Josh Turner Adapts and Bends as He’s Finishing His Sixth Album

George HolzBy the time his new single “Lay Low” started climbing the charts several weeks ago, Josh Turner already had more than ten years of chart success under his belt. The 37-year-old believes he owes at least part of his good fortune to those who came before him.

“I feel like you can learn a lot from artists who have had a really long career and that have had a lot of longevity,” he says. “The reason they've had that longevity is that they're willing to adapt and bend a little bit here and there, but at the same time, continue to make their music.”

Josh admits he’s been doing some bending and adapting himself, as he’s finishing up his forthcoming sixth studio album.

“Good music takes on a lot of different forms. So, I definitely pay attention to that and with Nashville and country radio being so song-driven, you know, I try to really just make sure that the songwriting and the pitch meetings and the listening and all that kind of stuff is a priority.”

Right now, Josh is already road-testing  four of the new tunes from the new CD, due out next year.

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Luke Bryan Named Favorite Male Country Artist at 2014 American Music Awards

ABCLuke Bryan was named Favorite Male Country Artist at the 2014 American Music Awards, which aired Sunday night on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.  Carrie Underwood was named Favorite Female Country Artist and Florida Georgia Line took home the trophy for Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country.

Brantley Gilbert won for Favorite Country Album for Just As I Am.

The only country music performance came via satellite from Greensboro, North Carolina.  Garth Brooks was shown onstage live performing his new song "People Loving People."

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American Music Awards Winners List

Dick Clark ProductionsHere are the winners at the 2014 American Music Awards, which aired Sunday night on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles:

Artist of the Year
One Direction

New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer

Single of the Year

Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/Rock
Sam Smith

Favorite Female Artist -- Pop/Rock

Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Pop/Rock

One Direction

Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock

One Direction, Midnight Memories

Favorite Male Artist -- Country

Luke Bryan

Favorite Female Artist -- Country

Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country  

Florida Georgia Line

Favorite Album -- Country

Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album -- Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic

Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&B

John Legend

Favorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&B

Beyoncé

Favorite Album -- Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé

Favorite Artist -- Alternative Rock

Imagine Dragons

Favorite Artist -- Adult Contemporary

Katy Perry

Favorite Artist -- Latin

Enrique Iglesias

Favorite Artist -- Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns

Favorite Artist -- Electronic Dance Music (EDM)

Calvin Harris

Top Soundtrack
Frozen

Dick Clark Award of Excellence
Taylor Swift

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Luke Bryan Takes on Beyonce and One Direction at the 2014 AMAs

Image Courtesy ABCWithout a doubt, Luke Bryan is the country torchbearer at this year's American Music Awards, as the only artist from the genre nominated in the all-inclusive Artist of the Year category. Luke confesses it's a little hard to believe he's up against the likes of Beyonce and One Direction.

"Anytime I'm in the room with all of music, I get really, really inspired. I'm very flattered. I always think about representing country music in the best way I know," he says. "I just love being in that room. It's always fun going out to the AMAs and seeing all of the talent in the room. And knowing that this year I'm nominated in the category of overall artist is really, really hard for me to wrap my head around. It's amazing."

Even though he's also competing against Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton for Favorite Male Artist in the country category, Luke vows he won't let the pressure get to him.

"I just wanna go out there and enjoy it. I love meeting all of the people in all of music. At the end of the day, I think we're all in there to make the art of music better. Hopefully, I can represent Nashville."

On the female side, Carrie Underwood squares off against Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves for Favorite Female Artist - Country. Carrie says the fan-voted awards remind her of the beginning of her career.

"I'm excited to be nominated for an AMA. I see every day on my Twitter feed, people have been retweeting and doing all that stuff, which is really cool. They've always had my back, and seeing their enthusiasm about voting for me is something that is really cool because that's how I got here in the first place with American Idol," she remembers. "So, it makes me feel good to know that there are still people out there that are voting their fingers off."

Whether or not Florida Georgia Line is able to wrestle the country Band, Duo or Group trophy from Lady Antebellum and Eli Young Band, Tyler Hubbard thinks it's just fun to get to rub elbows with artists from other kinds of music.

"It's a huge honor, to be honest, to be a country artist and then to be able to be at an all-genre awards show feels great.  It's definitely humbling, and so it's cool," he says. "And we're excited. You get to see a lot of cool people and meet a lot of nice people and see a lot of different, basically, music cultures. It's neat for us, you know. "

Garth Brooks, who's up for country's Favorite Album, is set to perform on the show, while his fellow nominee Brantley Gilbert will help hand out one of the trophies. You can find out who wins Sunday, November 23 at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.

The nominees in the country categories for the 2014 American Music Awards are:

Favorite Male Artist -- Country
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist -- Country
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country  
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album -- Country
Garth Brooks, Blame It on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brantley Gilbert, Just as I Am

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Ashley Monroe and Dan + Shay Head “Home for the Holidays”

Warner Bros. NashvilleAshley Monroe and Dan + Shay are set to sing alongside Jennifer Hudson, Train, Earth, Wind & Fire and Katharine McPhee on the upcoming A Home for the Holidays special. This is the 16th year for the Christmas tradition that pairs musical performances with heartwarming stories of children adopted from foster care.  The show airs Friday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

Ashley also recorded a new version of the Amy Grant classic "Tennessee Christmas" for Amazon's new All Is Bright holiday playlist.

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LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman Wants You to Lend a Ham This Holiday Season

Sandbox EntertainmentThis holiday season, Kimberly Schlapman from Little Big Town wants you to lend a ham. The play on words is part of a campaign to inspire folks to donate food to feed hungry families.

"I'm excited to join Smithfield in their effort to lend a ham to those in need this season," Kimberly says with a wink. "Since I was a little girl, Smithfield has always been a part of my family's holiday tradition, and to now have the opportunity to help provide that to someone in need means the world to me."

For every act of kindness posted on Twitter or the Smithfield Facebook page with the hashtag #LendAHam, the company will donate a serving of protein to a local food bank. Kimberly also teamed up with Smithfield to surprise Thanksgiving shoppers with $100 gift cards, in hopes of inspiring them to do good deeds themselves. You can see the video that captures Kimberly going undercover as a grocery cashier on YouTube.

The campaign goes through Christmas Eve, with Smithfield planning to donate up to a million servings to help feed the hungry this holiday season.

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