Country star Rodney Atkins is lending his voice to a great cause, joining Miley Cyrus, Terrence Howard, Gabrielle Union and others to recognize local community heroes at this month’s first-ever American Giving Awards. Speaking exclusively with Celebrity Baby Scoop, the ‘Take a Back Road’ singer, who is dad to son Elijah and stepdad to girls Lindsey and Morgan, reflects on some of his favorite family moments and talks about the importance of giving back.
CBS: Can you give us some background on the American Giving Awards, Presented by Chase? We hear you’ll be performing! Why did you choose to become involved?
RA: “I am excited about it. One of the greatest things about this country is people helping people out. When we got the call that they would like me to be on the show we jumped at the chance to be involved in a big way with so many people and great organizations that are giving back and truly making a difference. The AGAs are the first ever celebrity tribute to local heroes where everyday Americans decide who wins the $1 million. It’s not too late to vote, check out the Chase Community Giving Facebook page to pick your favorite charity from the final 5.”
CBS: Are you active in any of the charities being recognized?
RA: “I have not been involved with the charities being recognized this year, but have worked hard to use whatever I can to help many charities. I have generally tried to focus my energies on Adoption/ Foster Care causes and helping the troops protecting us all. It doesn’t matter what the cause is though. It is important for people to find something they are passionate about and to give, their time, their energy, their money, anything. Just give back!”
CBS: You were born and raised in Tennessee; did growing up there inspire your country music career?
RA: “Absolutely. Growing up in east Tennessee is a big part of my music. The songs I sing all are rooted in being raised the way I was raised and where i was raised. To me I try to sing songs that reflect real life (or at least my version of it).”
CBS: Out of all your songs, including your latest, ‘Take a Back Road,’ do you have a favorite or one that has special meaning? If so, why?
RA: “I think that is like asking which is your favorite kid. It all depends on the day and how they are acting.”
CBS: How has parenting affected your career? Do you find inspiration from your kids?
RA: “Parenting has definitely affected my career. It changes the way you see the world. I find inspiration from being a father in everything I do. From the songs I record, to decisions made as far as when to tour and what things to do. It is really about trying to find balance in everything. Sometimes I do a better job than others.”
CBS: What are some of your favorite fatherhood moments or memories?
RA: “There are so many of them. I was such a baseball nut growing up, and now my son has picked it up. We went to the MLB Allstar game this summer. Watching the game that I grew up loving through his life is amazing.”
CBS: What’s up next for you?
RA: “Playing a lot of shows and keeping at it making music.”
Rodney will be performing at the American Giving Awards, which will air on NBC on December 10. You can cast a vote for the charity you’d like to see win the $1 million grand prize at the Chase Community Giving Facebook page.
Scarlett Johansson‘s precious time and polite smiles for sale! Get it while supplies last! In her quest to become the Mother Teresa of awkward stranger dates, Scarlett is currently auctioning off a chance to meet her at the Dec. 12 premiere of her upcoming movie We Built A Zoo, which Scarlett probably could then do with all the money she’s about to pull in. Instead, bidding on ScarJo’s time through Charitybuzz.com will benefit Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit that supplies food to disadvantaged kids. Obsess about Scarlett Johansson AND do something worthwhile with your life? And your mom said it couldn’t be done!
This isn’t the first time ScarJo has put her radiance up for auction, either. Back in October she suffered through a few hours of paralyzing small talk for a donation to the British charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer which totalled approximately $41,000. It’s sort of genius, actually. All Scarlett has to do is stand around while some goober stutters and drools next to her, then school children get fed. With the way economy’s been looking, dates with Scarlett Johansson are going to be America’s chief export and we’ll still be the richest nation in the world! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
Mama-of-four Victoria Beckham was spotted arriving at the the airport in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday (December 1) after attending the British Fashion Awards in London.
The style icon carefully covered her darling 4-month old daughter Harper with a warm blanket as she walked through the airport donning her signature frames, black long sleeved sweater, skinny pants and a pair of black heeled boots.
The posh singer – who is also mom to sons Brooklyn, 12, Romeo, 9, and Cruz, 6 – nabbed the prestigious Best Designer Brand award at the 2011 British Fashion Awards in London. Becoming a little emotional as she accepted the honor, she thanked her design team as well as “my parents, my kids and my husband. Without David I wouldn’t have had the courage to do what I am doing.”
The former Spice Girl took to Twitter on Monday and happily tweeted,
We won!! Thank u so much to my amazing VB team!!!! Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion awards! X VB”