Tony Lucca Launches Kickstarter For New Album

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One of the most talented musicians we’ve ever seen (who also happens to be one of the best people we’ve ever known, too) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new full-length studio album. Tony Lucca, who you probably know from being Team Adam’s finalist on Season 2 of The Voice, went live with his Kickstarter Wednesday morning.

If it succeeds, he’ll be the latest in a line of Voice alumni that have funded albums through the platform, including fellow Season 2 Team Adam members Pip and Katrina Parker.

Having been writing and recording pretty steadily since he left the reality TV world, Tony has put out two strong EPs over the last two years. His first, With The Whole World Watching, was under a deal with Voice coach Adam Levine’s 222 Records label and contained the single “Never Gonna Let You Go,” which he performed on the show last year. That partnership has amicably ended, and so Tony’s returning to his independent roots to release what will be his eighth studio album.

He also just released the acoustic EP Drawing Board on March 18, and – maintaining his status as one of the hardest-working men in music – is currently playing yet another tour, this one with Tyler Hilton. He previously embarked upon the ‘Keys, Strings and Band of Kings Tour’ with Brendan James and appearances by Season 1 Voice finalist Vicci Martinez, and he’s played plenty of solo shows across the country, too.

Tony never stops working hard to bring his fans the best music and live shows that he possibly can, so it’s kind of fitting that we now have the opportunity to give something back to him.

You can pledge to the Kickstarter effort by visiting bit.ly/LuccaKS. For more on Tony Lucca, check out his official website (tonylucca.com) and follow him on Twitter (@luccadoes).

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Tony Lucca Returns With ‘Drawing Board’ EP

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Less than a year after making a splash with his With The Whole World Watching EP, Tony Lucca is back with a new acoustic record, Drawing Board.

The five-song EP features the title track as well as the songs “All My Friends,” “Nashville,” “Los Angeles (In The Rear View)” and “My Love.” For those of you who somehow still haven’t heard him outside of Season 2 of The Voice, the album is typical Tony Lucca material: soulful, simple music that’s honest and without an ounce of pretention. Especially when listened to in conjunction with Whole World WatchingDrawing Board gives a sense of how much a true craftsman Lucca is. He puts together beautiful, meaningful music with just a guitar, hard work, and a whole lot of heart.

The record is reminiscent of Lucca’s Voice colleague and one-time tour partner Justin Hopkins’ 2012 acoustic release This Could Happen Anywhere, in that the decision to go acoustic allows the listener to even better appreciate the purity of Lucca’s vocals. Always perfectly understandable and heartfelt, he’s got one of the best voices in the music business.

Lucca is currently on the road playing select dates with Honor by August, and remains at work on a full-length album that will be his first release under his deal with Voice coach Adam Levine’s 222 Records. Last fall, he co-headlined the ‘Keys, Strings and Band of Kings’ tour with Brendan James, and also performed at halftime during the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day game in his native Detroit. We checked in with him during a West Coast tour stop in October; that interview can be found here.

You can download Drawing Board now on iTunes. For more on Tony Lucca, visit his website (tonylucca.com) and follow him on Twitter (@luccadoes).

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Season 6 Premieres Tonight: Your Catch-Up Guide

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Tonight begins Season 6 of NBC’s The Voice, but there have been plenty of happenings with past artists – and the coaches – since Season 5 wrapped in December. Before you tune in to the new cycle, read on to find out what you may have missed over the last three months.

The major news is that coach Cee Lo Green announced last week that he will not return for Season 7, marking his second departure from his big red chair. Cee Lo’s best finish on The Voice was having the runner-up (Juliet Simms, season 2) – which Usher has already matched (Michelle Chamuel, season 4). No word yet on who will replace him, whether it’s Usher or anyone else.

