Singer and Voice coach Blake Shelton is a native of Ada, Oklahoma, so obviously the news of the devastating tornado that hit the town of Moore earlier this week had a profound affect on him. And he’s not sitting still: Shelton is already working to organize a benefit concert for victims and survivors.
As he told Billboard after Tuesday’s edition ofThe Voice, he’ll have more information on what he’s planning “in the next 24 hours” and that “it will raise a lot of money.” He added, “Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly.” Billboardreports that he then pointed to his fellow Voice coach Usher and said, “I can call in some really big favors.”
Shelton’s event is reportedly being planned to take place in Oklahoma City.
He also has a personal connection to the town of Moore, which is north of Ada, where he grew up.
“I spent three Christmases at my sister’s house in Moore, Oklahoma, and some of those helicopter views of the destruction, you could see her house a quarter of a mile away from there,” he said. “My nieces and nephews would have gone to that school (Plaza Towers Elementary), and when you start putting it in that sort of perspective, and then thinking, ‘Oh my God, I am so glad that they recently moved away from that area.’ And then you go, ‘What about all those people that didn’t?’ It’s hard to put into words, honestly.”
Blake and his wife Miranda Lambert (who originally hails from Texas but currently has a home and retail store in Oklahoma) also performed their ACM-winning “Over You” as the opening song on The Voice last night, in a tribute to those affected by the tornado.
“I think it was the perfect song for this situation,” Shelton said of including “Over You” on The Voice. “The moment was right and I wish things would’ve been different and I wouldn’t have been thinking about performing a song like that.”
“I’m in, and Lord knows I’m going to be here” @tobykeithmusic on plans for putting together benefit for victims of OK.
— Piers Morgan Live (@PiersMorganLive) May 22, 2013
Donate to those affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes via the Red Cross.
- Kurt Wolff, Radio.com