It was announced earlier this week that the newest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, Jonathan Cain (Journey), and country stars Ty Herndon and Brett Young have been added to the lineup for Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee’s fifth annual Stars for Wishes gala on Saturday, January 14, at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
As was previously announced, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Richard Marx will headline the event. The fundraiser, emceed by radio personality Blair Garner, will include a menu created by Chef Matt Bolus, executive chef of Nashville’s The 404 Kitchen.
Stars for Wishes sponsorship information is available here. Tickets for the gala and the Late Party are on sale now. Stars for Wishes 2017 is sponsored by Crowe Horwath LLC, Experient, First Tennessee Bank, HCA, Hemphill Brothers, Kendra Scott, Jeff Lynch of Summit Financial and Prevost.
Jonathan Cain, who is most well known as keyboardist and songwriter in Journey, is the anchor for the event’s entertainment. During his time with the band, Cain collected many honors and awards including the R.I.A.A. Diamond Award for ten million sales. Since then, Cain has written and performed songs with music icons such as Sammy Hagar, Michael Bolton, Kenny Rogers, Heart, Conway Twitty, rocker Jimmy Barnes and of course Journey. Cain’s success with Journey helped them sell over 47 million albums. The band was recently elected into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for 2017
With a career spanning two decades, 20 Billboard charted singles and over five million albums sold, Ty Herndon shows no signs of slowing down. Raised in Butler, Alabama, Herndon has been a professional entertainer since his teenage years performing at Opryland USA. Later, he gained popularity playing honky-tonks in Texas. Herndon made his chart debut in 1995 with “What Mattered Most,” the title track to his debut album, which debuted on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Between 1995 and 2002, Herndon charted 17 singles, including “Living in a Moment,” “It Must Be Love,” “I Want My Goodbye Back,” and “Hands of a Working Man.” His 2010 album, Journey On, received critical acclaim and earned him a Grammy nomination and his first Dove award. A philanthropist at heart, Herndon has also donates his time to organizations such as Make-A-Wish, the Trevor Project, GLAAD, HRC and Feed the Children. Herndon’s current album is House on Fire.
Brett Young has captured the hearts of fans everywhere through his honest lyrics and West Coast-meets-Southern sound, aptly dubbed “Caliville” style. Brett is preparing to release his self-titled, debut album on BMLG Records February 10, 2017. The album was recorded in Nashville with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Steven Tyler) and features 11 of the 12 tracks co-written by Brett, including his debut No. 1 hit single “Sleep Without You.” The accompanying video has amassed over 12.1 million views since its release. In addition to his own headlining dates, the California native was most recently on the road with Brad Paisley’s COUNTRY NATION COLLEGE TOUR and will join Justin Moore and Lee Brice for their AMERICAN MADE TOUR in 2017.