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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

YAMAHA ARTISTS JOHN LEGEND AND ZAC BROWN BAND PERFORM AT BENEFIT CONCERT
SHINING A LIGHT: A CONCERT FOR PROGRESS ON RACE IN AMERICA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. November 23, 2015 – On November 20, A+E Networks joined forces with iHeartMedia to broadcast Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America.

The star-studded lineup included Yamaha artists John Legend and Zac Brown Band in addition to Pharrell Williams, Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran, P!nk, Big Sean, Miguel, Jill Scott, Sia, Eric Church, Jamie Foxx, Rhiannon Giddens, Smokey Robinson and Tori Kelly, among others. Artists performed a series of unforgettable duets and songs meant to inspire a productive dialogue about race relations in America. Legend and P!nk performed a powerful duet of Donny Hathaway’s, “Someday We’ll All Be Free” with a Yamaha C7XSH. The benefit consisted of a mixture of live musical performances amidst artist testimonials.

Shining A Light came to fruition following the tragic events that took place in June at a historic black church in Charleston, SC. Some of music’s biggest stars, from a variety of different backgrounds, came together to support this important issue. The two-hour concert special aired on all six A+E Networks (A&E, Lifetime, History, H2, LMN and FYI) in addition to 150 of iHeartMedia’s radio stations from Los Angeles’s Shrine Auditorium. The concert raised over $150,000 in ticket sales, which will benefit the Fund for Progress on Race in America through United Way Worldwide.

Immediately following the benefit concert, Williams and Legend were also part of an hour-long TV special, Conversations on Race in America. The program followed the artists as they visited cities directly affected by race relations and engaged with local communities in Charleston, Baltimore and Ferguson, MO. 

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