October 22, 2007 12:03 AM by Joe Blackmon
Nashville hitmaker and Muzik Mafia member John Rich, of the hit country
duo Big & Rich, will host a new CMT reality TV series called Gone
Country. Gone Country is a six episode series and will premiere in
Gone Country takes seven established performers from every realm of the entertainment and music industries and immerses them in all things country for a chance to break out as the next big country superstar. Production on the series is currently underway in Nashville, Tennessee.
The series cast includes Bobby Brown – R&B singer, former member of New Edition, Carnie Wilson – singer/songwriter, former member of Wilson Phillips and author, Dee Snider – radio personality, lead singer Twisted Sister, Diana DeGarmo – recording artist, Broadway actor and American Idol finalist, 2004, Julio Iglesias Jr – pop singer, Maureen McCormick – singer/actor, “The Brady Bunch,” Sisqo – R&B singer, former member of the group Dru Hill.
These seven musical celebrities will move into a Nashville mansion together to embark on a two-week adventure, hosted by singer/songwriter John Rich. Each celebrity will be paired up with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters in an attempt to prepare them for a career in country music.
In each episode, the cast competes against each other in challenges that will test them musically and physically to adapt to a country music lifestyle, both on and off the stage. At the end of the two weeks, the artist that is most prepared to impress a country audience, as determined by Rich, will record and release a song.
Gone Country is executive produced by David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe of Renegade 83 Productions. Marc Oswald serves as executive producer. Melanie Moreau and Bob Kusbit serve as executive producers for CMT.