Dan + Shay Donate $100,000 To Middle Tennessee Tornado Relief
Just one day before kicking off their first-ever arena tour with back-to-back sold-out nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Dan +…
Dan + Shay; Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for CMT
Just one day before kicking off their first-ever arena tour with back-to-back sold-out nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Dan + Shay pledged a $100,000 donation to assist with relief efforts following the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Nashville and parts of Middle Tennessee earlier this week.
“We are heartbroken by the devastation the tornadoes left upon Tennessee earlier this week. Our love goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy. We are so proud to call Nashville our home, and have seen first hand that this community is strong, resilient, and compassionate,” the two-time GRAMMY-winning duo shared in a statement. “What this town does best in times of need, is come together, so it is only fitting that our tour starts tomorrow in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena. Friday and Saturday, through the power of music, we will all unite to celebrate the spirit of our incredible city. On behalf of Dan + Shay, we will be making a $100,000 donation to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. We are looking forward to two unforgettable shows, in the town we hold dearest to our hearts.”
According to a press release, AEG Presents, Sandbox Entertainment, CAA and Bridgestone Arena are each also donating a monetary amount per ticket sold for both Nashville shows to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Residents of Nashville, Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Cookeville are in dire need of assistance to rebuild their communities. Those interested in helping the Nashville community in the aftermath of the storm can donate to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund HERE.
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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.