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  • Posted on Jan 19th by Gardens admin  in ,

    John is the first artist that has ever been presented with this award

    NASHVILLE, TN – (January 17, 2012) – John Rich received the Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award during the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® Seminar in Memphis, TN this past weekend. The award is presented to a member of the country music industry who demonstrates commitment and dedication to children battling cancer and other deadly disease at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Randy Owen, who founded the Country Cares program in 1989, gave the award to a country music artist for the first time.

    John Rich’s fundraising efforts for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital began when he won the hit NBC show “Celebrity Apprentice” on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research. During the show John raised over $1.4 million dollars for the organization.

    "St. Jude holds a very special place in my heart," said Rich. "It's like no other place and I'm just so honored to help raise awareness for this organization and to receive the first-ever Angels Among Us Award from Randy."

    Renowned artist, producer and songwriter John Rich is also one-half of the multi-platinum duo Big & Rich. His new boot-stomping, high energy SIX PAK Rich Rocks is available everywhere now. His impactful SIX PAK album, For the Kids is also available and pays tribute to the friends and families of his favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A portion of the proceeds from For the Kids will go directly to support the foundation. Rich has garnered multiple GRAMMY, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations and is a three-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year recipient with 13 top ten hits including Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl,” Faith and Tim McGraw’s “Like We Never Loved At All,” Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” and Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown.” Jason Aldean’s hit “Don’t You Wanna Stay” feat. Kelly Clarkson. Rich’s first solo release, Son Of A Preacher Man, featured the hit single “Shuttin’ Detroit Down,” which was his first solo hit to land in the Top 15 on the Country Singles Chart. Rich is the only country music artist who has garnered a Top 15 single as a part of a group, duo and solo artist.


    Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® is one of the most successful radio fundraising events in America. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has been actively involved in radiothon fundraising for more than 30 years. In fact, hundreds of radio stations across the country have helped raise more than $400 million for the life-saving work of St. Jude, and the St. Jude family of partner stations continues to expand. One of the fastest growing radiothon programs is Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids. Focusing on station formats such as Adult Contemporary, Gospel, Urban AC, Lite Rock, Classic Rock and Oldies, Radio Cares is designed to increase the community's awareness and support of St. Jude. A Radio Cares radiothon typically lasts two days and is highlighted by St. Jude patient stories, story song vignettes and exciting radio station promotions, making it a "win-win" not just for St. Jude, but also for the radio station itself.