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Lady Antebellum, Peter Frampton, Bobby Bones, Brandon Ray And More Help To Raise Record # For Musicians On Call

Lady Antebellum, Bobby Bones, Charles Esten, Peter Frampton, Brandon Ray, The Railers, Filmore and Chuck Wicks join Musicians On Call for special celebration of Nashville programs

NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 26: Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum perform at Musicians On Call 10th Anniversary In Nashville With Lady Antebellum at City Winery Nashville on October 26, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Musicians On Call)

Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, hosted an exclusive sold-out concert event at City Winery on October 26th to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its music programs in Nashville. The event was presented by National Geographic, who has teamed up with MOC to specifically support its Bedside Performance Programs that serve Veterans across the country. The sold-out crowd were treated to a star-studded lineup featuring a headlining performance by seven-time Grammy award winning group Lady Antebellum and performances from Charles Esten, Brandon Ray, The Railers, Filmore, and Chuck Wicks, plus a special appearance by Peter Frampton. The night was hosted by iHeartMedia’s Nationally-Syndicated On-Air Personality and MOC Board Member Bobby Bones and will focused on celebrating how MOC uses music to spread joy and healing.

The night featured special spotlight on Musicians On Call’s recent trip to Las Vegas, where they brought Nashville musicians to deliver the healing power of music to patients, families, and caregivers affected by the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. In a heartfelt tribute, Filmore, The Railers, and Charles Esten revisited their experiences performing for caregivers and patients and performed for the audience the songs they played in Las Vegas. Check out the behind the scenes footage here.

“Our 10th Anniversary was not only a celebration of a milestone, but an opportunity to thank all of our amazing volunteers, supporters and partners that helped us get there,” said Pete Griffin, Musicians On Call President. “The fact that we raised over $260,000 to support our programs is a testament to how much this Nashville community believes in the healing power of music.”

In addition, Pete Griffin presented Executive Vice President, Katy Epley, with a commemorative RIAA plaque in appreciation for her ten-year commitment to the organization.

The Musicians On Call Nashville 10th Anniversary was made possible through the support of sponsors: Hilton, City National Bank, Jobu Presents, Warner Music Nashville, Onsite Workshops, Provident Financial Management, Grand Ole Opry, MusiCares, UMG Nashville, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, RIAA, Red Light Management, John Roberts, Cathy Sullivan and Susan Mufson.

The Nashville community can continue to show their support by purchasing this limited edition t-shirt, available here. Musicians On Call also encourages volunteers and supporters to share their stories of their favorite moment bringing music to hospitals and tell others why volunteering is the #MostImportantGig in Nashville.

To learn more about Musicians On Call’s Nashville Celebration, visit www.musiciansoncall.org/nash10th.

About Musicians On Call (MOC)

Musicians On Call (MOC) was founded in 1999 with the mission of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities ranging from children’s hospitals to adult facilities, VA hospitals and hospices. To date, its volunteers have played for over 600,000 patients, families and caregivers across the country. By delivering live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds, they add a dose of joy to life in a healthcare facility. MOC supporters over the years include Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Reba, Gavin DeGraw, Darius Rucker, Pharrell, Amos Lee, Nick Jonas, Rachel Platten and many more. For more information, visit www.musiciansoncall.org.

About Warner Music Nashville

Warner Music Nashville was created in 2009 with the goal of expanding the presence of WMG and its family of labels has had in the Nashville music community for more than 60 years. Under the leadership of Chairman & CEO, John Esposito, the division is home to Warner Bros. Nashville, Atlantic Nashville, Elektra Nashville and the LoudMouth comedy label.

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Dolly Parton Visits Monroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Today, Parton Teams With Pandora To Present Special Facebook LIVE At 3 PM CT

Global superstar Dolly Parton, whose first children’s album I Believe In You releases today on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville, could have been anywhere on the day her album releases, but she wanted to be in Nashville with kids and their families at Monroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Parton’s niece Hannah Dennison, daughter of her sister Rachel and longtime band member Richard Dennison, spent years battling leukemia at Vanderbilt. Today she is a healthy young woman, and Dolly and family are bringing that story of hope to those children currently in the hospital.
Two of the songs on I Believe In You, “Chemo Hero” and “Brave Little Soldier,” were specifically written for Hannah to help her through her health struggles.

