Musicians Rocking The Lighthouse Wave

 “Country music is always changing but the Opry is always there to serve as a lighthouse for what country music really is. The past, present and future is all encompassed by not only the physical structure of the building but also the radio show.” – Dierks Bentley

Hearing is when our ears take sound waves and make them into something our brains can understand. Dr. Hart teaches to build your strong lighthouse one must learn to really listen. Spend some time today trying to listen to yourself and others. The following celebrities use music to touch the lives of others:

Jeff Goldblum Works to End Hunger

Jeff Goldblum is an American actor and musician. He is best known for his starring roles in Jurassic Park and Independence Day, as well as their sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park,  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Independence Day: Resurgence. Jeff also starred in many other films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Big Chill, The Fly, The Prince of Egypt, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Thor: Ragnarok. He also worked in television and starred in Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Jeff released an album in 2018 with his jazz band, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

Jeff uses his celebrity to help others and make an impact on society. He is on the board of directors for End Hunger Network, an organization that helps feed America’s hungry children. Jeff is involved in The Starbright Foundation, an organization that helps seriously ill children. Jeff wrote a song for Wildlife Waystation, an organization that helps displaced wildlife. Furthermore, Jeff has narrated numerous science documentaries for PBS about the environment and is known for his dedication to recycling. 

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Mary Wilson Gave to Others

Mary Wilson was a vocalist, concert performer, music rights activist, motivational speaker, author, and former U.S. Cultural Ambassador. Mary was well known as a founding member and longest member of the Supremes. The Supremes were the best-charting female group in the United States and one of the top selling female groups of all time.

Mary did a great deal of charity work, raising millions for AIDS through the People with AIDS Coalition of Tucson (PACT). She also raised funds for homeless people, cancer research and victims of child abuse, and was a Cultural Ambassador for the United States. RIP Mary ~ may your memory be eternal!

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Chris Kirkpatrick Established a Foundation to Help Underprivileged Children 

Chris Kirkpatrick is a singer, dancer, and actor. He is known for his work as a founding member of the music group NSYNC. He has provided the voice of Chip Skylark on The Fairly OddParents and guest starred on The Simpsons as himself.

Chris founded The Chris Kirkpatrick Foundation to enhance the lives of underprivileged children throughout the United States. Chris also volunteered at CHARM “Back To School Bash” which helps children to prepare for the school year by providing them with school supplies. 

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Academy Award Winner Shirley Jones Was Honored by The Children’s Charity

Shirley Jones is an actress and singer. She is best known for playing Shirley Partridge, the widowed mother of five children, in The Partridge Family. Shirley starred in many musicals including Oklahoma!, Carousel, and The Music Man. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the film Elmer Gantry. Also, she was nominated for four Golden Globe awards.

Shirley has volunteered for many organizations to raise money for charity. She performed for the Cocoanut Grove at the Holiday d”Eleganz luncheon sponsored by the Dominican Hospital Foundation Guild to raise money for cardiac care. Further, Shirley was honored by The Children’s Charity. Proceeds from the event benefited The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, dedicated to providing services for children with special needs in the Las Vegas community since 1950.

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Constantine Maroulis Volunteers for Many Organizations

Constantine Maroulis is a singer and actor. He was the sixth-place finalist on the reality series American Idol. He received a Tony Award nomination as lead actor for his role in Rock of Ages. Furthermore, he starred in the title role in Jekyll and Hyde on Broadway.

Constantine volunteers for many organizations. He volunteered for Thanksgiving in February at St Francis food pantries and shelters. He also supports Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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Joey Lawrence Supports The American Humane Association

Joey Lawrence is an actor, musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and game show host. He is best known for his role as Joey Russo in Blossom and Joe Longo in Melissa & Joey. Furthermore, Joey starred in the series Brotherly Love with his real-life brothers.

Joey supports many charities including The March of Dimes and American Humane Association. He hosted the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Also, he raises awareness and funds for children born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.

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Harry Waters Jr. Has a Gold Record and Mentors Other Musicians

I arrived at the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center in Parsippany, NJ on a cold and rainy Friday afternoon in April. The parking lots surrounding the hotel and convention center were completely full, so I had to drive around for almost an hour to find a place to park. I was angry at myself for not using an Uber. After walking a significant distance and feeling soggy and grumpy, I stepped into the ornate ballroom and immediately saw Harry Waters Jr. Harry was dressed in a light green tuxedo with black trim and sported an infectious smile. My cranky mood suddenly evaporated.

I watched from afar as Harry charmed his legion of fans with his stories, shared his silly antics, and smiled enthusiastically in multiple photos. Harry is best known for his portrayal of Marvin Berry in the movies Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part II. It is interesting to note that the song Earth Angel from Back to the Future earned him a gold record. Harry is also known for creating the role of Belize in the first production of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia of National Themes. Furthermore, Harry shared that he is also known for the Disney show Adventures in Wonderland.

