Jo Dee Messina first shared her cancer diagnosis in September of 2017, and she isn’t letting it stop her. In a new interview, the 48-year-old country singer says she is relying on her faith to get her through these difficult times. Said Messina, “I’m leaning on God; I’m letting Him take charge. It’s what’s best for my soul right now. Every biopsy and every result … it feels like an eternity goes by. I know that God has me. I’m filled with gratitude and joy.” While Messina is still undergoing treatment for cancer, she’s back to work and just released a new song, “Reckless Love” which has a strong Christian message. “Reckless Love,” written by Cory Asbury, Caleb Culver, and Ran Jackson and is available everywhere to download or stream: here. You can also listen to the new single in the article below.
The Oak Ridge Boys will once again tour for the 2018 holiday season with their Shine the Light On Christmas Tour. ORB’s 29th annual holiday tour will take the group to 32 cities in 18 states, kicking off on Nov. 14 in Branson, Mo. Joe Bonsall of the ORB’s said in a statement, “The Shine The Light On Christmas Tour this year will be our 29th annual Christmas tour. We will sing hit songs for 40 minutes, and after a short intermission our full production Christmas show takes over the stage with music celebrating every aspect of the holiday season, from Santa Claus to celebrating the birth of Jesus. Our production is all new and fresh this year and we are more excited than ever to be bringing this very special family event to your town!” Click the link below for more details on the Shine the Light On Christmas Tour.
Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett are the headliners for the seventh annual “Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival.” The 3-day festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will be held on April 12–14, 2019, with more than 100,000 people are expected to attend. Additional performers will include Danielle Bradbery, Kane Brown, Sheryl Crow, Delta Rae, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Flo Rida, Chris Janson, Jillian Jacqueline, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Cody Johnson, Elle King, Dustin Lynch, Maddie & Tae, Midland, Maren Morris, David Lee Murphy, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Michael Ray, Trombone Shorty, Mitchell Tenpenny and The Wailers. The Tortuga Music Festival also raises funds to support marine conservation and research via proceeds from tickets. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. ET, and further information can be found in the link: here.
Country superstar Garth Brooks announced his 2019 Stadium Tour Wednesday morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Brooks is planning 10-12 live concerts a year for the next three years at stadiums across the country. In addition this Saturday, October 20 Brooks will be performing at Notre Dame Stadium,, which will also be taped and aired at a later date. Brooks’ stadium tour will kick off at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. Brooks said that tickets will go on sale before Christmas for stadium concerts in the first 5 cities.
Eric Church’s Desperate Man has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country rankings, and is No. 5 on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart. This is Church’s third studio album to achieve this feat, the others being predecessors being Chief in 2011 and The Outsiders in 2014. Church had a resurgence in sales farther down the country chart as Chief returned at No. 25 and the EP, Mr. Misunderstood: On the Rocks, Live and (Mostly) Unplugged, rose back to No. 40.