Each member of the band… led their own song — backup vocalist and former The Voice contestant Gwen Sebastian’s near-a cappella cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” was (against all odds) a highlight… Lambert closed the show dueting with Sebastian on a note-perfect cover of Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush.”
“Lambert’s rendition of the new Little Big Town single, “Girl Crush,” teamed the singer with Gwen Sebastian, who also dusted off the Cranberries’ “Zombie” for the crowd. (Sebastian, an alumna of The Voice’s Team Blake, is a backup singer for both Lambert and husband Blake Shelton, in addition to her own solo career.) Watch them harmonize on the sultry Little Big Town song…”
January 10, 2015
Gwen will be out on tour with Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’ tour, singing back up for one of country music’s best!
Sebastian’s current single is “Small Town Soul.” You can also see her on tour with Blake Shelton and soon she’ll be rejoining Miranda Lambert; for future tour dates, visit Sebastian’s official website.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been roughly three years since Gwen left The Voice and started touring with her coach, Blake Shelton. “It was pretty much initially after the battle rounds, is when I started touring with him and being a part of his band,” she told us. “Now I’m actually going to be going out in tour with Miranda [Lambert].
“Gwen Sebastian: An alumna from The Voice (from Team Blake), Gwen Sebastian is such an underrated talent. She sings back-up to Blake Shelton at his live shows, with her expressive vocals. Shelton duet with Sebastian entitled “My Eyes” reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country charts. Her single “Small Town Soul” is absolutely magical.”
Gwen nominated with Blake for Collaboration of the Year for “My Eyes” in the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards
After broadcasting the best in country music for more than four decades, the American Country Countdown radio show is gearing up for its own televised awards program. The first-ever American Country Countdown Awards will be held at Nashville’s Music City Convention Center on December 15th, with a live broadcast airing on FOX at 8 p.m. EST. The night’s top nominee, Luke Bryan, is set to perform on the show, as are Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert.
Unlike the CMA Awards, whose winners are determined by association members, or the ACMs, which collects votes from both industry members and fans, the American Country Countdown Awards will hand out its own trophies based on radio airplay and touring stats gleaned from outlets like Soundscan, Pollstar and Mediabase. The only fan-voted category is Breakthrough Artist of the Year, whose contenders are Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.
The list of nominees for the evening’s nine major awards includes the expected crop of A-listers — Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum — as well as several names less commonly heard at country awards shows, such as Female Vocalist of the Year hopefuls Danielle Bradbery and Cassadee Pope. Meanwhile, CMA’s reigning Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan, leads the overall pack of nominees with seven nods, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and two separate entries for Digital Song of the Year. Following closely behind are Florida Georgia Line with six nominations, and Jason Aldean with four. Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are in for a particularly busy night, as they’ll also be hosting the show. Sorry, Kix Brooks!
2014 American Country Countdown Awards Nominees
Collaboration of the Year
“This Is How We Roll,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
“Small Town Throwdown,” Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“My Eyes,” Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian
“We Were Us,” Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
BY MARKOS PAPADATOS NOV 7, 2014
Gwen Sebastian, best known from Team Blake from “The Voice,” is a female country vocalist that deserves to make it big in the genre.
Sebastian sings background vocals for Country Music Association (CMA) “Male Vocalist of the Year” winner Blake Shelton in his live shows, and she also tours with his wife, the reigning CMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” winner Miranda Lambert, and therefore she has the backing of country royalty.
Her solo work is quite impressive as well, especially “Small Town Soul,” where her crystalline vocals are reminiscent of Pam Tillis and Reba McEntire.
Sebastian was a contestant on the second season of The Voice and her mentor and coach, Blake Shelton, recorded a duet with her entitled “My Eyes,” which he released as a radio single, which reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts. It was quite the spectacle when they performed it live at Madison Square Garden this summer.
GWEN SEBASTIAN PREMIERES PERSONAL VIDEO FOR “SMALL TOWN SOUL” — Country Weekly
There’s nothing quite like going home, and for Gwen Sebastian, one of her most recent trips back to her family farm was captured on film for her latest video, “Small Town Soul.”
The personal video, which is filled with home video footage showing Gwen at graduation, homecoming, singing at talent shows and opening graduation presents with her family, gives the singer’s fans an up-close look at her upbringing and family life .
“That is my grandmother I’m dancing with and playing piano with, and my dad is playing guitar,” Gwen tells Country Weekly about some of the footage. “[And] those are my real parents throughout the video.”
Most of the video was shot on the farm, where we see Gwen saddled up on one of the family’s horses and enjoying time in the house—which she says is about 105 years old—and on the land.
Other locations used in the video include Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck, N.D., and Gwen’s hometown of Hebron, N.D.
TUNE IN ALERT! “CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK,” AIRING TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” is the front-row seat to the hottest concert performances of the summer. Hosted for the second time by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town, the three-hour special airs Tuesday, August 5 (7:00-10:00 PM/CT) on the ABC Television Network.
Filmed during the sold-out CMA Music Festival in June, the special spotlights America’s music in the epicenter of the format – Nashville – and features full-scale stadium performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church (with special guest Lzzy Hale), Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert (including special guest Carrie Underwood), Tim McGraw with special guest Faith Hill, Justin Moore with Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crüe, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton (with special guest Gwen Sebastian), Cole Swindell, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band with special guest Richie Sambora.
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