Helping Haiti: Benefits With Superstars, Locals

taylor_swift_13557The ultimate superstar telethon for Haiti relief efforts airs tonight (1/22) at 8/7 PM/CT on all the major networks and cable outlets. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are among the A-list celebs set to sing on Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. The two-hour telethon will also feature performances by Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Coldplay, Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna. Jean, George Clooney and CNN’s Anderson Cooper, will host. Other stars will be answering the phones for donations.

The musical performances will be available for purchase through iTunes beginning tomorrow (1/23), with proceeds benefiting Haiti relief funds. As the most widely distributed telethon in history, the event can be found on numerous television networks and will be live streamed on numerous Web sites and mobile phone carriers.

Before the big telethon, the Gospel Music Channel is world premiering the video for “Are You Listening: A Love Song for Haiti” at 6 PM/CT. Kirk Franklin spearheaded the charity recording in Nashville, and more than 150 participants joined the cause including BeBe & CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Natalie Grant, Mary Mary, and Jeremy Camp, who were in Music City for the 25th Annual Stellar Awards.

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Charity outreach organization Can-Do has joined forces with Livin The Music to create Project Haiti and is accepting supplies for drop-off at Sound Stage in Nashville (1420 Cowan Ct. 37207, 9am – 5pm). Toby Keith has donated 7 trailers/trucks to be filled with supplies and shipped to Haiti. You can follow the supplies that you donate, on-site operations in Haiti, or make an online donation here. Items needed: Medical supplies (first aid kits, bandages, rubbing alcohol, wipes, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Tylenol…etc.), soap, purified water, hydration containers, non perishable food, baby formula, diapers, work gloves, tarps, face masks, headlamps, clothing, and blankets.

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Word Records & UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) will present a Benefit Concert for Haiti Relief with Point of Grace, Mark Schultz and special guests on Sat., Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m. at Brentwood United Methodist Church. Ticket info here.

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Radio stations are banding together for a one-day national radio event on Feb. 1 to help Haiti through Compassion International. “Help Haiti with Compassion” has a radio tool kit for stations. Content and resources are still being added such as liners and spots from country artists. Any radio group or station is invited to participate. For information contact Mike Severson, Compassion International, Artist & Radio Relations, at 615-496-6023 or [email protected]
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The Features, Blue Mother Tupelo, Zach Broocke, Damien Horne, Jason Johnson, Jeanne Jolly, Denitia Odigie, Joe E. Rich, The Roots Union and Scott Simontacchi are set for Nashville Reaches Out: A Benefit For Haiti. It will be at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, at Third & Lindsley. Cost is $10. All proceeds will go to Yele Haiti. The event is headed up by Broocke, Johnson and publicist Jill Garrett.

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