Music legends and newcomers from across genres will take the stage at LGBTQ-affirming concert taking place during CMA Fest
New York, Tuesday March 27, 2018 – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced the 2018 Concert for Love and Acceptance set for June 7 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. The show, taking place the night after the “2018 CMT Music Awards,” and on the opening night of CMA Fest, will feature a coalition of artists and celebrities appearing and performing to accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Ty Herndon and CMT’s Cody Alan will host, and the event will feature performances by Herndon, as well as Terri Clark, Cassadee Pope, Michael Ray, Calum Scott, Brandon Stansell, and more. Additional appearances and performances to be announced. CMT will return as the event’s media sponsor and will amplify the event and line-up across its radio and social platforms. Additional support for the event is provided by Nissan.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.glaad.org/nashville
“Music has the power to uplift, empower, and change hearts and minds across the country,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO. “GLAAD is honored to present the third Concert for Love and Acceptance to help drive forward acceptance with an amazing lineup of talent and messages of support for the LGBTQ community.”
“We’re proud to once again lock arms with our friends at GLAAD to lend our voice and support to an event that champions love and acceptance through the power of music,” said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land.
The inaugural Concert for Love and Acceptance was held in 2015 to kick off GLAAD’s Southern Stories Tour and the second iteration was held in 2017. The event has been supported by artists like Reba McEntire, with a lineup of performances has included Chris Carmack, Crystal Gayle, Billy Gilman, Dana Goldberg, Kree Harrison, Mickey Guyton, Levi Hummon, Runaway June, Ryan Kinder, Meghan Lindsey, Street Corner Symphony, Thompson Square, and Trent Harmon. GLAAD’s Southern Stories initiative tells the stories of LGBTQ people and their allies in the South to create a cultural shift towards LGBTQ acceptance and understanding in the region.
“I’m thrilled to partner with GLAAD once again for this show that has broken so much new ground and started so many important conversations over the past three years ,” said Herndon. “Letting our LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors know they are accepted and loved just as they are isn’t just making the world a better place – it’s literally saving lives – and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”
In recent years, country music has become a more affirming environment for the LGBTQ community with chart toppers like Luke Bryan and “Most People are Good” following in the footsteps of Garth Brooks, Kasey Mugraves, and The Dixie Chicks sharing inclusive messages through their lyrics. Furthermore, CMT host Cody Alan came out publicly in late 2016 in People Magazine with the help of GLAAD and received an outpouring of support and love from the country music community and his fans. Stars like Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, and Dierks Bentley all voiced their support on social media. Ty Herndon, a Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning artist with album sales of more than 4 million, was the first major male country music star to come out, when he shared his story with the world in 2014.
“As we fight attempts to roll back equality and compromise the ground we have gained for acceptance, it is important for our community to continue to tell our stories and for allies to stand up and be counted,” said Ellis.
The 2018 Concert for Love and Acceptance occurs during the legendary CMA Music Festival, running from June 7-10 in Nashville.
glaad + Ty Herndon present The Concert for Love & Acceptance
[ presenting partner CMT ]
Hosted by CMT’s Cody Alan
Thursday, June 7, 2018 | 7PM
Wildhorse Saloon | Nashville, TN
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CMT joins as media partner, GLAAD returns as nonprofit partner
Ty Herndon’s 2017 Concert for Love & Acceptance, hosted by Cody Alan, announced its initial artist lineup, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to Ty Herndon, this year’s talent lineup already includes Billy Gilman, Kree Harrison, Ryan Kinder, Runaway June, Lorrie Morgan, Michael Ray, Street Corner Symphony, and Thompson Square. The event, created to support at-risk youth, will be held on Thursday, June 8th starting at 7 p.m. at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tenn.
Grammy-nominated and Dove Award winning artist, Ty Herndon created and co-hosted the first Concert for Love & Acceptance alongside GLAAD in 2015, when his 20th anniversary fan club party turned into a coalition of artists gathering in support of Nashville’s at-risk youth. The driving force behind the benefit is Herndon’s desire to foster positive cultural change and encourage Nashville’s youth to live to their fullest potential.
This year’s partners include media partner CMT and nonprofit partner GLAAD, as well as local sponsors Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Wade Weissmann Architecture, and Retief Skin Center.
