“Healing in the Heartland” concert benefits victims of Oklahoma tornado crisis

May 30, 2013


The Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City lit up with emotional energy on Wednesday as some of music’s most talented artists gathered to pay tribute to the victims of last week’s Oklahoma tornado crisis.  A disastrous EF-5 tornado, striking Moore, Oklahoma on May 20th, killed 24 people – seven of which were children. Broadcast live on NBC, the “Healing in the Heartland” benefit concert sought to raise funds for those affected by the disaster, all proceeds directly contributed to the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

“People have given so much to us over the years and it’s times like this when you can give back,” The host of the event, country crooner Blake Shelton, says. “You have to. It’s not a question of ‘will you?’. You have to step up.”

Shelton performed a moving duet of Michael Buble’s “Home” with fellow The Voice judge Usher. Other performers included Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, and Rascal Flatts.

A particularly moving performance came from Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert, who was reduced to tears in the midst of “The House That Built Me”, which she performed in memory of the animals affected by the storm.

It was a special night dedicated to one purpose: raising relief for an area devastated by an unavoidable natural terror. And from reports of the performances and the fact that every seat in the arena was packed, it’s safe to say that “Healing the Heartland” did exactly that.


-Shelley DeHekker


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