Madeleine O'Connell

Madeleine O’Connell

Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

Kane Brown; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM, Lauren Alaina Photo Courtesy NBC

Kane Brown Reveals The Personal Reason Why He Did Not Attend Lauren Alaina’s Wedding

Posted on February 20, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

Kane and Lauren have been friends since childhood, so why did he skip her wedding?

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Garth Brooks; Photo Courtesy Instagram, Friends In Low Places; Photo by Photo by Blue Rose, Inc.

Garth Brooks Announces Official Grand Opening Date For Friends In Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk

Posted on February 20, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

The superstar’s Nashville bar will soon celebrate its official grand opening.

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Luke Bryan, Lainey Wilson; Photos By ABC/Stewart Cook

Luke Bryan Admits American Idol ‘Doesn’t Always Get It Right’ After Lainey Wilson Was Rejected Seven Times

Posted on February 18, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

Bryan admits he was unaware that Wilson auditioned for the show.

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Clint Black, Lisa Hartman Black, Still Holding On_ The Legend of Cadillac Jack; Photos via Facebook

Remember When Clint Black And Lisa Hartman Black Starred In ‘Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack?’

Posted on February 17, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

Clint and Lisa can sing and act!

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The Real-Life Love Triangle That Inspired The Iconic Hit, ‘Suspicious Minds’

Posted on February 17, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

The song was made famous by Elvis and later recorded by artists such as Dwight Yoakam and Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. 

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Lorrie Morgan, Keith Whitley; Photos Courtesy Facebook

Lorrie Morgan Honors Late Husband Keith Whitley With Heartfelt Rendition Of ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’

Posted on February 17, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

Morgan says this is one of her “favorite Keith Whitley songs to sing.”

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Nate Smith Ties Morgan Wallen For Longest-Running No.1 of All Time

Posted on February 16, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

Smith’s “World On Fire” and Wallen’s “You Proof” dominated the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

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King Calaway; Photo by Andres Martinez

Country Band King Calaway Announces Breakup

Posted on February 16, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

“We hope to see you all again on the road ahead as we embark on separate pursuits,” the band shared.

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Lainey Wilson; Photo by Erick Frost

‘Country’s Cool Again’ By Lainey Wilson: Discover The Story And Meaning Behind The Song

Posted on February 16, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

Country is experiencing a comeback and Wilson is all for it.

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Triston Harper; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

Who Is Triston Harper? Meet The 15-Year-Old American Idol Contestant

Posted on February 16, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

Triston Harper wowed the judges during his audition for season 22.

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