George Strait talks about Hurricane Harvey relief concert


Dozens of celebrities have come together at "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief", to raise much needed funds for victims, as wild weather batters Florida. "We're compassionate. We're unstoppable when we unite, when we join together hand-in-hand".

"It's nationwide routing but you know that we're participating right here in the community to give back to those who have been impacted", Smith says.

King George brought out Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen for a massive performance of "If It Wasn't For Texas".

Musical performances also included Dave Matthews' rendition of "Lift Up Your Hearts" and a collaboration of "With a Little Help from My Friends" between Darius Rucker, Demi Lovato and Brad Paisley from Nashville. "They don't see if you're an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor".

He also appealed to viewers to show their support, saying "we want you to be a part of this and donate whatever you can".

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During the hour-long event, celebrities like George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts, Drake, Sean Combs, Kerry Washington, Luke Bryan, Cher and Tom Hanks all performed or worked the phones. The TV channels featuring the benefit include ABC, NBC, CBS, BET, Bravo, CMT, E!, Fox, HBO, iHeart Media, MTV, Oxygen, SiriusXM, Univision and Westwood One. For numerous stars, the storms hit close to home. I haven't been able to be there.

As a Houston native, Beyoncé was personally touched by Hurricane Harvey.

"Helpless - helpless is an understatement", Fonsi added of being on tour and unable to be with his family. The organization Comic Relief USA will distribute all the telethon donations to charities like the Rebuild Texas Fund, the United Way, and Habitat for Humanity.

Hurricane Harvey devastated southeastern Texas after it made landfall late last month, leading to catastrophic flooding in the Houston metropolitan area, destroying thousands of homes and causing a total of 70 deaths.