Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Scotty McCreery is everywhere this Christmas

Garner native Scotty McCreery will be spreading Christmas cheer over the next few weeks with several television appearances and performances in support of his gold-certified album "Christmas With Scotty McCreery."

The former "American Idol" winner will appear on NBC’s 15th annual "Christmas In Rockefeller Center," which airs at 8 tonight and also features Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Cee Lo Green and others.

And there's more McCreery where that came from. He'll also...

...make two appearances on ABC’s "Good Morning America," first on Dec. 11 and again on Dec. 24

...perform and host his own holiday special, "Christmas With Scotty McCreery & Friends," on GAC at 11 p.m. Saturday, with re-airings to follow.

...appear as a presenter on the American Country Awards, which airs live on Dec. 10 on Fox.

...appear on the CMA Country Christmas special, airing Dec. 20 on ABC.

...appear on the 10th annual “Hollywood Christmas Celebration At The Grove,” a nationally syndicated TV special airing nationally for the next six weeks (check local listings for show times).

"Christmas With Scotty McCreery," an 11-song collection featuring two original holiday tracks as well as classic favorites, is in stores now.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Jef Holm to launch People Water in Charlotte

It's been more than three months since Jef Holm's proposal to Emily Maynard went public on ABC's "The Bachelorette," and although the couple is no longer engaged, Holm is about to make headlines in Charlotte for something other than his love life.

The 28-year-old CEO of Utah-based bottled-water and social-activism company People Water will officially launch his brand at an event Thursday at The Baby Grocery Store in South Charlotte.

Holm is scheduled to be at the store's grand opening from noon to 2 p.m.; his appearance is open to the public.

People Water promotes safe drinking water in poor countries. After their engagement was revealed in July, Holm and Maynard traveled to Ghana, where they helped build wells as part of his company's efforts.

The Baby Grocery Store (billed as "a Whole Foods for babies and kids"), which is opening this week at 10225 Park Road, carries all-natural baby and kid products such as food, diapers, body care and kitchen equipment, and features a demo kitchen and living room for playgroups and baby showers. The store's focus on environmentally responsible products led them to select People Water as the only bottled water they will carry, according to a People Water spokesperson.

For more on People Water, click here. For more on The Baby Grocery Store, click here. Follow Holm on Twitter here.

Score passes to see Spielberg's 'Lincoln'!

The Charlotte Observer is giving away 40 “Admit Two” passes to a special advance screening Wednesday of the new film “Lincoln.” Steven Spielberg directs Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in the drama, which focuses on the 16th president’s tumultuous final months in office.

In a nation divided by war and the winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. Here's the trailer:

The special advance screening will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, with the location of the theater to be revealed when you pick up your passes. “Lincoln” will be released in Charlotte on Friday, Nov. 9.

How to get your free pass: Come to the security console in the main lobby of the Charlotte Observer building, 600 S. Tryon St., beginning at noon TODAY (Monday, Nov. 5). You may take just one “Admit Two” pass, while supplies last.

The film is rated PG-13. On the night of the screening, it is recommended to arrive early since seating is not guaranteed and on a first-come, first-served basis.

For details on the movie, visit