Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, Breland and More Weigh in On Roe V. Wade Decision

A shock wave rippled through the nation on Friday when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, which returned the power to determine abortion laws to individual state legislatures. The ruling is expected to impact half of the United States. President Biden called it “a sad day for the country.”

Over the last few days, some of country music’s biggest stars have been much less circumspect in sharing their opinions. Artists including Taylor Swift, Natalie Maines and Maren Morris have weighed in as have Breland, Jason Isbell and Restless Heart’s Larry Stewart.

Here’s what they said:

The Chicks’ Natalie Maines added her voice to the growing chorus of country singers expressing their opinions on the overturning of Roe v Wade on Sunday. Never one to mince words, she didn’t hold back this time, either.

According to iHeart Media, she had some choice words for the supreme court and then added, “You do what you want to do with your body, I’ll do what I want to do with my body … we’ll call it a day.”

Cassadee Pope shares the sentiment and called the reversal “sickening.”

Apple Music radio host Nada wondered where country music’s men are on the issue.

“The silence from the men in country music — besides a small, select few — about what happened today is heard loud and clear. #RowVWade” she wrote.

Maren Morris replied: Guess we’re just here to raise your babies to not grow up to be cowboys.

Brandi Carlile garnered support from the country community when she shared her belief that the people she has met touring America, do not support overturning Roe v Wade.

“I have spent the last 20 years of my life traveling to every state, city and every corner of the American landscape. From Alabama to Georgia, Texas to Tennessee, from New York to California, I have sung songs of hope, inclusivity and love to audiences reflecting those sentiments right back at me by singing along to every word,” she wrote.

“The harrowing and unprecedented decision made by SCOTUS today does not represent the heart and soul of the faces I see everyday in America. The politics and policies don’t match the people. We outnumber the oppressors and we are unstoppable when we realize that and vote as a revolutionary body.”

Prolific hit songwriter Shane McAnally and Little Big Town singer Karen Fairchild shared their support. Fairchild posted a series of clapping hand emojis, and McAnally wrote, “This. Can. Be. Undone.”

Taylor Swift shared Michelle Obama’s tweet and wrote: “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.”

Following the announcement, Maro Price tweeted, “Riot girl summer.” The she retweeted a tweet from Tennessee State Representative Gloria Johnson explaining that Tennessee has harsher anti-abortion laws than the Taliban.

Breland isn’t afraid to share his opinions on the hot button topic.

“I believe this Supreme Court ruling requires both men and women to use their platforms to speak out,” he wrote on social media. “This is a civil rights issue, and all signs point toward this decision being the beginning of a set of similar rulings that could also affect the rights of many other communities of Americans.”

He later tweeted: “I would rather go broke doing the right thing than make a fortune being silently complicit in the wrong thing.”

Allison Russell shared concern that contraception and LGBT rights were next on the court’s agenda of rights to abolish.
“They have already declared that they’re coming for same sex intimacy and marriage and the access to contraception next,” she wrote. “I feel sick. I feel scared. I feel determined to RESIST. This is not my Dream of America. Is it yours?”

Jason Isbell added: “If you’re gonna talk about how divided we are as a nation, you’ll want to mention SCOTUS decisions like this one, handing power to state reps in crazy-ass gerrymandered districts and completely ignoring the will of the majority of US citizens. This is not what the people want.”

Larry Stewart of Restless Heart was one of few country singers who voiced his support of the decision.

Stewart wrote on Facebook: “SCOTUS / ROE.. well my fellow patriots and FB acquaintances.. get ready! It’s coming..” he wrote. “Violence is quite possibly on the way. Because that’s what the evil enemy does when they don’t get their way. And we all know exactly who the enemy is. God keep us all safe. Prepare for some tough going and pray that these justices, our families and our communities are protected. #GodBlessAmerica”

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Pics: Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman Celebrate Wedding Anniversary

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman celebrated a loved-up milestone over the weekend – their 16th wedding anniversary.