The first Concert for Love & Acceptance received national attention from Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine and more. A philanthropist at heart, Herndon has also donated his time to organizations such as the Trevor Project, Make A Wish, St. Jude, GLAAD, HRC and Feed the Children.
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Ty Herndon to Appear on Oprah’s Where Are They Now? Airing Feb. 4
Enjoy a sneak-peak performance of “House On Fire” from the episode here
(Nashville, Tenn. – January 31, 2017) – Grammy-nominated and Dove Award winning artist, Ty Herndon will appear this Saturday, Feb. 4 on Oprah’s Where Are They Now?, airing on The Oprah Winfrey Network at 10/9c p.m.
The country-recording artist will share stories about his journey; a reflection on the personal challenges and struggles he’s faced and conquered, and how he’s continuously bettered himself as a musician by telling his truth through his music. Herndon will also discuss his latest studio album, House On Fire.
Herndon released his latest and most ambitious album to date, House on Fire, in November of 2016. The album is a collection of 12 songs, co-produced by Herndon and Nashville stalwart, Erik Halbig, that shows a deeper, greater strength from a man who has been there and back and lived to tell about it. Herndon is credited for co-writing six of the 12 tracks. The album has received critical accolades from the Nashville music community and beyond including USA Today, People, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone Country, Sounds Like Nashville and more.
A philanthropist at heart, Herndon has donated his time to organizations such as the Trevor Project, Make A Wish, St. Jude, GLAAD, HRC and Feed the Children. “Fighter,” a focal track from House On Fire, has garnered attention for having benefitted The Trevor Project, a national organization close to Herndon’s heart that provides crisis intervention and prevention throughout the LGBTQ community.
Herndon’s 20-year career has resulted in an impressive string of hits, including four No. 1’s (“What Mattered Most,” “Living in a Moment,” “It Must Be Love,” “Loved Too Much”), as well as numerous Top 10 hits, including “I Want My Goodbye Back,” “Loved Too Much,” “A Man Holding On (To a Woman Letting Go),” and “Hands of a Working Man.” He’s acquired 20 Billboard charted singles to his credit, numerous industry awards, and more than five million albums sold.
Longtime fans of Ty Herndon will hear much to enjoy on his new album, House on Fire, which releases Friday, Nov. 11. His expressive vocals, the surging romance of his lyrics — all the things that put him on the map with his No. 1 debut single What Mattered Most are evident on each of its 12 tracks.
But there are differences. Listen closely to Just Friends, with its nod to “our little secret,” or the promise that “tonight we’re gonna do whatever we want to do” on All Night Tonight, or the admonition “don’t tell” on Sweet Way To Go. For all their expressions of love and intimacy, there’s no reference at all to gender.
Mention that to Herndon, 54, and he chuckles. “You got me,” he acknowledges. “But it wasn’t planned. When we were writing these songs, Erik (Halbig, producer) pointed that out. And I said, ‘Man, there are no accidents.’ I want anybody, from any walk of life, to hear this record and put their own stories into it while still hearing mine.”
Ty Herndon, right, shows off his shoes as Matt Collum
Ty Herndon, right, shows off his shoes as Matt Collum watches on the red carpet for the 50th CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena. (Photo: George Walker IV, The Tennessean/USA TODAY Sports)
The latest chapter in Herndon’s story began just two years ago, when he came out as gay — the first major male country performer to take that step. While House on Fire proves that his musical essence hasn’t changed, his message has evolved, mostly through details in his writing but, on the title track, much more frankly and powerfully.
“It took me two days to write that song because I kept getting so emotional that I had to walk out of the room,” he recalls. “Halfway through the process, my co-writers were feeling it too. I knew at that moment that I was not only writing my story, but I was writing a lot of people’s stories with these songs. All the pressure I’d felt just flew out the window at that point because I knew that my truth was a lot of people’s’ truth.”
Herndon savors the exhilaration of being able to live openly with his partner Matt Collum and the opportunities he’s found for counseling homeless youth, working with GLAAD and other worthy pursuits. Yet at heart, he insists, he’s pretty much what he’s always been … only more so.
“If I ever make it to Carnegie Hall, I’m not gonna preach — I’m just gonna sing,” he insists. “There’s a time and place for everything
by Bob Doerschuk, Special for USA TODAY
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Once you listen to House On Fire, the forthcoming disc from Ty Herndon, you might be struck by somewhat of a different sound from what you’re expecting from the singer of such hits as “What Mattered Most” and “Living In A Moment.” The singer tells Sounds Like Nashville that one of the most iconic performers in the genre’s history once told him he would need to shake things up a bit in order to stay fresh.
