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Jewel to Offer New Wellness Experience Platform

The Wellness Experience by Kroger and Jewel will launch with a World Mental Health Day Summit & Concert on October 10, featuring artists, business leaders, and mental health experts for a day of inspiration, education, and entertainment. The free live-stream event will shine a light on mindfulness and mental wellness and practices to combat depression and anxiety through personal stories, songs and expert interviews and provide viewers with actionable steps to improve their well-being.

Since 2018, Kroger, Jewel and Inclusion Companies have partnered to create physical, emotional and mental wellness events. The Wellness Experience platform expands the partnership with monthly digital events and healthy-living resources.

“We launched The Wellness Experience to inspire everyone to live healthier lives. The goal is to provide easy steps and solutions that combine health, wellness and nutrition and connect with our customers on a personal level,” said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health. “The platform also provides Kroger Health with an additional way to highlight the helpful and accessible products, services and resources we offer to support our customers’ well-being.”

The Summit & Concert will be co-hosted by Jewel and Frankie Grande and feature appearances from:

Jewel, Multi-platinum Singer-Songwriter, Actress, Bestselling Author and Co-Founder of The Wellness Experience
Rodney McMullen, Chairman and CEO, The Kroger Co.
Dr. Marc Watkins, Chief Medical Officer, The Kroger Co.
Frankie Grande, Actor, Influencer, Philanthropist
Beth Behrs, Actress and Writer, Host and Executive Producer of Harmonics Podcast
HAIM, American Rock Band
Willie Jones, Country and Hip-Hop Artist, Host of Apple Music’s Crossroads Radio
Brynn Elliot, Singer-Songwriter
Grace VanderWaal, Singer-Songwriter
X Ambassadors, Rock Band
Judah & the Lion, Alt-Folk Trio
Nicholas Petricca, WALK THE MOON Band
Justin Kan, Co-Founder of Twitch, Entrepreneur and Investor
Molly Bloom, Entrepreneur, Author and Subject of the Academy Award-Nominated Film “Molly’s Game”
Dr. Blaise Aguirre, Expert in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School Affiliate McLean Hospital
Dr. Judson Brewer, Addiction Psychiatrist, Expert in Mindfulness Training for Habit Change, Treating Addictions and Unwanted Behaviors
“We recognize that many are combating the silent symptoms of COVID 19 – anxiety, depression, and isolation – in addition to their physical health,” said Jewel. “We know that mental wellness is critical right now, and I’m thrilled to partner with Kroger to safely connect with people across the U.S. to provide tools and resources for mental wellness during these uncertain times.”

The event will also raise funds to support the Inspiring Children Foundation (ICF) and its COVID-19 mental health programs. ICF is a Las Vegas-based non-profit that aims to revolutionize youth development by providing an ideal model of education in underserved communities. For 18 years, ICF has helped at-risk youth suffering with financial distress, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation survive then thrive at their highest levels.


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Martina McBride Teams Up to Spotlight Regenerative Farming

Country Crock has announced a new collaboration with award-winning Country Music icon and cookbook author Martina McBride to spotlight the brand’s new sustainability initiative – The Cover Crops Project – aimed to help Kansas-area farmers improve soil health on their farms, one of the key benefits of regenerative farming.

“I’m a Kansas native who was raised on a farm and a mom who loves to cook, so I’m passionate about healthier eating, bringing people together around good food, and creating a more sustainable future. That’s why I’m excited to team up with Country Crock to share more about The Cover Crops Project,” said McBride. “The foods we eat are made from crops that are grown by hard-working farmers who make decisions every day about what to grow, when to plant, and how to protect their farms’ soil. More people should know how practices like cover crops help improve the soil underpinning our food supply, which in turn will enable families to enjoy products like Country Crock for generations to come.”

Through a recently announced partnership with No-till on the Plains, The Cover Crops Project encourages farmers to integrate cover crops into their farming practices by providing education, technical assistance and funding to defray related costs. The project kicked-off today, September 22, with a goal of enrolling 13,000 acres of cover crops in eastern Kansas and western Missouri on soybean fields that have not been previously planted with a cover crop.


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Norah Jones, Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt and Many More Slated for Farm Aid 2020

Nine-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones will support Farm Aid during its annual music festival on Saturday, September 26, the organization announced today. Farm Aid will mark its 35th anniversary with a virtual at-home festival experience.

