You may remember that CARRIE UNDERWOOD made a surprise appearance at last week’s Passion 2017 gathering in Atlanta. Somebody posted a video of her singing “Something In The Water” . . . and the crowd is into it. Well, forget what the crowd thinks, because there’s one man who says she shouldn’t have been there in the first place. His name is Wesley Wildmon, he’s with the American Family Association, and he disagrees with her opinion about gay marriage. He made his feelings known in an open letter to the conference’s director. Here’s some of it. Quote, “I was frustrated that you allowed her to help lead thousands of people in worship. Carrie supports homosexual marriage which the Word of God doesn’t.” Wildmon is probably basing this on an interview Carrie did in 2012 when she said that the church she and her husband MIKE FISHER attend is “gay-friendly.” She also said she can’t imagine being told she couldn’t marry someone she loves. “Rolling Stone” reached out to Carrie’s people for a comment but as of last night there was no a response.
ZAC BROWN is being honored with the “Artist Humanitarian Award” at next month’s Country Radio Seminar. Previous recipients include Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, and Vince Gill.
NashCountryDaily.com listed the Top 20 Best-Selling Country Artists of all time and GARTH BROOKS is way out in front with 138 million albums sold. GEORGE STRAIT follows with 69 million, and SHANIA TWAIN at 48 million. These are in U.S. sales. Here’s the Top 10:
1. Garth Brooks, 138 million
2. George Strait, 69 million
3. Shania Twain, 48 million
4. Kenny Rogers, 47.5 million
5. Alabama, 46.5 million
6. Alan Jackson, 43.5 million
7. Reba McEntire, 41 million
8. Willie Nelson, 31.5 million
9. Dixie Chicks, 30.5 million
10. Linda Ronstadt, 30 million
Other interesting names include Taylor Swift at #12 with 26.5 million sold, Kenny Chesney at #13 with 25.5 million, Carrie Underwood at #18 with 19 million copies sold, and Rascal Flatts at #19 with 18.5 million. There’s no doubt all four will move up the list as time goes on . . . especially Taylor, who’s only 27 years old, and Carrie, who’s 33.
ALISON KRAUSS is releasing a solo album called “Windy City” on February 17th. It features her take on 10 classic songs from artists like Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, and Glen Campbell.
In case you haven’t seen this: A young girl posted video of a guy who’s probably her dad singing a kickass cover of CHRIS STAPLETON‘s “Tennessee Whiskey”. She’s in the passenger seat while he’s driving and singing.