Bowen recalls classic TV comedy that was appointment viewing for future actress and her grandmother.
In five seasons on the musical drama Nashville, Australian-born singer-actress Clare Bowen has forged friendships with a cast and crew that have become like a second family. Bowen – who recently debuted the video for “Love Steps In,” a powerful tribute to her brother Timothy’s cancer battle – celebrates family and friendship of another kind with a joyous acoustic rendition of “Thank You for Being a Friend,” the theme song of the long-running hit NBC comedy The Golden Girls.
To celebrate The Golden Girls’ streaming debut on Hulu, Bowen, dressed in gold (with makeup to match) and accompanied by her fiancé Brandon Robert Young on acoustic guitar, offers a sweet, lively version of the song, which was penned by the late Andrew Gold, who scored a Top 30 pop hit with it in 1978. Seven years later, as performed by jingle singer Cindy Fee, the theme song opened the series that would span 180 episodes, winning 11 Emmy awards in its run from 1985 to 1992. All four stars of the show, Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan and Betty White, earned Emmys for their roles. Bowen’s special memories of the series – and the song – are associated with one family member in particular.
“My Grandma Shirley and I used to rug up on the couch and watch together after dinner, laughing ourselves silly,” Bowen tells Rolling Stone Country. “The Golden Girls is such a special concept. These amazing women are telling stories about the life no one gets warned about – the life that happens after spouses and children and jobs and ‘ladylike’ has gone out the window. All I have to do is think about that iconic opening song, and I’m back on the couch with my beautiful grandmother.”
All seven seasons of The Golden Girls are available on Hulu beginning today. New episodes of Nashville air Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET on CMT, and are available on Hulu the following day.
Michael Franti, Rooney, Clare Bowen, Josh Kelley and Andy Shauf are among the performers who will take the stage at the ASCAP Music Café during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. In its 19th year, the Music Café features singer/songwriters performing daily from Jan. 20-27 courtesy of the leading performing rights and music advocacy organization.
The Sundance ASCAP Music Café, located in the Rich Haines Gallery on Main Street in Park City, Utah, will be open to all festival credential holders (21+), with performances beginning at 2 p.m. daily. Also performing during the event will be Peter Bradley Adams, Wilder Adkins, The Album Leaf, Zac Clark, Lee DeWyze, Fantastic Negrito, Brent Falyaz, Jim and Sam, Niia, SadGirl, R.LUM.R, Jack Savoretti, Antonique Smith, Southern Avenue, Nakhane Touré, Ernst Reijseger and Marion Williams.
This year will also mark the return of the Bluebird Café Series on Jan. 25-26, which will include award-winning songwriters JT Harding (Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney), Rivers Rutherford (Chesney, Tim McGraw) and on-the-rise singer Brett Young.
”For 19 years, ASCAP and Sundance Institute have shared a unique,enduring vision dedicated to the discovery, development and support of great art and the artists who create it,” said ASCAP Assistant Vice President and Sundance ASCAP Music Café producer Loretta Muñoz in a statement. “The Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe honors that vision by highlighting some of our incredibly talented ASCAP members while celebrating music’s essential role in the art of filmmaking. The Music Café continues to be a highlight of our year. We welcome Sundance Film Festival filmmakers and festival-goers to stop by, experience and discover.”
I’ve added some lovely new HQ photos of Clare from her performance yesterday and the promotional images she did for it. She looked amazing and sparkly as always! Big thanks to my friends AliKat and Samantha for these lovely photos.
I’ve added screencaps of Clare from the Skyville Live Stream Nashville Concert Clare did last night with a big portion of the Nashville cast and other special guests. It was a great show. Clare performed a song called I’m Still Here that will be on her album for the first time. What a treat!
I’ve added a bunch of missing photos to the gallery from Clare’s recent events and from her Australian tour last month. Enjoy!
• 2016 Pandora Country Event
• Live Performance: 06/07/16 – Pandora Country Event (Stills)
• Live Performance: 06/10/16 – CMA Festival Day 2 (Stills)
• Live Performance: 05/28/16 – Clare Bowen Oz Tour: Sydney (Stills) – Thanks to Mouza
• Live Performance: 05/26/16 – Clare Bowen Oz Tour: Sydney (Stills)
• 2016 – 06/07: Pandora Country Event – Clare Interviews Stars: Caps
Clare was on a morning show in Sydney Australia today called The Morning Show. I’ve added a video and screencaps from her interview and live performance. Enjoy!
• 2016: 05/27 The Morning Show Interview – Sydney, Australia
Every year, the Hollywood Beauty Awards honor rising stars in Film, TV & Music who exude beauty and grace, inside and out. We are thrilled to announce the 2016 New Beauty Award recipients:
Clare Bowen (ABC’s “Nashville”), Chaley Rose (“Nashville,” Filthy Preppy Teens), Sofia Reyes (Hit Mexican recording artist).
What a beautiful and well deserved honor for Clare to be recognized by the Hollywood Beauty Awards for her inner and outer beauty. She’s a beautiful soul with a massive heart and her inner beauty just beams on the outside. I’ve added photos of her at the event as well as recent appearances and live performances. Check them out below.
• 2016 Hollywood Beauty Awards
• 2016 Hollywood Beauty Awards – Stills
• 2016 Nashville For Africa Concert Benefiting The African Children’s Choir
• Live Performance: 02/15/16 – Nashville For Africa Concert Benefiting The African Children’s Choir (Stills)
• 2016 NHL All-Star Fan Fair – Day 3
• Live Performance: 01/30/16 – NHL All-Star Fan Fair (Stills)
I’ve added a bunch of missing episode stills from this week’s episode to the gallery. I’ve also added stills of Clare’s live performance yesterday in Morristown, NJ. Our favorite little Pixie seemed to be having a great time on stage with Charles Esten (Deacon on Nashville). Enjoy the photos.
Clare performed a couple of days ago at the CMA Country Christmas Special. She sang “Santa Baby.” I’ve added stills from this performance. This special will air on December 1st 8/7c on ABC. You can see the website here. So mark it on your DVRS. I’ve also added more photos from Clare at the CMAs this week as well as updated some photos to larger versions.
• Live Performance: 11/07/14 – CMA Christmas (Stills)
• 2014 CMA Awards – additions