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2020 Athletes & Artists Play for Kids Charity Weekend

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Thank you for joining us at our 2020 Athletes & Artists Play for Kids Charity Weekend

Athletes & Artists Play for Kids Charity Weekend celebrated current country hits, combining song and sport to support arts education and girls’ empowerment, and featured the fifth annual “Nashville’s Music Row Comes to the Ballpark” VIP charity event, two Orioles home games, and free community workshops for local youth.

A portion of proceeds from the weekend’s events benefited the Orioles Charitable Foundation’s Music & Arts Education Scholarship, which was created in 2019 to support deserving students and programs in Baltimore, Sarasota, and Nashville. Past beneficiaries include the Music Health Alliance, Sarasota YMCA, Library Foundation for Sarasota County, and Girls, Inc.

Charitable donors returned to Ed Smith Stadium Saturday evening for the fifth annual “Nashville’s Music Row Comes to the Ballpark” VIP charity event. This one-of-a-kind, all-access event, hosted by event founder and singer-songwriter Margaret Valentine, brought Orioles players and Nashville artists together in support of music education.

The event featured an all-star line-up which included Billboard chart-topping and Platinum-certified country artist RaeLynn, as well as GRAMMY and CMA nominated songwriters Jordan Schmidt and Jimmy Robbins. The night also introduced emerging Nashville artist Carter Faith and special guest emcee Renee Blair, who was recently named to the CMT Next Women of Country’s 2020 Class.


"I am excited and humbled by the energy we have created in bringing Nashville stars and star athletes together annually to reach new audiences and fund music education programs and songwriters in need. With this year's Athletes & Artists celebration, and the generous donation of time by our friends in the Nashville music industry, we will top $500,000 raised to directly fund kids music education programs and much needed access to medical care for songwriters and artists."

-Margaret Valentine

Billy Joel Concert Weekend at Oriole Park

July 25-26, 2019 in Baltimore, MD

Charitable funds raised during the Athletes & Artists Play for Kids fundraiser held the evening before the historic, first-ever concert at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which featured Billy Joel, resulted in community grants awarded to Jubilee Arts and Baltimore School for the Arts.

Special thanks to performers Yesterday’s Wine (featuring Wyatt Durrette and Levi Lowery) and Queen V and special guests Hall of Famers/Orioles Legends Brooks Robinson and Eddie Murray, as well as Orioles prospects DL Hall, Cadyn Grenier, and Blaine Knight for helping make the event such a memorable evening.

2019 Athletes & Artists Weekend Recap

March 1-3 in Sarasota, FL

Award-winning Nashville songwriters and musicians joined Orioles athletes to support arts education and girls empowerment during the fourth annual "Athletes & Artists Play for Kids" charity weekend. Held at Ed Smith Stadium, the Orioles' Florida training complex, the weekend featured a "Nashville's Music Row Comes to the Ballpark" charity benefit, two Orioles Spring Training games, an artist workshop for local youth, and an on-field performance from Country music rising superstar and 11-time No. 1 singer/songwriter COLE SWINDELL.

"It was an incredible weekend celebrating the power of song and sport to inspire and bring people together," said Orioles Executive Vice President JOHN ANGELOS. "We were thrilled to see music fans enjoy the creativity of award-winning Nashville artists as we raised funds to support new arts education scholarships for deserving students."

Past Performers & Special Guests

Meet the 2020 Artists

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RaeLynn

Ever since she came careening into Nashville in 2014, singer-songwriter RaeLynn has been someone who is the “talk of the town” for her refusal to color within the lines and play it safe. The Texas native has enjoyed incredible success — a debut album, WildHorse, that bowed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart, two ACM New Female Vocalist nominations, a PLATINUM-certified single (“God Made Girls”), GOLD-certified single (“Love Triangle”), nearly 415 million total career streams, and the first Country face to represent the global beauty brand Too Faced. She co-wrote 11 of the 12 songs on WildHorse when she was 17 and 18.

RaeLynn’s upcoming EP, Keep Up, will reflect how her songwriting and life have changed. Showing a more quirky, fun side of herself, songs on the album brim with personality and humor, starting with her latest release “Bra Off.” RaeLynn’s exuberant attitude is partially due to the fresh start she got when she signed a record deal with Florida Georgia Line’s newly launched label, Round Here Records. She is also signed to their publishing company, Tree Vibez Music.