During her visit today, Dolly surprised the doctors and children by announcing she will make a $1 million donation to Monroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
To shine a light on the great work the Hospital does and to give the children a chance to ask questions, Parton is teaming with Pandora—the world’s most powerful music discovery platform—for a very special Facebook LIVE event, broadcasting from Seacrest Studios at Vanderbilt. Pandora’s Beville Dunkerley will co-host the Facebook LIVE broadcast with Seacrest Studios’ Mamie Shepherd at 3 PM CT today. 
Pandora is supporting the release of I Believe In You and the Facebook LIVE event with special tune-in liners airing across all Country and Children’s channels on the platform.

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Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach #1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records – which includes sales of her 2016 chart-topping disc Pure & Simple, her first number one album on the Billboard Country Album charts in twenty-five years. She has garnered eight Grammy Awards – including a 2017 win with Pentatonix in the Country Duo/Group Performance category for their collaboration on her iconic 1973 hit “Jolene” – 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. In 1999 Parton was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and became a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. Broadcast Music Inc. honored Parton with their Icon Award in 2003, and in 2004 the U.S. Library of Congress presented her with their Living Legend Award for her contribution to the cultural heritage of the United States. This was followed in 2005 with the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given by the U.S. government for excellence in the arts. The honors keep coming. The 2016 made for television movie, Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love is nominated in the “Television Movie” category for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards. The film also won in the TV and Cable category at the 68th Annual Christopher Awards, which also includes the Movieguide Epiphany Prize for Television. The film served as the follow-up to her highly rated 2015 film Coat Of Many Colors, also broadcast on NBC, which won the Academy of Country Music’s Tex Ritter Award. In 2017, Dolly will release “I Believe In You,” a collection of children’s songs on Dolly Records through her partnership with Sony Music Nashville.



Founded in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that has, to date, mailed more than 100 million books to children in Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Each month, the program currently mails more than one million specially selected, high-quality, age-appropriate books to registered children from birth until they start Kindergarten in participating communities. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading in children, preparing them for school and inspiring them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.



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Randy Houser & Friends Shine At The Annual Grover Benefit Concert

The Grove Manor

Just outside of Franklin, sits the beautiful gated community called The Grove in College Grove, Tennessee.  This was the site of the annual Grover Benefit Concert last Sunday night, September 24th, at the Grove Manor.

Many residents from this gorgeous residential community attended along with supporters of the charity on the balmy fall evening to enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and the concert while participating in the silent action that included an autographed guitar from Carrie Underwood, signed Mike Fisher hockey stick, signed Vince Gill lyrics, and much more.  All net proceeds raised were donated to Agape Animal Rescue, Williamson County Animal Center, and The First Tee.

The concert took place outside on the lawn of the Grove Manor in front of the pond among soft candlelight sprinkling the beautifully-manicured grounds close to the tastefully-decorated stage that had been set up for the event.  Beginning with a great acoustic set by hit songwriters, Neil Thrasher and Kelley Lovelace, featuring some of their hits made famous by Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, and Randy Houser.  Followed by a fantastic full band performance by Randy Houser, whose vocals are strong as ever and he interacted comfortably with the crowd throughout his set.  Following his performance Steve Cropper, Lee Brice, and Jamey Johnston joined the fun by closing out the night to the delight of the crowd.

Such a wonderful and successful evening for a good cause! We appreciate being invited to enjoy this incredible annual event that was followed the next day by a golf tournament to raise funds for Agape Animal Rescue.

Back of Grove Manor

About Agape Animal Rescue

At Agape, we have seen it all when it comes to man’s best friend.  But despite the misfortunes these animals have endured, our commitment to them remains steadfastly clear: to provide loving, emotionally stable, nurturing foster care for them while they wait for their forever homes, for their forever families.

