“Music has the power to not only connect us, but to change hearts and minds, and LGBTQ people and our allies are front and center in all forms of music,” says Zeke Stokes, GLAAD’s Chief Programs Officer. “It has been incredible to see country music continue to evolve as a space for inclusivity and acceptance for both artists and fans. The Concert for Love & Acceptance continues to promote this message, and we look forward to welcoming another incredible lineup of artists this year who will join together in support of the LGBTQ community.”
Chely Wright, who blazed trails when she came out aslesbian in 2010, makes her first appearance at the concert.
During last year’s Concert for Love & Acceptance, GLAAD also announced the Ty Herndon Rising Stars Grant, bestowed upon young people for their commitment to enhancing LGBTQ inclusion and representation in music. The grant is eligible to LGBTQ young people who are working to accelerate acceptance in the music industry. Applications for the grant will be available later in April.
The inaugural Concert for Love and Acceptance was held in 2015 to kick off GLAAD’s Southern Stories Tour. The event has been supported by artists including Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Tanya Tucker, Michael Ray, Chris Carmack, Crystal Gayle, Billy Gilman, Cassadee Pope, Calum Scott, Dana Goldberg, Kree Harrison, Mickey Guyton, Levi Hummon, Runaway June, Ryan Kinder, Meghan Lindsey, Street Corner Symphony, Thompson Square, and Trent Harmon.
The 2019 Concert for Love and Acceptance partners include presenting partners Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, Southwest, and CMT, community partner The Weissmann Group, and media partners CMT and Billboard.
The event will take place at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 pm. Click here for ticket information.
As the frontman for the band bearing his name, Daughtry has become one of the most visible and consistent rock & roll torchbearers of the 21st Century. Throughout hiscareer, he has released five studio albums, all of which reached the Billboard Top Ten and have combined sales over 9 million copies in the U.S.
Chely Wright rose to fame as a commercial country singer in the 1990s, and has since released eight studio albums and charted more than 15 singles on the Billboard charts. Wright made history by being the first country music star to publicly come out as gay, which she revealed in her 2010 memoir entitled “Like Me.” That same year Wright founded The LIKEME® Organization, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance, resources, and education to LGBT individuals and their family & friends, as well as founding The LIKEME® Lighthouse, an education and community center for gay youth in Chely’s hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.
Harper Grae has found solid footing as an artist and songwriter by basing many of her songs on her own life experiences. Her last single, “Monster,” is included on her critically acclaimed 2018 EP Buck Moon Medleys, which features two music videos that received special attention from CMT. The first, “Bloodline,” scored the artist a spot in CMT’s Artist Development program. When the follow up single and companion video to “Bloodline” was released, CMT made the unprecedented move for an indie artist by airing the videos back to back for the premiere of “Monster.”