A wide array of country celebs, including country stars Carrie Underwood and Trace Adkins, are recording greetings for the video service Cameo this June to raise funds for charity. The money they raise will go to the Academy of Country Music’s ACM Lifting Lives arm.
The fundraising effort, “Cameo Goes Country,” runs through June 30th, Rolling Stone reports. ACM Lifting Lives has a COVID-19 Response Fund and several music therapy programs which the funds will go to help.
Underwood will offer happy birthday wishes for $1,000. Adkins will send his greetings for $400. Singer and actress Chrissy Metz will chime in for $350. Josh Turner will speak up for $250.
The effort also features names like Deana Carter, Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, Jordan Davis, Maddie & Tae, Kassi Ashton, Caylee Hammack and Travis Denning.
Since ACM launched it in April of last year, the COVID-19 Response fund has given out over $3.5 million to people who work in the country music industry who are taking a financial hit due to the pandemic.
Besides personalized messages, the fundraising effort also offers virtual meet-and-greet tickets. The full list of participants and prices is available here.
Carrie Underwood Returns to the Grand Ole Opry Next Week
Underwood recently announced that she will be returning to the Grand Ole Opry stage on Tuesday, June 8.
The country superstar made her Grand Ole Opry debut in June of 2005. Her performance on Tuesday will bring her full circle.
“It’s kind of magical,” Underwood said stageside at the Opry soon after finishing her two-song set that day in 2005. “I don’t feel like I deserve this at all.”
As she transformed from a farm girl without cable television to a singing sensation, Underwood joined the company of music legends. Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson introduced her to the Opry. Randy Travis invited her to join the Opry. And Garth Brooks inducted her into the Opry.
“The induction award they gave me says, ‘Hey, you’re a part of the family,’” Underwood added. “It means a lot to me because it’s the heart of country music, the church, the sacred place, the super-elite club that says you love this music.”
And on Tuesday, Underwood will once again be proudly representing that club onstage at the Opry. No doubt her fans can scarcely wait.