Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban Join Performance Lineup for the CMT 2004 Flame Worthy Video Music Awards
Show to Air Live From Nashville on April 21
The stage at the CMT 2004 Flame Worthy Video Music Awards will be ablaze with performances from the hottest country stars at country music's only fan-voted awards show, airing live from Nashville on Wednesday, April 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. Stars Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban have been added to the already sizzling lineup of performers including host Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Sheryl Crow, Toby Keith and Martina McBride.
Just two albums into their remarkable career, Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, and Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts have enjoyed one of the fastest and most spectacular rises in recent memory. They were named 2003 vocal group of the year by the CMA, the ACM and ASCAP, received the ACM's song of the year award for "I'm Movin' On" and garnered the fan-voted CMT 2003 Flame Worthy Video Music Award for favorite group or duo for their "These Days" video. The CMT Most Wanted Live tour 2003 featuring Rascal Flatts played to sold-out crowds in every city it hit, and their 2004 Melt Tour is repeating that precedent. The trio's second CD, Melt, which is now certified double platinum, has thus far produced four smash singles -- "These Days," "Love You Out Loud," "I Melt" and "Mayberry," which has become their fastest-climbing single ever.
Keith Urban has risen to the top of the country music scene with a reputation as a top-notch singer songwriter and musician, logging six consecutive Top 5 country singles, a streak that has included three No. 1 songs and three consecutive No. 1 CMT music videos. In 2003 he was named the most played country music artist by Billboard magazine. Keith's self-titled solo debut, released in 2001, earned him the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for best new artist, the Academy of Country Music Award nod for top new male vocalist, as well as a Grammy Award nomination.
In its third year, the CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards has rapidly become a fan favorite. The CMT 2003 Flame Worthy Video Music Awards premiere is the highest rated telecast in CMT history among viewers ages 18-49. On the 2003 premiere date, more than 8.3 million viewers watched the live awards show and related Flame Worthy programs.
Keith Urban is nominated for an ACM!!
Keith is up for male vocalist at this year's ACMs! Up against the likes of Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw among others! What an honor for him and one he surely deserves!
For the second time, in 2004, the highly rated 39th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, known to fans and industry insiders as country's "Party of the Year," will be televised live on CBS-TV from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The sold-out show in 2003 was seen in 178 countries and also by 800,000 men and women in the Armed Forces. Watch it WEDNESDAY, MAY 26th AT 8:00 PM ET/PT ON CBS
Keith on TV!!!!
Keith will be performing on The Sharon Osborne Show Monday, March 15th.
Also see keith on CMT in a Spring Break concert special called "Keith Urban: Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Here?" Saturday March 27th. Check local listings for times. I hear he performs a new song on this show, called "My Better Half" and that it's great!
(of course it would be!!) Can't wait to see it!!
03/12/04 7:00 pm ET GAC Country Music Across America with Trace Adkins, Alabama, Bill Anderson, Terri Clark, Jessi Colter, Josh Turner, Keith Urban
Keith Urban Plays It Cool at the Ryman
Headlining at the Famous Venue Is "Mind-Blowing," He Says
By: Craig Shelburne
If Keith Urban was nervous about his first headlining show at Nashville's famous Ryman Auditorium on Monday night (March 1), he sure didn't let on. Dressed casually in a pale blue T-shirt and torn jeans, he communicated with the sold-out crowd mainly through his slick, yet appealing, brand of country music. Unlike many of today's country stars, Urban came up through the Nashville club scene, where a sold-out show at the Ryman is viewed as the ultimate success. From the stage, he called it "mind-blowing."
But what is really mind-blowing is that Urban took so long to arrive. An incredibly talented writer, singer and guitarist, he reminded the crowd what a force mainstream country music can be, even when it no longer sounds like Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Tubb or Waylon Jennings. At a time when anybody with success in country music is either headlining the arenas, or supporting those who do, it was also a treat to see Urban holding his own in an intimate setting.
Speaking of intimate, yes, there was quite a bit of screaming, but not of the blood-curdling variety. To his credit, Urban doesn't play up the sexy thing in concert, which would likely alienate half of his audience. Of course, he does have, shall we say, adoring fans, and one of them had created a Ken-sized doll in his likeness, which left him a bit perplexed. "Thank you, but I think you've got too much time on your hands," he teased.
He also asked everybody how their Christmas was -- an odd question in March -- but admitted he hadn't played out for two-and-a-half months. That did not slow him down, however. From "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me" to "Somebody Like You," he maintained an urgency that kept the 18-song set moving quickly, even on the ballads "Your Everything" and "But for the Grace of God." Even the album tracks "You Look Good in My Shirt" and "Whenever I Run" sounded like potential hits. He'd already earned his standing ovation when the crowd leaped to its feet during the first few notes of his last song, "Somebody Like You."
Three weeks after the reissue of his previous band's 1997 self-titled album The Ranch, he brought out former bandmate Jerry Flowers for two songs, "Walkin' the Country" and "Desiree." For those who enjoyed The Ranch when it was new, it's a welcome opportunity to share that music, all these years later. Sometimes, the best things do come to those who wait.
Jennifer Hanson opened with a 30-minute set and lots of overhead-clapping, but it was hard to recognize her at first. There was no introduction, and she has dyed her hair brown. In addition to the Linda Ronstadt-Everly Brothers chestnut "When Will I Be Loved," she offered a new song, "Dreamin' a New Dream," and closed with her first hit, "Beautiful Goodbye."
"Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me"
"What About Me"
"Raining on Sunday"
"I Walk the Line" (excerpt)
"But for the Grace of God"
"Walkin' the Country"
"You Look Good in My Shirt"
"Whenever I Run"
"It's a Love Thing"
"You'll Think of Me"
"Where the Blacktop Ends"
"Somebody Like You"
"You're Not Alone Tonight"
"Half a Heart Tattoo"
"Just One of Those Days"
"Dreamin' a New Dream"
"This Far Gone"
"When Will I Be Loved"
"Friday at the Latest"
Keith Urban was in Daytona Beach, Fla., to film a CMT concert special when he got the news of his nomination as top male vocalist. CMT's Lance Smith was first to get Urban's reaction when he asked, "Are you on cloud nine?" Urban retorted, "No, I'm on cloud 10!" The spring break special, Keith Urban: Who Wouldn't Want to Be Here debuts March 27.