Season 10 “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery recently gave a stirring live rendition of Garth Brooks’ classic ballad “The Dance” at the Grand Ole Opry.
An Oklahoma country music megastar, Brooks has been added to the lineup of performers appearing on “Teachers Rock,” a special,” tribute concert celebrating teachers and education that will feature some of the biggest names in music, film and sports, CBS recently announced.
The special, which will benefit several nonprofit organizations, will be broadcast from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 on CBS.
Brooks joins previously announced performers including five-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood, country artist Dierks Bentley, pop group Fun. and two-time Grammy Award nominee Josh Groban.
“Teachers Rock” will honor America’s educators with personal recollections from pop, rock and urban musical stars Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, six-time Grammy Award winner Usher, Adam Levine and James Valentine of Maroon 5 and from actors including three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, Academy Award nominee Viola Davis, Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal, Pauley Perrette, Jennifer Garner, Matthew Morrison and Miranda Cosgrove, among others.
The “Teachers Rock” benefit concert will feature scenes from Walden Media’s upcoming motion picture “Won’t Back Down,” starring Davis and Gyllenhaal as two determined mothers, one a teacher, who will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner-city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
Tickets for the charity event are now on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Proceeds from “Teachers Rock” will benefit three nonprofit organizations: DonorsChoose.org, Feeding America and Teach for America.