Numerous country and Christian artists will participate in a Jan. 26 concert to raise money for the victims of the recent Indian Ocean tsunami.

Numerous country and Christian artists will participate in a Jan. 26 concert to raise money for the victims of the recent Indian Ocean tsunami. Michael W. Smith and Kathy Mattea will host the show, titled "An Evening for Restoration: Music City Comes Together for Tsunami Relief." It is set for Jan. 26 at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville and will be aired live on two XM Satellite Radio channels, America and XM Live.

The show will benefit the international relief agency World Vision. Performers will include Steven Curtis Chapman, Diamond Rio, CeCe Winans, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Steve Cropper, the Oak Ridge Boys, Kirk Whalum, tobyMac, Crystal Gayle, MercyMe, Lee Greenwood, the Whites, Raul Malo, the Crabb Family, Dr. Bobby Jones, Michael Martin Murphey, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and several Grand Ole Opry stars.

The event is being endorsed by numerous music associations and companies including the Gospel Music Assn., the Country Music Assn., ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Nashville Songwriters Assn. International, the International Bluegrass Music Assn. and others. Tickets are priced at $25 and 100% of the proceeds will go to World Vision.

In related news, Texas-based country artists Pat Green, Jack Ingram and Jerry Jeff Walker will headline an acoustic tsunami relief fundraising concert Jan. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas. The show is being promoted by AEG Live. Proceeds from the tickets, priced at $50 and $30, will benefit various agencies assisting the tsunami victims. Ticketmaster has agreed to donate its ticketing fees to the relief effort as well.

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