Four years after surviving his own traumatic brain injury, country soul singer Drake White has announced his “Benefit For The Brain” charity concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Aug. 28.
White will share the stage with Randy Houser, Riley Green and Jamey Johnson as well as more special guests from the country, rock, and Americana worlds that will be announced soon.
Through his Big Fire Fund 501(c)(3) charity organization, White seeks to advance research and support networks in the field of brain and mental health. Brain health became important to the acclaimed entertainer after suffering a stroke and collapsing onstage in 2019, being subsequently diagnosed with Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM).
After undergoing a series of operations to repair his AVM and months of physiotherapy, White relearned how to do almost everything – including playing guitar and singing.
“This will be a night of music and conversation shining light on brain and mental health,” explains White. “Through music and community, our goal is to raise awareness and resources to foster innovation in adolescent brain health, empower veterans and their families and bridge the gap between alternative medicine and public perception. Together, we hope to inspire a community of understanding, improve quality of life and give courage to face the battle between your ears.”
All proceeds raised will be gifted to a handpicked slate of benefit partners representing three pillars: military personnel and their families with a focus on PTSD and other related issues; child and adolescent brain health; and progressive research into alternative brain and stroke treatments. For more information, click here.
News of the empowering benefit concert comes at the start of a brand-new creative chapter for White, who released his heartfelt single “Spirit” at the end of June. Co-written by White with Leslie Satcher and Phil Pence, this marks the first taste of his upcoming project.
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