Join Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan and More In The This Shirt Saves Lives Movement

Several of country music’s biggest stars are joining St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the third annual This Shirt Saves…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 5, 2019

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Several of country music’s biggest stars are joining St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the third annual This Shirt Saves Lives campaign. Officially launching Thursday (Dec. 5), the campaign encourages people to join the lifesaving mission of St. Jude by becoming a monthly supporter. Those who join the This Shirt Saves Lives movement will receive a new charcoal gray shirt worn by hundreds of celebrities and influencers in support of St. Jude.

Joining in the campaign this year are country stars such as Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Dustin Lynch, Chris Janson, Kane Brown, Carly Pearce, Cole Swindell, Scotty McCreery, Florida Georgia Line, Maddie & Tae and so many more.

“Throughout our career we have been fortunate enough to see firsthand the positive impact St. Jude has had and continues have for so many children and their families,” Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum said. “As a band and as parents, this organization is near and dear to our hearts and we will continue to advocate for them any chance we can.”

Lady Antebellum; Photo Courtesy St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Lady Antebellum; Photo Courtesy St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

“Any time I’ve been to St. Jude, and been around those kids, I always leave with a new perspective,” added Cole Swindell. “St. Jude does so many great things and it’s humbling to see it firsthand. I am always proud to wear my This Shirt Saves Lives t-shirt and I’m so thankful for the awareness it raises for such a great organization. It’s all about the kids.”

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 visit to become a monthly donor.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.