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Rimes hosts Colgate Country Showdown final

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 – For the third consecutive year, LeAnn Rimes will host and perform at the 27th Annual Colgate Country Showdown National Final on Jan. 15, 2009 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The Showdown is the nation's largest and longest-running country music talent search and radio promotion.

The televised one-hour special is syndicated nationwide. Dean Unkefer, President of Special Promotions, Inc. and producer of the Colgate Country Showdown, commented, "Colgate has been dedicated to helping give aspiring artists the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences and be exposed to industry professionals. We are all excited to have LeAnn join us again at the National Final and look forward to finding the best talent in the nation. Regional winners and judges will be announced in the coming weeks."

Annually, more than 50,000 artists compete in the Colgate-sponsored local spring competitions with 450 radio stations throughout the U.S. and over $300,000 in cash prizes are awarded throughout more than 550 live shows. These winners then compete at the state and five regional competitions throughout the summer and fall. Five finalists compete for the grand prize of $100,000 at the National Final.

All participants are consistently judged on five core criteria: Marketability in Country Music, Vocal/Instrumental Ability, Originality of Performance, Stage Presence/Charisma and Talent. Optional bonus points can be awarded to acts with original music in the Songwriting category.

The competition has included Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sara Evans and Miranda Lambert.

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One Christmas Chapter 1 CD review - One Christmas Chapter 1
LeAnn Rimes hasn't always been the most consistent album maker over the years, but there's no questioning the quality of her singing. Here gospel-y version of "Silent Night" on this Christmas EP, "One Christmas: Chapter," is truly a thing of beauty. Then when she sings a slow, soulful "Blue Christmas," which features that beautiful yodel in her voice, it should remind you of that wonderful Patsy Cline quality in her early recordings. »»»
Spitfire CD review - Spitfire
Say what you will about the vocal chops of today's leading ladies of country - Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill or Martina McBride chief among them - but LeAnn Rimes is hands down, no doubt about it the best female vocalist in country music today. And it will be bordering on a criminal act - thievery of the first order - if she doesn't sweep every award country music has to offer with her latest. For most of the bulk of the new millennium every Rimes album has been a treat. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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