12:44 PM EDT 11/19/2013
Originally posted 11/14/2013 02:00PM
Since accepting her English boyfriend's proposal in mid-April during a romantic getaway to Key West, Fla., Sarah Darling has been bursting with happiness – and a sweet secret.
The country singer and graphic designer James Muriel actually went directly from "Will you?" and "Yes!" to "I do" in an intimate ceremony on the beach that very weekend, she reveals to PEOPLE Country exclusively.
"We had dated long-distance for more than a year, so when he moved to Nashville we knew right away we wanted to be together as husband and wife," she explains.
Originally posted 10/31/2013 10:20AM
As one half of Sugarland, Georgia native Jennifer Nettles never shied away from mixing it up musically, blending classic country with pop and rock into the country duo's sound – and even daring to drop a reggae rap in their platinum-selling "Stuck Like Glue." Now with a solo debut on the horizon (her That Girl CD is due in January, while the single of the same name is currently top 40 on the country charts), the Grammy-winning singer continues to test new musical ground.
So it's no surprise that Nettles, who is hosting the Spotify CMA party Nov. 3 with PEOPLE Country, has eclectic tastes when it comes to music listening as well. But, she says, with the birth of son Magnus last December, her quiet time for discovering new music and appreciating the luxury of listening are at a premium.
Originally posted 08/13/2013 10:00AM
They're on a roll!
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the 47th annual CMA Awards on Nov. 6 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
It will be the pair's sixth consecutive time co-hosting the event known as "Country Music's Biggest Night."
Fellow stars Little Big Town enthusiastically made the announcement during Monday night's broadcast of CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock. (Watch a clip below.)
Originally posted 08/12/2013 06:30PM
Country music is ready to rock!
For three hours tonight, country music fans can watch their favorite stars, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and more perform their biggest hits. Taped during the annual CMA Musical Festival in June, the TV special, hosted by Little Big Town, brings the best of country music to your living room.
Beyond the music, fans will get to see their favorite stars – Lady Antebellum vs. Little Big Town – goof off in a game of ping-pong as well get a peek at cooking with the Zac Brown Band.
Originally posted 08/11/2013 06:00PM
It's a country music tradition.
Hosted by Little Big Town – who hit up all the festival hot spots, from Zac Brown's tailgate to Lady Antebellum's Ping Pong tournament benefiting their LadyAID Fund – the annual CMA Music Festival sees 80,000 fans converge on Nashville in June and rock out to country music's biggest names: Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean, as well as the most-buzzed about newcomers, Kacey Musgraves and Brett Eldredge.
This year was no different.
Originally posted 06/05/2013 01:00PM
Country's finest are showing off a little skin – and a lot of charm.
"I hate looking at pictures of myself!" Tim McGraw insists. But one glimpse at the 46-year-old singer's ripped abs, which are featured in the new Hot Guys issue of PEOPLE Country, and we'll respectfully disagree.
Equally compelling eye candy? Fellow country stars Jake Owen, 31, and Kip Moore, 33, who also go shirtless in the new issue. But, as Owen explains, that buff beauty is more than skin deep.
Originally posted 05/28/2013 08:00AM
Sun-bleached straw hat? Check. Tanned toes digging into the sand of a Florida beach? Check. Cut-off T-shirt showing off those well-honed biceps? Check and, oh, yes, double check.
It's a look that's helped make Kenny Chesney country's favorite beach boy and win him a string of Entertainer of the Year trophies – and the title of People Country's Hottest Guy 2013.
But while the person staring out at the water this morning looks like the same fast-forward-living superstar who's been selling out stadiums and racking up hit singles for more than a decade, the singer admits he doesn't feel the same. And there's an intensity and thoughtfulness about him that hints at a man who wants to dig a little deeper.
Originally posted 01/14/2013 02:00PM
Mindy McCready is mourning the death of her "life partner," singer-songwriter David Wilson.
Wilson died at home in in Heber Springs, Ark., on Sunday evening of undisclosed causes.
The couple had been together for about two years. Wilson was the father of her 9-month-old son, Zayne. (McCready, 37, also has an older son, Zander, with country singer Billy McKnight.)
Originally posted 10/01/2012 10:55AM
Jason Aldean is apologizing to his fans after photographs of the country singer appeared online over the weekend.
Aldean – a married father of two – was photographed cozying up to season 11 American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr at The Den in West Hollywood on Wednesday night, TMZ reports.
The "My Kinda Party" singer, 35, who has been married to his high school sweetheart Jessica Ussery since 2001 and has two daughters Keeley, 9, and Kendyl, 5, issued an apology to his fans via Twitter on Sunday.
Originally posted 09/25/2012 11:20AM
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