MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2017
It's always nice to get away from the daily grind and go back to a place that's a little less stressful. But for Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, such a breakaway wasn't only a nicety -- but a necessity. Reynolds has suffered from depression since he was younger and says things got worse as Imagine Dragons went from being an unknown group to a Grammy-winning one. Reynolds says seven years of touring and making a mark in the business after toiling in obscurity left him in a ``just scattered, depressed headspace.'' He says he used the time back home to reconnect with his wife, 4-year-old daughter and friends. Now, he says he's a ``really wonderful, colourful, good headspace.'' The group's new album is called ``Evolve.''
He's a former mail carrier from Chicago.
But these days, instead of delivering bills and packages John Prine delivers hits in Nashville. He's considered the go-to guy for hit songs in Music City, working with the likes of Sturgill Simpson, the husband-wife team of Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires and Dan Auerbach of the rock group the Black Keys. Prine is now 70 and has had some of today's top stars willingly open for him to soak up his knowledge, even though they could be selling out their own venues as headliners. None of this is lost on Prine, who says he has met some really great people in the business. He says doing so has convinced him music is in good hands as it moves to a new generation of artists.
Look for more new music from India.Arie soon.
The soulful songstress is to drop a full album, titled ``Worthy,''
in March of next year. But that doesn't means her fans will be left hanging until then. She's dropped a new E-P titled ``SongVersation:
Medicine.'' It features three new tunes, as well as a pair of re-releases and two acoustic do-overs of songs from her 2013 album.
This past weekend, she was among the featured artists at the Essence festival in New Orleans. She shared the stage Friday night with John Legend and Diana Ross.
Shakira attended a wedding in Argentina late last week. But she wasn't the most popular celebrity in the house. That's because the wedding she attended was that of soccer legend Lionel Messi and his childhood sweetheart. The Colombian-born singer was among the 250 guests who attended the nuptials a swank hotel in the Argentine city of Rosario. Shakira was the plus-one of her hubby, soccer star Gerard Pique -- teammate of Messi on the Barcelona team.
When ``American Idol'' returns to T-V, it will try to rekindle at least some of the magic that was produced by the state of Alabama. The state is home to two Idol winners, Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks. It also has produced a pair of runners-up
-- Bo Bice and Diana DeGarmo. A-B-C will be holding auditions for the new version of Idol and they will be held at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia. Auditions are set for September 7th and about two-thousand hopefuls are expected to show up.
(The Associated Press)