“I remembered starting this journey of making the new record, and going back to something that Reba McEntire told me years ago – I was going to constantly be re-inventing myself. I really didn’t know what that meant at the time. Working with great engineers and producers in putting these sounds together that people haven’t heard on a Ty Herndon record before. For me, that made it very current. I also played around with the way I sang a little bit, which made for a very fun experience.”
The resulting factor is an album that is as fresh sounding and as cutting-edge as such artists as Sam Hunt and Chris Lane, both of whom are topping the charts with their unique blend of Country, Pop, and R&B.
But, he didn’t totally abandon the sound he’s known for, either. “That Kind Of Night,” the album’s lead single, definitely feels like it could be played right alongside of such Herndon classics as “Loved Too Much.”
“When you take a look at the album as a whole body of work, you’ll definitely hear some Ty Herndon songs on this record,” he emphasizes. “That one is one I probably would have cut in the mid-90s, and would have been tremendous. I loved the way the journey it takes you on. It’s a real feel-good song.”
One of the songs that Herndon experiments with more of a 2010’s sound is “All Night Tonight.” He said that was one of the first songs written for the album. Herndon had a hand in penning six of the songs on the disc. He says he wished he could have written more, but “I got busy, and I said ‘I can’t be one of those selfish writers who tries to write a whole album because that would just delay the process. Luckily, my producers, Eric Halbig and Drew Davis are both great songwriters, so we pulled from other catalogs, and I actually ended up tailor-making some of the songs for the record, changing this or that. We were able to complete the story of this album by pulling in some great songs from my friends who might have had some similar stories in their own lives. It was very important on this record for me to be authentic with the stories.”
The singer – who announced the fact that he is gay to the world in an October 2014 interview with People – says that one unique factor about House On Fire is that the album’s lyrics are gender-free. He says that wasn’t the plan, but it worked out well.
“I wanted fans from all walks of life to be able to put their life into the music, no matter what it is or what it’s about,” he admitted. “Eric heard some of the stuff we were writing and said ‘You know, you’re going gender-free with this. Are you ok with that?” I said ‘That may be a great accident. Let’s go with it.”
He says that he so far, the reaction to the new material has been amazing. “It’s just important to me that people can come hear me sing, and go ‘I have an expectation now of Ty that I have seen these songs live.’ People that have heard my hits for years are singing those songs at the top of their lungs, but it’s awesome to be able to get the new music out there. Just last week in Indiana, we did ‘House On Fire,’ and it was a good two minutes before I could start the next song. When things like that happen to you as an artist, it really catches you off guard – and makes you realize that the people really heard it. That was an unbelievable feeling. To have them stand on their feet because they love it so much is an incredible feeling. As a matter of fact, it’s brought me to tears more than a few times,” he confesses.
Perhaps the biggest departure on House On Fire is the in-your-face feel of “If You.” He admits it’s very different for him, but once he heard it – it was a no-brainer. “My buddy Walker is one of the writers on the album, and I heard him do it at a showcase. I thought ‘I love that song. I’ve got to record it,’ and I didn’t even know why. But, I loved it that much. My management team thought it might be a little too edgy, and I said ‘No, No. We’re going to cut it. Just trust me.’ When we finished the record, it became clear to me why I had to cut it. In my life, I’ve had a career of love songs or songs about heartbreak and loss. We’ve all had relationships that didn’t work out, and we might want to be a little sassy about. This was the song where I found a sense of humor about one that didn’t’ work out.”
On the other end of the emotional spectrum is the warm and tender “Stick With What I Know,” which is pure Ty Herndon from start to finish. “I thought it was very important in cutting that song that I gave the fans an opportunity to remember the songs I did in the past. The feel of that one is very familiar. It’s a song that, for me, I can walk on stage and it’s so natural for me. It fits like a glove, my voice, and my personality.”
The album ends with “Fighter,” a song whose lyrics Herndon can identify with. “When I heard this song, I knew I had to close the album out with this song. It has such a strong message. I know when I go out and speak at schools or at different events, one of the things I tell people is ‘If you believe in something, and you want it, you’ve got to fight for it.”
BY CHUCK DAUPHIN
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