On Thursday (April 11), GLAAD announced that rock band Daughtry, country star Chely Wright and singer Harper Grae would perform at this year’s Concert for Love & Acceptance in Nashville, Tennessee. Daughtry, according to a statement, will be playing a special acoustic set during the show.
The event was created by GLAAD and Ty Herndon back in 2015 to celebrate and advocating for further inclusivity in the country music industry. This year, the event will be hosted by country singer Ty Herndon and CMT host Cody Alan.
“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,” GLAAD’s chief programs officer Zeke Stokes said in a statement. “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.”
Country star Chely Wright has long been heralded as a trailblazer in the LGBTQ country scene for her coming out 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 said in a statement. “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 for all of us. We owe her a great deal of gratitude and admiration.”
The Concert for Love & Acceptance will take place on Thursday, June 6 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN. Get your tickets here.
Billboard is a media partner for GLAAD’s 2019 Concert for Love & Acceptance.