Artists Come Together With Compassion



Artists  Carter’s Chord, Julie Roberts, Bryan White, Blaine Larsen, Rob Blackledge, Mica Roberts, Trailer Choir, Canaan Smith, Charmaine, Natalie Hemby and other special guests perform at Nashville music club to raise funds and awareness for Compassion International’s Global Food Crisis Fund.

On Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 pm, many of Nashville’s country and pop artists will perform at Music City’s Mercy Lounge, with the goal of raising funds and awareness for the Global Food Crisis Fund, an initiative of Compassion International, a leading Christian child advocacy ministry.  Tickets for the 18-and-over benefit are $10 in advance and at the door; all proceeds from the benefit will go towards assisting children and families affected by the global crisis, specifically in the most needed areas of the world where Compassion serves (see below for links for more information).

Artists scheduled to appear include Carter’s Chord, Julie Roberts, Bryan White, Blaine Larsen, Rob Blackledge, Mica Roberts, Trailer Choir, Charmaine, Natalie Hemby, Buck Johnson, Regie Hamm and other special guests. Radio veterans Tony Randall and Kris Rochester from the new national syndicated morning show “Tony and Kris in the Morning” will host the event.

Organizing the Dec. 2 event is Nashville music industry consultant Mike Severson, who does Artist and Radio Relations for Compassion International. “We have taken several of these artists on Compassion trips to see the work being done to rescue children from poverty and give them hope,” said Severson. “Every artist upon return wanted to do something relevant to make a direct impact on the lives of the world’s most vulnerable.  As we began to talk about long term strategies, there was an overwhelming consensus to put their passion and talent to immediate use in a way that will not only help those in critical need, but also raise awareness of that need.  That’s what this show is all about.”

“Compassion has been involved within the music industry for over 30 years and now is forming partnerships within the country and pop formats,” Severson continued.  “Artists have such a powerful voice and Compassion provides a platform where they can truly make a life changing impact whether it is through our holistic Child Development Program or one of our intervention programs such as the Global Food Crisis Fund.”

For more information about the Mercy Lounge Benefit on Dec. 2, please contact Mike Severson at

Tickets are available online and can be purchased here:

For more information about the venue, Mercy Lounge:

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Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from economic, social, spiritual, and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled adults. Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care. Today, Compassion helps more than 1 million children in 26 countries.  Go to for more information.

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