Nashville for Africa

The stars from the ABC hit drama “Nashville” came out in force on Sunday 22nd March to celebrate the African Children’s Choir’s 30th Anniversary. The event was held at 3rd and Lindsley in, where else, but the fabulous… Nashville, Tennessee!

The night was hosted by friend of the Choir, Connie Britton. Connie has gone above and beyond in her support of the African Children’s Choir over the years, recently giving an interview with The Tennessean on why she loves the Choir and the work we do. Connie was the perfect host for the perfect line-up…

Connie Britton with the African Children's Choir

Connie and the McCrary Sisters with the Choir. Photo Credit: Mark Levin

The Choir with Amy Grant

The Choir with Amy Grant. Photo Credit: Mark Levin

Entertainment was provided by a whole host of talented acts. The McCrary Sisters kicked off the evenings music followed by Singer/Songwriter Jessie Baylin. Amy Grant then graced the stage followed by The Stella Sisters, aka Lennon & Maisy Stella who play Maddie & Daphne Conrad on “Nashville”. Charles Esten who plays Deacon Claybourne on “Nashville” joined forces with cast mate Connie Britton for a special live performance, followed by everyone’s favorite country star Dierks Bentley.

The acts were beautifully accompanied by the evenings house band, including Fred Eltringham on the drums, Michael Rhodes on bass, Tim Lauer playing the keys, Russ Pahl on steel, guitar, banjo and mandolin, with Colin Linden and our music producer for the night Buddy Miller on guitars.

Connie Britton Nashville Gala

Connie and Chip take to the stage. Photo Credit: Mark Levin

Amy Grant African Children's Choir

Children singing with Amy Grant. Photo Credit: Mark Levin

Of course the brightest stars of the evening were The African Chidlren’s Choir, who blew the audience away with their energetic and soulful set.

The entire cast then concluded the evening on stage with the African Children’s Choir for an emotional finale of “This Little Light of Mine”, bringing the house down!

Jessie Baylin, Courtney Jaye (backup vocals) and Colin Linden. Photo Credit: Mark Levin

Jessie Baylin, Courtney Jaye (backup vocals) and Colin Linden. Photo Credit: Mark Levin

Dierks Bentley and the African Children's Choir

Dierks Bentley with the Choir Photo Credit: Jason Davis

This spectacular evening was not only celebrating 30 years of the African Children’s Choir creating ChangeMakers, it was raising funds for the next 30 years…for the future ChangeMakers.

Thanks to all who attended, through ticket sales and an auction, the evening raised a life-changing $51,000! This fantastic sum of money will go towards the vital education and relief projects run by Music for Life, the parent charity of the African Children’s Choir.

On behalf of everyone at the African Children’s Choir we want to say a massive thank you to Connie Britton and all of her friends at “Nashville”. A huge thank you to everyone who performed. Big thanks to our music director for the night, Nashville’s very own music producer Buddy Miller. Photos were taken thanks to the amazing Mark Levin and video was captured on the night by Brian Smith of Cinematic Focus.

Would you also like to help us continue our mission in creating ChangeMakers for the future of Africa? Please consider making a donation today — click here!

See you all next year! ​