Jimmy Smits to Host an All-Star Line-Up for “A CAPITOL FOURTH” on PBS, July 4th

CAPITAL CONCERTS A CAPITOL FOURTH A CAPITOL FOURTH, live on PBS July 4 at 8/7 C stars (from left to right) Steve Martin, Jordin Sparks, Jimmy Smits, Josh Grobin, Matthew Morrison and Kelli O'Hara. (PRNewsFoto/Capital Concerts)

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A CAPITOL FOURTH, the live PBS broadcast of America’s favorite Independence Day tradition, will feature unrivaled performances from some of the country’s best-known musical names topped off by the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits will host the all-star line-up that includes: Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actor and musician Steve Martin performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers; multi-platinum recording superstar Josh Groban; Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated star of stage and screen who has just released his debut self titled album Matthew Morrison (Glee); American Idol winner Jordin Sparks; Rock ‘N Roll legend Little Richard performing with the cast of the Broadway smash hit Million Dollar Quartet; three time Tony-nominated Broadway star Kelli O’Hara; and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Consistently one of the highest rated programs on PBS over the past decade, A CAPITOL FOURTH became the top-rated program in primetime on PBS for the 2009-2010 season. The event will air in HD from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol on Monday, July 4, 2011 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET (check local listings) before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our service members around the world on the American Forces Network. A CAPITOL FOURTH can also be heard live in stereo over NPR Member stations nationwide.

“It’s a tremendously uplifting feeling as hundreds of thousands of Americans join together on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, singing the National Anthem as the National Symphony Orchestra plays,'” said executive producer Jerry Colbert. “As we watch the nation’s capital light up with fireworks, it helps us forget our differences and remember that we are all Americans. I can’t think of a better place to celebrate our freedom and the nation’s birthday.”

Offering viewers extended coverage of the fireworks display, A CAPITOL FOURTH will capture the stunning pyrotechnics from every vantage point with twenty TV cameras stationed around the city – including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument and across the Potomac River. In celebration of America’s 235th birthday, the show will be capped off with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by The U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and now an A CAPITOL FOURTH tradition. Also participating in the event will be The Choral Arts Society of Washington, along with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, the U.S. Air Force Band Ceremonial Brass, Members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.

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Damian McGinty of Celtic Thunder Takes His Next Step as a Contender on “The Glee Project” Premiering June 12th on Oxygen

Damian McGinty of Celtic Thunder. (PRNewsFoto/Decca Label Group)

NEW YORK, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — With their worldwide appeal, Celtic Thunder is at the forefront of developing and showcasing the new talent coming out of Ireland and Scotland. The youngest member of Celtic Thunder, Damian McGinty has been selected as one of the Top 12 contenders out of 40,000 hopefuls who competed for a coveted spot on “The Glee Project.” The winner of the show will be cast in a seven-episode guest role in season three of hit show “Glee” on Fox. “The Glee Project” premieres Sunday, June 12th on Oxygen at 9PM ET (http://thegleeproject.oxygen.com).

After selling over one million CDs to date with his group Celtic Thunder and traveling the world, the 18-year-old McGinty is no stranger to success. He joined Celtic Thunder at the tender age of 14 in 2007 and has seen the group increasingly gain popularity in the US due to their constant touring schedule, four hit Public Television specials and multiple national television show appearances. Celtic Thunder’s rabid fan base flood their official YouTube channel, “Thunder Tube” which has received nearly 19 million upload views since its inception in 2008 while Damian has thousands of fans following his personal Facebook page and Twitter feed. Most recently Celtic Thunder’s new album, Heritage, was ranked #1 on the Billboard World Album Chart and this Fall the group will embark on a 45 city tour to support it. For more information on tour dates go to: http://www.celticthunder.com

From the message boards on “The Glee Project’s” website, the fresh-faced lad is already making girls swoon with his deep blue eyes and rich baritone. To view performances of the talented and charismatic Damian McGinty click here http://cms.celticthunder.ie/node/811003. Click here to see the first music video from “The Glee Project” kids as they give their own spin on Katy Perry’s “Firework”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOLiI6sE1KE

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“American Idol” Winner Scotty McCreery Makes History With Debut Single, “I Love You This Big”

Scotty McCreery Makes History With Debut Single, "I Love You This Big". (PRNewsFoto/Interscope Records, John Ganun)

 

SONG IS HIGHEST DEBUT FOR A NEW ARTIST IN MORE THAN TWO DECADES

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope artist Scotty McCreery has made country music history with his first single, “I Love You This Big,” which has the highest-charting debut for a new artist in more than two decades.

“I Love You This Big” debuts at No. 32 on Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Hot Country Songs chart. This is the highest debut for a new artist’s first single since the chart began using BDS data the week of Jan. 20, 1990, according to Billboard.

The song, which hit No. 1 on iTunes, reached No. 3 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart with 171,404 units sold, while a compilation album featuring 14 of his performances from American Idol, entitled American Idol Season 10: Scotty McCreery, reached No. 12 on the Billboard Top 200 all-genre albums chart and No. 3 on the country albums chart with 23,196 units sold.

“I am humbled and shocked by this news,” says Scotty. “I can’t tell you what it means to me to be on the same charts as my musical heroes. I want to thank my fans and especially country radio for their support.

“I continue to be amazed by everything that has happened to me in such a short time.”

Scotty won Season Ten of American Idol on May 25. A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for Scotty and Lauren Alaina, the runner-up, and 38.6 million viewers tuned in to see the winner’s name announced.

The song was sent to radio on May 24 after Scotty debuted the song on American Idol.

“This is such a special song to me, so I am thrilled that it is getting such a great reception at country radio. What I love about ‘I Love You This Big’ is that it can mean different things to different people. It could be about the relationship between a couple in love or a parent and child.”

The 17-year-old singer is receiving big love from WQDR in Raleigh, N.C., which is located six miles north of his hometown, Garner, N.C. Not only is the station leading all Billboard panelists with more plays in the first week, but it has dubbed itself “Scotty 94.7” and incorporated the new name into an American Idol-inspired logo.

“I feel like the words ‘thank you’ aren’t enough,” he says. “I wish I could find more words to express my gratitude to everyone. I still can’t believe how people are supporting me in so many ways.”

Scotty will travel to Nashville next week to begin recording his debut album. He will present at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday and participate in other CMA Music Festival activities, including the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday, June 11. He will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on Friday, June 10.

He will perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on June 15. He will be featured on the American Idols Live tour that begins July 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and runs through September.

He will perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on Aug. 12.

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