NASHVILLE NEWS & NOTES – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017!

Season 12 of “The Voice” got underway last night with the first round of blind auditions!  Things got interesting when Blake Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani both turned for the same singer, a young singer from Texas named Stephanie Rice.  After both judges pleaded their cases, Stephanie eventually chose Gwen to be her coach!  Adam Levine and Alicia Keys are both back for another year.  The blind auditions continue tonight at 8pm on NBC.
Keep an eye out for Thomas Rhett the next time you’re at the grocery store!  Thomas — or at least his face will be on numerous items as part of this year’s Outnumber Hunger Campaign.  TR will be featured on the packaging of 60 General Mills brands that should start showing up at the supermarket tomorrow. When you enter the code on the box and your zip code at OutnumberHunger.com, the Feeding America organization will give five meals to your local food bank.  In years past, both Reba McEntire and Jennifer Nettles have been featured in the annual effort helped by Big Machine. So, far, the effort has provided 45 million meals over six years of service.
Martina McBride performs with rock legend John Mellencamp Tuesday on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. They’ll perform John’s new single, “Grandview,” from his new album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, which comes out April 21.