It’s set, country music fans — Blake Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert, who live in Oklahoma, has teamed up with fellow Oklahomans Reba McEntire and Vince Gill to perform in a telethon concert to raise funds after a devastating tornado swept through Oklahoma on Monday, May 20 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Also performing with them will be Miranda Lambert.
Shelton and Lambert, both born in Texas, currently reside in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
Other country musicians will also appear and perform for the tornado telethon concert. They will be announced soon. Besides airing on NBC (9 p.m. ET/PT), the cable networks CMT, Style, G4, Bravo, and E! will also telecast the concert on either a live or delayed basis.
Blake Shelton and the rest of the singing stars are performing to raise funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the funds raised by the for immediate, intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that devastated the Moore community on Monday (May 20).
Tickets to the “Healing in the Heartland” concert will go on sale Saturday (May 25) at 10 a.m. CT. They will cost $25. There will be a limit of eight tickets per person. You can buy tickets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office and via Ticketmaster.
“Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy,” Shelton stated.
“This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero.”
The Voice coach is responsible for organizing the concert, and he will headline the telethon. “This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero.”
In Atoka County, Oklahoma (2011), Shelton and McEntire hosted two sold-out concerts that raised $500,000 for victims of tornadoes. They and the rest of the country musicians involved are hoping that their efforts will raise even more funds to assist the inhabitants of Moore, OK., and other areas of Oklahoma that were damaged by the massive EF5 tornado.
Shelton urged his many Facebook fans even before the concert was announced to help raise money for tornado relief. He told them that if they agreed to share a link on Facebook, J.C. Penney would donate $1 (up to $50,000) per shared link to the American Red Cross Disaster Giving Program.
Country music artist Carrie Underwood, from Checotah, Oklahoma, has been another top country performer who has taken part in raising funds in the wake of Monday’s tornado leveled much of five counties in Oklahoma. She has agreed to donate $1 million from her “Blown Away Tour” to the Red Cross for relief efforts.
“I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness,” Underwood said in a statement. “With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornadoes.”
“Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” isn’t the only country music concert in the works to help raise funds after the tornado of May 20. Toby Keith also plans to organize a major concert to raise funds. Reportedly, he is planning for the charitable tornado relief benefit to be held at the University of Oklahoma in its football stadium.
Toby Keith, who was raised in the town of Moore, was another country singer who millions of people saw speak on CNN about the disaster that hit his home town. His sister’s home was directly in the path of the gargantuan twister. Fortunately, though, no one in his family was hurt by the tornado.
Written by: Douglas Cobb