Lifenotes: Gloria Grant

Gloria Grant

Condolences to Amy Grant and her family on the passing of her mother, Gloria Dean Napier Grant, on April 30, 2011. The Nashville native was 80 years old and had devoted her life to her faith, family and a variety of charitable causes.
She supported her husband of 60 years, Burton Paine Grant, throughout his medical career and also pursued several business interests of her own, including selling her famous fruitcakes at the Green Hills Market. She was a founding board member of Nashville! Magazine and began the private jewelry business Lynwood Hampton Collectables.
Grant was an active supporter of the Fanny Battle Day Home, Friends of Children’s Hospital (founding member), and the Nashville Public Library Foundation. She enjoyed family gatherings, Bible study, golf, bridge, sewing, gardening, cooking, and entertaining.
She is survived by her husband Burton and her four daughters, Gloria Kathleen Grant Harrell (Dan), Mimi Dean Grant Verner (Jerry), Carol Ann Grant Nuismer (Jack), and Amy Lee Grant Gill (Vince Gill), as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends remember Gloria by doing an unexpected act of kindness, or making a gift to Lipscomb University or Alive Hospice. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 3 from 4-8 p.m. at Brentwood Hills Church of Christ, 5120 Franklin Pike. The funeral service will be at the church Wednesday, May 4 at 2 p.m. with visitation at 1 p.m. Online guestbook and details here or at (615)254-8200.

Sarah Darling, The Roys Launch Fan Promotions

Sarah Darling and Mr. Met

Black River’s Sarah Darling is spreading the word about her single “Something To Do With Your Hands” with the Something To Do With Your Fans radio promotion, which has her appearing at Major League Baseball games.
She kicked off the initiative in April when the NY Mets hosted the Houston Astros at Citi Field. Darling performed the national anthem and then went to a luxury suite to entertain contest winners, radio station execs, and members of the media with an acoustic set. In between innings, the Mets played the video for, “Something To Do With Your Hands” on the jumbotron.
The event was promoted heavily by Long Island’s WJVC-FM. Darling gave away tickets during the station’s drive time shift, at the local Best Buy, through her website, and via the media.

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The Roys are celebrating their redesigned website by giving fans a chance to win an iPod Nano® loaded with songs from their latest album Lonesome Whistle. The updated site has new videos, photos and stories. The contest runs through Sunday, June 5 here.
The Roys launched their debut album for Rural Rhythm Records with a nine-day, six-state media blitz of television stops, personal appearances, and radio visits. The brother-sister duo appeared on Fox, Better TV, ABC-TV’s What’s The Buzz, Daytime, GAC-TV, and Daily Buzz in support of the disc.
The video for current single, “Coal Minin’ Man,” remains on the ballot for GAC-TV’s Top 20 Country Countdown, and fans can vote for the duo here.

2011 InCharge—On the Cover: Chris Young


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Label: RCA Nashville
Current Album: Neon (to be released in July)
Current Single: “Tomorrow” (the fastest rising single of his career)
Current Producer: James Stroud
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN
Management: ShopKeeper Mgmt./Marion Kraft
Booking: William Morris Endeavor Ent./Rob Beckham
Recent Hits: Three consecutive No. 1 singles: “Voices,” “The Man I Want to Be” and “Gettin’ You Home”
Awards: Last year Young won the Breakthrough Songwriter Award at the 22nd Annual MusicRow Awards, while amassing multiple ACM, CMA, and ACA nominations and his first GRAMMY® nod.
RIAA Certs to date: “Gettin’ You Home”–Gold Digital Single; The Man I Want to Be–album approaching Gold
Touring: Young will join Jason Aldean on his My Kinda Party Tour beginning in June. He recently wrapped more than six months on the road with Rascal Flatts.
Birthdate: June 12
Twitter: @ChrisYoungMusic
Chris Young has distinguished himself as a singer/songwriter who honors country music’s finest traditions while adding a fresh, new chapter to the genre’s legacy. The opening months of 2011 have been especially eventful for Young, as his No. 1 single for “Voices” became the first country record in 25 years to be re-released to chart-topping status, while his current single, “Tomorrow,” has become the fastest rising hit of his career. Young also recently received his first Grammy Award nomination, recognized for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his No. 1 song “Gettin’ You Home.”
On the horizon this year is Young’s third studio album, Neon, which he recorded with producer James Stroud. Kicking off the album is new single “Tomorrow,” which sold 30,000 digital downloads in the first week of release.
Young knew early on that he wanted to pursue a career in country music. Raised just minutes away from Nashville, in Murfreesboro, he began making trips to Music Row at a young age, trying to land a record deal. He began performing while still in high school, and was playing 150 dates a year by the time he was in college. Before eventually landing a deal with RCA, Young had a regular gig at the famed Texas honky-tonk, Cowboys. “It was a great way to get experience,” he says. “I had a seven-piece band and we played three nights a week. Plus there were major acts constantly going in and out of there, so I’d get to watch their show and see how they worked the crowd. It was a good learning experience for me.”
Young’s self-titled RCA Nashville debut made him country’s best-selling new male artist in its year of release and earned him a nod in the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist category. His 2009 sophomore project, The Man I Want to Be, is quickly approaching Gold certification. It launched three consecutive No. 1 singles with the title track making a three-week run at the top of the charts.
Like his heroes Keith Whitley and Randy Travis before him, Young doesn’t see himself as the savior of country music, just a lucky guy living his dream. “I love playing music,” he says. “There’s no way I could do anything else.”