Ty Herndon’s “Concert for Love & Acceptance” to Feature Jake Owen, Tanya Tucker, Lauren Alaina & More

Ty Herndon’s “Concert for Love & Acceptance” to Feature Jake Owen, Tanya Tucker, Lauren Alaina & More

Ty Herndon’s 5th Concert for Love and Acceptance will take place online on June 30. The virtual event will stream across CMT’s Facebook and YouTube channels at 7 p.m. CT.

Hosted by Ty, Cody Alan and Kristin Chenoweth, the concert will feature performances and appearances from Lauren Alaina, Matt Bomer, Lewis Brice, Terri Clark, Everette, Billy Gilman, Mickey Guyton, Jake Owen, Dennis Quaid, Brody Ray, Kalie Shorr, Tanya Tucker and Rita Wilson.

Produced by Ty’s newly formed charitable foundation, The Foundation for Love & Acceptance, the concert will benefit GLAAD and ACM Lifting Lives. GLAAD and Ty created the first Concert for Love and Acceptance in 2015 shortly after he became the first male country artist to come out as gay.

During this year’s concert, Shelly Fairchild, Harper Grae and Brandon Stansell will be honored as the Foundation For Love & Acceptance’s first LGBTQ Country Music Rising Stars.

photos: Jake Owen by TCD; Tanya Tucker by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com; Lauren Alaina by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter