This Memorial Day will be especially meaningful for country mega-star Tim McGraw. It marks the kickoff to his tour season as half of the Brothers of the Sun partnership with good buddy and big tour draw, Kenny Chesney, but beyond that, it begins a campaign of tremendous giving back to U.S. wounded veterans.
The man who taught millions to live life in the moment through his hits like "Live Like You Were Dying," through his own personal loss, takes his new pledge to present keys to a mortgage free home to a wounded veteran in each of the 25 stops of the tour as far more than a tribute to patriotism. Noting that his sister, his uncle, and his grandfather, and a best friend all are among the group he honors, he expressed that being in a position to do something meaningful like giving a new home to begin a new life is "the ultimate thing" and something "I really look forward to." The official tour kicks off in Tampa on June 2, but McGraw will host a Memorial Day concert at New York City's Beacon Theatre to kick off the campaign of giving new constructions. The concert event, billed as "Live from the Homefront", will be streamed for free on Memorial Day on a special YouTube channel, and will also stream to service forces around the world via the Pentagon Channel. Streaming is set to begin at 8 PM ET. McGraw's housing initiative is a partnership between Chase Bank and Operation Homefront.
This may be the biggest give, but charity is hardly new for McGraw, whose past tours have generated funds for helping local Little League programs, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Foundation, victims of Hurricane Katrina, and all manner of natural disaster through their Nashville Rising event, which provided $2 million to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. McGraw and his superstar singing wife, Faith Hill, have donated to a myriad of causes over two decades to directly benefit individual children and families, and McGraw is a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.
The singer's Emotional Traffic album, released in January, was his last for Curb Records, which had begun its relationship with the artist in 1990. Several court battles ensued over the album's release, and Tim signed with Big Machine Records officially on May 21, 2012. No matter way than giving to pave the way for greater things in the future, and McGraw's gift is bound to keep on giving, and giving back, across generations. Way to go for a big give, Tim McGraw. The troops are already in line!