In happier coach-related news, Blake Shelton has announced he’ll hit the road for a 2014 version of his Ten Times Crazier Tour; information can be found on his website (blakeshelton.com). And Adam Levine and his Season 4 artist Judith Hill performed on the same stage when both participated in CBS’s February 9 special The Beatles: The Night That Changed America. You can hear some words from Adam and see a clip of Maroon 5′s performance in the below video.

A few The Voice artists have turned out new music since December. Season 1 finalist Vicci Martinez has a new release, Otra Cancion, available via Bandcamp. Season 4′s Melanie Martinez debuted her new single, “Dollhouse,” on iTunes. According to iTunes, Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin will release her record in March.

We’ve also caught up with several former contestants to find out what they’re up to recently. You can check out our interviews with Season 3 finalist Nicholas David, Team Cee Lo’s Kat Robichaud from Season 4, and Team Adam’s Caroline Glaser from Season 4. Kat’s recent music video, as well as a music video from Season 2′s Pip, can be found in our January news roundup.

The Voice also won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Competition TV Show in January, over America’s Got Talent, Dancing With The Stars, MasterChef and the now-cancelled The X Factor.

Lastly, if you missed the various announcements over the last few weeks, we now know the full advisor lineup for Season 6. They are Aloe Blacc (Team Adam, after his appearance performing opposite Team Adam’s Will Champlin in Season 5), The Band Perry (Team Blake), Jill Scott (Team Usher) and Miranda Lambert (Team Shakira, her second go-around after advising Team Blake in Season 2). You’ll see the advisors in a few weeks, when Season 6 heads to its battle rounds.

The Voice premieres tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC. Stay tuned all season for our recaps, interviews and news behind the scenes here and by visiting BFTV’s sister site, Big Red Chairs (bigredchairs.com).

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News Roundup: January 9, 2014

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We took a few weeks off after The Voice‘s Season 5 finale, but now the news is starting to roll in again, so that means it’s time for a fresh roundup. Here are the latest news and notes from around the Voice universe:

Our show took home the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Competition TV Show on Wednesday night, over network sibling America’s Got Talent, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars and FOX’s MasterChef and The X Factor.

There were also a few other nominations for our coaches: Adam Levine and Maroon 5 lost Favorite Band to One Direction, Taylor Swift beat out Blake Shelton for Favorite Country Artist, Justin Timberlake trumped him for Best Male Artist, and Blake’s Based On A True Story was edged for Best Album by Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience.

Looking forward, with Season 6 just about two months away, the buzz has already begun. It’s now official that Miranda Lambert will be serving her second term as a Voice advisor, this time for Team Shakira. No word yet on who’ll be advising Teams Adam, Blake or Usher. The new cycle starts Monday, February 25.

If that seems like a quick turnaround to you, you’re right. After Season 3 ended on December 18, 2012, Season 4 didn’t start until March 25, 2013, and Cassadee Pope’s album arrived on October 8, 2013. In contrast, Tessanne Chin won Season 5 on December 17, 2013, and her post-show album is listed as arriving in March, a mere three months after her victory. We’re not sure what’s got NBC and Universal Music Group moving so quickly, but we’ll keep you posted with any and all future news about the new season and Tessanne’s upcoming record.

While you’re waiting for the new season to start, you can check out a pair of new music videos from some members of the Voice family. Season 2′s Pip has dropped the music video for his song “Hooked,” which you can check out below. He’s come a long way since he was on Team Adam years ago, but he’s still as adorable as ever.

And Season 5′s Kat Robichaud has also released a new video, which we’ve posted here, too. Clearly Kat is still just as badass as she ever was when she was on Team Cee Lo.

Congratulations to Pip and Kat on releasing their great new videos, and we’ll as always keep you posted on the latest from all of our former contestants.

For more on all things related to The Voice, be sure to check out BFTV’s sister site Big Red Chairs and follow us on Twitter (@bigredchairs).

