Reba photo courtesy of Big Machine Label Group.
Reba McEntire is set to emcee Celebrity Fight Night on March 23. Recognized as one of the nation’s elite charity events, the evening is presented in honor of Muhammad Ali. Celebrities and professional athletes participate in a night of live auction items and live music. Billy Ray Cyrus and Tate Stevens are among the confirmed performers.
Throughout Celebrity Fight Night’s 18-year history, $80 million has been raised with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute as the primary beneficiary. Numerous other charities have benefited and countless lives have been changed through the fundraiser. Continue Reading
Faith Hill Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Faith Hill is among the artists featured on Every Mother Counts 2012, an album being released through a partnership between model Christy Turlington Burns and Starbucks. The album will benefit Christy’s organization, Every Mother Counts. She formed the organization after being inspired by her own experiences and the United Nation’s Millennium Development to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015.
Every Mother Counts 2012, the second album to be released for the organization, is available exclusively at Starbucks from May 1 to May 29 in celebration of Mother’s Day. In addition to Faith Hill, it features songs from David Bowie, Sting, Lauryn Hill, Coldplay, Bono and the Edge, Eddie Vedder, Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, and more. Thirteen of the 19 songs are previously unreleased.
“I went to friends first, as I did with the first CD,” Christy told Rolling Stone. ”Bono and Chris Martin were great supporters of the project the first time around, and when I knew I wanted to include men on this album they were obvious choices. They are also both fathers to daughters. Others, such as Patti Smith and Rita Wilson, I’ve known for a long time, and some, like Edie Brickell and Paul Simon, I only met briefly but was a huge admirer. I generally wanted a diverse group of artists who were parents, or in the case of Edward Sharpe, who will be soon. We wanted to reach a broad audience on this issue with this particular project and with a range of perspectives.” Continue Reading
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland perform at Conesco Fieldhouse on October 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Sugarland returned to Indiana Friday night for a free concert at Indianapolis’ Conesco Fieldhouse. The emotionally-charged concert was a celebration of healing, life and music as well as a tribute to the victims of the stage collapse in August at the Indiana State Fair that killed seven.
When the show began, Jennifer Nettles revealed the duo had visited the fairgrounds and told the audience, which included some of those injured at the fair, that they were in for an emotional night. The concert took place 10 weeks after the stage collapse and honored all tickets held for the Indiana State Fair show.
“Obviously we are here in October — we were supposed to do this show in August,” Jennifer said according to the News-Sun. “Obviously, the stage is different, you are different and we are different. We are all changed by what happened then. But we are going to try to give you the best show that we can and to celebrate healing with you and to celebrate life and music with you here tonight.” Continue Reading
Reba McEntire photo courtesy of The Valory Music Co.
Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will take part in the 21st Annual Simply Shakespeare Celebrity Reading of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Every spring, some of the biggest names in entertainment donate their time to participate in a staged reading of a Shakespearean comedy. Co-Chaired by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, the reading raises awareness and funds in support of The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.
The first performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor is believed to have been in London on April 23, 1597, at a feast of the Order of the Garter which was attended by Queen Elizabeth. The play is about Sir John Falstaff, who arrives in Windsor short on cash. He comes up with a plan to court two wealthy married women. While his plan backfires, the women decide to play along and a story about love, marriage, jealousy, revenge, social class and wealth ensues. Continue Reading