So about thirty minutes into ‘Help Haiti Live‘ last night I get a text from someone in the audience claiming Taylor Swift had snuck into the balcony to watch the show. Now, I’m not a fanboy, usually, generally, normally. But songwriters leave me a little tongue tied. And Taylor Swift is a first rate songwriter so I was a little nervous to hear that she was in the house…until I remembered that I wasn’t singing.
Whew. Thank, God.
Poor, everybody else.
But I figured my buddy was pulling my leg anyway or mistaken. I mean, how many supermodel-sized blondes are there in the world?
After the show I started packing stuff up, you know, doing promoter-y type things, and completely missed the opportunity to awkwardly thank Taylor Swift for coming out to the show and more awkwardly beg her to put something in our auction.
Thankfully, Big Kenny was there to thank her for me. I’m considering hiring him to make all my personal appearances from here on out.
Taylor Swift backstage with Big Kenny at Ryman Auditorium after ‘Help Haiti Live: A Benefit For Compassion International Haiti Relief
If I were an expert on such things like Boo Mama or Big Mama, at this point I would make a comment about the adorableness of Taylor’s coat, earrings or purse but I don’t know adorable from thrift store outcast so for now I’ll only say I’m impressed and surprised by how well Kenny pulls off that amount of bling. Nicely done, sir.
Oh, and there were a bunch of other people at the show too. On stage. Singing and whatnot for the thousands affected by January’s earthquake in Haiti. Here are just a few of Compassion’s new friends.
Steve Mason, Matt Odmark, Jon Foreman, Matt Wertz, Jon’s cellist, Dave Barnes, Big Kenny, Brandon Heath at Compassion International’s ‘Help Haiti Live’ Feb. 27th, 2010.
Shaun Groves, Big Kenny and Mat Kearney at Compassion International’s ‘Help Haiti Live’ benefit for Haiti relief.
Thank you to everyone who tweeted, Facebooked, blogged, and e-mailed to get the word out about this event. And thank you to everyone who gave. THANK YOU doesn’t feel like enough.
Thank you to Keely Scott for these pics and many many more. Justin Zebell and Wade Tam and the whole crew at Synergy Production Group and CTS Audio for donating your time and services to ‘Help Haiti Live.’ Thanks to Gaylord Entertainment and Ryman Auditorium for use of the venue and your generous contribution of $25K to Compassion’s disaster relief fund. Thanks especially to Brian Wagner who heads up marketing for Ryman – thank you for pulling out the stops to pack the house in less than two weeks. Thanks to Tim Tabor and his guys at Transparent Productions for sharing his promoter wisdom and helping out with promotion on radio and Facebook. Thanks to Nic Dugger and his small army at TNDV for amazing video work and large doses of optimism. Thanks to Ben Stewart for building HelpHaitiLive.com and overseeing all the streaming aspects of the show and auction. Thanks to Velvet Kelm and all the angels at M-Collective for rustling up an incredible amount of publicity in a very short amount of time. Thank you to Brad Ruggles for donating website, logo and banner design in a very short amount of time. Thank you to Ron Roark for donating beautiful poster designs in only a few hours. Thanks to Barton Damer for creating all the graphics on screen for the broadcast late at night after a full day at his real job.
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