Pride ends tonight on a excessive observe, because of Ty Herndon’s Concert For Love And Acceptance. The nation star shares with HollywoodLife who impressed the present to go digital, his ideas on the brand new era of LGBT+ stars, and extra.
“I’ve lived through a few interesting times in my life,” Ty Herndon says firstly of an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife. “This has been one of the I won’t even call it interesting — it’s been one of most trying times in America that I’ve seen and in my lifetime, and especially in the music industry,” the “What Mattered Most” singer provides. He’s not unsuitable. The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered live performance venues, delayed album releases, and postponed numerous excursions. It even pressured the cancellation of Pride occasions internationally, and that very same destiny nearly befell Ty’s Concert For Love & Acceptance after CMA Fest – when the Concert normally takes place – was axed.
“I just assumed that since [CMA Fest] was canceled that we couldn’t do the event,” stated Ty. “And then my dear friend Kristin Chenoweth said, ‘sweetheart, there is no reason we can’t have this event. We’re gonna change what it looks like.’” With assist from Country Music Television, and somewhat little bit of ingenuity, the Concert for Love & Acceptance will probably be live-streamed tonight (June 30) at 7pm ET on YouTube, Facebook, and at www.F4LA.org/concert (the place followers may also donate.)
Ty — who got here out in 2014, changing into the primary male nation artist to be brazenly homosexual – additionally credit one other highly effective lady for giving him a much-needed kick to make this present occur. “My mom’s a Steel Magnolia,” says Ty, after his mom texted him through the interview. “I think for about five minutes, I wanted to sit in the corner when all the pandemic hit. And my mom had to remind me — like a lot of folks, you know, we lost a lot of things. We lost touring, and people lost their jobs. And it just, it was crazy. And — I’ve been sober a long time, but for the first time in my life, my entire system went back to ‘Oh, I don’t know what to do.’ My brain just triggered a shutdown in my system.”
“And it was my mother that called me,” says Ty, earlier than laughing on the reminiscence. “She said, ‘you know, that platform that you use? You stand on stage, and you help people?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, Mom. It’s called the stage.’ She goes, ‘No, son. It’s not. I’m talking about your platform, that that you’ve worked your whole life to build.’ And she says, ‘Well, I’m going to sell it on Facebook. So, what’s it worth? How much is it? What should I price it at, because you’re clearly not using it.’”
“I say, ‘my platform’s not for sale,’ and my mother – my little Southern mother, who’s never cusses– she goes, ‘well, you’re not being my son right now. Get your ass up out of the corner.’ And she hung up on me – the first time in my life! She didn’t take my call back for a few days. She was done with me. She was really mad at me. And it took that for me to say, ‘Okay, wait a minute. This is not about what we’ve lost. This is about what we’re going to do about it, and how we’re going to rise up and make a change and then fix this.”
With that little bit of “mother’s love,” Ty obtained again to “fixing it.” And so, the 2020 Concert For Love And Acceptance was again on. This yr, the digital occasion will function appearances and performances by Chely Wright, Rita Wilson, Lauren Alaina, Matt Bomer, Lewis Brice, Terri Clark, Harper Grae, the Indigo Girls, Dennis Quaid, Jake Owen, Mickey Guyton, Jamie O’Neal, Billy Gilman, Brett Young, Kalie Shorr, and extra. The iconic Tanya Tucker may even open up the evening as a result of if Ty was going to do that, he needed to do it proper.
He’ additionally going to do some good with this present. For the previous 5 years, Ty has partnered with GLAAD to placed on the Concert For Love and Acceptance to assist elevate funds for the LGBT+ group. This yr’s occasion — co-hosted by Ty’s “dear friend” Kristen Chenoweth, and CMT’s Cody Alan — may even elevate cash the Academy of County Music’s Lifting Lives, a nonprofit group serving members of the music group who face sudden hardships.
“I live in East Nashville, and there’s a lot of music community here, and in the last month, I’ve seen a lot of moving trucks, because people can’t afford their rent or their house payments. And it’s just been, it’s been hard to see,” says Ty. “And I was, I was sitting around, and I was thinking, ‘you know, I’m not getting to tour right now, but I do own a foundation that’s connected to my Concert For Love and Acceptance. And we do a lot of work for the LGBTQ community, which I’m a part of, of course, but I’m also part of the music community. That’s my legacy that I have been in my whole life.”
Ty’s legacy may additionally be seen within the new era of LGBTQIA+ nation acts. Cody Alan, Shelly Fairchild, Orville Peck, and Little Nas X are simply among the names difficult the stereotype of County being a style for “straight white dudes.” When requested if he sees these stars as being the results of him being the primary brazenly homosexual male nation music star, he’s fairly humbled on the notion. “Like, wow,” says Ty. “I’d say that could be a massive praise you gave me, if I have been to suppose that manner. I really feel like I might need had a small half in that? Maybe simply being a legacy artist from the 90s?
“What I see in these guys is — they’re great musicians. I teach this when I talk to kids today. I say, ‘don’t come to town and thinking, you know, ‘I got to be this powerful gay person.’ Come to town and think you’ve got to be this powerful musician. ‘You got to be a powerful songwriter, you gotta be this powerful businessperson because the rest will fall in place. And I see these guys doing that. And I love it.”
“I’ve never been a person that’s been about labels. But when I came out, I had to respect the fact that I did have a label –talking about that I’m standing up for a group of people. And my whole goal has been to marry other groups of people together so that we don’t have to deal with labels one day because these [labels] doesn’t matter. And they stand up for everything that’s right in this world. They are their full circle, and that is going to make them successful not only in their life but in their careers.”
But, his legacy would be the last item on Ty’s thoughts tonight. Instead, he’ll be centered on serving to these presently in want. “I think everything is going on in the nation right now,” says Ty, “it’s just about change, and change comes with loving and accepting. And – Kristen and I were talking last night, it couldn’t come at a better time, that we can just all lift each other up.”
The Concert For Love And Acceptance Airs Tonight, June 30, at 7pm ET on CMT’s YouTube and Facebook pages.