Harry shared that he is currently a tenured professor in the Theatre Department at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN and he continues to act and direct. He mentors many students at Macalester College.

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The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith is President of Gihon Foundation

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In my childhood, I was a huge fan of the Monkees and was excited to meet Michael Nesmith. He is best known as the woolly hat wearing lead guitarist of the band the Monkees. He is also a songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist.  He won a Grammy Award for Video of the Year for his hour-long television show, Elephant Parts.

Michael owns a media company called the Pacific Arts Corporation. The company’s studio records local bands and upload the music to the web. Michael is also president of the Gihon Foundation which is a charity set up by his mother in 1978. The website says, “The Gihon Program for the Performing Arts (GPPA) is an operating program of the Gihon Foundation that curates and produces live performances of emerging and established artists which it delivers free and open to the public.”

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Grammy Award Nominee, Taylor Dayne, Supports Many Charities

Taylor Dayne is a singer, songwriter, and actress. She became famous in 1987 from her debut single Tell it to My Heart. Taylor has received two Grammy Award nominations, and has won an American Music Award. In 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her the 28th most successful dance artist of all time.

Taylor has supported many charities including:

  • Dream Foundation
  • Global Green
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Operation Doggy Drop
  • Project Angel Food
  • Race to Erase MS
  • WildAid

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Mickey Dolenz Raises Money for Numerous Charities

Mickey Dolenz is an American musician, actor, television director, radio personality, and theater director. He is best known as a vocalist and drummer of the band The Monkees. Mickey raises money for numerous charities. He said, “It’s always great to get involved in a charitable situation; I’ve done a lot of work with the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Make A Wish.”

Mickey was given a lifetime achievement award for his work on Broadway. He noted, “It was for my work doing charity, but it was from the Broadway community. Once a year we have a concert called Rockers on Broadway, and it brings together rock n’ rollers and Broadway stars to raise money. I’ve been doing it for years, so they honored me and Frankie Valli with a lifetime achievement award. It was wonderful.”

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Diane Carroll Was a Founding Member of the Celebrity Action Council

Diahann Carroll was a singer, actress, model, and activist. She rose to fame in some of the earliest films to feature black casts. She was in the movies Carmen Jones, Porgy and Bess, Claudine, and received a Tony Award for the musical No Strings. She won a Golden Globe for her television show Julia and is well known for her role in the night time soap opera Dynasty.

Diahann Carroll was a founding member of the Celebrity Action Council, a volunteer group of celebrity women who served the women’s outreach of the Los Angeles Mission, working with women in rehabilitation from problems with alcohol, drugs, or prostitution. Diahann passed away in 2019 from breast cancer ~ may her memory be eternal!

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Dukes of Hazzard’s John Schneider Co-founded Children’s Miracle Network!

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John Schneider is best known for his lovable character Bo Duke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard.   He also starred as Jonathan Kent in the series Smallville and  James “Jim” Cryer in The Haves and the Have Nots. Also, John is a country music singer. He released nine albums and eighteen singles. The following songs have reached the top of the Billboard chart: “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know”, “Country Girls”, “What’s a Memory Like You”, and “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight.”

John is a born-again Christian and in 1982, he co-founded the Children’s Miracle Network to help suffering children. Children’s Miracle Network raised $5 billion for children’s hospitals. They give away health care to parents who can’t afford to pay for treatments. Furthermore, he founded FaithWorks Productions which produces family-oriented videos and recordings.

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I Am Woman Singer, Helen Reddy, Supported Multiple Charities 

Helen Reddy was an Australian-American singer, songwriter, author, actress, and activist. During the 1970s, Helen had 15 singles on the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100! She is best known for her hit I Am Woman. Helen’s film career included a starring role in the movies Pete’s Dragon and Airport 1975.

Helen supported many charities, including singing for one raising money for schizophrenia. She was active in community affairs and raised millions of dollars for political candidates. In July 1977, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Helen to the nine-member commission overseeing the California Department of Parks and Recreation. She served on the commission until 1980. 

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Jesus Christ Superstar’s Ted Neeley Gives from the Heart

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Ted Neeley is one of the most compassionate, caring people I have met. He listens to others with his heart and shares love with all those around him. He is an actor, singer, drummer, composer, and record producer. He is known worldwide for his performance as Jesus Christ in the movie Jesus Christ Superstar. As an actor he is also known for his performances in Django Unchained, and Summer Camp Nightmare. He was asinger, songwriter, vocal arranger, and producer to albums for: Tina Turner, Robin Williams, Ray Charles, The Kinks, Keith Carradine, and Meat Loaf  to name a few. He continues to tour today!

Ted Neeley lives to give and donates his time and talents to charities regularly. He performed at the California Youth Theatre in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Santa Barbara County Bowl benefiting Youtheatre America, and the Ricardo Montalban Foundation. Look for a touring performance near you as Ted’s voice is still fantastic!

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