June 12, 2013 4:22pm EST
Kings Of Leon and The Flaming Lips are staging an Oklahoma storms benefit at the same arena Blake Shelton used for his televised charity concert last month (May13). The two groups, who have ties to the state, will join Jackson Browne and Built to Spill at the Rock For Oklahoma concert on 28 July at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City. All proceeds from the gig will benefit Oklahoma tornado victims.
Announcing the news on Wednesday (12Jun13), Kings of Leon frontman Jared Followill tells newspaper the Tulsa World, "We couldn't be more proud to lend a hand to our home state. We were all devastated by what happened there... We have family and friends that were affected by the tornadoes... This is the least we could do."
Fellow native and The Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne, whose home suffered flood damage as a result of the storms, adds, "Shakespeare said, 'It is not enough to help the needy up, but to support them after,' and in our small way we are trying to not just be here at the moment of immediate need, but to stay and help with the rebuilding. After all, this is our home and they (victims) are us and we are them."
Blake Shelton's Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert, which featured performances from his wife Miranda Lambert, Usher, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill, raised over $6 million (GBP3.9 million) for the recovery effort in Moore, Oklahoma, which was left ravaged by a deadly twister last month.
Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Toby Keith are also planning a benefit concert for the storm victims later this summer (13).
May 31, 2013 4:31am EST
Country star Blake Shelton pulled in a mammoth $6 million (£3.9 million) for the tornado relief effort in Oklahoma with his televised charity gig this week (beg27May13). Artists including Reba McEntire, Usher and Shelton's wife Miranda Lambert performed at the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert.
May 29, 2013 11:07pm EST
Singers Miranda Lambert, Reba Mcentire and Usher joined forces with Blake Shelton on Wednesday night (29May13) to help raise funds for the tornado recovery effort in his native Oklahoma. The Honey Bee hitmaker leaped into action last week (begs20May13) to organise the televised Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert after a twister ripped through the state, devastating the city of Moore and leaving at least 24 people dead.
Shelton got proceedings at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City underway with a touching rendition of God Gave Me You, followed by performances from Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.
Shelton's wife, Lambert, fought back tears as she highlighted the plight of animals caught up in the natural disaster by belting out The House That Built Me as images of rescued pets were beamed onto the big screens behind the stage, and McEntire reached out to first responders attending the concert to thank them for all their hard work.
She also made a small but poignant change to the lyrics of her Carole King duet, Everyday People, to reflect the tragic disaster of 20 May (13), singing, "They headed south... But not for sun/To Oklahoma where the storms had been", while Vince Gill dedicated Threatened Me With Heaven to the memory of the "24 people who didn't make it".
Shelton also called on pals Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys and Toby Keith to record video messages urging fans to dig deep and donate to non-profit organisation the United Way, with country couple Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks reminding viewers just how close thousands more locals came to facing death.
They said, "Sixteen minutes. That's the only warning these people had from the time the warning signs went off to when the tornado hit the ground. Sixteen minutes.
"It's gonna take time to recover and rebuild in Oklahoma but recover and rebuild, we will. And you can help speed that along with your donation. United Way is taking donations that are gonna be directly distributed to communities affected... It's gonna stay right here for the people that need it. Make that donation now... As Oklahomans, we're asking."
Shelton closed the show by teaming up with his The Voice co-star Usher for a heartwarming performance of Home, before making one last plea for funds: "I wanna thank all my friends who helped out tonight, but most of all, I wanna thank you at home, who took time out of your lives to join us for Healing in the Heartland and remember anything you can do to donate, will have an impact.
"To the people of Oklahoma, you're in our hearts."
May 29, 2013 11:52am EST
Country star Blake Shelton keeps the romance alive in his marriage to Miranda Lambert by playing practical jokes on the feisty singer. The stars, who recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary, spend much of their time apart due to their busy schedules, but Shelton makes sure their relationship never feels stale by constantly playing pranks on his animal lover wife.
He tells People magazine, "I'm always pestering her. I just cannot get enough because she gets irritated so quickly. Maybe I'll tell her one of her dogs is missing, let her believe it for 10 minutes or so. It's terrible! Anything I can think of to get a rise out of her is a sport for me."
However, the Honey Bee hitmaker insists Lambert is a lot of fun, and even flies out to Los Angeles to put up with his antics on the set of his U.S. reality show The Voice.
