Kelly Clarkson Sends Message to Frontline Workers, Teaming up with ‘Musicians On Call’

by Jennifer Shea

Singer, coach and talk show host Kelly Clarkson is joining Musicians On Call to bring music to hospital bedsides during the pandemic.

Kelly Clarkson Answers the Call

“The holidays are my favorite time of year,” Clarkson tweeted Wednesday. “Which is why I wanted to team up with @musiciansoncall #Hope4Holidays to brighten the days of patients and frontline workers. I have a special surprise planned for them on @KellyClarksonTv, too! Tune in to see it today!”

Further, the nonprofit Musicians On Call and bank Citi are teaming up to sponsor Hope for the Holidays. It’s a virtual concert that will air in well over 5,000 hospitals across the country. 

Besides Clarkson, stars like Dolly Parton, Billie Eilish, Josh Groban, Meghan Trainor and Pentatonix will also take part in the concert.

A Difficult Season for Some

“It’s difficult for patients and caregivers to be in hospitals and away from their loved ones during the holiday season,” Musicians On Call President and CEO Pete Griffin said in a statement. “And with the growing restrictions from the pandemic, this year will be the hardest of all.”

“For that reason, we wanted to give them an extra special gift to show them they are not alone and make them smile for the holidays,” Griffin explained. “We believe these messages of hope and festive songs from the biggest names in music will lift their spirits.”

The 501(c)(3) charity launched in 1999. Clarkson has been deeply involved with Musicians On Call since at least 2014, according to Rolling Stone.

“Being involved with Musicians On Call has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” Clarkson said in a statement then. “I consider it a great gift to be able to share music and bring smiles to these brave children and their loved ones. It is healing for us all and I can’t wait to do it again!”