TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 22 FOR THE 9th ANNUAL STARS FOR SECOND HARVEST BENEFIT PRESENTED BY O’CHARLEY’S
Don’t miss this year’s show hosted by Craig Wiseman featuring special guests, Florida Georgia Line and Comedian Ralphie May
NASHVILLE, TN / March 19, 2013 – O’Charley’s and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee are gearing up for the 9th annual Stars For Second Harvest benefit on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 7:30pm at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Presented by O’Charley’s and hosted by acclaimed hit songwriter Craig Wiseman, this concert features an unplugged acoustic style performance by some of country music's brightest songwriters, a special comedic performance by the fabulous Ralphie May and a performance by country’s hottest new duo Florida Georgia Line.
Concert tickets are on-sale beginning Friday, March 22 for $35.00 plus applicable service charges and are available via the Ryman box office, ryman.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. For preferred VIP seating ($50.00) please contact Second Harvest Food Bank at 615-329-3491. Proceeds from the concert to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in their efforts to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. For more information, visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org.
“This not-to-be missed evening helps to raise awareness of hunger issues in Tennessee,” said Hazem Ouf, CEO of American Blue Ribbon Holdings the parent company of O’Charley’s. “O’Charley’s and American Blue Ribbon Holdings are committed to this cause. In the last eight years, this event has raised $511,032 to feed hungry children, seniors and families in Tennessee. Because each dollar provides four meals, the funds raised from the concert provided Second Harvest with the funds to supply 2,044,128 meals.”
"We are grateful for our partners that help put on a great show each year," said Jaynee Day, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. “We encourage all of our supporters and country music fans to attend and help speak out against hunger.”
This is the 9th year for Craig Wiseman to host the show for Second Harvest Food Bank at the Ryman Auditorium and the second year to host the event during CMA Fest.
“We had such a successful show last year during CMA week and look forward to a bigger and better show this year. With previous years having everyone from Keith Urban and Jon Bon Jovi to Ronnie Dunn and Tim McGraw along with so many big hit songwriters playing their songs and telling the stories promises to be the biggest and most star studded show we have ever done! We expect to sell out as word gets out to all of those country music fans looking for a way to kick off their first night in town with one of the coolest guitar pulls ever!” says Wiseman.
Florida Georgia Line duo—Monroe, Georgia’s Tyler Hubbard and Ormond Beach, Florida’s Brian Kelley - has exploded on to the country music scene with their multi-week, No. 1 debut single “Cruise.” To date, the infectious song alone has sold well over two million; reached #1 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart and helped secure them a spot on Luke Bryan’s “DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR” and Taylor Swift’s “RED TOUR” in 2013. "Anytime we can give back and help feed the hungry in our community we jump at the opportunity” says Kelley, “We are so excited to be part of Craig's Stars for Second Harvest Show for the second year in a row. Hopefully we can help sell this show out and all come together and raise a lot of money for the hungry!"
ABOUT SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE:
Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 400 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org.
ABOUT CRAIG WISEMAN:
Founder of Big Loud Shirt Industries, Craig Wiseman is one of today's most celebrated songwriters and has played a significant role in shaping Country music. To date, Wiseman has had well over 300 cuts, 100 singles, 20 #1's and has had songs on over 80 million records sold. He has also won countless awards, including a Grammy for Tim McGraw's 10-week #1, "Live Like You Were Dying," ASCAP's Songwriter Of The Year three times and CMA & ACM Song Of The Year awards in consecutive years. Craig has written songs for, among many others, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Beverly Knight, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith and Nickleback.
ABOUT FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE:
Since releasing their multi-week #1, DOUBLE PLATINUM debut single, “Cruise,” hot duo Florida Georgia Line (Tyler Hubbard from Monroe, Georgia and Brian Kelley from Ormond Beach, Florida) has been quickly garnering buzz among fans, media and superstars (Taylor Swift, Nelly, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles) alike. FGL’s follow-up single, “Get Your Shine On,” has already sold nearly 500,000 copies and has ascended into the Top 15 at Country radio. The hot newcomers have been named the ACM’s New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year and are nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year and New Artist of the Year. FGL’s energetic live show and compelling tunes landed them coveted opening slots on Taylor Swift’s “THE RED TOUR” and Luke Bryan’s “DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR” this year and on “CMT ON TOUR” with headliner Jake Owen in 2012. The Republic Nashville duo brings a fresh combination of eclectic beats and expressive lyrics to the genre. Producer Joey Moi (Jake Owen, Nickelback) showcases their unique sound throughout their debut album, HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, which earned the highest debut album sales of 2012 for a new Country artist. They have appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, FOX & Friends and secured a presenter spot during the 2012 American Music Awards.
O’Charley’s, headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., includes 213 restaurants in 20 states in the Southeast and Midwest, including 207 company-owned and operated O’Charley’s restaurants and five restaurants operated by franchises and joint venture partners.
ABOUT AMERICAN BLUE RIBBON HOLDINGS:
American Blue Ribbon Holdings (ABRH) is a diversified food service company that operates or franchises more than 650 company and franchise restaurants in 43 states. ABRH brands include O’Charley’s, Ninety Nine, Max & Erma’s, Village Inn, Bakers Square, and Legendary Baking. ABRH is a majority-owned subsidiary of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF). For more information on American Blue Ribbon Holdings, please visit http://www.abrholdings.com/.