the Monday, May 5th premiere, of Blackbird Sings, which was filmed by Country Now, at McBride’s iconic Blackbird Studio in Nashville. The series, which can be seen at URL, chronicles the creative collaboration involved with the making of “Should’ve Run”, which was driven by 30 students attending the post-secondary, mentor-based program, the Blackbird Academy at Blackbird Studio.

 

“This was an incredible experience from top to bottom,” said Julia Sheer.  “The whole creative process, being able to work with so many talented people and at Blackbird Studio – it was almost overwhelming.  Country Now and its team, couldn’t have been more professional, nurturing and creative in the making of Blackbird Sings, my music video and in their planning for this release.  I cannot thank them enough.”

 

 

Blackbird Sings can be seen nightly Monday, May 5th through Saturday, May 10th at TIME at URL and will include the Friday, May 9thdebut of “Should’ve Run” and its music video.

 

 

About Country Now:

Country Now, a YouTube/Greenlight Media & Marketing partnership, is the first original country music and lifestyle-dedicated YouTube channel. Its programming features artist news, music videos, live performance and lifestyle programming showcasing fashion, comedy and culture.  Country Now is the home of the highly acclaimed series Live From Blackbird Studio, whose intimate performances have featured some of Country music’s best including Eli Young Band, Love and Theft, Dakota Bradley, Parmelee, Joe Nichols and countless others.

 

About The Blackbird Academy:

The Blackbird Academy Professional School of Audio is a post-secondary, mentor-based educational facility, offering Studio Engineering & Live Sound Engineering Programs taught by professional instructors and award winning guest lecturers.  Each of the programs is six months in length, with four start dates per year. Maximum enrollment is 30 students per class. The Blackbird Academy is built on the foundation of Blackbird Studio, the Nashville home to a community of engineers, producers, musicians and technical staff who over the years have taken the art of audio recording to new heights.

 

Blackbird Studio, under the ownership/leadership of John and Martina McBride, has become the leading recording studio in the country.  John’s love for Audio and Education led him to create The Blackbird Academy in 2013. The principles and beliefs that guide the Academy’s programs are simple: Challenge and educate students by presenting them with real life scenarios that an engineer/producer would encounter on a daily basis and train students in studios and labs that are professionally designed for engineers to hone their craft.

 

About Julia Sheer: 461,078 subscribers/72,498,501 views

http://juliasheer.com/

https://www.youtube.com/juliasheer

Julia Sheer calls Golden, Colorado home, but she doesn’t spend much time there anymore. She recently moved to Nashville and after building her YouTube page at 16, Julia’s career took off. Doing features with other YouTube stars such as Tyler Ward, Alex Goot and Matty B allowed her to breakout on her own and develop her own voice as one of the worlds biggest followings on YouTube. Sparking one album of original material and a second original album under her duo Caroline County to go along with her catalog of countless pop cover songs, that have put her sales among the top independent artists on the iTunes charts.

 

A short stint with singer/songwriter Matthew McGinn under the moniker Caroline County opened up Julia to the country music world and the success has continued since working on publishing deals with country superstars such as Clay Walker. With her fans continued support, her Facebook page boasts over 200,000 fans and her YouTube Channel reaches over 450K subscribers driving her recording, merchandising, and touring business. This has turned the heads of brands such as Oreo who have endorsed her. Since recently moving to Nashville she has began putting the pieces in place to put out her debut country album this fall all the while releasing covers on YouTube and hitting the road for fairs and festivals this summer.

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