Morgan Wallen hit the stage for a good cause on Thursday night, hosting his sold out ‘Morgan Wallen and Friends’ acoustic benefit concert at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works raising over $725,000 for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, to immediately assist victims of the recent severe storms and flooding in Humphreys County and other parts of Middle Tennessee.
Emceed by Theo Von, Wallen played alongside friends and contemporaries including HARDY, Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, Lainey Wilson, ERNEST, Ben Burgess, Lathan Warlick, and Jared Mullins with surprise guest BRELAND.
The first round of all-star Country risers kicked off the night playing crowd favourites and breakout songs they have written and recorded. With a live auction in between rounds, Wallen then took the stage with Bentley, HARDY and Swindell while the audience roared and sang along to every word from each artist. Wallen played many of his soaring hits including “More Than My Hometown,” “Whiskey Glasses,” “Heartless,” “Chasin’ You,” and his brand-new single that was #1 most added at Country radio this week, “Sand In My Boots.”
Before Wallen closed out the night, he invited Amy Fair, Vice President of Donor Services from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee onto the stage. In this emotional moment, he presented a check to help support their relief efforts.
“This is the most money raised so far for our fund, and it’s going to make a big difference,” shared Fair with the capacity crowd. “And when we give the money to the organizations, we’re going to let them know how many of you care about them and that’s going to mean the most.”
Fair continued, “So I just want to tell you, we’ve already made grants out to 11 organizations and many of them as you can expect in a small community like Waverly have been the churches, who’ve come together and that have cared for people as well as some other local non-profits who are providing direct financial assistance. We gave money early, but we want everybody in Waverly and Humphreys County that we’re here for the long haul, just like you have been for our tornado relief, bombing relief. We’ve learned a lot, so besides the money we’re going to let them know what we’ve learned and be here for the long haul and be here for the people of Waverly. Thank y’all.”
“Well first of all, thank you guys so much for being here,” Wallen responded. “Most of you probably know that I’m a Tennessee boy. I was born and raised in Tennessee and I’m proud of it. The people here mean so much to me and I was watching the news and reading some articles and I read some stories that really touched my heart and made me feel like it could’ve been my hometown. I wanted to do something about it… Just seeing people hurtin’ man, nobody likes to see that and we’re going to try to do something about it tonight.”
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