Dierks Bentley To Receive 2018 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award
Dierks Bentley is set to receive a significant honor during the 2018 Country Radio Seminar. The country star has been selected as the recipient of the CRS 2018 Artist Humanitarian Award for his extensive charitable work.
The honor is awarded by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to a country music artist who has “exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career,” according to a press release. Bentley is receiving the accolade for his Miles & Music for Kids motorcycle ride and concert, which has raised more than $4 million for children’s hospitals across the country.
The “Black” singer is also being recognized for his work in his home state of Arizona, organizing the Country Cares Concert in 2013 to raise money for the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots tragically killed fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire. Past recipients of the award include Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Reba McEntire and more
Dierks Bentley’s Emotional Visit With Las Vegas First-Responders
Bentley contributed a song titled “Hold the Light” to the 2017 film, Only the Brave, that tells the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. “I’m just very grateful to be associated with the film as important as this one. I tried to write a few other things, but there’s no way I could beat that song,” Bentley tells Taste of Country and other media about co-writing the moving number. “It’s just too good and too perfect for the movie in a time of darkness to hold the light, hold on to hope.”
The singer also participated in the Country Rising benefit concert in Nashville in November of 2017 that raised more than $4 million for the victims of the multiple hurricanes that ravaged various parts of the globe in 2017, in addition to those impacted by the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Luke Bryan On ‘American Idol’: ‘It Makes Me A Better Artist’
American Idol is a new ballgame for Luke Bryan, but not only does he love being a judge, he also feels it’s making him a better artist and more well-rounded person. Speaking to Taste of Country and other media, Bryan is open about the fact that he enters opportunities like this “naively,” but sees it as a learning process.
Between being on the road and devoting a significant amount of time for for his Idol duties, the singer says it can take a toll on his personal life. “With Idol, it is a strain on our family unit,” he admits. “But the way you get through it is you communicate first.”
Bryan has a rock in his wife Caroline, who he says is observant yet self-assured. She takes a step back to look at a situation, gather information and work through it to ensure that the ventures Bryan is taking on are worthwhile — a process that helped his decision in accepting the Idol gig. “The big question was, ‘Am I going to enjoy it and love it?’ And here in the early stages, I’m having a blast with it,” he raves of the experience. “I’m loving every second of it.”