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Country Strong Tune Receives Oscar Nomination

Fresh off its nationwide release a couple weeks back, Country Strong, starring Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow, continues to be a hit and this time, not just with country music fans. The song “Coming Home” which was penned by songwriters Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey and sung by Gwyneth in the movie has been given an Oscar nod in the Original Song category. “Coming Home” is up against “I See The Light” (Tangled), “If I Rise” (127 Hours) and “We Belong Together” (Toy Story 3) for the honor.

Other songs from Country Strong have proved to be popular with music fans and movie goers alike as well. The soundtrack is currently in the #2 spot on Billboard’s Top Country Album chart and #6 on the Billboard 200 for all genres respectively.

The 83rd annual Academy Awards airs Sunday, February 27th on ABC.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Dishes on Country Strong

As some of you know, I'm really looking forward to seeing Country Strong, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. Paltrow sings the title track from the album and performed it live at this years CMA Award Show.

So needless to say, I was excited to see that AOL's The Boot ( sat down in a Nashville studio with the Gwyneth Paltrow to talk about the movie and her challenges with playing Kelly. She also shares her thoughts about Music City's songwriting community, her new love and appreciation for country music and the artists who make it, as well as her obsession with the iconic Dolly Parton.

What made you want to take on the role of a country singer?

I was sent this script for 'Country Strong' when I was making 'Iron Man 2,' and I'm not a very good script reader. I'm not very responsive, I guess [laughs]. I've read so many bad scripts over the years that I stopped reading them at a certain point. But my friend Jenna was producing the movie, and she said, "You really should read this." So, I read it, and I got completely absorbed in the world, and it was such an amazing character. I knew nothing about country music. I was born in Los Angeles, and I grew up in New York City, and I wasn't really exposed to it. So, I was very daunted by the idea of taking it on, but I fell completely in love with the character and the world. So, I started doing research. I started with Hank [Williams] Sr. and Johnny Cash and just started educating myself. The amazing thing to me was I really fell in love with country music. I never expected that it would become a part of who I am. It was a completely unexpected side-effect of doing the movie. Now, I'll be having a party and my friends will be like, "What are we listening to?" And I'll say, "Miranda Lambert. Love it! It's the best thing in the world." I'm completely converted. The whole experience has been as surprising for me as it is for you.

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"Country Strong Singing Challenge" Kicks Off in Nashville

From the press release:

Sony Pictures/CMT, Host National Singing Challenge in Nashville!

What: To celebrate the opening of the new movie Country Strong, Sony Pictures, CMT and WSIX-FM are hosting the “Country Strong Singing Challenge” on Wednesday, December 1 @ 7:00 PM at The Stage.

Who: Contest is open to all singers, ages 18 and up. All contestants must perform a sixty second a cappella version of “Country Strong” or “Silver Wings.” Clips from the songs can be found at

When: Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Registration begins: 7:00 PM
Contest begins: 8:00 PM

Where: The Stage 412 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

Why: Nashville winner will receive $500 and qualify for the National Grand Prize - A meeting with a Sony Music Executive, a chance to record in the CMT studios and a spot on CMT.

How: For complete rules visit

To pre-register and reserve your audition spot ahead of time, email or call (404) 975-4200

Country Strong Synopsis:

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