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.
Carly Pearce unveils new music this month with 29
Carly Pearce channels her grief in losing longtime producer busbee in 2019 and the end of her marriage to Michael Ray in 2020 throughout her seven-song project 29, out Feb. 19. After months of teasing snippets of new music, the “Next Girl” singer says she’s ready for the world to hear what she’s been working on.
“I feel lighter reflecting on the last year and pouring my soul into this music and wanted to share it in hopes that others too will take from the songs what they need,” she says. “With streaming and social media, we were able record music for the sole purpose of letting my fans know where my heart is without any expectations. That’s a kind of immediacy that makes making records really exciting. I can’t wait to share 29.”
Eric Church says “a tour is coming”
On the heels of announcing his upcoming three albums for release in April, Eric Church tells fans he’s working on dates for an upcoming North American tour. “I want you to know that a tour is coming, and we are very excited to play new music for our old friends,” he says. “Coming to many of the cities we’ve been to in the past and a few new ones. … I cannot wait to see you on the road.”
Jake Owen’s daughter dances to Lynyrd Skynyrd
Music runs in the Owen family. While playing the guitar intro to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “That Smell” recently on electric guitar, Jake Owen’s youngest daughter Paris can be seen dancing along, clapping her hands and stomping her feet as her proud father looks on.
Lee Ann Womack celebrates “I Hope You Dance” anniversary by donating to Music Health Alliance
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.” In celebration, the singer has launched new merchandise with 20% of all net profits benefitting Music Health Alliance. The organization assists the music community throughout the nation including mental health and COVID-19 resources as well as access to healthcare, medicine, diagnostic tests and more.
Luke Bryan reveals Born Here, Live Here, Die Here deluxe album
Luke Bryan is releasing six new songs on April 9 with his Born Here, Live Here, Die Here Deluxe Edition. “With COVID, we had some extra songs that we were able to write and record and we thought it was the perfect time to put them out,” Bryan says. Pre-order is available now with the instant download of “Country Does,” a song he performed during a Facebook Live set on Thursday (Feb. 4).
T.J. Osborne comes out as gay, tells Ellen DeGeneres he feels “incredibly loved”
Brothers Osborne’s T.J. Osborne came out as gay in Time earlier the week. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show the singer tells the host that following the support he received, he wishes he did it a long time ago.
“Not only is it a weight off of my shoulders to tell my truth, but I expected a wave of love from family and friends and I did not expect it to feel the way it felt,” he says. “I think it’s one thing when you just know and assume that people love you, and it’s different when you hear it and hear it with sincerity. Right now, I feel so incredibly loved.”