June 24

Earth, Wind & Fire and Country Friends Meet

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Growing up, Earth, Wind & Fire has been one of my favorite bands. I still can’t help but dance and sing along to their songs every time I hear their songs ‘September’ and ‘Let’s Groove Tonight’. And it seems that I am not the only fan of these songs, Lady Antebellum is too!  As they share the stage with country musicians: Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker Share the Stage in New Episode at CMT Crossroads, I can’t help but be excited.

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Charles Kelley worked as DJ at weddings and middle school dances. This is where he fell in love with the band Earth, Wind & Fire that goes back to his high school days as well. He earned $300, but most of what he earns goes right back into buying more music for his future gigs.

“Half the time, something new would come out and I’d have to buy a $15 CD to spin one song,” Kelley says during an interview. “The lowest I’d go was about $200. But the other DJs would charge $500. So I was a discount.”

Kelley made sure to never leave for any DJ gig without a lot of Earth, Wind & Fire. That is why he and his bandmates in Lady Antebellum were invited to perform at the new CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends. The new show’s co-founders are Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson on premiering June 23, Friday.

The band had but one request. “They just asked, ‘Would you like to be a part of this?’ And we said, ‘Oh, my gosh, we’d love to do “September” if it’s available,’” Kelley said.

“We have no clue how we got so lucky,” Hillary Scott added.

The taping happened live in downtown Nashville on the eve of the 2017 CMT Music Awards. CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends pairs the iconic band with other big country voices including Dan + Shay, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Drake White.

“You can never really predict how chemistry is going to go between groups, but this was incredible,” Johnson said backstage at the concert taping. “[It was] a really incredible experience.”

Having members of the country music community join the band for one night only live in Music City was a once in a lifetime opportunity, according to Bailey. “This has just been one of the highlights of our career, really,” he added.

Performing with a legend like Bailey can be quite intimidating for any vocalist. But all the country artists onstage considered it an honor to share the limelight with such an unbelievable talent.

“Anything that makes me dance, makes me feel good, that’s what I’m going to gravitate towards,” White said. “It may be stepping out of my comfort zone a little bit, but that’s where I kind of thrive.”

“Nobody sounds like Earth, Wind & Fire,” Rucker added. “That’s what Crossroads is supposed to be all about — bringing two genres of music together and this brings one of the great bands of all time together with some really great country musicians, and it’s super.”

“Their music crosses boundaries,” McBride said. “I mean, it’s just the quality of it and the songs and the spirit that they have.”

Watch their awesome performance here:


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