It was an emotional night earlier this week at the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, as country soul man Drake White spearheaded the “Benefit for the Brain” concert. The show was a collaborative effort from White and other country stars to raise money for various organizations that deal with brain and mental health. You may remember White from the memorable 2017 Stars & Guitars with Big & Rich.
Drake made it abundantly clear what the show’s mission was once it was announced last month. According to Music Row, the country star expressed a calling to raise awareness of the mental health struggles that many people deal with every day. “Together, we hope to inspire a community of understanding, improve quality of life and give courage to face the battle between your ears.”
And from the looks of things, it sure looks like Drake and co. did just that at Benefit for the Brain. With powerfully gut-wrenching performances from Drake, Riley Green, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, and surprise guest Colbie Caillat, the show managed to raise a staggering $253,000 at the end of the night according to Country Now.
The benefit show was not only a labor of love to Drake White; it also had deep personal meaning to the soulful singer. In 2019 Drake collapsed while performing on stage due to a stroke. It was later revealed that Drake had been partially paralyzed by the incident and was diagnosed with Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). This disease threatened to cut his career short, but Drake refused to quit. Through multiple surgeries and extensive physical therapy, he was able to regain his motor functions, and was even able to perform live again on last year’s The Optimystic Tour.
Drake’s story is awe-inspiring, and his resolve to help others fight the same type of battles he had to endure is truly admirable. Brain and mental health are extremely crucial components of your overall wellbeing. And thanks to Drake and the other stars from the Benefit for the Brain show, those struggling with their own mental health can be assured that they’re not alone in the fight.