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Kelly Clarkson Musicians on Call event breaks record


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Kelly Clarkson Musicians on Call event breaks record

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Nov 18, 2013

Kelly Clarkson helped Musicians on Call (MOC) Nashville raise more than $106,000, making it the highest-earning single event ever for the branch. On Nov. 14, the pop-country superstar performed a rare, intimate set for a sold-out crowd at downtown Nashville's Hard Rock Cafe in recognition of MOC Nashville's sixth anniversary. Musicians on Call helps bring live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

"When I first learned about MOC, it appealed to me for so many reasons," says the recently wed singer. "I love how it creates opportunities for musicians to play for kids and bring music to the families who are spending their time, especially during holidays, in the hospitals away from the comfort of their homes."

In addition to several of her hits, Kelly shared selections from her recently released Christmas collection, "Wrapped In Red." She also donated her 2012 American Music Awards performance dress to Hard Rock Cafe for display in its world-famous memorabilia collection in exchange for a $9,000 contribution to MOC Nashville.

Since expanding into the Nashville community in April 2007, the local MOC branch has grown to support twelve weekly programs within seven area healthcare facilities and its volunteers have played for more than 70,000 patients, family and staff. All of the proceeds raised from the sixth anniversary party will stay in Middle Tennessee and go directly to MOC Nashville. Since 1999, MOC volunteers nationwide have played for than 400,000 people.

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.