Country music for an incredible cause.
Chris Stapleton and friends raised over $1 million dollars for his Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund during his stadium show on Saturday night.
The sold-out show was the first concert ever held at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field, and included other performances by Willie Nelson and family, Sheryl Crow and Madeline Edwards.
Chris shared a little bit about how important is to him to give back to his community and home state after the show:
“Every night we walk on a stage, we do our best to help people forget their troubles or celebrate or remember or hope or heal. Every night we play, a portion of those profits always goes to charity.
As a musician, I can’t think of a greater honor than reaching a point where we can play a show for 40,000 people and give all of the profits back to a community that has been so unfailingly loyal and supportive.”
While they raised an impressive amount of money from a one-night show, it’s even more impressive to see the way Chris and Morgane continue to support their fellow Kentuckians who need it the most.
As one of the best musicians in the game right now (in any genre), Chris is extremely thankful to be able to use music as a vehicle to give back as much as he possibly can:
“It is a tremendously pure and rewarding moment to get to provide the medicine that is music in that space.
I’m grateful to everyone who came to the show and to all of the musicians, managers, agents and crew members that made this moment possible.”
The hometown Fund is an arm of Chris and Morgane’s Outlaw State of Kind charitable fund, which supports a variety of causes close to their heart in Kentucky.
Initial grants from the money raised over the weekend include $250,000 to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, as well as additional pledges to the American Red Cross, UK Healthcare Kentucky Children’s Hospital, the Community Foundation of Western Kentucky’s Disaster Relief Fund, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
They will continue to award additional grants throughout the year with the rest of the whopping $1 million raised.
Chris recently added even more dates to his already extensive All American Road Show tour:
And his current single at country radio is a cover of John Fogerty’s “Joy Of My Life”, from his recent Grammy-winning album Starting Over: