The Country Music world came together for a good cause on Sunday, as they banded together to raise money for flood relief. All the proceeds will go to the Community foundation of Middle Tennessee. Over 2,00 homes were damaged or destroyed by the disastrous flooding that took place at the beginning of this month. The damage is estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars.
Artists Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum were part of a multitude of stars who took part in the telethon. Kicking off the show was Paisley with “Welcome to the future”, he also personally donated $100,000 towards the cause. Sheryl Crow was also among the performers and although she was a newcomer to the Nashville scene, she said that she had never felt as at home as she did here.
Keith Urban performed a Beatles cover and then proceeded to recount his own personal experience of the flooding. The artist lost much of his home and his belongings in the flooding. Scott Borchetta, CEO of Big Machine Records, also donated $100,000 towards the relief effort. Kellie Pickler, Hillary Scott, CeCe Winans, Keb’Mo, Rodney Atkins, Randy Montana and Martina McBride were among the other artists who performed. The artists also worked the phone banks in addition to performing.
The show closed with Will Hoge performing “Washed by the water” which had the whole audience on their feet and singing the chorus with him. The concert took place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and was broadcast on GAC.