OKLAHOMA CITY - A chorus of hope rang out in Oklahoma City Wednesday night as an all-star lineup gathered for the "Healing in the Heartland" benefit concert, organized by country star and Oklahoma native Blake Shelton.
Shelton called upon friends and fellow Okies Reba McIntire, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts and his wife, Miranda Lambert, along with Darius Rucker and Usher to belt out a message of hope and healing after last week's deadly tornadoes.
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"I think 24 people is a lot," said Gill. "I mean, one's too many obviously, but throw in the fact that 10 of them are children. It makes you ache even more."
The concert took place at Chesapeake Energy Arena and the first hour aired live on NBC. The artists performed for an additional hour after the broadcast.
"Man this one knocked us down pretty good," said Shelton. "You know, and we're going to get back up and rebuild and go on, but this one was pretty rough and we need all the help we can get."
Throughout the concert, Shelton's fellow performers pleaded with viewers to call, text or go online to donate to the United Way.
To donate, visit Facebook.com/unitedway , text REBUILD to 52000 or call 800-890-4999.
Ticket sales went straight to tornado relief. No word yet on how much the concert raised.
For complete coverage of Oklahoma's tornadoes, visit www.kjrh.com/tornado .