Through no fault of their own, our dogs found themselves in homeless situations. We are dedicated to making a positive difference in these dogs’ lives from the moment they enter our foster program.  Our goal is to help these animals in every way we can…emotionally, socially, physically…so that the transition onto their forever homes will be as smooth as possible. We strive to teach our dogs basic obedience skills, including proper leash manners and friendly house manners. And we strive to match our dogs with the best family possible, working through as many applications as necessary to find a home that offers the dog the most fulfilling, enriched life.

On behalf of all the dogs waiting for a forever family, we thank you for your interest in improving the lives of these deserving animals.

About Williamson County Animal Center

The Williamson County Animal Center is a public open-intake shelter serving the citizens of Williamson County, Tennessee. The shelter is a county tax-funded agency caring for domestic animals, and enjoys the distinction of being a second place winner in the 2014 ASCPA Rachael Ray Challenge.

About The First Tee

The First Tee is a youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after-school and in-school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference.

About The Grove

Located minutes from historic Franklin, Tennessee, The Grove is a 1,100-acre, private, gated community offering a distinctive club resort lifestyle, complete with Williamson County’s only Greg Norman Signature Golf Course and the most comprehensive amenity and recreation package of any community in the region.

The Grove features luxury, artisan-built, estate homes that have been created from a rich, thoughtful palette of classic architectural styles, each with defined characteristics and signature elements. The Grove an impressive landscape dotted with streams, old farmlands and rolling, wooded hills. Homes from the low $700,000’s to over $2 million and Homesite pricing starting at $165,000.

For more about The Grove, go to: https://groveliving.com


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Country Artists Lee Roy Parnell And Baillie & the Boys To Perform In Honor Of Veterans And Nurses

Healing Hands Helping Heroes is set to honor Veterans and nurses for a third year on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at City Winery in Nashville, TN.  Grammy Award nominee Lee Roy Parnell and country duo Baillie & the Boys will serve as special musical guests.  The third annual event entitled Healing Hands Helping Heroes benefits REBOOT Combat Recovery and AORN Middle Tennessee Chapter.
Lee Roy Parnell
The event kicks off PeriOperative Nurses Week (Nov. 5 – 11) and Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11) with a unique night of music and entertainment that includes cocktails at 6:00 p.m., dinner buffet and program at 7:00 p.m. and special entertainment by Lee Roy Parnell and Baillie and the Boys to follow at 8:00 p.m.  The 2017 Nurse of the Year Award recipient will also be announced during the program.
“We are so excited to once again partner with REBOOT Combat Recovery for a third year of Healing Hands Helping Heroes,” said Cindy Kildgore, Event Chair for AORN Middle Tennessee Chapter. “We are thrilled to be able to kick-off PeriOperative Nurses Week with this incredible event that honors nurses and military alike.  With the help of our incredible special entertainment, this event will not only support our incredible nursing community in Middle Tennessee, but the men and women who have served our country as well.”
Baillie & the Boys
In 2016, AORN was able to provide nine (9) scholarships for nurses to attend the National AORN Symposium and Expo for further education while REBOOT Combat Recovery was able to provide over 500 service members and their families with services and therapy with the funds raised during this event.
“We are grateful for this event,” said Evan Owens, Founder of REBOOT Combat Recovery. “Together, with the support of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of AORN, we will continue to make a lasting difference in the lives of hurting military families.”
Table purchases are now available to the public for $3,800 and include the reception, dinner buffet, complimentary drink tickets, silent auction and VIP table/placement.  Visit www.HHHH17.eventbrite.com for details and table information.

