The first-of-its-kind country music event, which will take place during the 2015 CMA Music Festival, will be co-hosted by Herndon and political commentator and author Meghan McCain. The event will kick off GLAAD's Southern Stories Summer Tour.
«Music connects us and transcends our differences,» says GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. «For the first time in Music City, artists will join together to voice support for the LGBT community and help us accelerate acceptance, not only in country music, but across the nation.»
Herndon came out as gay last year and received an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and fellow artists.
He will perform at the event along with Jennifer Knapp, Jamie O’Neal and Antigone Rising among others.
«Music connects us and transcends our differences,» says GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. «For the first time in Music City, artists will join together to voice support for the LGBT community and help us accelerate acceptance, not only in country music, but across the nation.»
It’s hard to find a band currently busier than Antigone Rising these days.
This self-described alt-rock band composed of sisters Kristen Ellis-Henderson (bass guitar, vocals) and Cathy Henderson (lead guitar, vocals), Nini Camps (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Dena Tauriello (drums) have established themselves, through their musicianship, hard work and just plain likeability, as a force of musical nature.
Quite an accomplishment for an all lesbian alt-country rock female band that while part of the growing chorus of out voices contributing to the slow walk toward country music embracing LGBT individuals, is still up against a predominantly conservative industry.
Nevertheless the popularity of Antigone Rising’s has quite literally been driven by the overwhelming support of their fans who have always been the lifeblood of, and the most critical part of the band’s formula for success.
The harmony driven, song based, road tested all female alt country rock band just released a new album «Whiskey & Wine - Volume 2» on iTunes and the band’s website, along with a brand new video for the album’s first single «Game Changer». The music video features several same-sex couples and their families, including guitarist/drummer Kristen Ellis-Henderson, her wife (and GLAAD's CEO & President) Sarah Kate Ellis and their two children:
They have toured with such A-listers as Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones; were appointed as cultural ambassadors by the United States government to tour Israel and the Middle East; and have also played a part in LGBTQ advocacy, making news when Kristin Ellis-Henderson appeared on the cover of Time Magazine with wife Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson for a feature on marriage equality.
No one can deny the momentum behind Antigone Rising!
Known for their unique & electrifying live performances featuring toe-tapping beats and powerful vocals, Antigone Rising is not just good; they are insanely good and best experienced live.
And whether on stage or on an iPod, Antigone Rising clearly continues to make a lot of noise!
For more information go to: http://www.glaad.org/nashville
Friday, June 12, 2015
3:00pm ‐ 6:00pm
609 Lafayette Street