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JORDAN SCHMIDT

Jordan Schmidt is a multi-instrumentalist, topliner, and producer based in Nashville. He recently celebrated his fifth No. 1 single with Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country” and currently has singles on the charts with Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and Noah Schnacky. Since signing his first publishing deal, Schmidt has had songs cut by Kane Brown (“What Ifs”), Mitchell Tenpenny (“Drunk Me”), Chris Lane, Jimmi Allen, HARDY, Granger Smith, Blake Shelton, FGL, Ingrid Andress, Jason Aldean, Old Dominion, Hunter Hayes, Mason Ramsey, and Morgan Wallen, as well as non-country placements with The Band CAMINO, One OK Rock, Mika Setzer, Axel Muniz, Noah Cyrus, Forever In Your Mind, and Nick Fradiani. As a producer, Schmidt has worked with Kane Brown, Ingrid Andress, LoCash, Old Dominion, Axel Muniz, Nick Fradiani, Hunter Hayes, Seaforth, and One OK Rock, and is currently working with The Band CAMINO, Mitchell Tenpenny, and Granger Smith.


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JIMMY ROBBINS

Jimmy Robbins is a GRAMMY and CMA nominated Nashville-based songwriter, producer, and publisher who has penned over 200 cuts in multiple genres. He has earned 11 Top 10 hits including eight No. 1 songs as a writer, as well a No. 1 song as a producer for Canaan Smith’s “Love You Like That” and a Billboard No. 1 album as a producer for RaeLynn’s Wildhorse. Robbins is a CMA Triple Play Award winner for penning three No. 1 songs in a 12-month period and was the American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers Song of the Year winner for Thomas Rhett's "It Goes Like This,” Robbins’ other No. 1 songs as a writer include Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert’s “We Were Us,” David Nail’s “Whatever She’s Got,” Jason Aldean’s “Lights Come On,” Michael Ray’s “Think A Little Less,” and Maren Morris’ “I Could Use A Love Song.” Robbins co-wrote and co-produced gnash's forthcoming project and landed four cuts on Maren Morris' new album GIRL including her current hit single, "The Bones,” which was also recently released as a crossover single featuring Hozier. Robbins also co-wrote and produced Kelsea Ballerini's brand new singles, "Homecoming Queen?" and "club.”


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MARGARET VALENTINE

Margaret Valentine is a singer-songwriter who has opened for national touring artists including Ed Sheeran, Joan Osborne, Tonic and Gin Blossoms. Valentine wrote "Don't Miss the Magic," the official anthem of the Baltimore Orioles, which raised $65,000 in 2016 for charity in conjunction with the Orioles Charitable Foundation. In 2018, she founded a music management company, Pound It Out Loud, which has curated the successful Friday Fireworks and Women of Country Music Series at Oriole Park, a program that lends a voice and gives platform to female country artists. PIOL also represents emerging young star Carter Faith.


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CARTER FAITH

Carter Faith is an up-and-coming Nashville artist from Davidson, NC. She is currently a sophomore in the Songwriting program at Belmont University. Carter has been selected to participate in some of the most prestigious emerging artist showcases in Nashville--recently, winning the ASCAP Belmont Showcase. She has played on several prominent stages such as the Bluebird Café and as a regular in the Song Suffragettes rotation at the Listening Room Café. She was also an opening act for Cole Swindell and featured performer at the Baltimore Orioles “Artists & Athletes Play for Kids” charity weekend in Sarasota, FL., as well as a national anthem performer at Camden Yards, Ed Smith Stadium and the Charlotte Hornets’ Spectrum Center. Carter is currently in the studio recording original music in anticipation of her debut EP.


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RENEE BLAIR

SPECIAL GUEST EMCEE AND CORRESPONDENT

Missouri-raised singer-songwriter Renee Blair is an emerging face on the country music scene. Growing up, she split time between living the city life in St. Louis and on her father’s cattle farm in central-Missouri. Her songwriting and melodies reflect the wide variety of music that shaped her upbringing; everything from The Dixie Chicks and Gretchen Wilson to Nelly and Justin Timberlake. Blair is currently based in Nashville, where she has been performing and writing songs since the age of 15. Last year, she toured with country music legend Willie Nelson, and opened for Billy Currington, Chase Rice, Mitchell Tenpenny, Eli Young Band, and more. Blair was recently inducted into the 2020 class of CMT’s Next Women of Country. She has been writing and recording her debut project with GRAMMY-award winning producer-songwriter, Shane McAnally, and GRAMMY- nominee producer-songwriter, Jordan Schmidt.