For more information about the event or sponsorships, please contact the event producers at LEGACY Consulting, PR & Events at 615-669-6058 or Tresa@Legacy-PR.com.
More About AORN:
AORN is a non-profit membership association based in Denver, Colorado that represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses by providing nursing education, standards, and clinical practice resources – including the peer-reviewed, monthly publication AORN Journal – to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. AORN’s 41,000 registered nurse members manage, teach, and practice perioperative nursing, are enrolled in nursing education, or are engaged in perioperative research. We define and advance best nursing practices for surgical patients by researching and distributing scientifically based guidelines.  AORN’s mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures by providing practice support and professional development opportunities to perioperative nurses. AORN collaborates with professional and regulatory organizations, industry leaders, and other health care partners who support the mission. Visit www.AORN.org for more information.
More About REBOOT Recovery:
REBOOT Combat Recovery (REBOOT) was founded in 2011 by Evan and Dr. Jenny Owens. Dr. Jenny L. Owens is a licensed occupational therapist specializing in traumatic brain injury and PTSD. Evan A. Owens is certified in military ministry related to soldiers and families dealing with PTSD.  REBOOT is a 501(c)3 organization and is tax exempt.  REBOOT offers a 12-week combat trauma healing course to help combat veterans and their families heal from the spiritual and moral injuries of war associated with post-traumatic stress and combat trauma.
War wounds the soul. Over the past several years, the medical community has expanded its view of the impact of trauma. Now, many acknowledge that combat trauma directly impacts not only the mind and body but also the soul. This type of injury is called moral injury. Moral injury can manifest itself in the form of anger, anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, and, most tragically, suicide.  At REBOOT, we believe these symptoms are often linked to deep-rooted soul wounds related to unresolved grief, distrust of God/self/others, unforgiveness, bitterness, and loss of identity.
REBOOT “communities” are safe, private, and mostly veteran-led. Childcare and a pre-discussion meal are provided on a weekly basis to remove barriers of entry for families seeking help. We encourage the participation of spouses and affected family members because we know that trauma impacts the entire family.  For efforts outside of our lane of expertise, we partner with many government and non-profit agencies to provide the most wholistic care possible to these hurting families. For more information or to get involved please visit www.rebootrecovery.com.
About The Entertainment:
Lee Roy Parnell is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and is among the elite few who can be identified as a “triple threat.”  An ace guitarist, as well as a distinctive singer and hit songwriter, his music runs the gamut of diversity. Combining the influences of Blue-Eyed Soul, Delta Blues, Road House Rock, Southern Boogie, Texas Swing, and Gospel, Parnell’s sound defies conventional classification.  He draws from a broad range of musical sources and combines them with seamless dexterity and, unlike many other hard-to-pigeonhole artists, Parnell has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues charts.  For more information about Lee Roy Parnell, visit www.leeroyparnell.com/.
Baillie and the Boys was an integral part of shaping the direction of Country Music in the late 1980’s and early 90’s.  Their music blended an east coast pop sound with traditional Nashville songwriting and sometimes personal lyrics to garner them instant Top 10 success on the Country Charts.  When you hear the unique harmonies driven by Kathie Baillie’s powerful heart-stopping vocals and Michael Bonagura’s soaring acoustic guitar, the music of “Baillie and The Boys” will be forever inscribed in your heart. Learn more about Baillie & the Boys by visiting


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Kip Moore & Tony Hawk Raise Funds For Hurricane Relief At “Music City Skate Jam”

Photo credit: Alex Ferrari

Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore and international skateboarding champion Tony Hawk took over downtown Nashville yesterday, hosting “MUSIC CITY SKATE JAM PRESENTED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON” in an effort to raise funds for hurricane-affected communities, in light of recent and ongoing events. By donating through Moore’s “Kip’s Kids Fund” and Hawk’s “Tony Hawk Foundation,” attending fans supported skatepark communities and those affected by the recent disasters, while enjoying a stacked lineup of events. Kicking off with performances by Jordan Davis and Dee Jay Silver, icon Tony Hawk conducted a thrilling skate demo, followed by a rollicking performance by Moore who closed out the day’s festivities. Fans can continue to donate now through Friday Sept. 15th at 5PM CST by texting HAWK to 52182 or visit http://hawk.gesture.com to bid on special event auction items.

