It pays to have friends in high places. Just ask Kelly Clarkson, who didn’t hesitate to call in more than a few favors for her inaugural Miracle on Broadway benefit concert taking place Saturday night (Dec. 20) in Nashville.
“Honestly? With these artists, I just called my friends and was like, ‘Hey, do this for me ‘cause you’re my friend!’” Clarkson said during a press conference earlier this week.
Who wouldn’t want to be part of an all-star lineup for a charity show Clarkson dreamed up while sitting in traffic on her way home one evening. It turned out to be a friends-and-family plan.
“I called my mother-in-law first,” she said. “I figured if I could tie Reba in, people would say yes. She said yes probably just because she’s my mother-in-law … and it would be awkward at Christmas when she was like, ‘Ah, I turned you down.’”
And then Garth Brooks signed on, emailing Clarkson his plan to perform. So, of course, his wife Trisha Yearwood — Clarkson’s pal and duet partner — jumped on board, too.
And the lineup continued to grow from there. Now McEntire and her benevolent daughter-in-law will also be joined at Bridgestone Arena by Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves and hit songwriter-producer Shane McAnally.
There will be collaborations among the performers, and the lineup will lean a little bit beyond the country realm, too, with a few of Clarkson’s pop pals joining along, including Paramore’s Hayley Williams and sensational “All About That Bass” chanteuse Meghan Trainor. (Williams and Trainor both reside in Nashville, by the way.)
And though it will be a fun show, the focus for Clarkson is on giving back to her newly-established, donor-advised Fruition Fund through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which will distribute the show’s proceeds to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Monroe Harding Children’s Home, Second Harvest Food Bank and Thistle Farms.
“It’s gonna be a fun show,” Clarkson said. “And it’s just cool for the community to come together, and everybody knows it’s just a good time. It’s just a good time, and we’re celebrating these people in our community that are our next door neighbors and are right outside our door. It’s cool to know you’re actually giving back to the community you actually live in.”
For Clarkson, Nashville has become her community.
“I’ve been here for over seven years now, so it’s home for me, which is hard to say for a Texan,” she said. “But it’s been my home for over seven years, and I adore this community.”
And the Nashville community certainly adores her and her charitable heart.
Concertgoers can bring a nonperishable food donation to the show for Second Harvest Food Bank.
However, if you can’t be there to join in on the fun, fear not. You can actually make a one-time donation from your cell phone by texting MIRACLE to 41010. Message and data rates may apply, as they say, but it’s for a good cause.