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News Roundup: December 12, 2013

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The Internet is abuzz with the news that The Voice has announced its Season 5 finalists, but that’s not all that’s happening this week. We had several former competitors return to the show, a few more drop by just to say hello, and Blake Shelton crashed someone else’s Christmas special again this year.

On Tuesday, four acts from The Voice‘s past two seasons came back to promote their new music, and we found out what they’ve been up to. Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope performed the next single from her recent album, and discovered that the album has gone gold.

Her successor and Big Machine Records labelmate, Danielle Bradbery, just released her self-titled debut album and has her song being used in a video package for NBC’s coverage of the upcoming Sochi Olympics. You can check that out below.

Season 4 runner-up Michelle Chamuel premiered “Go Down Singing,” her first single since the show, with some help from the USC marching band’s drumline. She revealed that she’s still in touch with coach Usher and working on an album to be released next year. The best place to find more information about that is her website (michellechamuel.com).

As for The Swon Brothers, Zach and Colton dropped their new single “Later On.” They’re signed to Arista Nashville and also working on their forthcoming album. And they have lost none of their sense of fun whatsoever, with Colton joking that Zach still blames him for bad shows.

There were several old friends in the audience on Tuesday that did not perform, all from Season 2. We saw Team Cee Lo’s Jamar Rogers (who is looking much better after his health scare earlier this year!), Team Christina’s Chris Mann, and Team Adam’s Katrina Parker. Jamar is one of the artists featured on Starbucks’ Voice music sampler, which you can download for free online by visiting Starbucks.com. It also includes music from Michelle Chamuel, Terry McDermott, and Nicholas David, among others.

As for Chris and Katrina? He’s continuing his takeover of PBS, as his second special, Home For Christmas, is now airing on stations around the country. Check your local listings for specific channel and airdates, or you can also watch it online via the PBS website. A CD/DVD combo pack is available on Amazon too. Here’s the trailer.

While Chris is still touring and getting ready to work on his second album, Katrina just put on a wonderful Christmas show at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, which she’s bringing online to StageIt very soon; be sure to follow her on Twitter (@katrinapmusic) for more info.

If you watched Kelly Clarkson’s holiday special on NBC last night, you were treated to our very own Blake Shelton in an elf costume. This after he had his own special last year, along with dropping in on Michael Buble’s, as well. Basically, it’s not Christmas on NBC until Blake shows up somewhere.

Oh, and while you were reading this, Blake probably won another American County Award, too. He took home four this week. So, congrats Blake! You may not have an artist in the Voice finale this year, but we think you’re going to be okay.

For more on all things related to The Voice, be sure to check out BFTV’s sister site Big Red Chairs and follow us on Twitter (@bigredchairs).

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News Roundup: December 5, 2013

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This week’s The Voice news roundup is fitting for the holidays. We’ve got talk of cooking, a lot of giving, quite a few happy returns by some of your favorite artists, and even Santa Claus. Here’s the latest news and notes from around The Voice universe:

When Carson Daly asked Blake Shelton and Adam Levine if they were cooking for Thanksgiving, we might’ve floated the idea of a Blake and Adam cooking show. And after you favorited and retweeted that on Twitter, we might’ve asked Blake about it. His response was typical hilarious Blake Shelton.

“If you want to make a cooking show that involves two guys that make sandwiches,” he quipped, “and slice-and-bake cookies, or Cheez-Its, or Doritos with spinach and artichoke dip that you buy from Ralphs, you might have something on your hands.”

We’re going to take a wild guess here and say Blake won’t be responsible for Christmas dinner.

Several Voice artists are hard at work doing good deeds this holiday season. Both Season 2 finalist Tony Lucca and Season 3 finalist Nicholas David are involved with charitable efforts right now. As previously mentioned in our last interview with him, Tony is currently in Guatemala with his organization The MILE (Music Is Love Exchange). You can visit his Facebook page to check out Tony’s photos and updates from his trip.

