Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Press Release: Blake Shelton to host "Healing in the Heartland" fundraiser

NBC PRESS RELEASE: BLAKE SHELTON ORGANIZES 'HEALING IN THE HEARTLAND: RELIEF BENEFIT CONCERT' AT CHESAPEAKE ENERGY ARENA IN OKLAHOMA CITY ON MAY 29

Special Telecast to Benefit the United Way Set for 9 p.m. ET/PT; NBC, Style, E!, G4, Bravo and CMT Will Also Air Tickets to Go on Sale Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. CT Love's Travel Stops to Underwrite the Concert Cost

Blake Shelton: Photo NBC

OKLAHOMA CITY - May 27, 2013 – Usher and Darius Rucker have been added to the lineup of performers set to hit the stage for the May 29 “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” organized and headlined by Blake Shelton.

Others set to perform include Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, as well as Grammy Award-winning artists Miranda Lambert, Reba and Vince Gill.

Usher is a coach alongside Shelton on NBC’s “The Voice” and is a multi-platinum recording artist.

Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 44 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including eight Grammy Awards and was named the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album “Confessions” being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 #1 hits (all as a lead artist) and 18 Hot 100 top-10 singles.

Rucker, who has been the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish since the band was formed in 1986, is now a certified platinum-selling country performer. His latest album chart topping debut, “True Believers,” includes the single “Wagon Wheel,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart.

Tickets for the concert went on sale Saturday morning and sold out in under five minutes. The event will take place May 29 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

The concert will be televised live at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. It will also air on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT on either a live or delayed basis.

“Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy,” Shelton said. “This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero.”

The event will raise funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Working with their local community partners, United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the Fund for immediate, intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that devastated Moore earlier this week.

R.A. Clark (Academy of Country Music Awards, MDA Show of Strength Telethon) is executive producer. Rob Paine is supervising producer and Gregg Gelfand is director. Gene Pack is the writer for the special.

UPDATE


OKLAHOMA CITY -- May 25, 2013 -- Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and Ryan Tedder of One Republic have been added to the lineup for the “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” organized and headlined by Blake Shelton with previously announced Grammy Award-winning artists Miranda Lambert, Reba and Vince Gill also performing.

Both Tedder and Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts have strong Oklahoma roots.

Tickets for the concert went on sale Saturday morning and sold out in under five minutes. The event will take place May 29 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

The concert will be televised live at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. It will also air on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT on either a live or delayed basis.

“Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy,” Shelton said. “This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero.”

The event will raise funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Working with their local community partners, United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the Fund for immediate, intermediate and long-term
recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that devastated Moore earlier this week.

R.A. Clark (Academy of Country Music Awards, MDA Show of Strength Telethon) is executive producer. Rob Paine is supervising producer and Gregg Gelfand is director. Gene Pack is the writer for the special.

UPDATE


OKLAHOMA CITY - May 27, 2013 – Usher and Darius Rucker have been added to the lineup of performers set to hit the stage for the May 29 “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” organized and headlined by Blake Shelton.

Others set to perform include Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, as well as Grammy Award-winning artists Miranda Lambert, Reba and Vince Gill.

Usher is a coach alongside Shelton on NBC’s “The Voice” and is a multi-platinum recording artist.

Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 44 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including eight Grammy Awards and was named the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album “Confessions” being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 #1 hits (all as a lead artist) and 18 Hot 100 top-10 singles.

Rucker, who has been the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish since the band was formed in 1986, is now a certified platinum-selling country performer. His latest album chart topping debut, “True Believers,” includes the single “Wagon Wheel,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart.

Tickets for the concert went on sale Saturday morning and sold out in under five minutes. The event will take place May 29 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

The concert will be televised live at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. It will also air on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT on either a live or delayed basis.

“Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy,” Shelton said. “This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero.”

The event will raise funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Working with their local community partners, United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the Fund for immediate, intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that devastated Moore earlier this week.

R.A. Clark (Academy of Country Music Awards, MDA Show of Strength Telethon) is executive producer. Rob Paine is supervising producer and Gregg Gelfand is director. Gene Pack is the writer for the special.

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