Keith Urban and Vince Gill Lead All-Star Evening That Included Special Guests Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Peter Frampton, Emmylou Harris, Sam Hunt, Jason Isbell, Chris Janson, Tracy Lawrence, Maddie & Tae, and Maren Morris
NASHVILLE, Tenn., – April 13, 2016 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum hosted the sixth All for the Hall benefit concert last night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill led a star-studded evening that featured performances from special guests Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Peter Frampton, Emmylou Harris, Sam Hunt, Jason Isbell, Chris Janson, Tracy Lawrence, Maddie & Tae, and Maren Morris. A record-breaking event, the fundraiser netted over $712,000 with proceeds supporting the museum’s education programs, including its award-winning Words & Music program. To date, the benefit concert has netted over $3.3 million.
Amid the lineup of superstars, an emotional highlight of the evening came when a group of more than twenty students from Nashville’s McGavock High School filled the stage. They performed an original song, “Limited Time Offer,” with Gill, Urban, and professional songwriters Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman. Middleman and Burr co-wrote the song with the students through the museum’s flagship education program Words & Music. Their performance drew one of the biggest ovations of the evening.
In a common theme through all of the All for the Hall concerts, the performers paid tribute to their heroes. Many chose to honor recently deceased Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Haggard, who passed away on April 6. During the finale, Gill and Urban returned to the stage to perform the Haggard classic “Sing Me Back Home.” Many of the performers then gathered on stage to pay tribute through a spirited version of Haggard’s “Mama Tried.”
Pictured are: (Back row, L-R): Mayor of Nashville Megan Barry, Tracy Lawrence, Chris Janson, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young, Keith Urban, Gary Borman, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, (front row L-R): Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Maren Morris, Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye of Maddie & Tae, Amanda Shires, and Jason Isbell attend All For The Hall at the Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves, and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. In exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural importance and enduring beauty of the art form. The museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and in 2015 welcomed over one million patrons, placing it among the ten most-visited history museums in the U.S. The Country Music Foundation operates Historic RCA Studio BTM, Hatch Show Print® poster shop, CMF Records, the Frist Library and Archive, and CMF Press. Museum programs are supported by Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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