(Nashville, Tenn.) April 17, 2009 – Multi-platinum, GRAMMY and AMA winning rock act Third Day will join an all-star cast of recording artists from all across the music industry for the inaugural Nashville4Africa benefit concert on April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
The event’s co-host Big Kenny (Big & Rich) invited Third Day to join the benefit’s lineup after befriending the Provident Label Group band through their mutual commitment to the long-term fight against HIV/AIDS and poverty in Africa. In addition to Big Kenny and Third Day, the concert will feature performances by co-host Damien Horne, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Dierks Bentley, Brad Arnold (3 Doors Down), Ashley Cleveland, The SteelDrivers, Michael Rhodes, Brandon Young, the African Children's Choir, and others.
“Big Kenny found out we would be in Nashville for the Dove Awards next week, and asked us to be a part of this wonderful, redemptive night,” says Third Day front man Mac Powell. “Saying ‘yes’ was a no-brainer because this event will be all heart. It’s an honor to join these amazing artists in serving Africa.”
Concert proceeds will benefit charitable causes in the African countries of Uganda and war-torn Sudan. Through the Love Everybody Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization benefiting from this event, Big Kenny will transport much-needed medical and educational supplies to southern Sudanese villages. Event proceeds will also help build a school in Entebbe, Uganda for the African Children’s Choir, which cares for and fosters thousands of underprivileged children throughout the continent of Africa.
“The crisis in Sudan is as dire as we’ve ever seen it. The refugees there are depending on people all over the world to come to their aid,” says Big Kenny, performer and organizer for African relief. “We hope by continuing to raise awareness and support through the African Children’s Choir and aid outreach, we will continue to let love shine through the terrible violence that so many of God’s children there have endured.”
Tickets for the Nashville4Africa benefit concert range in price from $30 to $200 and may be purchased at www.nashvillesymphony.org or by calling the Schermerhorn Symphony Center box office at (615) 687-6400.
The Nashville4Africa concert was founded by J. Tayloe Emery of the JTE Creative Group and is produced and promoted by the Messina Group, TMG, a partner of AEG Live, one of the top live entertainment companies in the world which produces world tours featuring internationally renowned artists and regional concerts and festivals. For more information visit www.nashville4africa.com.
The Nashville4Africa benefit concert will occur during a short break in Third Day’s spring “Revelation Tour” which kicked off last month and has already seen several dates sell out. The tour, which also features reigning “New Artist of the Year” and recent double-GRAMMY nominee, Brandon Heath, and new pop/rock band, Revive, will conclude in Abbotsford, Canada on May 9. A complete list of the “Revelation Tour’s” remaining dates is posted on www.ThirdDay.com. (The direct link to purchase tickets is: http://www.ThirdDay.com/touring.htm)
In recent weeks, Third Day has been celebrating a hit album, a continual No. 1 radio single, the recent release of its DVD/CD project titled Live Revelations: On Stage, Off Stage, Backstage, and the dedication of the Gateway School for impoverished children in India which Third Day helped build through the Come Together Fund.
Meanwhile, Third Day’s latest, No. 1-debuting album, Revelation (7/29), is approaching 350,000 units sold as the record continues to move more than 5,000 copies each week. After eight months out, the album remains in the Top 10 of the Nielsen Christian Albums sales chart. And the record’s current single, “Revelation.”
About Third Day:
Over the past decade, rock band Third Day (made up of members Mac Powell, Tai Anderson, David Carr and Mark Lee) has racked up 26 No. 1 radio singles and sold close to seven million albums. The band has garnered 23 career Dove Awards, three GRAMMY Awards (with eight career nominations), an American Music Award, three AMA nominations and multiple ASCAP honors.
One of the top-ranked touring bands according to Pollstar magazine, Third Day has played for audiences reaching into the millions. Due to its mass appeal, Third Day has been featured by top media outlets including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (NBC), “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (CBS), “60 Minutes” (CBS), ABC’s “Nightline,” USA Today, New York Times and even graced the cover of Billboard magazine (June 7, 2008).
While celebrated for its live shows and chart-topping album sales, Third Day is also highly respected for its humanitarian efforts. The band actively supports the ONE Campaign, Blood:Water Mission, Habitat for Humanity and World Vision. Third Day recently established the “Come Together Fund” as a vehicle to direct a portion of concert proceeds to grassroots humanitarian efforts around the world.
For more information on Third Day, please visit: www.ThirdDay.com.
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