News & Photos
TOP MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS HOST 2011 LIVE UNITED SONG CONTESTJuly 14, 2011
To kick off the Stuff the Bus Day of Action school supply drive, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville hosted a night of music on June 21 at one of Nashville’s premier live music venues, The Listening Room Café.
The launch concert featured performances by the top 10 finalists from the LIVE UNITED song contest who then each performed their song in front of the crowd and a panel of judges made up of some of Nashville’s most prominent music industry professionals including hit songwriter and artist, Cary Barlowe; 95.5 WSM personality, Beth Brightwell; George Strait backup vocalist and United Way advocate, Marty Slayton Jordan; Belmont University Instructor of Music Business, Dan Keen; and owner of The Nashville Muse and Music Starts Here, Doak Turner.
At the end of the night, the winners were announced: Crowd Favorite went to “Weather the Storm” by Will Champlin, Bernie Nelson and Adriene Smith. The Grand Prize Winner was “Biggest Hearts Win” by Bobby McCormick and Lynn Wilbanks, whose song will be used in an upcoming UNITED WAY DAY OF ACTION video featured on unitedwaynashville.org.
Through song contest entries and concert admissions, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville has collected enough money to stuff over 520 backpacks full of school supplies. This is a great start in reaching the goal of 2,500 backpacks for kids served by United Way’s Family Resource Centers, and other child-focused partner agencies. United Way’s Stuff the Bus Day of Action will provide school supplies for children and teens served through United Way’s Neighborhood Family Resource Centers and partner agencies working daily to equip the youth of Nashville’s neighborhoods for success.
Join us for this year’s Stuff the Bus Day of Action on Friday, July 29, at the McGruder Family Resource Center. The sort-a-thon begins at 10:30 a.m. Supply delivery will take place Friday afternoon from 1:30 – 4:30. Last year, the Stuff the Bus Day of Action was a huge success, exceeding the goal of 2,100 backpacks stuffed with more than 34,000 donated school supplies.
For a complete list of contest finalists and for more information on how you can participate in this year’s Stuff The Bus Day of Action, visit www.unitedwaynashville.org/volunteer.