Daughtry will make his first appearance at the 2019 Concert for Love and Acceptance. Chely Wright and Harper Grae are also among the first performers for the GLAAD + Ty Herndon event. Daughtry will perform an acoustic set during the June 6 event and Cody Alan will host alongside Herndon, who will also perform.
UPDATE: Rita Wilson will perform during the 2019 CMA Fest event. She was announced as a performer along with Tayla Lynn, Brody Ray, Brandon Stansell and Antigone Rising. The newest additions to the lineup include Lee Brice, Tyler Rich and Mickey Guyton.
GLAAD, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer media advocacy organization in the world, throws this event with Herndon annually at the Wildhorse Saloon. The fun-filled night features artists and celebrities that want to promote acceptance for the LGBTQ community. This is its fifth year and it happens during CMA Fest.
“Music has the power to not only connect us but to change hearts and minds and LGBTQ people and our allies are front and center in all forms of music,” says Zeke Stokes, GLAAD’s Chief Programs Officer. “It has been incredible to see country music continue to evolve as a space for inclusivity and acceptance for both artists and fans. The Concert for Love & Acceptance continues to promote this message and we look forward to welcoming another incredible lineup of artists this year who will join together in support of the LGBTQ community.”
Wright will also make her first appearance during the concert. She was country music’s first out artist, blazing trails when she came out as a lesbian in 2010.
“I am so excited to have my friend Chely Wright performing with us for the first time at the Concert for Love & Acceptance,” Herndon says. “Without her pioneering courage, the path to being out and accepted, or even an LGBTQ ally in country music, would have been much longer and harder. All of us owe her a great deal of gratitude and admiration.”
During last year’s Concert for Love & Acceptance, GLAAD announced the Ty Herndon Rising Stars Grant. This grant is “bestowed upon young people for their commitment to enhancing LGBTQ inclusion and representation in music.” It’s eligible to LGBTQ young people who are working to accelerate acceptance in the music industry. Applications will be available later this month.