Eric Church Releases Statement Following Rolling Stone Article Controversy
May 2, 2012 at 6:48 AM (PT)
EMI NASHVILLE artist ERIC CHURCH has released a statement following controversy after comments he made in a ROLLING STONE article about reality show talent searches. CHURCH was quoted as saying, “Honestly, if BLAKE SHELTON and CEE LO GREEN turn around in a red chair, you got a deal? That’s crazy. I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist.”
CHURCH responded to backlash after the article came out releasing a statement saying, “There are a lot of artists, due to their own perseverance, that have gone on to be successful after appearing on these shows, but the real obstacles come after the cameras stop rolling. Every artist has to follow up television appearances with dedication towards their craft, but these shows tend to gloss over that part and make it seem like you can be ordained into stardom. I have a problem with those perceived shortcuts, not just in the music industry. Many people have come to think they can just wake up and have things handed to them.”
CHURCH added that he has “a lot of respect” for what artists including CARRIE UNDERWOOD, KELLY CLARKSON and MIRANDA LAMBERT.
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