Welcome to Feel-Good Friday, a weekly roundup of heartwarming stories, lighthearted videos, and inspiring country news that reminds us all there is still good in the world.
Carrie Underwood surprises young fan helping frontline workers
During an episode of The Drew Barrymore Show on Tuesday (Jan. 12), Carrie Underwood surprised 7-year-old Hayley Orlinsky when the young fan joined the show with her mother discussing her fundraiser for local healthcare workers. Orlinsky decided to sell homemade bracelets to raise money for her local children’s hospital healthcare workers when she found out some didn’t have access to masks and other protective equipment during COVID-19.
Hayley has since raised $27,000 and Underwood joined the show via Zoom to congratulate her young fan and to donate $5,000 to the cause. Barrymore also donated $5,000, bringing Orlinsky’s fundraiser to nearly $40,000 for her local hospital.
Chris Janson urges military support with Valentine’s For the Troops
Chris Janson tells fans to support our troops by teaming up with New York country station 94.7 morning host Kelly Ford in writing letters to military serving overseas ahead of Valentine’s Day. “I love this country, I love our men and women of the armed services,” he says in a video message. “We want to thank them and show them the love this year.” The deadline to send Valentine’s is Feb. 5. Those interested can purchase a Valentine’s Day card and mail to the below address. For more information, visit the station’s website.
Support Our Troops®
c/o NY Country 947 Valentines For the Troops
13791 N. Nebraska Ave
Tampa, FL 33613
Dierks Bentley shares uplifting new song “Tell ‘Em Right Now”
Dierks Bentley is using his downtime during the pandemic by writing new songs. Earlier this week, the singer shared a song he wrote with HARDY and David Garcia. Over a cup of coffee Bentley got out his acoustic guitar and shared the reflective new song. A tune about not waiting to tell someone you love them Bentley offers some wise words of wisdom for his fans. “Tell ‘Em Right Now. A good idea in these times,” he captions the clip on Instagram.
Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard enjoys family time on the slopes
On the heels of announcing upcoming solo projects from Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, Hubbard shares some special family moments on socials. In an adorable clip, Hubbard’s daughter, Olivia, is all laughs while shown skiing for the first time in Idaho. “Let’s do that again,” she says with a contagious laugh. In another social post, he shares a photo captured by his wife while enjoying the snowfall with son Luca.
Kip Moore releases “How High,” Sets Ryman date
Kip Moore is readying new music in the new year. Today the singer dropped “How High,” to be featured on his upcoming extended record Wild World Deluxe available Feb. 12. Additionally, he announced that he’ll be taking the stage at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in celebration of the release Feb. 12. Limited tickets are available for the socially distanced show and global livestream event beginning Jan. 19 via the Ryman website.
Rodney Atkins wants “A Little Good News”
Rodney Atkins shares a new song all can agree on: we need a little more good news in the world. The singer’s heartfelt new song (a cover of Anne Murray’s 1983 hit) has him hoping for the best in the midst of news footage from the past year including the pandemic, national disasters and the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville. “Just once I’d like to see the headlines say/ Not much to print today/ Can’t find nothing bad to say,” he sings on the track.