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Hometown Hero: Ernest Leads All-Star Lineup Raises 1.4 Million Meal Donation at Stars for Second Harvest Benefit Concert

Ryman Auditorium witnessed a whirlwind of talent and generosity as the Stars for Second Harvest benefit concert took center stage yesterday, this past Tuesday, June 4th. This annual event, presented by Nissan, not only showcased some of country music's brightest stars but also served a noble cause, raising enough funds for a staggering 1.4 million meal donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

ERNEST Hosts Stars for Second Harvest at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium (6/4) Image by Corey Miller

The evening unfolded with an electrifying atmosphere as country music maverick and hometown hero, Ernest, spearheaded a lineup of renowned artists including Hardy, Darius Rucker, Chase Rice, Mitchell Tenpenny, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, and more. Each artist lent their talents to support Second Harvest's mission of combating hunger in the community, proving that music truly has the power to make a difference.

The night commenced with a spellbinding writers round, a unique showcase of raw talent and heartfelt storytelling. Hardy's anthemic "Truck Bed" had the entire Ryman singing along, setting the tone for an unforgettable evening. From Mitchell Tenpenny's poignant "Truth About You" to Darius Rucker's timeless "Let Her Cry," every performance resonated deeply with the audience, culminating in a crescendo of emotion and camaraderie.

(PHOTO L-R) HARDY, Darius Rucker, Chase Rice, Jamey Johnson, and Mitchell Tenpenny play a once in a lifetime writers' round at Stars for Second Harvest (6/4) | Image by Corey Miller

Between sets, a spirited auction captivated attendees, raising an impressive $33.7 thousand in just 30 minutes. The generosity of the crowd was palpable, underscoring the collective commitment to supporting those in need.

But the highlight of the evening was undoubtedly Ernest's captivating performance. With a magnetic stage presence and an arsenal of hits, the Nashville native commanded the spotlight with effortless charisma. From the introspective "Did it for the Story" to the soul-stirring Merle Haggard cover "That’s the Way Love Goes," Ernest captivated hearts and minds with every note.

A poignant moment arrived when Ernest welcomed his friend Lukas Nelson to the stage for a mesmerizing collaboration. Together, they debuted a brand-new song, "Anything Gettin to You Has Gotta Go Through Me," a testament to the power of musical camaraderie and creative synergy. As the night drew to a close, Ernest delivered a triumphant finale with his breakout hit "Flower Shops," leaving the audience on their feet and craving more. It was a night to remember—a celebration of music, community, and compassion—all in support of a cause that touches countless lives.

In an industry often defined by glitz and glamour, Ernest stands out not only for his musical prowess but also for his unwavering commitment to using his platform for good. His leadership at the Stars for Second Harvest benefit concert exemplifies the transformative power of art and the profound impact it can have on the world around us.

As the echoes of last night's performances linger in the hallowed halls of the Ryman Auditorium, one thing is clear: the spirit of generosity and solidarity ignited by these talented artists will continue to shine bright, illuminating the path towards a brighter, more compassionate future for all.


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