The pair were married June 25, 2006, a Sunday night, in a candlelit wedding ceremony at Sydney, Australia’s Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel on St. Patrick’s Estate at Manly. The guest list included included Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and Rupert Murdoch. Kidman’s father walked her down the aisle to the front of the church where she was joined by her sister, Antonia, who was her maid of honor, and daughter Isabella, 13, who was her bridesmaid.

At the time, a wedding guest told People that Kidman cried all the way to the church in the car and throughout the ceremony, having to wipe her eyes under her veil.

“It was the most emotional and beautiful ceremony,” the guest said. “Nicole looked ethereal with her veil floating, like a vision in white. … Keith cried when he looked at her. It was so intense. When her veil was lifted, he moved right in and he grabbed her and kissed her. It was a long, passionate kiss. (Then) everything went from being quiet and elegant and intense to really loud, like we were suddenly at a soccer game.”

Kidman and Urban shared photo tributes to each other on their anniversary, Kidman remembers her wedding day fondly. She posted a picture from the ceremony of the couple lighting candles.

“Sweet XVI ❤️ Remember this like it was yesterday. Forever 🕯❤️” she wrote.

Urban posted a recent picture of the couple smiling wearing sunglasses.

“HAPPY SWEET 16 BABY,” he wrote.
Xxxxx

Kidman spent a lot of time on tour with Urban early in their relationship and it seems like the actress is getting reacquainted with road life. Urban recently launched his The Speed of Now World Tour and Kidman is enthusiastically pictures of the experience on her social media accounts.

The tour is Urban’s first in nearly four years. He admitted he was a little bit nervous before opening the U.S. leg of the journey.

“We made it!” Urban said a few minutes after taking the stage. “I’ve never been more excited to see so many people in one place!”

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CMT Premiere: Curt Chambers Debuts “Say My Name,” A Tribute Track To His Mother

Like many individuals, Grammy Award winner Curt Chambers wants to make his parents proud. The genre-bending musician, known for his impressive fusions of country, rock, gospel, and hip hop – released “Say My Name,” a tribute track dedicated to his mother, Sharon.

The Philadelphia native penned the vulnerable single alongside multi-platinum artist Chris Young and Christian Davis Stalnecker. Chambers left his heart and soul on the writing table, as he dug deep to convey a personal story about his childhood. While plucking away at his acoustic guitar and displaying his infectious vocals, Chambers recalls his disruptive adolescent behavior.

The razor-sharp lyrics that describe Chambers’ growth as a man, are destined to spark a chill down listeners’ spines. The seasoned singer-songwriter explains that he would like to hear his mother use his full name in a better light than in the past.

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“Always getting in trouble at school|I always needed a talking too | Said I was good at being bad | I was trying to find what I was good at,” he sings before breaking into the chilling chorus. “Got a little bit wiser | Got a little bit older | I know you’ve been praying and it’s time that I told you | I wanna change, the way you say my name,” he belted with emotion.

The cross-country artist placed his producer hat on to bring his coming-of-age narrative to life. Chambers told CMT that the music video for “Say My Name” quickly turned into a family affair, when he called in his nephew to play his younger self. Throughout the state-of-the-art clip, Chambers recalls specific moments during his upbringing.

“I loved watching my nephew be the younger version of myself. He did a great job,” he explained about the flashback scenes.

While transporting fans back in time and displaying his unruly actions, Chambers sings about experiences that turned him into the person he is today. Chambers says that the snippets stitched together are a realistic representation of his life.

“It is my life. I wrote this song for my mother to show her that I have come far from that little boy who was my Mom’s version of Dennis the Menace,” he declared. “It was a personal song, and it just made me happy and grateful for my progress in life and everyone who has supported me.”

Chambers hopes fans feel a sense of nostalgia when they watch the video for the first time or it encourages them to thank the significant people in their lives.

“I hope they go back and appreciate the love they had from their parents and community,” he concluded.

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