By Dianne Lively Yost
Trisha Yearwood, one of the highest-selling female artists in country music, two-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author and Georgia native, was in Madison last week filming an episode of TLC Network’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” at The James Madison Inn.
TLC spokesman Dustin Smith confirmed the local star’s visit to Madison via email. TLC has ordered eight new hour-long episodes of the Emmy-nominated reality series “Who Do You Think You Are?” which reveals the hidden backstories of today’s biggest celebrities. Smith also said the show’s executive producer is Lisa Kudrow, however, she did not attend the Madison filming session.
According to James Madison Inn Manager Jake Grant, TLC filmed part of the segment at the inn, and he said Trisha spoke “very highly of The James Madison Inn and Madison.”
While Smith could not confirm the air date of the Trisha Yearwood episode, he said the show is set to premiere July 23. Celebrities such as Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel and Chris O’Donnell have also signed up for the emotional journey that discovers “amazing details about their family tree’s deep roots,” according to a press statement.
Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, teamed up with TLC as a sponsor of the upcoming season. As part of the show’s sponsorship, Ancestry.com provides exhaustive family history on each featured celebrity.
Since her 1991 debut, Yearwood, who hails from Monticello, has recorded 12 albums. A three-time Grammy Award winner, The Grand Old Opry member also is a three-time Country Music Award winner and a two-time Academy of Country Music Award winner. She was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Yearwood is married to country music legend Garth Brooks.