“I love the work Farm Aid does, and I think it’s so important to support local and family farms,” said Jones after joining the stellar Farm Aid 2020 On the Road lineup.

Jones is a loyal supporter of Farm Aid. She first played on the Farm Aid stage 10 years ago at Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2015, she was the headliner for An Evening with Farm Aid, an intimate fundraising event in New York City. This week, she joins the star-studded Farm Aid 2020 On the Road lineup featuring Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, as well as Black Pumas, Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Edie Brickell with Charlie Sexton, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Jon Batiste, Kelsey Waldon, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Particle Kid, The Record Company, Valerie June, and The War And Treaty.

Additionally, Farm Aid announced that this year’s at-home virtual experience will air on FarmAid.org and AXS TV.


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Render Sisters Return with New Single

Sisters and best friends Mary-Keaton (16) and Stella (14) Render, an emerging pop-country duo from Arkansas suitably named Render Sisters, are set to release their harmonious second single “Count On Me Count On You” on Friday, September 18. The new song celebrates their special bond of sisterhood, and the connection they have with each other.

“This song is very special to us since it reflects on our relationship as sisters and the friendship we share with each other,” said Mary-Keaton. Stella agreed, saying, “Not only is this the first song we wrote together, it was the easiest song we have ever written because it is about our bond as sisters.”

“Count On Me Count On You” was co-written with accomplished Nashville songwriter Britton Cameron (Don Williams, Jon Pardi, Lonestar) who’s been working with these young songstresses on developing their life’s stories into beautiful melodic harmonies.

Render Sisters joined PCG Artist Development’s Emerging Artist Development program in 2019, a nationally recognized performing arts development firm led by accomplished music executive Bernard Porter. Additionally, Mary-Keaton and Stella continue to be mentored by country music icon Pam Tillis, who co-directed their first video “Lost Boy,” along with overseeing the styling for both videos.

“The moment I met the Render Sisters I could sense their maturity,” Pam Tillis recalled. “My unexpected moment came when I heard them sing ‘Lost Boy’ and how easy they made it all sound. It was an intriguing melody that caught me off guard, with Everly-esque harmonies and simple but haunting lyrics. These gems in the rough from rural Arkansas don’t need much polishing, just more opportunities to do what comes naturally.”


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Check Out Your Winners for the 2020 ACMAs

On Wednesday, September 16th, the Academy of Country Music Awards aired live bringing together the biggest names in country music.

From the empty Grand Ole Opry, Keith Urban hosted the spirited show despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The event featured performances form all of your faves; from Carried Underwood, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church.

Check out your full list of winners for the evening below:

DUO OF THE YEAR
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay *WINNER
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion *WINNER
The Highwomen

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Lindsay Ell
Caylee Hammack
Tenille Townes *WINNER

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jordan Davis
Russell Dickerson
Riley Green *WINNER
Cody Johnson
Morgan Wallen

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Center Point Road — Thomas Rhett
GIRL — Maren Morris
Heartache Medication — Jon Pardi
What You See Is What You Get — Luke Combs *WINNER
Wildcard — Miranda Lambert

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
“God’s Country” — Blake Shelton *WINNER
“One Man Band” — Old Dominion
“Rainbow” — Kacey Musgraves
“Rumor” — Lee Brice
“What If I Never Get Over You” — Lady A

SONG OF THE YEAR
“10,000 Hours” — Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” — Ashley McBryde
“God’s Country” — Blake Shelton
“One Man Band” — Old Dominion *WINNER
“Some of It” — Eric Church

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“10,000 Hours” — Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber
“God’s Country” — Blake Shelton
“One Man Band” — Old Dominion
“Remember You Young” — Thomas Rhett *WINNER
“Sugar Coat” — Little Big Town

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Ashley Gorley
Michael Hardy
Hillary Lindsey *WINNER
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett *WINNER
Carrie Underwood *WINNER

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris *WINNER
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs *WINNER
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR
10,000 Hours — Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber
Dive Bar — Garth Brooks Featuring Blake Shelton
Fooled Around and Fell in Love — Miranda Lambert Featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King *WINNER
Old Town Road — Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus


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