Artist Updates: Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Rodney Atkins

Darius Rucker Goes Undercover

Darius Rucker will go undercover to help discover a new musical talent during an episode of CBS’ Celebrity Undercover Boss, which airs Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m. ET. During the episode, Rucker travels to Austin, Texas, to run an open mic night, work as a roadie and search for standout street performers on Austin’s famous Sixth Street.

Undercover Boss is produced by Stephen Lambert, Greg Goldman, Chris Carlson and Greg Lipstone for Studio Lambert/All3Media America.

“I’ve been in the music business for a long time, and this is an experience I will never forget,” Rucker said. “Our industry is all about cultivating and sharing great music, so having the opportunity to go undercover and authentically participate in an artist’s early days was just incredible.”

 

Carrie Underwood, Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Partner To Fully Fund Girls Team Sports Projects

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and CALIA by Carrie Underwood announced plans to fully fund girls team sports projects on education crowdfunding platform, DonorsChoose.org. Pledging a $200,000 commitment, together CALIA by Carrie Underwood and The DICK’S Foundation will fund an estimated 100 teams across the country in the month of May.

The pledge marks the third Sports Matter donation on behalf of CALIA by Carrie Underwood and The DICK’S Foundation, as a part of its broader $500,000 commitment to support girls youth sports across the country. Two grants were previously awarded in 2016: $100,000 to Underwood’s alma mater, Checotah (Okla.) School District’s Girls Athletic programs and $100,000 to Aldine Independent School District’s Girls Athletic programs in Houston, Texas.

“Sports were a big part of my life growing up, so it’s important to me that girls across the country get those same opportunities,” said CALIA Lead Designer, Carrie Underwood. “Through Sports Matter, CALIA and The DICK’S Foundation, we are empowering hundreds of girls across the country to learn, grow and dream, teaching them to do what they love later in life.”

 

Rodney Atkins To Host 7th Annual Music City Gives Back Concert

Rodney Atkins will host his seventh annual “Music City Gives Back” concert on Tuesday, June 6, leading into a week of country music festivities in Nashville ahead of the CMT Music Awards and CMA Music Festival. The event, which benefits W.O. Smith Music School, will take place near 5th Avenue and Demonbreun Street in downtown Nashville and will include performances by Atkins and more artists to be announced in the coming days.

“Nashville is a special place in the way that people in this community truly support one another and this is another great example of Nashville and the music industry coming together to support the kids and future of our community,” said Atkins. “As an artist, I’m blessed to be able to call Nashville home and grateful for the opportunity to give back through music with this event every year.”

The concert is free and open to the public and performances will begin at 4:55 p.m. Select artists will also be available to sign autographs in the free, no-ticket-required sponsor activation area from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where guests can have a drink, get some food and meet their favorite artists.

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Jessica Nicholson serves as the Managing Editor for MusicRow magazine. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at [email protected]

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