Nashville, Tennessee, November 18, 2004 -
Brooks & Dunn, the Country
Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year, performed their greatest
hits for nearly two hours as headliners of the first-ever Stars & Guitars
charity concert, held at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at
Vanderbilt on Friday, November 12, 2004. Stars & Guitars raised over
$75,000 for the T.J. Martell
The event, which was hosted by Gary Chapman, began with
the introduction of a special CMT-produced documentary by the network’s
executive vice president, Brian Philips. The video highlighted the life and
work of Katie Darnell. Darnell was an extraordinary young songwriter who
befriended Big & Rich and Wynonna while receiving cancer treatment at
L to R: Kix Brooks, Emily
Nelson, Dave Berryman and Ronnie Dunn.
Following the poignant documentary, Dave Berryman, president
of Gibson Guitar Corporation, was joined
on stage by Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn to present a custom-made
Epiphone electric guitar to Emily
Nelson. Nelson, a seven-year-old family member of a Children’s Hospital
patient, drew the original star for placement on the guitar’s body.
Her design was reproduced on the 200 limited edition Epiphone guitars, specially
produced for Stars & Guitars and individually signed by Brooks &
Dunn. Guitars were offered as gifts by Gibson to each Stars & Guitars
patron, acknowledging of their contributions to the Martell Foundation.
A sea of custom-designed
and autographed Epiphones await each guest.
Throughout the concert portion of the evening, Muzik Mafia
painter, Rachel Kice, worked alongside Brooks & Dunn, transferring the
high-energy of their performance onto canvas. As Brooks & Dunn favorites
like Neon Moon, Only in America and Boot Scootin' Boogie flowed through the
intimate performance venue, Kice completed her painting, which was auctioned
at the end of the evening.
In the spirit of the event, Kix Brooks removed the cowboy
hat from his head, stating that he “wore the same hat as host of this
year’s CMA Awards,” and he sold it to the highest bidder. Brook’s
hat was purchased by an event patron and was immediately given to young painter,
The T.J. Martell Foundation was founded in 1975 by music
industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues after leukemia claimed
the life of Tony’s son, T.J. The Foundation has raised more than $175
million to fund research for the innovative cures and treatments of leukemia,
cancer and AIDS at nine research facilities throughout the United States.
Locally, the T.J. Martell Foundation supports the Frances Williams Preston
Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
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