JUNE-SEPTEMBER 2006 NEWS

James Taylor: A MusiCares  Person of the Year Tribute

DVD To Be Released On October 3

LIVE TRIBUTE CONCERT HONORING TAYLOR features INDIA.ARIE, JACKSON BROWNE, DAVID CROSBY, DIXIE CHICKS, SHERYL CROW, JERRY DOUGLAS, DR. JOHN, CAROLE KING, ALISON KRAUSS, TAJ MAHAL, BONNIE RAITT, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, STING and KEITH URBAN!!

Burbank, Ca- During the 2006 GRAMMY week in Los Angeles, MusiCares brought together a group of legendary artists to pay tribute to James Taylor and his famous works at their annual Person of the Year gala. The event honored Taylor for his outstanding contributions to the world of music and for his exemplary philanthropic efforts. The amazing lineup featured Taylor’s friends and contemporaries performing great songs from his catalogue of music. The highlights of this exclusive music industry evening — from The Dixie Chicks performing “Shower the People” and Jackson Browne, David Crosby and Sheryl Crow joining in for “Mexico” to Bruce Springsteen’s rendition of “Millworker” and Taylor himself singing his classics “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “Fire and Rain” — featured on this special DVD are now available for the public to enjoy. The net proceeds from the sale and distribution of this DVD, which hits stores on October 3, will benefit MusiCares’ health and human service and addiction recovery programs for music people in times of crisis.



James Taylor’s impressive musical legacy and his sense of compassion toward humanity represent the artistic talents and social awareness that mark all MusiCares Person of the Year honorees. He joins an exemplary list of previous honorees that includes Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Brian Wilson, and Stevie Wonder.

Artistic success has allowed James to lend his voice and time to various important social causes. He has remained driven and passionate through his work protecting the environment via the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he is an active board member; supporting funding and research for children’s health-related issues, such as juvenile diabetes; campaigning for funding for various arts initiatives; and calling attention to the needs of those less fortunate.

JAMES TAYLOR: A MUSICARES PERSON OF THE YEAR TRIBUTE will be available on DVD October 3, 2006 at all retail outlets at a suggested retail price of $19.95.

About MusiCares
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.com.

About Rhino Entertainment
Based in Burbank, California, Warner Music Group’s Rhino Entertainment division serves as the central catalog development, licensing, soundtrack, and television marketing area for the corporation. Consisting of Rhino Home Video, Warner Music Group Soundtracks, Warner Special Products, and WMG’s Television Marketing department, Rhino develops, markets, and promotes both audio and video products from the vast WMG catalog. The division is also responsible for licensing WMG’s music for film, television, and video game uses, and for creating custom premium products. Additionally, Rhino develops soundtrack opportunities for release by WMG labels.


JAMES TAYLOR: A MUSICARES PERSON OF THE YEAR TRIBUTE
DVD Price: $19.99 U.S.

Street Date:                                                               October 3, 2006
Pre-Order Date:                                                           August 15, 2006

Total Running Time:                                                      +/- 94 minutes

DVD Catalog Number:                                     971642-2

U.S. Rating                                                                   NR

Canadian Rating:                                                        NR



CONTENT

Dixie Chicks
“Shower The People”

Bonnie Raitt
“Rainy Day Man”

India.Arie
“Secret O’ Life”

Jackson Browne, David Crosby & Sheryl Crow
“Mexico”

Sting
“You Can Close Your Eyes”

Dr. John & Taj Mahal
“Everybody Has The Blues”

Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas
“Carolina In My Mind”

Keith Urban
“Country Road”

Bruce Springsteen
“Millworker”

Carole King
“You’ve Got A Friend”

James Taylor
“Shed A Little Light”

James Taylor
“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”

James Taylor
“Fire and Rain”




URBAN NOMINATED FOR 4 CMA AWARDS!
CONGRATULATIONS KEITH! To add to his amazing year Keith has been nominated for Entertainer of The Year, Male Vocalist of The Year, Song of The Year (Tonight I Wanna Cry) and Single of the Year (Better Life)! The CMA Awards will be broadcast live from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville Monday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on ABC.



From The Post-Standard
Country music, Aussie style
Saturday, August 26, 2006
By Mark Bialczak
Staff writer
It pays to bring a homemade poster sign to a Keith Urban concert. And to sit front and center, too.

