In case you missed it, country music superstars Blake Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert led a star-studded musical concert Wednesday night for victims of last week’s Oklahoma tornado. Usher, Blake’s co-judge from “The Voice,” also sang a duet with him, and later singers Luke Bryan, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker and Vince Gill performed.
The Oklahoma City show opened with Blake singing his hit “God Gave Me You,” featuring the lyrics, “But you stay here beside me / Watch as the storm blows through / And I need you.” Miranda briefly broke down while crooning her hit ballad “The House That Built Me.”
Called “Healing in the Heartland,” it sold out in less than five minutes, according to NBC, which aired it live. Cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT also broadcast the concert live or on a delayed basis. So far, it’s raised $6 million.
Blake grew up in Ada, Oklahoma, about 75 miles south of where a massive, two-mile wide tornado killed 24 people on May 20. Survivors in Moore, Okla., have been left without homes, food, clothing, bedding and other familiar creature comforts. MyMusicCloud wishes these families strength and a swift recovery as they rebuild their lives.
It seems unimaginable that more Americans were victimized by a massive storm so soon after Hurricane Sandy and more storms are affecting the area this week. It’s a tragedy that’s been experienced by too many around the world.
More than 32 million were forced out of their homes last year by natural disasters, according to a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). Typhoons in China, monsoons in India and flooding in west and central Africa struck those regions the hardest, but the U.S. is also enduring an unusually grave weather cycle.
You can still donate to the #Moore response effort and other disasters by going to give.liveunited.org/page/contribute/donate-to-may-oklahoma-tornado-relief, texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10, or visiting http://redcross.org.
You can watch Blake and Usher’s duet from “Healing in the Heartland” show here …