Blake Shelton Concert 'Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert' to Air Wednesday, May 29 on NBC

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May 24th, 2013

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via press release:


Special Telecast to Benefit the United Way Set for 9 p.m. ET/PT; NBC, Style, E!, G4, Bravo and CMT Will Also Air

Tickets to Go on Sale Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. CT

Love's Travel Stops to Underwrite the Concert Cost

OKLAHOMA CITY - May 24, 2013 - Blake Shelton has organized and will headline the telethon "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" on May 29, to take place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Grammy Award-winning artists Miranda Lambert, Reba and Vince Gill will also perform. Additional guests for the concert will be announced shortly.
The concert will be televised live at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. It will also air on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT on either a live or delayed basis.

"Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy," Shelton said. "This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero."

The event will raise funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Working with their local community partners, United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the Fund for immediate, intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that devastated Moore earlier this week.

Born and raised in Oklahoma and currently residing in the city of Tishomingo, the recent tragedy that struck the state this week hit close to home for Shelton. The one way the country singer knew he could help immediately would be through the "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" aiding the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

This isn't the first time Shelton has reached out to those in the wake of tragedy in Oklahoma. In 2011, Shelton and long-time friend Reba went back home to Oklahoma to host the "Tornado Relief Concerts" for victims affected by the Atoka County tornadoes. The two-sold out concerts, which featured special guests and over two hours of entertainment, raised $500,000 for the Oklahoma victims.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. CT on May 25. Tickets are $25, with a limit of eight per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at

**R.A. Clark (Academy of Country Music Awards, MDA SHOW OF STRENGTH) is executive producer.  Rob Paine is supervising producer and Gregg Gelfand is director. Gene Pack is the writer for the special. **

  • JoshuaCanada

    I like the fact that Go O


    Why not invite anyone else to perform?? I’m sure alot of people who’d jump on chance to perform on benefit. Not a big fan of Blake

  • Michael

    He should really invite the entire The Voice family to take part!

  • Barbara Kaszanek

    Let’s make sure ALL the money goes to the victims. United Way has been accused in the past of having high “ADMINISTRATIVE” costs. I want ALL the money to go to the victims.

  • DenverDean

    Almost SEVEN times as many people died (162) in the Joplin tornado in 2011, don’t recall any television benefit. (The worst tornado in 65 years.) But, then again, I guess no one had a show or album to promote.

  • okjim

    DenverDean, Some people don’t need something to promote, they care. Some people remember where they come from, and still live in the area. The Moore tornado happened when a lot of people were at work in OKC and elswhere. The 16 minutes warning helped alot. There was a tornado in 1999 that caused the F scale to be redone because the winds were the highest recorded on earth (300+mph). That tornado was in Moore also. This tornado took almost the same path that the one in 99 did, although thankfuly didn’t last as long…thankfuly, because future track was over my house in NE Ok. .

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood


    You can say the same about the Red Cross, the go to, even presidentially supported, charity. Also something about them being too religious & against LGBT community, particularly gay marriage.

    Bottomline, what charity for immediate needs during times of disaster, can we all agree is about the victims & only has administrative costs that are only so they can survive themselves & make the most out of getting donations from others “bang for the buck”? If you can come up with one or more please spread the word of who that is. Until then, Red Cross & United Way (among a select few others), will have to do.

    Personally, if I had enough money to donate, my money would go towards research that can end once & for all things such as cancer but also maybe ways to control “mother nature” just enough to keep her away from people & most animales/property. Or, try to make our property safe enough to withstand the worst she can give us.

    That doesn’t mean that these people don’t need support now. BTW, I’m quite sure that Joplin tornado relief victims got support from somewhere. It often goes into a big fund that each local chapter can request funds/support from. So, the surplus of support from one can go to the neglected of others.

    I see that this particular tv concert benefit is for 1 local chapter. I would hope if that enough comes into the area’s charities, that the surplus could go to other places.

    Just cause not everything, even mass tragedies, get national tv benefits, doesn’t mean that the donations given don’t help those neglected mass tragedies.

    @TVMAN, the press release says “more to be named later”. It’s obviously just thrown together & as such, first step was to get the ok to do it from NBC. Then, he can worry about getting more & more people. I’m sure he will get a lot of/enough people. And, yes the whole Voice Crew will probably be apart of it, esp if too many people are half way across the globe/already scheduled concert for that night.

  • mathew

    I like how a whole bunch of shows like go on and community or highlited in this

  • JeffT

    Maybe some celebrity born or living in Joplin should have done something for that area. There was a concert scheduled, but it was cancelled over concerns about paying Travis Tritt for his appearance. Blake hardly needs to do a concert on TV to sell his album, which is already in release and is selling on its own. What’s it like to be a cynic?

  • james

    way to go blake a real country music singer and really cares

  • Sam

    It’s good that NBC has a scratch your back your scratch mine policy with their TV Judges. When will Xtina, Usher, Adam, etc. get their own TV specials?

  • doug liner

    It would be unfortunate if Moore raised artist Toby Keith, Kellie Coffey, and Melodie Crittenden (the latter two were recording artists in the early 2000 and late 1990 time frame) were not invited to perform and share their love for the people of Moore. Melodie in particular was the very first artist to release God Bless the Broken Road. She and Kellie both recorded popular songs fitting for tribute. Of couse Toby pretty much lives there. Hope they have that opportunity.

  • vada sebourn triplett

    thank you blake and miranda. my kids live n moore and you live n my hometown of tishomingo and yall have done so much for us already,i really think yall are kind and generous so dont listion to the haters like tvman.yall are wonderfull and i love yall. vada

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