Photo credit: Nicholas Byrne

About Kip Moore And “Kip’s Kids Fund:”
Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore’s already-revered “thoroughly vital, 13-song collection” (NPR) SLOWHEART is available everywhere now. Moore has hit his stride with SLOWHEART, with critics including Noisey declaring the release as “the sound of an uncompromising, genre-defying artist firing on all cylinders,” while his current Top 10 single “More Girls Like You,” is the fastest rising single of his career. SLOWHEART follows the acclaim that surrounded his sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian. Moore first turned heads with his debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was recently certified Double-PLATINUM by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck. Moore, who has trail-blazed his own path with his reputation-making live show recently announced his headlining PLEAD THE FIFTH TOUR kicking off on 10/19 as well as headlining dates in U.K this fall. Moore’s “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project” raising funds for “Kip’s Kids Fund” was born as a passion project, with the goal of finding an outlet to showcase Moore’s love for the alternative sports lifestyle, and his desire to help inner city children. Phase one cities of the project included building and developing skateparks in Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; San Marcos, TX; Cincinnati, OH and Annapolis, MD. The “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project” is the first initiative of “Kip’s Kids Fund,” a donor-advised fund through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) focused on youth and teens. As a result, the “Kip’s Kid Fund” provides alternative outlets for youth to engage in healthy habits and physical activities like skateboarding, in addition to the traditional sports offerings where they live. For more information visit: kipmoore.net.

About Tony Hawk Foundation:
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding. Domestically, the foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $5.7 million to 588 communities in all 50 states. The foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks. The foundation’s International Program has provided financial and technical support to assist youth through the Skateistan educational programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa (www.skateistan.org). The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. For more information or to make a donation, visit the foundation’s website at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. You can also visit THF on facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.

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Jessie James Decker Partners With Tide Loads Of Hope

On Friday, August 18th, Tide Loads of Hope in partnership with country singer, designer, reality star, and wife of Tennessee Titan Eric Decker, Jessie James Decker, kicked off a cross-country journey called “Driving for Hope” and Nashville was the first stop to help those at the Nashville Rescue Mission.

Tide Loads of Hope is a mobile laundromat that travels across the country offering full service laundry to those people in-need and affected by crisis.  It was originally created in response to help those devastated by Hurricane Katrina to provide some comfort to people in the midst of crisis.  Something that we take for granted every day, but for those in these sort of circumstances it provides a desperate need and gives a sense of normalcy during an uncertain time.  Since its inception, Tide has helped to renew hope, normalcy, and provide their mobile services to over 45,000 families across the country.

Jessie James Decker has a love for giving back to her community and is thrilled to be partnered with this cross country initiative.  “Driving for Hope” is a clothing drive to collect, renew, and donate clothing directly to families in need and in crisis across the U.S.  With the recent Hurricane Harvey damage in Houston and surrounding areas in Texas, this need is heightened.  “When Tide Loads of Hope called and told me that they would like to partner together for a clothing drive in Nashville, I loved the opportunity to give back in my hometown. I love how simple it is – washing clothing for someone in need can give them so much confidence.”

We loved the opportunity to speak with Jessie James Decker about her involvement with Tide Loads of Hope and “Driving for Hope”.

Thank you to Tide and Jessie James Decker for your service to the Nashville community!

On a lighter side, here’s few more fun facts and what’s going on with Jessie!

Favorite place to eat in Nashville?

“My favorite place to eat in Nashville is Epice. It’s an amazing Lebanese restaurant!”

Favorite place to shop in Nashville?

“My favorite place to shop in Nashville is the Nordstrom at the Mall at Green Hills.”

What do you like to do when not making music?

“When I’m not working on my music, I love being with my kids, and giving them 1:1 time. It’s so important! I also like to work on my fashion line and explore Nashville. Nashville has grown so much over the last four years – I like to check out the scene and try new restaurants!”

What’s next for you careerwise?

“I have a full album coming out in October!”

We can’t wait to hear more from her in the near future!




