Monday, June 7, 2021
– Michael Ray, Lily Rose and Jake Hoot are among the artists joining the lining up for the 2021 Concert for Love and Acceptance on June 30.
Also joining the line-up are singer/songwriter Jamie Floyd, pianist Paul Cardall and singer Cody Belew plus comedian Dana Goldberg.
Lily Rose has signed to Big Loud Records, while Hoot was winner of The Voice in 2017. Former NFL quarterback Steve Young and his wife Barbara Graham Young, both advocates for LGBTQ equality and acceptance, will make a special appearance together in support of LGBTQ youth.
Ty Herndon, who founded the event in 2015, will co-host with CMT's Cody Alan. The two have hosted the event since 2017. GLAAD, MusiCares, and Nashville's Oasis Center are beneficiaries of event proceeds.
The show will take place at 8 p.m. eastern and will be live-streamed exclusively on CMT's Facebook and YouTube channels, and at F4LA.org/concert.
Previously announced appearances and performances include Brothers Osborne, Kristin Chenoweth, Terri Clark, Brooke Eden, Harper Grae, Chris Housman, Kathy Mattea, Rissi Palmer, Gretchen Peters, Tenille Townes, Walker County and Chase Wright.
Mattea will also be honored with the second annual Foundation For Love & Acceptance R.A.L.Y. (Rescue A Life, Y'all) Award, presented by Herndon in recognition of her early advocacy for the LGBTQ community and HIV/AIDS awareness.
"Kathy Mattea was standing up for LGBTQ people and raising awareness about the HIV and AIDS epidemic long before it was cool — especially in the country music community. It's an honor to give her the long-overdue recognition she deserves for being a pioneering ally and friend," said Herndon.
Herndon also announced this year's Red Carpet Countdown, an online event now in its second year that will feature additional appearances and performances in the two hours preceding the Concert For Love & Acceptance. It will stream online exclusively on his Facebook channel. Announced performances include ARLO, Jada Cato, Exit 216, Justin Fabus, The Kentucky Gentlemen, Brandon Stansell and Jaime Wyatt.