A little girl from Eatonton, Georgia, who is battling cancer, got to meet one of her favorite celebrities on Wednesday.
In May, doctors discovered a mass on 9-year-old Cadence Fox's pituitary gland and her parents rushed her to Egleston Hospital. Tara Fox, her mother, told us Cadence had two germinoma cancer tumors on her brain, which had already started damaging the gland and had caused other damage including peripheral vision loss. "The treatment would consist of 4 rounds of chemotherapy followed by 6 weeks of radiation," said Fox back in August.
Her mother said Cadence tolerated the chemo remarkably with very little nausea. They recently arrived back home to Georgia from Houston, Texas, where Cadence underwent six weeks of radiation.
We learned about Cadence through Georgia based photographer Brandy Angel, who featured Cadence on Facebook and her website called "Be The Change." The Brandy Angel Foundation works to help anyone in need by sharing their images and stories through social media. Angel said in the featured post that one of the most impressive things she's heard in a long time came from Cadence.
"Cadence's mom Tara told me how Cadence has never once complained about her treatments and the first time they hooked up her chemo treatment Tara began to cry at the thought of poison going into her daughter's tiny body," said Angel. "Cadence looked at her mom and said 'mom it's ok, it's JUST CHEMO.' These little warriors never cease to amaze me with their strength and heart."
On Wednesday, the Morgan County Cultural Center put on a Sam Hunt show and thanks to Angel three tickets were donated to Cadence, her mother and sister. Angel said she didn't realize when she put in the request for the tickets that Cadence had actually missed Hunt's Atlanta concert before her radiation started in Texas. She was forced to miss the show because they moved up her radiation.
Cadence received the red-carpet treatment for the big night. Zapien Salon donated make over services for the Fox family beforehand.
"She smiled so much all day and felt so pretty and special," Angel said. "To be able to bring so many loving, compassionate people together to make a little girl's dreams come true is one of the most beautiful experiences of my life."
Lee Brice and Tyler Farr will be hitting the road together in 2016.
The two artists will head out on their Life Off My Years Tour beginning in early February and will stay on the road through late April. A complete list of dates and cities is below; venue information is not yet available.
Brice and Farr teased the big announcement on Twitter on Tuesday (Nov. 17), with Brice sharing a video (see above) and Farr responding, "Hey @LeeBrice, don't worry about the mule, just load the wagon. Stay tuned tomorrow."
The year 2016 is is shaping up to be incredibly busy for Brice, who has been announced as a headliner for Country on the River 2016, Headwaters Country Jam 2016 and Country Jam 2016. Farr will also be performing at Country Jam 2016, which is scheduled to take place just outside of Grand Junction, Colo., in June.
For venue and ticketing information for the 2016 Life Off My Years Tour, as it is announced, visit Brice's website or Farr's website.
Lee Brice and Tyler Farr, 2016 Life Off My Years Tour:
February 4 — Salisbury, Md.
February 5 — Rochester, N.Y.
February 6 — Kingston, R.I.
February 12 — Rockford, Ill.
February 13 — Kearney, Neb.
February 14 — Brookings, S.D.
February 18 — Southaven, Miss.
February 19 — Augusta, Ga.
February 20 — Pikeville, Ky.
March 17 — Lowell, Mass.
March 18 — Allentown, Pa.
March 19 — Indiana, Pa.
April 7 — Milwaukee, Wis.
April 8 — Kalamazoo, Mich.
April 9 — Chicago, Ill.
April 14 — Saginaw, Mich.
April 15 — Highland Heights, Ky.
April 16 — Huntington, W.V.
April 21 — Dayton, Ohio
April 22 — Youngstown, Ohio
April 23 — Toledo, Ohio
Denise Brown sister of Nicole Brown Simpson used Ronnie's song "Bricks From The Ashes" as a rallying cry for those affected by domestic abuse. "Bricks from The Ashes" sung by Ronnie Kimball and written by Michael Berardi has recieved over 1,500 messages from women around the world who have been touched by this song. Here's my interview with Ronnie Kimball.
"You have no idea how much your song touched my soul. I believe in my heart that God gave you that vision, so that you could write that song just for me. I know there are a lot of women that feel the same way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Sarah. Michael Berardi who wrote this song, has recieved over 1,500 messages just like these across the world about his powerful song. Here's the song, "Bricks From The Ashes".
As I was sleeping one night, a picture suddenly appeared in my mind. It was one of those times when you just know you are really there. Everything around you is crystal clear. You can smell the air, touch the trees, and feel the emotions of the moment. You know that this is not merely another dream.
I saw a woman standing in front of a large pile of ashes. She was dressed in dark clothing and she was wearing a veil that hid her face. I could only see her eyes. Her eyes were sad and filled with tears. I watched as she knelt down, cupped her hands together, and picked up a handful of ashes. She then formed a brick out of the ashes. She took the brick and placed it gently down next to another brick. She kept repeating this over and over. After a while I realized what she was doing. She was building a road out of the bricks.
I looked in the direction that the road was leading and far in the distance, rising just beyond the gray horizon, was the most beautiful light! It was a pure and peaceful light. I became very curious as to who this woman was and what she was trying to do. Suddenly, she turned her face toward me, and as her tearful eyes met mine, she slowly took the veil from her face. I was shocked to see that her face was badly bruised. As I walked toward her, I finally realized who she was. She was someone I loved dearly and who had passed away several years before. She was a loving aunt who lived upstairs from me when I was growing up. She was terribly abused by her husband.
As the scene faded from my mind, I began to wake up. Immediately, the title "Bricks From the Ashes" and many other lyrical and melodic ideas began to fill my mind. I recorded my ideas and the next day my wife, Cheryl, helped me finish the song.
As much as I would love to take credit for writing it, the real author of Bricks From the Ashes is the Lord. I truly believe that this song was given to me in this vision for one purpose - to help the many hurting souls who are living in abusive relationships. Perhaps, somewhere in this song, they will hear a line or a verse that will give them just enough encouragement to take that frightful first step toward building a new life, not only for themselves, but for those they love. This is my hope and prayer.
Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt will be this year's honorees at the CMT Artists of the Year special, the definitive year-end party. The announcement was made Wednesday (Nov. 11) on NBC's Today.
The sixth annual CMT Artists of the Year will premiere live from Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The 90-minute special pays tribute to the top country artists of the year with once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts from the biggest stars of music, film and television.
From house parties to girl crushes to sippin' on sangria …and then fire, these five artists collectively kicked the dust up to dominate the last 12 months ruling CMT's platforms and country radio, scoring chart-topping album and singles and selling out arenas around the nation. Bryan and Florida Georgia Line have each received multiple Artists of the Year recognitions during the past three years, with Shelton, Little Big Town and Sam Hunt celebrating as first-time honorees.
Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced in the days to come.
Past CMT Artists of the Year include Jason Aldean (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Kenny Chesney (2011, 2012), Eric Church (2012), Hunter Hayes (2013), Toby Keith (2012), Lady Antebellum (2010, 2011), Miranda Lambert (2012, 2014), Tim McGraw (2013), Brad Paisley (2011), Taylor Swift (2010, 2011), Carrie Underwood (2010, 2012), Keith Urban (2014) and the Zac Brown Band (2010).