Tony also performed during the halftime show of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. He was fantastic, of course, but apparently he also inspired some of the NFL on FOX commentating team to sing “Never Gonna Let You Go.” Check out the hilarious video below.

Nicholas is also helping out internationally; he headed to Mexico with the folks from Smile Network. The folks at KTSP in Minneapolis have posted some video of Nicholas’s trip on their website. We want to give our thanks to Tony and Nicholas for being great guys who are doing their part to make the world a better place.

Award of the week goes to Season 2′s Nicolle Galyon, who’s got herself a number-one hit. Nicolle was one of the writers on Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s duet “We Were Us,” and this tweet from Nicolle on November 24 shows the song reached the top of the country charts. Congratulations!

Some old friends are coming back to the Voice stage for the holidays. After welcoming back Season 1 semifinalist Xenia this past Tuesday, NBC is rolling out the red carpet for two winners and some finalists during next Tuesday’s show. Season 3 champ Cassadee Pope, Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery, and Season 4 runners-up Michelle Chamuel and The Swon Brothers are all scheduled to perform during the live semifinal eliminations show on December 10. All will be bringing new singles.

If you’ve lost track of where they all ended up, Cassadee and Danielle are both signed to Big Machine Records and have released albums this year – the latter’s self-titled debut record just arrived last month – while The Swon Brothers are now recording for Arista Nashville. No information was given on if Michelle has a deal with any label, but we’d hope somebody snapped her up following her second-place finish.

And last but certainly not least, Warner Brothers Television – the studio that produces The Voice – is teaming up with the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills to offer Southern California fans a unique Christmas experience. For the next three weekends – December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 – from 11 AM to 5 PM, you can visit the Paley Center and take your pictures with Santa Claus in one of The Voice‘s signature big red chairs. It’s essentially a holiday spin-off of the nationwide Chair Tour that happened awhile back. Click here for all the info you’ll need to plan your visit to the Paley Center.

For more on all things related to The Voice, be sure to check out BFTV’s sister site Big Red Chairs and follow us on Twitter (@bigredchairs).

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News Roundup: November 7, 2013

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News and notes from around The Voice universe:

Congratulations are in order for coach Blake Shelton, whose album Based on a True Story won Album of the Year at Wednesday night’s Country Music Awards. Blake also nabbed his fourth straight Male Vocalist of the Year trophy. His wife (and one-time Voice advisor) Miranda Lambert was named Female Vocalist of the Year for her fourth straight victory.

We also want to give a shoutout to an extended member of the Voice family: Rodney Clawson, the husband of Team Adam’s Nicolle Galyon (from Season 2), was named Songwriter of the Year at the 2013 BMI Country Awards on Tuesday.

Season 3 runner-up Terry McDermott (Team Blake) has been a really busy dude since leaving the show. Firstly, he and fellow alum Cody Belew have been sighted stepping in to partially fill Christina Milian’s social media correspondent shoes. Terry can be seen interviewing the Season 5 artists after their battle rounds in exclusive videos on Sprint’s new The Voice Unlimited Access minisite (you’ll have to set the filter to “Sprint Exclusives” and scroll back to find them). Our thanks to reader Mariah Skye for pointing out these great videos!

Terry also released his next single, “Lose This Feeling,” on Halloween. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, you can snag it off of iTunes by clicking here.

Lastly, we accidentally revealed this before it was official (whoops), but now we can officially say it: Season 2 finalist (and one of our favorite folks!) Tony Lucca has joined up with the National Football League for a pair of high-profile gigs. He’ll be playing during the halftime show of this year’s Thanksgiving Day game, which features Tony’s hometown Detroit Lions. He’ll also be taping some material for the NFL’s Play60 campaign, which encourages kids to get outside and play for at least 60 minutes a day.

For more on what Tony’s doing currently, you can click over to our recent interview with him, conducted during his recent West Coast tour. He’s currently on the road with Brendan James and support from Season 1′s Vicci Martinez.

