Elvie Shane’s “My Boy” Receives Gold Certification
Wheelhouse Records’ Elvie Shane is celebrating another career milestone as his No. 1 single “My Boy” has officially been certified Gold by the RIAA, with over 500,000 units sold since its release. Shane was surprised with the news of his Gold certification during an interview with CMT Hot 20 Countdown.
“Music isn’t just the noise we make,” shares Shane. “It is the people that consume it. This song isn’t just a song. It is a chapter out of my personal journey. A sincerest ‘Thank You’ to my listeners for giving my story a Gold Record.”
“My Boy” is included on Shane’s debut full-length album Backslider. Shane recently spoke with MusicRow about the project and how it came to life.
Mandy Barnett Becomes Newest Member Of The Grand Ole Opry
Mandy Barnett was welcomed as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night (Nov. 2) by Marty Stuart.
Barnett began her set with her very first single, “Now That’s Alright with Me,” following it with various stages of her career, including “(Won’t You Come Home) Bill Bailey,” which she performed countless times in the role of late Grand Ole Opry star Patsy Cline in the musical Always…Patsy Cline.
Stuart took the stage, saying: “You are like our sister, and we all want to be around you at this moment.” Inviting his band and Connie Smith to join him center stage, Stuart continued, “Many meaningful ladies have sung at this microphone, and I can’t think of anyone who was more born for this moment than you. 520 times—that’s how many times you’ve now played the Opry. That’s a long audition! On behalf of the cast, staff, and all the members, we welcome you with open arms and deepest hearts.”
“This is just so unbelievable,” exclaimed Barnett. “I’ve been pinching myself since the birthday invite. This means everything to me. I’ve wanted to be a part of the Opry since I was a little girl. This is just the greatest moment of my life, and I will cherish it.”
Barnett recently caught up with MusicRow to discuss her road to the Grand Ole Opry. She is scheduled to appear in four “Opry Country Christmas” shows debuting this coming holiday season at the Opry House on Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 8, and 12.
BlackHawk Donated $25,000 To Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
At the recent fifth annual Freeborn Jam benefit concert held at Nashville’s City Winery, members of country group BlackHawk continued their annual tradition of donating to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Henry Paul and Dave Robbins presented a $25,000 check to Vanderbilt on behalf of BlackHawk’s “Van Stephenson Memorial Cancer Research Fund.” Stephenson, a founding member of BlackHawk, passed away from melanoma in 2001. Since 2006, the fund has generated $400,000 for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
“BlackHawk’s commitment to fund cancer research continues as we strive to honor Van’s dying wish, ‘That we do what we can to try and find a cure,'” says Paul. “This effort started more than twenty years ago and will continue into the foreseeable future.”
“What an honor for Henry and I to support Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center year after year in memory of our friend and original co-founder of Blackhawk, Van Stephenson,” adds Robinson.
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