These country stars go above and beyond to help those in need.
The following individuals represent the upper echelon of country royalty, because not only are they all extraordinarily talented musicians, they’re extraordinarily compassionate human beings as well.
10. Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert loves her four legged friends. Her charity, MuttNation Foundation, came to fruition in 2009 with a mission to battle animal suffering, and it has done just that. In January of 2014, MuttNation donated $253,660 to shelters in all 50 states. Miranda’s passion project has now raised a total of $2.2 million for pups everywhere.
9. Brad Paisley
Before Brad Paisley rose to fame, he had already established a sterling reputation for his selfless demeanor. The Brad Paisley Foundation was founded in 2001, and aids a number of notable charities including the American Cancer Society. In 2004, Paisley received the Country Radio Broadcaster’s Artist Humanitarian Award, and he maintains an ongoing relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
8. Toby Keith
Toby Keith began an annual golf tournament in 2003 to fund a center for pediatric cancer patients. Ten years later, Keith’s OK Kids Korral opened in November, 2013. The state-of-the-art center strives to alleviate the emotional and financial costs facing the families of young cancer patients.
7. Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton is a big man with an even bigger plan. In 2013, Shelton’s Healing in the Heartland benefit concert raised a whopping $6.5 million for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. And since becoming a JCPenney Cares Ambassador two years ago, Shelton has raised upwards of $5 million for the USO.
6. Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson’s charitable tendencies can be traced back to 1985, when he established Farm Aid with John Mellencamp and Neil Young. To date, more than $45 million has been raised for family farms, which amounts to $1.5 million per year for the past three decades. Nelson is currently aiding those actively battling the Keystone XL Pipeline project.
5. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are another powerhouse in the philanthropic realm. They share number five since the two collaborate on many of the same charitable projects. After Hurricane Katrina, Hill and McGraw brought truckloads of necessities to the victims. The two also performed a charity tour, pledging ALL proceeds to the Neighbor’s Keeper Foundation. McGraw is a current member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.
4. Garth Brooks
Back in 1999, Garth Brooks founded Teammates for Kids, and to say that it has been a success would be a profound understatement. The charity consists of 3,900 athletes, all out to help children on a global scale, and Teammates for Kids has now raised more than $80 million dollars to benefit kids in 60 countries.
3. Rascal Flatts
In 2008, Rascal Flatts received the ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian Award for their $3 million donation to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. The group also received the CRS 2012 Artist Humanitarian Award for their unwavering generosity. These three superhuman- itarians are also members of the Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet and spokespersons for The Jason Foundation.
2. Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood, the reigning Queen of Country, is a role model on all fronts. She founded the C.A.T.S. Foundation, donated $1 million from her last tour to the American Red Cross, and performed for our troops overseas. Also a supporter of The Humane Society, Underwood has made a lifetime’s worth of positive change in the relatively short amount of time since her rise to stardom.
1. Taylor Swift
Despite her affinity for pop music, Taylor Swift acknowledges that her 2012 album, “Red”, had country inclinations. That, along with a $4 million donation to the Country Music Hall of Fame, accounts for her inclusion on this list. In 2013, Swift donated $100,000 to the save the Nashville Symphony from facing foreclosure. Swift’s endless exhibition of good will makes her three-year reign atop the annual Celeb’s Gone Good list seem totally justified. If there is one thing Taylor Swift won’t be shaking off, it’s her commitment to helping others.