In other new music, Team Cee Lo’s Justin Hopkins (Season 2) has released a new single, “One Heart” featuring Bryan G, to benefit Stop Hunger Now. It’s a great song by a great guy for a great cause. Click here to download it now.

For more on all things related to The Voice, be sure to check out BFTV’s sister site Big Red Chairs and follow us on Twitter (@bigredchairs).

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Artist Update: Tony Lucca

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It’s been a productive year for Tony Lucca. Since the last time we saw him on The Voice, he’s released his fantastic EP With The Whole World Watching, and traveled across the country bringing new music to his fans. Tonight, he’ll be visiting Last Call with Carson Daly. BFTV caught up with Tony before his recent West Coast tour to get his thoughts on how everything’s been going so far.

Just exactly how much time on the road has he logged of recent? “I spent the first part of the year in the studio working on the EP and waiting for that to come out,” he explained. “The tour kicked off back in August, and then we followed that up with [the] Honda Civic [Tour].”

That meant opening on select dates for Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5, which of course is fronted by Tony’s former Voice coach, Adam Levine. “It was amazing. But the word bittersweet kind of comes to mind, simply in that we only got six shows. I’m not complaining, but when it’s that much fun, you certainly wish you had more shows,” Tony said of the experience. “I would’ve loved to have played the Hollywood Bowl. That’s a dream of mine. Being the first of three is tough, but we certainly made the most of it. We had a really great time out there.”

Now he’s back to his own touring endeavors. Starting tomorrow in New York, Tony joins his friend Brendan James for what they’re calling the ‘Keys, Strings and Band of Kings’ tour, that will run through mid-November. “We’re doing like a co-headlining thing,” he told us. “We’re kind of just going to turn it into one big show, as opposed to him opening for me and me opening for him. We largely have separate audiences, and instead of running that risk of one of us playing to the other’s fans or not, we’re just going to meld our show into one thing.

“His band and my band are going to join forces,” he continued. “He and I are going to share the front stage and tag team songs. Strip it down to him and his band, me and my band, just him, just me and build it back up. Make a production of it. An actual, proper, dynamic show.” You can find all the tour dates and get tickets to the shows by clicking here.

As we previously reported, joining Tony and Brendan on tour will be another Voice finalist, Team Cee Lo’s Vicci Martinez. “We knew we wanted a female opener, and we were throwing around some names. We were talking about Lindsey Pavao at one point,” said Tony. “Turns out my manager and Vicci’s manager are old chums, and it came up in conversation.”

With the EP giving him plenty of material to draw on, there’s less need to draw from his Voice selections on this tour than there has been previously, though he’s not eschewed them entirely. “We’re still kind of bridging that,” he explained. “We’re not doing all the songs from the show. Depending on the crowd, the night, the length of our set, we might play ‘Trouble’ and the Britney [Spears] song. We’ve been closing out with ’99 Problems’ still, because it’s just a fun way to end the show.”

It’s not just touring that Tony has to look forward to. In addition to his Last Call appearance, he’s enjoying the continued success of lead single “Never Gonna Let You Go,” which is doing well on the airwaves. “It’s kind of like, surprisingly, a last-minute little engine that could at radio,” Tony revealed. “The single’s kind of creeping up the Hot AC chart.” And to that end, he’s logging some radio touring time on behalf of the track, which also now has an official music video that you can check out below.

He’s also continuing his tradition of contributing to the greater good. His charity The M.I.L.E. (Music Is Love Exchange) is planning a trip to Guatemala in the first week of December to help the less fortunate in that country.

“There’s so much that can be done here, but people love the idea of getting away, doing it with their favorite artist,” Tony explained. “So me and my buddy Michael Pearsall from Honor by August, we are the music portion of this trip. We do like nightly house concerts for the people traveling with us, and then by day we play for the kids at the school and the hospital.”

