There is a huge national emergency in Flint, Michigan, and while politicians beat around the bush instead of helping those in need, others have stepped forward to help. One of those stars is country singer Granger Smith. According to the Boot on Thursday, Smith has picked up interest in helping those in need and scheduled a benefit concert.
The tragedy involves the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The water supply was changed from treated water department water to the Flint River. Because the city did not apply corrosion inhibitors, the water ended up contaminated with lead and created a serious health danger. Between 6,000 and 12,000 children have been exposed to the drinking water that may pose a serious health risk for them.
Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency and President Obama declared it a federal state of emergency. Gov. Snyder apologized and sent $28 million to help. That does little to help those in need now, and that is where benefit shows like the Granger Smith concert will help somewhat.
Smith will perform at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center’s atrium on April 7. Tickets for the show will only cost $10 and all of the proceeds will go to the Hurley Children’s Clinic in order to help the kids and the families of those affected by the Flint water crisis. Not only is Smith performing, but 12-year-old Internet star Tegan Marie will perform with him as well.
Marie is not a national name yet, but she does have over 100,000 fans on Facebook and is opening for Hunter Hayes at an upcoming show. She got her start by submitting music videos of her singing and has quickly gained a lot of fans.
As for Granger Smith, he just enjoyed his first ever number one single with “Backroad Song” and his sophomore major label album Remington went on sale on March 4. This is his eighth album, but the first six were all independently released. Tickets for the Granger Smith benefit concert in Flint Michigan are on sale through Ticketmaster and the concert takes place on April 7 at 7:30 p.m.