Country music rising stars and hit songwriters joined together at Tin Roof on Wednesday, May 15 to perform at the inaugural Thumbs Up for What’s Wright concert to benefit the Thumbs Up For Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation and The Payton Wright Foundation, both raising money for pediatric cancer research and to help families of children diagnosed with cancer.
Emcee’d by television host Shane Tallant, the concert featured performances by Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft, David Nail, Kristen Kelly, Chris Janson, Randy Montana, Brasher Bogue, and Falter. Songwriter rounds included Lee Miller, Jonathan Singleton, Brad Tursi, Dan Isbell, Scooter Carusoe, and Jason Matthews.
Additionally, Savannah Wright, honored the memory of her sister, Payton, by singing an original song she penned for the event. Event coordinators Erin Creighton and Catherine Nail also created a special tribute to Lindsay Walleman, Warner Music Nashville Dir./Regional Promotion, who recently passed away after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. The live auction, run by Kenneth Harris with Harris Real Estate and Auction, included Lucchese boots from the store in the Gulch, a Gibson Les Paul guitar, two autographed George Strait guitars, six bottles of Godsend 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, an autographed hockey stick from Nashville Predators’ David Legwand, two tickets to see Shania Twain in Las Vegas, and a beautiful painting of the Ryman Auditorium.
The mission of the Thumbs Up for Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc. is to support childhood cancer research through funding and advocacy while empowering families battling childhood cancer by providing education, financial assistance and a volunteer network. Lane’s cause gained national attention through the “Thumbs Up” social media campaign with names like Johnny Depp, Chris Young, Lady Antebellum, Tim Tebow, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, Mitt Romney, and many more tweeting photos of themselves giving a thumbs up in support of Lane during his battle with cancer.
In 2008, Patrick and Holly Wright established The Payton Wright Foundation in memory of their daughter Payton, who passed away from brain cancer at the age of 5. “Our promise to Payton was that we would do whatever we could to help other families caring for a child with brain cancer,” said Holly.