Country’s rockin’ duo, Big & Rich,were awarded CRS’ 2013 Artist Humanitarian Award at Country Radio Seminar this week. Big & Rich’s charitable endeavors date back more than a decade. Their humanitarian efforts have ranged from visiting individual patients in hospitals, to staging benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the 173rd Airborne Memorial, to their well-documented U.S. and international outreach. The duo has made a point throughout their career to help underprivileged children and families in struggling countries like Uganda, Sudan, Haiti and Kenya, among others.
"The only way to do this is by having a great career; thanks to everyone in this room for that," said John Rich of being recognized. Upon receiving the award, Big Kenny Alphin also noted, “I am blessed and I am humbled. I am thankful that I have been able to help in some small ways. Every little act of kindness everyone does, makes our world another step closer to a brighter tomorrow we’re thankful to our great creator and all that are here today.”
St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the 173rd Airborne Memorial Fund, Project Clean Water, Nashville’s Mt. View elementary school, the Special Olympics, Vanderbilt Hospital, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Nashville Symphony are just a few of the causes the chart-topping, Grammy-nominated duo have donated their charitable efforts to.
Below is a sizzle reel of some of their humanitarian efforts.
About the CRS Artist Humanitarian Award:
The CRS Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 to honor those Country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career. Past recipients of the annual award have included Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks and Charlie Daniels, among others. For more information about Country Radio Seminar and the CRS awards, visit: www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.
About Big & Rich: Big & Rich is comprised of Kenny Alphin and The Celebrity Apprentice winner John Rich. The multi-platinum hit duo have garnered multiple GRAMMY, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations and were recently nominated as the 2012 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year. Their current single "Party Like Cowboyz" is from their first studio album in four years, Hillbilly Jedi, that also features their Top 15 hit single, "That’s Why I Pray," which raced up the charts upon release. Their first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, includes their hit infectious single, "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)." Other hits include, "Comin’ to Your City," "8th of November" and their #1 hit "Lost in this Moment." "Comin’ to Your City" is in its sixth consecutive year as the theme song for ESPN’s College Game Day show.
In addition to their facebook, you can follow the duo on Twitter @bigandrich; follow Kenny on Twitter @BigKennyTV; and follow John on Twitter @johnrich.
Such an honor for Big & Rich, Congratulations – John and Kenny. Very much deserved!
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