Florida Georgia Line Honored With Angels Among Us Award From St. Jude
Florida Georgia Line was recognized for their longtime support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Thursday (Oct. 15) during…
Florida Georgia Line; Photo by John Shearer
Florida Georgia Line was recognized for their longtime support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Thursday (Oct. 15) during a livestream for the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program.
The 17-time chart-topping duo received the Randy Owen “Angels Among Us” Award in honor of their longtime support and dedication to St. Jude. Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have supported the families of St. Jude for several years and even invited their families to join in on the This Shirt Saves Lives social media campaign.
“There is truly no place like St. Jude,” shares Hubbard. “Whenever we visit, we are continually inspired by the kids’ strength and their amazing stories of bravery. Giving back is in our hearts and to be presented this award is an absolute honor.”
Kelley adds, “Music is healing and we love being able to help in any way we can to further the mission of St. Jude. And, for this award to be named after Randy Owen – who has always been one of our influences – that’s pretty incredible.”
In 2019, Florida Georiga Line and their tour mates paid a special visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital while on their Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour, performing a special acoustic concert for patients and their families.
“Tyler and Brian have always exemplified the true heart of the Angels Among Us Award by giving their time, love and voices to our mission, making such a powerful impact on the lives of children worldwide through their support of St. Jude,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO for ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Through a year that has been tough for everyone, they have still shown steadfast support to us. I’m honored to present them with this distinction as members of our St. Jude family.”
Named in honor of Alabama lead-singer and co-founder of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, Randy Owen, the Award has previously been awarded to Lady A, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, John Rich, former ALSAC Chief Operating Officer David McKee (posthumously), St. Jude Country Cares Advisory Board member Sharon Eaves (posthumously), and Darius Rucker.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all they should worry about is helping their child live. Those interested in making a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital can click HERE to become a monthly donor.
Lauren Jo Black
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.