CHARLES KELLEY OF LADY ANTEBELLUM AND DARIUS RUCKER TO HOST
FIRST-EVER 2018 ACM LIFTING LIVES® TOPGOLF TEE-OFF
DURING THE 6TH ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE®
TOURNAMENT BENEFITTING ACM LIFTING LIVES® TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018
AT TOPGOLF LAS VEGAS AT MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO
The Academy of Country Music® announced today that eleven-time ACM Award winner Charles Kelley of multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum, and multi-platinum country music star Darius Rucker will host the first-ever ACM Lifting Lives® Topgolf Tee-Off on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Topgolf Las Vegas at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during the highly-anticipated 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause®.
An update to the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic, the inaugural event will provide fans a unique opportunity to take in LIVE performances from the hottest new talent in country music, all while artists compete in a tournament of golf skills. Fans can reserve premium Topgolf bays with stage views, food and beverage, and compete in their own competition to win various prizes, including an artist meet & greet. For non-golfers, general admission tickets are available for fans to hangout and enjoy the show. Performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Following in the legacy of the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic, the ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off will raise funds and awareness for the ACM Lifting Lives Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Established in 2007 by former Academy of Country Music and ACM Lifting Lives Board Chair Gayle Holcomb, in honor of her mother, the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund responds quickly to unforeseen, immediate financial needs of music related organizations and individuals.
The ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off is part of the 6th Annual ACM Party for a Cause® festivities set to take over the Las Vegas Strip April 12-15, 2018 leading up to and immediately following the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, which will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
ACM PROFESSIONAL MEMBER AND ACM A-LIST MEMBER TICKET ON-SALE: Both can purchase tickets beginning at 10:00 AM (PT) today, Thursday, January 25, 2018 by visiting www.PartyForaCause.com. The pre-sale code will be emailed prior to the on-sale. GENERAL PUBLIC TICKET ON-SALE: Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at 10:00 AM (PT) tomorrow, Friday, January 26, 2018 at www.PartyForaCause.com. Tickets start at $35.
About Charles Kelley
Charles Kelley is one-third of multi-Platinum trio Lady Antebellum, whose empowering call of independence can be found in their latest single “Heart Break,” the title track from their No. one selling sixth studio album. “Heart Break” provides “a bedrock for the entire record” (Paste) as “Scott takes satisfaction in feminine independence” (NPR) with “a touch of darkness and a clever play on words” (Rolling Stone). Before natural disasters struck the Caribbean, the seven-time GRAMMY winners traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico for its colorful Spanish colonial buildings and vibrant culture to provide the backdrop of the track’s music video. Feeling the urgency to continue raising awareness and support for those affected after Hurricane Maria stuck the area, Lady A made a significant donation from LadyAID® to hurricane relief efforts and fans can continue to help by contributing at LadyAID.org. HEART BREAK follows more than 18 million units, nine No. One hits, ACM and “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors including seven GRAMMYs, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. Along with his success as part of Lady Antebellum, Kelley also earned a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” for the title track of his solo record THE DRIVER, and has also penned No. one hits recorded by artists including Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker. For more information visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
About Darius Rucker
Rucker first attained multi-Platinum status in the music industry as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, he has released five consecutive chart-topping albums and earned a whole new legion of fans. Rucker’s Platinum-certified debut country album Learn To Live and follow-up album Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles, “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” In 2012, he achieved a lifelong dream when he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and won his third career GRAMMY award in 2014 for his 4x Platinum-selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” off his True Believers album. Southern Style, his fourth studio country album, includes No. 1 single “Homegrown Honey,” co-written by Rucker, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman. His latest album on Capitol Nashville, When Was The Last Time features Rucker’s eighth No. 1 on country radio, “If I Told You.” The album’s second single, “For The First Time,” is currently Top 25 and climbing the country charts.
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About ACM Lifting Lives®
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Generous donations and the support of artists and fans ensure ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.