He adds, "She's been a lot better about finding me if I'm stuck in L.A. She'll always fly instead of going home, even if it's just a day or two. I can't express how important that's been to our relationship and why we're doing so good, because I'm the kind of guy who doesn't want to drive down a hall to go grocery shopping, much less fly across the country."
The country couple will team up professionally on Wednesday night (29May13) when Lambert joins her man at his hastily-arranged Oklahoma tornado benefit. She'll join the likes of Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan and Usher at the sold out Chesapeake Energy Arena gig in Oklahoma City.
May 28, 2013 4:16pm EST
Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and Ryan Tedder have been added to Blake Shelton's Oklahoma disaster relief benefit on Wednesday night (29May13). The trio will join Shelton, his wife Miranda Lambert, Usher, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill at the sold out Chesapeake Energy Arena gig in Oklahoma City.
May 27, 2013 10:58pm EST
Blake Shelton has roped in his The Voice co-judge Usher and fellow country star Darius Rucker to perform at his Oklahoma disaster relief benefit on Wednesday (29May13). Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert will also feature Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert, as well as stars including Reba McEntire and Vince Gill. Proceeds from the event will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, which will help those affected by the twister which struck the state last week (ends26May13).
May 27, 2013 5:46pm EST
Animal lover Miranda Lambert spent the Memorial Day weekend trying to find a home for a stray dog. The country singer picked up the abandoned mutt she christened Sasha Fierce - Beyonce's stage and video alter-ego - in Ravia, Oklahoma last week (24May13) and posted a picture of the pet on her Twitter.com page, urging followers to get in touch with the Tishomingo Shelter if they had any information about her new four-legged friend.
When the calls didn't come, Lambert decided to take the dog to her Tishomingo clothing store The Pink Pistol and offer her up to shoppers for adoption.
She posted another shot of the dog on Twitter on Sunday (26May13), and wrote, "No one claimed her so far. Any takers..? Best if she (is) the only animal in the family. Loves to love! House broken.
"Tweet me if U seriously want her. I'm calling her Sasha Fierce. She looks like she has made it through a lot in life."
Then, on Memorial Day (27May13), Lambert found the lost dog a new family - and posted a photo of the pooch's new folks online.
She tweeted, "Yay! Spending the day at the Pink Pistol today paid off. Sasha Fierce found a new home! Thanks to these sweet folks!"
May 24, 2013 5:47pm EST
Country star Blake Shelton will stage his Oklahoma disaster relief benefit on Wednesday (29May13) in Oklahoma City. The Honey Bee singer, who is a state native, jumped into action as he watched footage of the storm, which ripped through the city's suburbs on Monday (20May13), and started assembling the line-up for the show.
He will headline Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena, while pals Reba McEntire and Vince Gill and his wife Miranda Lambert, who recently helped dispatch mobile pet rescue centres to the town of Moore to help care for injured animals, will also perform.
Announcing the concert, which will be televised live on various U.S. networks, on Friday (24May13), Shelton said, "Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy. This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero."
Proceeds from the event will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
Earlier this week (21May13), Shelton and his wife performed their duet of Over You on TV talent show The Voice and dedicated the track to those suffering in the wake of the deadly tornado, which claimed the lives of 24 people.
May 24, 2013 9:12am EST
Country star Miranda Lambert has stepped up her bid to help those recovering from Monday's (20May13) deadly tornado in Oklahoma by dispatching mobile pet rescue units to Moore to provide aid to injured animals. At least 24 people were killed when the natural disaster swept through the area, destroying homes and levelling buildings, including two elementary schools.
The House That Built Me singer, who currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband Blake Shelton, a native of the state, has now pitched in to show her support by calling on veterinarians at MuttNation Foundation, which Lambert launched in 2009, to set up camp in the damaged town of Moore to care for the dogs and cats left injured or homeless.
The temporary shelters arrived on Wednesday (22May13) and the Grammy Award winner is glad she was able to do her part - in a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "I'm so proud that MuttNation Can help even a little."
Lambert isn't the only one to provide aid to those hardest hit by the tornado - Shelton is in the process of organising a star-studded benefit concert to help residents rebuild their community, while actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth has started selling special T-shirts online to raise money for families and their pets, and Carrie Underwood has donated $1 million (£645,000) to the Red Cross' relief effort.
May 23, 2013 9:22pm EST
"Had to put our great old horse down 2day (today). Animal love is so strong & it can really break your heart. Hope he is the one Jesus comes back on." Country star Miranda Lambert mourns the loss of her beloved horse.