When I saw what the country music industry is doing for the families of five slain Dallas police officers, I became even prouder of my country music upbringing.
It’s been two weeks since five police officers were shot and killed at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, making it the deadliest event for police since 9/11.
There’s been an outpouring of support for the families of the slain officers from all over the world, but what the country music industry just announced exemplifies the gifts God blesses us with to share with others as faithful stewards of His varied grace.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” – 1 Peter 4:10
More than a dozen country music stars are joining forces for a benefit concert to raise money for the families of five slain Dallas police officers. The benefit concert — Stars Behind the Stars — will take place at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth on Wednesday, July 27. When I saw which country artists were donating their time and talents for such an honorable cause, I got even more excited for the benefit concert!
The lineup includes Tanya Tucker, The Oak Ridge Boys, John Conlee, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Gene Watson and many more.
The night also will include a guest appearance by country music legend, Randy Travis, who continues to recover from a stroke in 2013. T.G. Sheppard will serve as host and tickets are already on sale!
When I learned about the benefit concert, I instantly thought about Keith Urban’s definition of “country music.” For Urban, country music isn’t a genre — it’s a community.
“The one thing I really believe to be true, no matter where you come from, is it’s about community,” Urban said.
Urban was just 9-years-old when his family home in Caboolture, Australia, burned to the ground – a year after his parents had joined a country music club in nearby Brisbane. Right after they lost everything, the country music held a fundraiser for Urban’s family.
“We were all okay, but we lost all our belongings, which wasn’t much, but it was everything we had. And without hesitation, our country music club immediately put on a fundraiser for us,” Urban revealed.
Country music is indeed the definition of community, and the Stars Behind the Stars benefit concert for the families of five slain Dallas police officers is proof. God bless these country artists for using their gifts for a great cause!
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