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Homegrown talent: Hazen sisters pursue country music career

August 17, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

HAZEN Two North Dakota sisters hope singing will lead to success.
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They’ve got the music in them

July 16, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

When 6:30 on Tuesday night rolls around, a graceful melody of voices rings through the halls of Jefferson High School.
The 45 men standing in the choir room are of different ages and different skill levels. They come from different jobs and live in different parts of the county.
But they have one commonality singing. Continue Reading

Taking a bite of the Big Apple: Journey to NYC is trip-of-a-lifetime for WHS singers

April 17, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON New York City was the destination, with musical and educational expansion as the goal, when 107 Worthington High School (WHS) choral students, led by WHS choir director Kerry Johnson, headed to the Big Apple in late March.
With nine official chaperones and 15 additional “tour tag-alongs,” the 132-member Worthington group boarded three Readings Bus Lines coaches on the afternoon of March 25 and arrived at their hotel in New Jersey roughly 24 hours later. Continue Reading

Prolific Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla dies at 68

March 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

His musical roots were in jazz, but his songs ranged from folk to pop to classical to opera, creating a soundtrack beloved by generations of Italians. Continue Reading

TV made heartthrob out of Monkees’ Davy Jones

March 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Before there was MTV, before “American Idol” made overnight stars of people you never heard of, there was “The Monkees,” a band fronted by a diminutive singer named Davy Jones who was so boyishly good looking that teenage girls swooned the first time they ever saw him. Continue Reading

Latest ‘Dancing’ cast includes NFL’s Driver, tennis star Navratilova, singer Gladys Knight

February 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Singer Knight, Green Bay Packer player Donald Driver and tennis legend Martina Navratilova will be joined on “Dancing With the Stars” by Jaleel White, who played “Urkel’ on the former sitcom “Family Matters,” plus “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, “Little House on the Prairie” actress Melissa Gilbert and Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan. Continue Reading

Former teen singing sensation Church gets $951,000 in Murdoch hacking case

February 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Charlotte Church was present at London’s High Court for the reading of a statement resolving her claim that 33 articles in the now defunct News of the World tabloid were the product of journalists illegally hacking into her family’s voice mails. Continue Reading

Fed appeals court: Roger Miller’s widow lacks rights to hit ‘King of the Road,’ others

February 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

VIDEO: Watch Roger Miller 1965 performance of “King of the Road” at bottom of articleThe songs include “Dang Me,” ‘Chug-A-Lug” and “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd.” The decision struck down a lower court’s ruling in widow Mary Miller’s favor that awarded her a little more than $900,000 in damages. It’s not clear whether she will appeal. Continue Reading

Election-year blues: Obama joins Jagger, B.B. King for makeshift White House blues club

February 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

VIDEO: Watch at bottom of articleThe president just couldn’t say no: Mick Jagger held out a mic almost by way of command, and soon Barack Obama was belting out the blues with the best of them. Continue Reading

Up for auction in March: Whitney Houston’s dress, earrings; Chaplin’s cane; Heston’s ‘Ten Commandments’ staff

February 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien said Sunday the pieces and other Houston items became available after the singer’s unexpected death on Feb. 11 and will be included among a long-planned sale of Hollywood memorabilia such as Charlie Chaplin’s cane, Clark Gable’s jacket from “Gone With the Wind” and Charlton Heston’s staff from “The Ten Commandments.”
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