Friday night at the state fair grandstand, the country music star heck, with his marriage to actress Nicole Kidman, he's crossed over into pop stardom made two sisters from "outside of Albany" quite happy when he spied their sign.

"2 sisters, 2 wishes, 2 kisses!" he proclaimed to the happy crowd. "Well, come on up. I'm not going to miss this opportunity."  

So up to the stage went Sharon and Claudia, telling all where they came from (and more than that in Claudia's case, as she explained about a recent joint replacement surgery to her thumb, earning raised eyebrows from Urban). They both got their kisses as the crowd howled.

Urban was a great singer and fantastic guitar player. But most important, he was a tremendous entertainer. After bussing the two siblings, he jumped down in front of the stage. Then he climbed over the rail and strolled through the center aisle of the crowd, chuckling as he sang and withstanding the tremendous crush of those who strained for one slight touch with fame.

But it was more than those couple hundred upfront who fell to Urban's obvious charm. By the end of the night, everybody was singing in the rain as Urban and his very fine five-piece band went through a repertoire of songs that regularly make country radio rotation.

Yes, life is very good for the Australian native, and his sweet songs reflect his satisfaction. "Days Go By" and "Raining on Sunday" got everybody into the spirit. Urban had his own description for the drops falling from the sky.

"It's a baptism," he said.

"You Look Good in My Shirt," "Jeans On," "But for the Grace of God" and an honorable cover of The Eagles' "Take It to the Limit" earned choruses from the crowd.

For a special party mood, he encored first with "I Just Want to Cry" and then the Steve Miller Band's epic, "The Joker," allowing his band mates to take turns with the vocals, too.

By the time Urban closed with "Somebody Like You," everybody felt special.

Opening band, Little Big Town proved to be a more-than-pleasant surprise for those expecting Urban and mates to be the only cool musicians onstage.

Keith Urban Loves The '80s

August 10, 2006--When Keith Urban was growing up in Australia, he was surrounded by the country music his parents listened to. So when he started a band with some friends in the '80s, his group played covers of the acts of that era. "We were doing Janie Fricke and Charly McClain and Lacy J. Dalton and Alabama," Keith tells X Radio. "But I'd probably say Don Williams was the one I heard the most around my house."

Keith Urban Still Alive In '06 Debuts

September 13, 2006--"I'm either unpacking or packing. It seems to be my life," Keith Urban says as he kneels next to a suitcase on the floor in his Nashville home. So begins Keith Urban Still Alive in '06, a short film that will begin airing in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's Star Experience Theater on September 15. The 14-minute movie, which is included with Museum admission, will take visitors behind the scenes with the Aussie superstar as he prepared for his 2005 headlining tour, Keith Urban Alive in '05.

The film introduces viewers to Keith's band, tour manager, production manager, lighting designer and more; takes them through the construction of the boulder-filled stage set reflective of Keith's homeland and love of the outdoors; and lets them sit in on rehearsals for the tour Keith refers to as "the visual realization of what I've worked [for] my whole life."

Keith Urban Still Alive in '06 will be screened daily on the half-hour. It will share the Star Experience Theater with The Star Experience, which offers a glimpse at the backstage production of storybook couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "Soul to Soul" tour. The Star Experience will air at the top of each hour.

For more on the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, visit countrymusichalloffame.com or call (615) 416-2001.

Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman Return Down Under

September 19, 2006-- reports that Keith Urban and his bride, Nicole Kidman, will return to Australia next month to perform at the annual Australian Record Industry Awards–the Aussies' version of the Grammys. The ceremony will take place October 29 at the Acer Arena and Keith will sing his latest single, "Once In A Lifetime." This will be the first time the couple has been to Australia since their June wedding.
from gactv.com

Keith Urban, 'Once In A Lifetime' -  First View
Tuesday September 26, 2006 @ 12:01 A.M.(EST) 
 
Exclusive Worldwide Premiere of a BRAND NEW video from country superstar Keith Urban for the song "Once In A Lifetime," the first single from his forthcoming album, "Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing" available in stores November 7, 2006 on Capitol Nashville.
 
Keith Urban bounces from art to the living in the video for his new single 'Once In a Lifetime.' The video shows several couples in an art gallery during a romantic showing, while Keith goes, invisibly, to and from the color of show and back into the black and white art where he plays with his band.

AOL Music is the first place anyone will be able to see this video.   It is ours exclusively for 48 hours until its broadcast debut on Thursday, September 28.

Click Here to see keith's video!!!