Thomas Rhett & Big Machine Surprise MusiCares With $100,000 Donation for COVID-19 Relief Fund

Thomas Rhett teamed with Reba McEntire, Lady A’s Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban to record the bright new tune, “Be A Light,” which was released in March.

Thomas Rhett co-penned the song with Josh Miller, Josh Thompson and Matt Dragstrem. TR and the song’s collaborators are donating all proceeds from “Be A Light” to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was created by The Recording Academy to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease outbreak and subsequent cancellation of music events.

On Sept. 2, Thomas Rhett and Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta surprised Recording Academy chair and interim president/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. and MusiCares executive director Laura Segura via a video conference with an additional $100,000 for the relief fund.

“Thank y’all so much for everything y’all are doing,” said Thomas Rhett during the video, which you can watch below. “The fact that y’all are helping people pay mortgages and hospital bills, I commend y’all so highly for that. Hopefully we can get a lot more on board this train to continue to give and continue to help out our people.”

“On behalf of the Big Machine Label Group, we are going to donate $50,000 today to the MusiCares COVID Fund to keep moving this forward in an aggressive way and try to be more aggressive that this terrible disease that we are dealing with,” said Scott Borchetta, before Thomas Rhett said he would match the monetary amount for a donation total of $100,000.

“Be A Light” is currently No. 4 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart after 22 weeks.

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