A star-studded array of celebrity entertainers, accompanied by the Grammy-award winning Nashville Symphony, will fill the program for the 2013 Music With a Mission on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville to benefit Nashville Rescue Mission.
For the third year, the award-winning country music group, Restless Heart and the Nashville Symphony will host “Music with a Mission” and perform in this event to raise awareness and funds for Nashville Rescue Mission.
In addition to Restless Heart, scheduled performers include Grammy and Dove Award-winning contemporary Christian music artist Amy Grant; English singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist and actor (known as Herman of Herman's Hermits, 1960s rock group) Peter Noone; country recording artist Tracy Lawrence; and Grammy-winning tenor and Gaither Vocal Band member David Phelps.
Also entertaining will be country music singer-songwriter Randy Houser; American session musician and noted harmonica player Charlie McCoy; singer-songwriter, guitar and harmonica player Buddy Greene; singer-songwriter and third-place finalist on the sixth season of American Idol, Melinda Doolittle; Dove Award-winning contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave; and contemporary Christian music artist Karyn Williams.
The Nashville Symphony will be conducted by Jim Gray, and Nashville Rescue Mission's very own choir also will be sharing their musical talents on stage.
WSMV-TV anchor Demetria Kalodimos and WSM Morning Show host Bill Cody will keep the night lively as they serve as masters of ceremony. Presenting Sponsors are Wendell Sanders and the Fowler Group of Raymond James. The Patron Sponsor is CEI General Contractor.
Tickets for this benefit are general admission seating at $35.00 and $50.00 and box seats at $125.00 each. Prior to the show, attendees will have an opportunity to bid in a silent auction on items donated by performing and other celebrity artists. Tickets and other information are available online at http://www.mwmnashville.com or by calling (615) 687-6400.
The silent auction will feature many unique items including guitars autographed by Alan Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and other entertainers; a fiddle from Charlie Daniels; Jason Aldean concert tickets; and much more. Proceeds will go to benefit Nashville Rescue Mission.
Dave Innis, Restless Heart keyboards/vocalist and co-producer/musical coordinator for the event, remarks, "Thanks to all the staff, artists and volunteers who do the hard work to make this production a reality. Our goal is to bring awareness to the plight of Nashville’s homeless men, women and children, and to highlight the tremendous work that Nashville Rescue Mission is doing to address their needs.”
Other Restless Heart band members include lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist Larry Stewart, bass guitarist and lead vocalist Paul Gregg, lead guitarist and vocalist Greg Jennings, and drummer, percussionist and lead vocalist John Dittrich.
Glenn Cranfield, president and chief executive officer of Nashville Rescue Mission, emphasizes, "Nashville Rescue Mission and those who benefit from our services are grateful to receive this enormous effort from the entertainment community in Nashville. Last year's event raised over $140,000 for the Mission, which was double the amount raised in the first year. We hope to top that amount with this year's event. Nashville Rescue Mission offers many programs beyond just food and shelter, including an education program, counseling, spiritual support, plus help getting back to work with classes in résumé writing, computer labs and much more. When our clients can return to the workforce the whole community benefits."
All of the Music With a Mission performers are donating their time and talent to the event, and all proceeds will benefit Nashville Rescue Mission. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is located at One Symphony Place, Nashville, TN 37201.
Nashville Rescue Mission is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, offering food, clothing and shelter to the homeless, as well as recovery programs to those enslaved in these life degrading problems. The Mission’s goal is to help people know the saving grace of Jesus, and through Him, gain wisdom for living, find fulfillment in life and become a positive part of their community. Nashville Rescue Mission is located at 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203. For more information on this event, please visit http://www.mwmnashville.com, or call (615) 312-1550.