Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton headed home to Oklahoma for ‘Tornado Relief Concert'

Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton, native Oklahoman musicians, are returning to help residents after April 14 tornado in Tushka.
BY BRYAN PAINTER bpainter@opubco.com Published: April 28, 2011
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McEntire's music career has produced more than 55 million in worldwide album sales, 63 Top 10 hits, 15 American Music Awards, nine People's Choice Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards and two Grammys. Last month it was announced that McEntire will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in the “Modern Era Artist” category.

Ada native

Shelton is an Ada native. He currently resides in Tishomingo in Johnston County, which borders Atoka County.

“Oklahoma defines who I am and seeing the effects this disaster has had on my neighbors, I knew I had to do something,” said Shelton. “Reba and I have a lot of love for this state and we wanted to do what we can to help. This place is my home and these people are family to us.”

In the past year, Shelton has won numerous awards including the Country Music Association Award for “Male Vocalist of the Year,” had three consecutive No. 1's — “Who Are You When I'm Not Looking,” “All About Tonight” and “Hillbilly Bone” — sold out shows on his first ever headlining tour “All About Tonight Tour,” had his first No. 1 album All About Tonight, received his first Grammy nomination and is currently a coach on NBC's “The Voice” which premiered Tuesday.


What: “Tornado Relief Concert” hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton

When: May 26

Where: Choctaw Event Center, Durant.

Why: On April 14, a tornado hit Tushka in Atoka County. All proceeds from the “Tornado Relief Concert” will go towards Atoka County's ongoing relief efforts through the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund.

Tickets: Tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. May 6 and may be purchased by phone at (800) 585-3737 or online at www.choctawcasinos.com.

Fundraising campaign: In addition to the proceeds raised from the concert, a special mobile fundraising campaign has been set up with The mGive Foundation to raise funds for relief efforts. Fans can text “OKGIVE” to 27722 to make a one-time $10 donation which will be added to their monthly cell phone bill. Funds will be donated to The mGive Foundation for the benefit of the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Checks can also be made out to the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund and mailed to: 101 SE 1st Street, Tushka, OK 74525.

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