Coun­try stars gather for ben­e­fit

Calgary Herald - - YOU - CHRIS WILLMAN Va­ri­ety

LOS AN­GE­LES Close to 40 artists have been con­firmed for a day­long per­for­mance livestream CMT will host on its so­cial plat­forms May 20, with Kenny Ch­es­ney, Brad Pais­ley, Sh­eryl Crow and Avril Lav­i­gne among the tal­ent set to join Feed The Front Line Live, Pre­sented By CMT.

The show will ben­e­fit Feed the Front Line, which has Mag­gie Mc­graw as the vice-pres­i­dent of its Nashville chap­ter. Mc­graw is the daugh­ter of coun­try su­per­stars Tim Mc­graw and Faith Hill, so it’s a given that those two will be among the event’s head­lin­ers. The char­ity pro­vides free food to front­line work­ers and, in the process, helps sup­port lo­cal res­tau­rants.

The streams will be hosted on CMT’S Face­book and Youtube chan­nels. In re­flec­tion of the ben­e­fi­ciary, the all-star livestream will be bro­ken up into three sep­a­rate meal-themed com­po­nents: break­fast, lunch and din­ner.

Among the dozens of oth­ers on board for the all-day we­b­cast are Kelsea Bal­lerini, Grace Pot­ter, Jon Pardi, Billy Ray Cyrus, Brett Young, Dustin Lynch, Scotty Mc­creery, Rita Wil­son, Blanco Brown, Carly Pearce, Cait­lyn Smith, Cas­sadee Pope, Kip Moore, Lori Mckenna, Tucker Beathard, Char­lie Wor­sham,

Jim­mie Allen, Shy Carter and Te­nille Townes. The ex­act lineup of who will be per­form­ing dur­ing which stream will be an­nounced in the run-up to the event.

Per­for­mances shot at home by the stars will be in­ter­spersed with sto­ries of front-line work­ers and the lo­cal res­tau­rants who’ve been en­listed to feed them.

Ap­pear­ing on The Ellen De­generes Show re­cently, Tim Mc­graw spoke about his 21-year-old daugh­ter’s work with the char­ity.

“Mag­gie’s do­ing some work for a non-profit called Feed the Front Line,” he told the talk show host. “It’s a na­tional non-profit and she’s or­ga­niz­ing the one here in Nashville

... It’s a re­ally great project, I’m re­ally proud of her. She’s do­ing great stuff.”

“Feed the Front Line is grate­ful to part­ner with CMT and coun­try mu­sic’s big­gest stars in our mis­sion to sup­port res­tau­rants and feed front-line work­ers and other peo­ple most in need dur­ing the COVID-19 cri­sis,” Mag­gie Mc­graw said in a state­ment. “We hope view­ers that are able to make a do­na­tion will con­sider do­ing so to help us bring more food to more peo­ple across the coun­try.”

View­ers will be asked to visit ftfl.org/give to con­trib­ute dur­ing the streams.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion says it has raised more than $750,000 and de­liv­ered about 50,000 meals so far dur­ing the pan­demic.

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