If you have ever met Ty Herndon, you know he is one of the most loving and lovable guys in the industry. Herndon doesn’t meet or greet you with a handshake, photo, and quick brush off — he embraces you, speaks excitedly, and looks you square in the eye as he shares the moment with you. No matter who you are, what your walk has been, or why you are in the room with him, Herndon loves and accepts you. This is why he is the perfect artist to spearhead an event that focuses on love and acceptance.
This CMA Fest, Herndon’s The 2017 Concert for Love and Acceptance will take place at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Hosting the show will be Herndon’s friend and CMT’s renowned personality Cody Alan. We were fortunate to sit down with Herndon recently to learn all about his event and the amazing supporters he was able to sign on to perform, all in the name of love.
This will be the third show of its kind, with last year’s event selling out and outgrowing City Winery Nashville. Gauging interest and realizing the impact his special show has on country music fans, Herndon set his sights on a much bigger venue — downtown’s Wildhorse Saloon.
Wildhorse is one of my favorite places! Being in this business for a long time, I’ve played some amazing venues from Billy Bob’s to Red Rocks, but Nashville’s always a special place to play. Even some place as small as the Bluebird or something as amazing as the Wildhorse or Bridgestone here.
In putting together this concert, Herndon is often asked if he has some kind of agenda, and the answer to that question is as simple as they come.
I love the fact we are bringing together fifteen amazing artists under the umbrella of love and acceptance. People ask me is there an agenda here? I’m like “yeah, country music!” Just a big open heart. We’ve got one band, the show runs for three hours, and it’s just artist after artist after artist doing their music.
Yes, it is an event that allows many of Herndon’s friends and our favorite names in the industry to showcase their talents and catalog of songs, but each of these artists has stepped up and in for the greater good. Included among the talent that will take the stage at Wildhorse Saloon is CMT’s Cody Alan — the emcee for this year’s show.
My job just got easier! I’m gonna enjoy the backstage festivities and, everybody on the show are friends of mine and they always have been the last two years.
The show is going to be a great time and one of the best tickets you can score the first official night of CMA Fest (Thursday, June 8), being named one of the top five events of the weekend. However, what is more important is the fact that this group of artists is banding together for a wonderful cause first and foremost.
We’re certainly going to raise some good money for at-risk youth here in Middle Tennessee, which is true and dear to my heart because the suicide rate is astounding for kids fifteen years old and under. There’s just no reason for a kid not to feel loved, and no reason for them to feel broken. So, Nashville’s the gateway to the south, man. We want to make sure we’re working with awesome projects like The Trevor Project and The Oasis House here in Nashville. They have something under their umbrella called “Just Us,” which primarily deals with at-risk youth.
Herndon wants to make sure his show stays one of the most celebrated activities during the CMA Fest week, so in order to up his draw to those who live in and are visiting Nashville, he teased that there will be additional special guests beyond the fifteen artists who have been announced. We can give you a little hint… Evidently Lorrie Morgan is bringing “so and so” with her. Oh, and he also slipped and said this about his own special guest: “she is going to blow their minds.” It’s a “she,” folks!
The format of the show bears similarities to that of the Grand Ole Opry. Each artist will sing three songs and share a backing band. The list of stellar talent includes Billy Gilman, Kree Harrison, Ryan Kinder, Runaway June, Michael Ray, Street Corner Symphony, Thompson Square, Trent Harmon, Mickey Guyton, comedian Dana Goldberg, YouTuber and Glee star, Noah Guthrie, singer Ken Block of Sister Hazel, Nashville pop duo, Kingston, and Christian rocker Trey Pearson.
To get your hands on a ticket for Ty Herndon’s 2017 Concert for Love and Acceptance, click here. We hope to see you all there!