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City Of Hope Sets Record Breaking Attendance At 27th Annual Celebrity Softball Game

NASHVILLE, TN-June 10th-A group photo of both teams at the 27th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game at First Tennessee Park on June 10, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for City Of Hope)

City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game presented by Staples® reached its highest ever attendance at the 27th Annual event during CMA Music Festival at First Tennessee Park. Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe surprised fans by throwing the first pitch. In a friendly competition for a great cause, Team iHeart won the game, 9-6.

Reba McEntire kicked off the event by singing the National Anthem, followed by a performance of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by Sara Evans. Team Captain for iHeart Media, Bobby Bones and Team Captain for Sirius XM/Grand Ole Opry, Bill Cody led with the traditional coin toss.

Artists in attendance were Billy Ray Cyrus, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, Jessie James Decker and her husband and NFL player, Eric Decker, Lauren Alaina, Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley and Grayson Chrisley of USA’s “Chrisley Knows Best,” Lunchbox, Eddie, and Ray of the Bobby Bones Show, Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s “The Property Brothers,” The Swon Brothers, Danielle Bradbery, Aaron Watson, Jackie Lee, Trent Harmon, Maggie Rose, Miss Tennessee, Allee-Sutton Hethcoat, and Kaitlyn Bristowe andShawn Booth of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”

Legendary artists Lee Greenwood, Jeannie Seely and Tim Rushlow joined by iHeart Media radio personality, Gator Harrison called the play by play. A new tradition and fan favorite!

City of Hope patient and leukemia survivor, Nicole Schulz met, for the first time, her life-saving donor, Rian Lawrence at the mound.

For more information, visit cityofhope.org/softball or follow City of Hope on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 47 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout southern California. It is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit cityofhope.org.

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Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge And Benefit Dinner Raise Over $180,000

Pictured L-R: (1st row) Jerrod Niemann, Trent Harmon, Mindy and Craig Campbell, Nascar driver Scott Lagasse, Jr.; (2nd row) Michael Ray, Keifer and Shawna Thompson (Thompson Square), Parmalee’s Matt Thomas, Scott Thomas, Barry Knox and Josh McSwain; (3rd row) Winning bidder Glen Templeton, Jackie Lee, Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson and emcee Eddie Garcia (“The Bobby Bones Show”) Photo credit: Xpressive Images by Jamie

RED BOW Records’ country artist Craig Campbell hosted the 5th Annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge and 3rd One Million Strong Benefit in Nashville, TN on Tuesday (6/6). Also a Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) national spokesperson, he started this campaign to bring awareness to the disease that killed his father at age 36.  Both events combined raised over $180,000 for colorectal cancer education, research and prevention.

Fellow celebrities Dee Jay Silver, Trent Harmon, Nascar driver Scott Lagasse, Jr., Jackie Lee, Love and Theft, Jerrod Niemann, Parmalee, Michael Ray and Thompson Square played in support of Fight CRC this year.  Hundreds of fans turned out for the challenge, which came down to Team Dee Jay Silver and Team Craig Campbell. The host ultimately lost the game but won the loser’s bracket.  

“So proud of how the cornhole challenge turned out,” shared Campbell. “I am grateful to all the celebrities who came out and helped us raise so much money for Fight CRC. Can’t wait to do it again next year!”

The 3rd One Million Strong benefit dinner followed with Campbell on host duties. It featured a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, and an intimate concert with Campbell, Rivers Rutherford and Jimmy Yeary. Nashville leaders, Mayor Megan Barry and Chief Medical Officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Andrea Willis offered remarks. Larry Nall, Senior Vice President of Provider Network Management, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, was recognized for his leadership around colorectal cancer awareness and advocacy.

On Sunday, Campbell is performing at CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN, on the Chevrolet Riverfront stage at 11:30am. He is currently playing select shows nationwide and will join Luke Bryan’s HUNTIN’ FISHIN’ AND LOVIN’ EVERY DAY TOUR on August 8. In between tour stops, he is in the studio working on his RED BOW Records debut album, featuring lead track and critically acclaimed single, “Outskirts of Heaven.”

For more information on Craig Campbell and tour dates, visit www.craigcampbell.tv.

