One Warner Music Nashville creative director is humbled by the chance he had to be directly involved in a performance between two country music superstars.
Through his role as a creative director at Warner Music Nashville, Shane Tarleton has helped play a part in the careers of some of country's biggest stars, including Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, and Kenny Rogers.
But the way that Tarleton has truly made an impact is through his work with an organization called Musicians On Call, which helps bring talented, volunteer musicians in to play for patients in hospitals. As the organization's website states, "by delivering live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds, we add a dose of joy to life in a healthcare facility."
Tarleton uses his role at Warner Music Nashville to help bring some big-name performers to hospitals, and he also takes time out of his own life to visit various children's hospitals.
Musicans On Call met at the City Winery in Nashville on October 21 in order to honor some of its star volunteers, with the greatest honor, the golden ukulele award, going to Tarleton for everything he has done for the organization.
After receiving the award, Tarleton took to the stage to say a few words, encouraging others to find a cause to be passionate about:
"Find something that matters to your heart. Step outside of yourself for a while. And if you can't, you need to open your wallet."
Country superstars Reba McEntire and Martina McBride both performed at the event that honored Tarleton and the other volunteers. But at the end of the show, McEntire and McBride joined forces in a duet of McEntire's classic song "Does He Love You?" and brought a very special guest on stage, Tarleton himself.
At first, Tarleton is so moved at the opportunity to share the stage with the two artists that he chokes back tears. But soon, McEntire and McBride have him laughing, as they play the part of a scorned wife and her husband's lover, acting as though Tarleton is the man they are fighting over.
Once the song comes to an end, Tarleton drops down to his knees and bows toward McEntire and McBride, showing his gratitude to them.
But Tarleton was not the only one who was a bit awestruck that night. McEntire admitted that she has a great admiration for what he does, because it's something she's always found hard to do herself:
"I've gone and visited children's hospitals after tornadoes and disasters in Oklahoma, so I know it's one of the hardest things in the world to do. I told Shane I'm going to do it one of these days. I just have to get up the nerve to do it. That's why I respect him so much, because he does it all the time."
Through his kind actions toward others, Tarleton has proven he is definitely worthy of such respect.
Watch McEntire and McBride's performance honoring Tarleton in the video below.
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