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Combustion Music Raises $75K During Hope Town Music Festival


Combustion Music hosted its third annual Hope Town Music Festival on Friday Dec. 2 on the island of Elbow Cay in the Bahamas. Over $75,000 was raised from the four songwriter rounds, with the income going to support Every Child Counts, Friends of the Environment, and Hope Town Fire & Rescue.

Combustion Music President Chris Farren welcomed songwriters including Ashley Gorley, Brett James, Chris Destefano, Matt Jenkins, Jameson Rodgers, Jordan Walker, Johnny McGuire, Mickey Jack Cones, Chip Esten, John Nite, Kendall Marvell, Andy Albert, and Marc Beeson, who all contributed their time and songwriting efforts.

“All of my friends donated their time and talents, and together with the local community and some incredible Nashville sponsors, we raised a bunch of money that will all stay on the island and really make a difference… not to mention the fact that we all had a blast,” said Farren.

“We at SunTrust Music Row have been involved with the Hopetown Music Festival since its inception in 2013.  We are so glad to be a part of such a great cause, that gives back to such a special place like Hopetown,” said Suntrust First Vice President Dusty Miller.

Sponsors, partners, and donors participating included ASCAP, The Academy of Country Music, SunTrust Bank, Hackney Financial, Downtown Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell, IBC Airways, Sword Rowe & Company, Abaco Inn, Albury’s Ferry Service, Abaco Buzz, Hope Town Inn and Marina, Hope Town Harbor Lodge, Harbour’s Edge, Commonwealth Brewery Limited, Lighthouse Marina, Rock Around The Clock, Island Cart Rentals, and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.


Artists Revealed For Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show

Charlie Daniels Christmas 4 kidsChris Stapleton, Darryl Worley, 3 Doors Down, Shenandoah, 38 Special, TG Sheppard, Kelly Lang, Ray Scott, Guy Gilchrist and James Robert Webb are a few of the artists set to participate in the annual Christmas 4 Kids tour bus show, to be held at Hendersonville, Tenn. Walmart on Monday, Dec. 12. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., stars will gather on parked tour buses to meet fans and give them an inside look at their homes away from home.

Admission to the event is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 2-12 and $20 for a family pass. Admission for children under 2 is free. Tickets may be purchased onsite at the Hendersonville Walmart (204 North Anderson Lane, Hendersonville, TN 37075) on the day of the event.

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, over 400 underprivileged children from 29 different schools around Middle Tennessee will participate in a day-long shopping excursion. The day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer’s luxury tour bus, dinner, and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus. To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville Walmart, where the kids receive a new winter coat and $150 to spend on anything they like.


Musicians On Call Teams With Radio Disney Country

moc-logo-blackMusicians On Call, which brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals across the country, teamed up with Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country recently to bring the healing power of music to patients at City of Hope in Los Angeles. With the help of one of Radio Disney’s biggest stars Alex Aiono and country music newcomers Temecula Road, patients, families and caregivers at City of Hope were treated to a lobby performance as well as MOC’s Bedside Performance Program.

The visit, presented by Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country, and sponsored by the Jason Pollack Bedside Performance Program, City National Bank and Genentech was in celebration of Musicians On Call’s Half A Million Moments campaign, the milestone of performing for 500,000 patients, families and caregivers across the country.

Both artists are featured on the new track entitled “The Human Race” that also features longtime MOC supporters Kelsea Ballerini, Scotty McCreery, Lindsay Ell, LOCASH, Tegan Marie and more. Fans can purchase single on iTunes, with some of the proceeds going to benefit MOC.


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