It amounts to a great group of people getting together for a good cause. If you want to join Tony in his charitable efforts, you can find out more about The M.I.L.E. and how you can get involved by visiting the website here.

So he’s touring, putting together new music – a full album is in the works (“I’m supposed to get back in December and January to do some more recording,” he told us), promoting his lead single at radio, making TV appearances, and taking time to make the world a better place. All that on top of being a devoted family man, friend, and generally awesome human being. As far as Voice alumni go, there’s no doubt that Tony Lucca is one of our best.

Don’t miss Tony Lucca on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly tonight (check your local listings for specific airtime). To get your tickets for his current tour, or for more information, make sure you visit his official website (tonylucca.com) and follow him on Twitter (@luccadoes).

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Artist Update: Amber Carrington

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The biggest surprise in Season 4 of The Voice was Amber Carrington, who started the show as an aspiring country artist and rose to become an amazing all-around performer under the guidance of coach Adam Levine. Not only was she talented, but offstage she was also one of the show’s most enjoyable personalities. BFTV recently caught up with Amber to talk about how her career and life have been after finishing in The Voice‘s top five.

“I got more than I ever imagined from The Voice,” she told us. “I learned so much about myself as not only an artist but as a person and I grew incredible amounts through out the experience. What I will take with me most is the fans that I gained and the friends – cast and crew – who I became so close to. Those relationships will go on forever. I love my fans!”

What was her favorite experience on the national stage? “The first thing I always think of is the moment I performed ‘Skyfall.’ It was such an epic peak in the show for me, and I will always wish that I could go back in time to that moment,” she said. “I felt so free and fierce – it was incredible!”

Almost immediately after her time on the hit NBC series ended, Amber’s career started moving forward. “The next morning after the wrap party and all the festivities of the finale, I woke up still in the same hotel I had been in for months,” she said, “only now with plans to travel right back to the Universal lot to participate in a show called Home & Family on the Hallmark channel. That was a pretty fun experience…very different from The Voice but I did get to perform and be involved in another TV show.

“Normal life after that was a bit of a drag for like a week,” she added, “but then I got right back up on my feet and started making small trips to Nashville and then finally decided to pack up and move here!” Nashville being the home to many former The Voice artists, including another Team Adam member, Season 2 finalist Tony Lucca.

Since settling in her new city, Amber has stayed busy. “[I've] been writing a ton – with a few Voice friends,” she said. “I got a booking agent finally to help me sort through all the inquiries. I feel so grown up now, because I even have an attorney. I have also signed with Fusion Music management group, and am being managed by the same man who managed Lady Antebellum in the past, Daniel Miller. I am building my team of people around me to represent my music and business when approached by record labels and [for] publishing deals!”

She’s lined up more than a few gigs, too. Amber is singing the National Anthem for several NFL teams during October, including the Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers. She’s playing several shows in those areas as well. so be sure you check her website (ambercarrington.com) to see when and where she’ll be performing near you.

What’s been the most memorable event that she’s been a part of? “The coolest thing that has happened to me since The Voice was definitely getting to sing ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline alongside Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers at 3rd and Lindsley for my first real live performance in Nashville,” she added. “That was just so incredible!”

Of course, fans always want to know if Voice artists will re-team with their coaches after the show is over, so we asked Amber if that’s in the cards for her, too. “I do have Adam’s number, you know?” she told us. “So I have texted him a bit about things that are going on in my career [and] about his recent engagement. Other than that, we have remained friends, but no plans to work together just yet.”

Amber has also stayed in touch with her longtime supporters, especially the folks at LaRue Chic Boutique in Texas, where she worked prior to her appearance on The Voice. “LaRue Chic Boutique is one of my most favorite places to go and shop! I love the atmosphere and the people who work there. It’s just full of energy and color, which both make me very happy!,” she enthused. “They have become my clothing sponsor and also my merchandise designers. All my merchandise plus other super cute items can be found on their website at iShopLaRue.com.

