Riley Green has been named the 2023 Artist Advocate for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville’s Music Row Build.
Green will perform at the Grand Ole Opry on Nov. 21 in a special show benefiting Habitat’s Music Row Build. The Opry will be donating $5 a ticket that night to support MRB initiatives to advocate, educate and build affordable homes for hardworking families. Tickets to the Opry show can be purchased at Opry.com.
Before Green pursued a career in country, he framed houses with his dad. Green participated in the Habitat build site at Village by the Creek in north Nashville recently, helping this year’s Habitat homeowner Michelle Steele build her Habitat home. Green and Steele installed siding and insulation at the build site and Green’s parents, aunt and uncle drove up from Alabama to join the workday.
Future Habitat homeowner Steele, who works as a solution center consultant at a local bank and has a three-year-old daughter, will be the first in her family to become a homeowner. She is taking 100 hours of homeownership classes and working 70 hours on the build site to earn the opportunity for a Habitat 0% APR interest mortgage.
The Music Row Build began in 2003 and ended in 2012. It was reignited in 2020, and thanks to a generous donation by longtime Music Row Veteran Ree Guyer, a fund has been established to continue the work of MRB with a goal of raising $500,000. MRB Chair Penny Gattis has held numerous events throughout the year to add to the fund, which is now over $200,000.
“Having a home is something that is universal and that we can all get behind,” says Gattis. “When we lay our heads down at night, we want to know our family is safe and that we have a place to call home. In addition, the skyrocketing home and rent prices make it difficult for hospitality workers, musicians, teachers – working Nashvillians — to live where they work. More needs to be done.”
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