Nashville, TN - (November 28, 2016) - Country music legend Charlie Daniels
will receive the first-ever RARE COUNTRY HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR Award, honoring his commitment to veterans via The Journey Home Project, this Wednesday, November 30
during the Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam. The award will be presented to Daniels onstage at the Bridgestone Arena by surprise special guests. The HUMANITARIAN Award is the final honor to be announced as part of the inaugural RARE COUNTRY AWARDS
, which showcases the year’s best in country music as determined by fans.
“Charlie Daniels epitomizes what it means to ‘Be Rare’ and we are thrilled to present him with our very first Humanitarian Award,” said Laurissa Phillips, General Manager, Rare Country. “His tireless support of veterans through The Journey Home Project and his ongoing work with Volunteer Jam is a testament to his generous spirit and commitment to this cause. We’re proud to honor Charlie and look forward to working with him for years to come.”
About Charlie Daniels
Surprise Special Guests to Present Daniels with Award Onstage During the Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam
With a career spanning over 50 years and exceeding 20 million in sales worldwide Charlie Daniels is the quintessential Southerner with a healthy dose of Wild West Cowboy. For decades, he has connected with his millions of fans in the varying genres of music that reflect his steadfast refusal to label his music as anything other than the "Charlie Daniels Band" sound - music that is now sung around the fire at 4-H Club and scout camps, helped elect an American President, and been popularized on a variety of radio formats. Having celebrated multiple GRAMMY® Awards, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, BMI Awards, GMA Dove Awards, CCMA Awards, his list of accolades is broad; the latest being an announcement that he is the latest inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Six of his albums have been RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum® and he has achieved a platinum-selling single in his iconic fiddle-ridden hit, "Devil Went Down To Georgia." An outspoken American Patriot and strong supporter of the U.S. Military, Daniels' talked-about Volunteer Jam concerts are world-famous musical extravaganzas that have featured artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama and others, all on one stage for one purpose – to raise funds for our U.S. Military. His 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam held in 2015 raised over $300,000 for The Journey Home Project, a non-profit veterans assistance organization, which he co-founded. For more information on Charlie Daniels, please visit www.charliedaniels.com
About The Journey Home Project
The Journey Home Project
is a not-for profit organization that assists other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Journey Home Project was founded in 2014 by country music legend Charlie Daniels and board members: David Corlew, Ed Hardy and Joe & Mercedez Longever. Conscious of the need to assist our nation’s veterans, they have set out to partner with organizations that do the most good, with the least overhead. Working in tandem with these organizations, The Journey Home Project is making a difference in the lives of American patriots.
As a result of funds raised through Daniels' 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam at the Bridgestone Arena last year, The Journey Home Project has been able to donate funds to help with the completion of the state-of-the-art Veterans and Military Families Center on campus at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), among various other fundraising events for veterans. This year’s Volunteer Jam on November 30 will bring Luke Bryan, Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton, Travis Tritt, Larry the Cable Guy and more to the Bridgestone Arena stage to celebrate Charlie Daniels’ 80th Birthday.
About Rare Country
Rare Country is an official media sponsor of the Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam. A subsidiary of Cox Media Group, Rare Country is one of the fastest-growing media brands in country music. The site’s ‘Fans First’ mentality guides its coverage of everything the country music fan is passionate about. Rare Country launched its first online awards as a way to honor the year’s best in country music, as determined by fans. Winners will be announced on Thursday, December 15. Vote now at www.rarecountryawards.com