On June 12, 2015, Antigone Rising, along with other artists and celebrities from across the country, will come together to support LGBT acceptance at the inaugural Concert for Love and Acceptance, presented by Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning artist Ty Herndon and GLAAD, at City Winery in Nashville, Tenn. The first-of-its-kind country music event, which will take place during the 2015 CMA Music Festival, will be co-hosted by Herndon and political commentator and author Meghan McCain. The event will kick off GLAAD’s Southern Stories Summer Tour.
“Music connects us and transcends our differences,” says GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “For the first time in Music City, artists will join together to voice support for the LGBT community and help us accelerate acceptance, not only in country music, but across the nation.”
Herndon came out as gay last year and received an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and fellow artists. He will perform at the event along with Jennifer Knapp, Jamie O’Neal and Antigone Rising among others.
“Music connects us and transcends our differences,” says Ellis. “For the first time in Music City, artists will join together to voice support for the LGBT community and help us accelerate acceptance, not only in country music, but across the nation.”
Alternative-rock band Antigone Rising, composed of sisters Kristen Ellis-Henderson (bass guitar, vocals) and Cathy Henderson (lead guitar, vocals), Nini Camps (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Dena Tauriello (drums), have established themselves, through their musicianship, hard work, and just plain likeability, as a force of musical nature.
Quite an accomplishment for an all lesbian alt-country rock female band that while part of the growing chorus of out voices contributing to the slow walk toward country music embracing LGBT individuals, is still up against a predominantly conservative industry.
The group has toured with such A-listers as Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones; were appointed as cultural ambassadors by the United States government to tour Israel and the Middle East; and have also played a part in LGBTQ advocacy, making news when Kristin Ellis-Henderson appeared on the cover of Time Magazine with wife Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson for a feature on marriage equality.