Previous Artists

COLE SWINDELL ACM Award Winning and GRAMMY Nominated Country Artist
"Break Up in the End," "Middle of a Memory" and "You Should Be Here"

DESMOND CHILD Nashville Hall-of-Fame and GRAMMY Winning Songwriter
Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" and "You Give Love A Bad Name," KISS's "I Was Made For Lovin' You," Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like A Lady," Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca," Katy Perry's "Waking Up In Vegas"

BOB DIPIERO Nashville Hall-of-Fame Songwriter and BMI ICON
Reba McEntire's "Till You Love Me" and "Little Rock," Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice," Faith Hill's "Take Me As I Am," George Strait's "Blue Clear Sky," Vince Gill's "Worlds Apart," Montgomery Gentry's "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," Academy and Golden Globe Award Nominated Best Original Song in a Motion Picture Country Strong's "Coming Home"

LIZ ROSE GRAMMY and CMA Award-Winning Songwriter
Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," Taylor Swift's "White Horse," "You Belong with Me," "Fearless," "Picture to Burn," and "Teardrops on My Guitar," Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl," Raelynn's "God Made Girls"

THE WARRENS BROTHERS GRAMMY Nominated and CMA Award-Winning Country Songwriting Duo
Tim McGraw's "If You're Reading This," "Felt Good on My Lips" and "Highway Don't Care," Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup," Keith Urban's "Little Bit of Everything," Faith Hill "The Lucky One," Dierks Bentley's "Feel That Fire," Martina McBride's "Anyway" and "Wrong Baby Wrong"

LEE THOMAS MILLER GRAMMY Nominated and CMA Award-Winning Songwriter
Brad Paisley's "The World", "I'm Still a Guy", "Perfect Storm" and "Crushin' it," Garth Brooks's "People Loving People," Tim McGraw's "Nothin' to Die For" and "Southern Girl," Trace Adkins's "You're Gonna Miss This," Osborne's "It Ain't My Fault," Chris Stapleton's "Whiskey and You"

MATT MCGINN Nashville Multi-Platinum and SESAC Award-Winning Songwriter
Marshmello & Kane Brown's "One Right Thing," Brown's "Heaven" and "What Ifs"

RYAN BEAVER SMACKSongs Singer/Songwriter
Ryan Hurd ("Platonic"), Steve Moakler ("Breaking New Ground"), HARDY ("4X4"), and Ashley Monroe ("Mother's Daughter")

MACKENZIE PORTER Nashville Country Artist and Actor
"These Days," "About You," "Drive Thru"

JUSTIN WILSON Billboard Country No. 1 Hits Songwriter
Michael Ray's "Kiss You in the Morning," Randy Houser's "We Went"

JESSE LEE Billboard Country No. 1 Hits Songwriter
Kelsea Ballerini's "Peter Pan," Brett Young's "Like I Loved You"

TINA PAROL Disney Music Group Songwriter
"Better Life," "Who's Got Your Money," Britney Spear's "Rock Girl," Jamie Lynn Spear's "Sleepover," Dallas Smith's "Cheap Seats"

LAURA VELTZ Billboard Country No. 1 Hits Songwriter
Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night,” Chris Young’s “Lonely Eyes,” Maren Morris’s “The Bones,” “A Song for Everything,” “Rich,” and “I Could Use A Love Song,” Dan + Shay’s “Speechless,” Lady Antebellum “What If I Never Get Over You”


With the 2020 Orioles and Nashville's Music Row Comes to the Ballpark is part of the Orioles' Arts in the Ballpark event series and Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and Orioles Charitable Foundation demonstrate the ballclub's year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. A recent independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $89 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. By marketing Sarasota to fans in the Mid-Atlantic region, operating a year-round athletic training facility, producing entertainment and sporting events, partnering with charitable causes, and hosting and often subsidizing youth sports tournaments and activities, the Orioles demonstrate an abiding commitment to their Florida home that goes far beyond baseball. For more information, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.