2014 All 4 the Hall Benefit Raises $600,000 for Hall of Fame
The fifth annual All 4 the Hall benefit, held on Tuesday (May 6) at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, raised $600,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The star-studded show, hosted once again by Keith Urban and Vince Gill, brought out some of country music's biggest stars, including Carrie Underwood, Lee Ann Womack, Kacey Musgraves, David Nail, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ronnie Milsap, Darius Rucker, Deana Carter and Kip Moore.
"Country music is America's music," Underwood said of the event (quote via Nashville's Tennessean). "[The Country Music Hall of Fame] is the pride of Nashville, and so many people get to go through and see it and learn about people who came before, people they didn't even know, and feel that much more connected to our music and its artists."
Nail, whose single 'Whatever She's Got' just earned platinum status, says performing for the benefit was one of the highlights of his career.
"Playing tonight was every cliche you can think of," he notes. "It was a dream come true, so surreal to just walk up there and see Vince, who is such a hero of mine, and Keith, who has been so kind. I'm still feeling like a kid at 34 years old living a dream."
Urban, who began All 4 the Hall in 2009 to raise much-needed funds for the Hall of Fame, says he is honored to helm such a worthwhile cause.
“It’s my way of saying thank you to the genre,” he tells The Boot. “I grew up in the genre. In some ways, it was a bit of a subculture in Australia, but a subculture that I was a part of and raised in. My whole childhood was spent traveling to different countries and festivals, and competing in these festivals. I was hanging out with kids whose parents had joined these country music clubs, like my parents had joined country music clubs, so it was my whole life. And then to come to Nashville and have the life I’ve been able to have here, is such a blessing. I was looking for a way I could say thank you.”
Donations to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum can be made here.