Campbell launched on to the country music scene with the release of his self-titled debut album (2011) delivering the hits “Family Man,” “Fish,” and “When I Get It.” To date, he has logged five consecutive charted hits with over a billion radio airplay audience impressions and over a half million downloads. Acclaimed as one of the genre’s most neo-traditionalist singers, his Top 15 breakout debut “Family Man” was featured on HBO’s True Blood and fan-favorite “Fish” has tallied nearly 400,000 digital copies sold. Campbell earned his first Top 10 smash with the infectious “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” from his sophomore album NEVER REGRET (2013). The gifted songwriter co-wrote Garth Brooks “All American Kid” off of MAN AGAINST THE MACHINE. Prior to landing his first record deal, the Lyons, GA native spent time on the road playing keyboard for both Tracy Byrd and Luke Bryan – shows that inspired him nightly. He was soon discovered while playing a regular gig at the downtown Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage.

Fight CRC is a national nonprofit advocacy organization fighting for a cure. It was founded in 2005 by Nancy Roach, a nationally recognized patient advocate who witnessed the need for colorectal cancer advocacy after her mother-in-law’s diagnosis. The organization plays an important role in rallying colorectal cancer advocates to action. Fight CRC is known for activism and patient empowerment throughout patient, academic, political, scientific, medical and nonprofit communities. With a mission focused on advocacy, research, patient education and awareness, the organization serves advocates in every state of the U.S. and many others around the world. Fight CRC is a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator and 93 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to colorectal cancer programs. To learn more, visit FightCRC.org.

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Carissa Leigh Releases Charity Song In Support Of Operation Stand Down For Military Families

Country artist Carissa Leigh is releasing her charity single “At Night” on Friday, May 26th just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.  She will be donating all proceeds from the release to Operation Stand Down. “At Night” was produced by Los Angeles trailblazer, Tone Def (Green Day, Santana, Outkast, Black Eye Peas.)

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“Fourth Annual Jameson Irish Whiskey Presents Georgia On My Mind” Hosted By The Peach Pickers Draws Raves


NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 16: Ben Hayslip, Governor of Georgia Nathan Deal, Sandra Deal, Dallas Davidson, and Rhett Akins attend the 4th Annual Georgia On My Mind presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey at Ryman Auditorium on May 16, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Georgia Music Foundation)

If the lights were out in Georgia, it’s because everyone was in Tennessee for the “Fourth Annual Jameson Irish Whiskey Presents Georgia On My Mind” benefit concert hosted by the Peach Pickers – Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip – Tuesday at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

During the 4th Annual Georgia On My Mind presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey at Ryman Auditorium on May 16, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Georgia Music Foundation)

The popular Peach Carpet kicked off the evening, which featured a who’s who of Georgia-born singer/songwriters – and a couple who wish they called the Peach State home – including multiple award winner Thomas Rhett; chart-toppers Lauren Alaina, Billy Currington, Chris Janson, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, and Michael Ray; Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter T. Graham Brown and Grammy winner Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls; Georgia Music Hall of Famers Drivin’ N Cryin’ and Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie; back by popular demand this year, Dexter Redding and Otis Redding III, sons of the legendary soul icon Otis Redding; and a performance by Georgia-bred singer/songwriters Trea Landon, Jon Langston, and Cole Taylor. Making a special appearance were students from the Georgia Pick and Bow Traditional Music School in Dahlonega, who received a grant from the Georgia Music Foundation in 2016 from concert proceeds.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Flamekeeper Keeper Award to the honorable Governor of Georgia Nathan Deal. The Award is presented to a Georgian who tirelessly preserves and promotes Georgia’s musical roots and traditions. Jameson Irish Whiskey, the title sponsor, presented a check for $50,000 to the Georgia Music Foundation, to advance grants to cultural and music education programs in the state. The Foundation, which was established in 1994, has distributed more than $150,000 in funding to deserving music education, preservation, and outreach programs in the past three years from “Georgia On My Mind” proceeds.

During the 4th Annual Georgia On My Mind presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey at Ryman Auditorium on May 16, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Georgia Music Foundation)


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