“I am so excited to be a part of LaRue’s very first annual Pinktoberfest,” she added. “This is a breast cancer awareness festival with tons of raffles, auctions, a traveling mammogram truck and a live concert!” You can find more information on Pinktoberfest, which happens this Thursday, October 24, by visiting the official event page on the LaRue website.

From there, the sky’s the limit. “After October my schedule will slow down a lot!” Amber continued. “I am going to be focusing on writing great songs and getting a publishing deal. Then [I'll] gather up all the right songs and take [them] to record label showcases to look for a record deal, and finally get new music out for all my sweet patient fans! Whether this will all happen before the year is out or in ten years, no one knows.”

Empowered and energized, Amber is excited for her future, and continuing to share her positive energy with everyone around her. Asked what advice she’d pass on to our readers, “Be confident in the person that you are!” she enthused. “In any career path or life challenge that you face, you have to look at yourself and love what you see. Everyone could use a little tweaking ,but overall, love the person that you are and see yourself for greatness. As soon as you can find that happiness within you, then you will attract beautiful things.”

You can keep up with Amber by visiting her website (ambercarrington.com) and following her on Twitter (@ambercarrington).

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News Roundup: October 11, 2013

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News and notes from around The Voice universe:

Cassadee Pope’s first post-show album, Frame By Frame, was released Tuesday. Most of it you’re probably familiar with, as “Wasting All These Tears,” “You Hear A Song,” “11,” “Good Times” and “Champagne” were put out as singles beforehand – meaning that die-hard Voice fans have already heard about half of the eleven-song record. Since you’ve already had the opportunity to listen to those cuts, let’s talk about the previously unreleased material.

Frame by Frame completes Cassadee’s transition from pop-punk rocker back to country singer, and she makes that genre shift pretty smoothly. There’s a certain sound to her voice that works well with country music, and there are still some pop sensibilities to be had, most obviously on radio-friendly lead single “Wasting All These Tears,” where the pop element makes sense. Conversely, the pop injection makes absolutely no sense on “Everybody Sings,” which involves a portion that sounds like it’s lifted from Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” in the middle of an otherwise okay country song.

This record serves as an effective midpoint between the Cassadee Pope we met on The Voice and her post-competition career. Audiences expecting every song to have a big moment like the ones she had so often on the show are likely to be disappointed, but that also proves that she’s not relying solely on the same thing over and over.

There are songs here that have those moments, but there are also the up-tempo numbers (“Good Times,” “This Car,” “Proved You Wrong”) and the requisite somber tracks (“One Song Away,” “11″). Frame by Frame shows that Cassadee can perform a variety of songs, even if she’s not necessarily breaking any new ground with them. That doesn’t make this a bad album, far from it; just one that’s playing it fairly safe.

Overall, this is a record that ought to please The Voice‘s sizeable country fan base, and likely attract curious fans of the show. It re-establishes Cassadee Pope as both a solo performer and a country artist, and that’s the most important part. The pressure is on for the series to produce a commercially successful artist, and it’s clear that’s what this album is geared toward doing.

Hopefully, the fans who voted so overwhelmingly for Cassadee on The Voice will support the record, and then we’ll get to see her do some more unique things with the next one.

Cassadee also has a CMT series of the same name, which airs its second episode tonight at 10 PM ET/PT. And NBC aired the music video for Frame by Frame‘s first single, “Wasting All These Tears,” during Tuesday’s recap episode of The Voice. If you missed that, you can watch it below.

Two other show alums have put out new music this week. Season 2′s Jamar Rogers dropped his new single “Drink Of You” on Tuesday; you can read our interview with Jamar about the single and forthcoming music video here. Season 4′s Sarah Simmons also put out her first post-show track, “Fall,” which is now available on iTunes. Congratulations to Cassadee, Jamar and Sarah on your music debuts!

Season 5 of The Voice returns Monday at 8 PM ET/PT.

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