K102’s St. Jude Fan Jam is Country Music for a Cause
by Kailee Thompson
K102’s St. Jude Fan Jam is always full of great talent and amazing people supporting a fantastic cause. This year’s event may have topped them all. With a rockstar line-up with Walker Hayes, Morgan Wallen, and Justin Moore, the crowd was ready to give and get loud.
Walker Hayes started the charitable event by beat-boxing his own background sounds and singing high notes no one even knew he could hit. On top of his creative artistic ability, Walker Hayes is probably the funniest man to ever hit the stage. He kept the crowd laughing not even in between his songs, but with lyrics he wrote, including “Your Girlfriend Does” that he wrote with Old Dominion. Hayes told stories of his background, wife, and kids to create a picture of his life up until he became a country star. The crowd sang at the top of their lungs his hit song “You Broke Up With Me.”
Morgan Wallen and his two bandmates took the stage next to create a harmonizing dream that soothed everyone’s ears. Every note that came out of Wallen’s mouth pierced the crowd and got everyone fired up for country music. Of course, everyone was mesmerized by Wallen’s stylin’ mullet. Who knew there was someone still out there that could rock it? Wallen played a new song for everyone that he had only written a month ago and you could see the excitement when he shook his fist in success after he finished singing. Wallen definitely gave it his all for a deserving crowd.
In between Wallen and Justin Moore, K102 came back out and passed around a cowboy boot for people to donate money to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The giving did not stop there. Someone in the crowd inquired about the “This Shirt Saves Lives” t-shirts which started a bidding war for the shirts. People in the crowd started bidding as high as $500 for the shirts and after K102 noticed the hype around the shirts, they got Morgan Wallen to sign three of them. Multiple shirts sold anywhere from $300-$500.
The long-awaited Justin Moore took the stage after all the donations during intermission were made. People knew the words to all his older songs like “Small Town USA” and his new songs like “Kinda Don’t Care.” Moore is definitely a downhome country boy who loves his country, his fans and his family. He was the perfect guy to end the show for such a great event.
By the end of the night, K102 St. Jude Fan Jam raised over $10,000 for the hospital. This wasn’t your only chance to help out. Keep your ears open and tuned into K102 for the St. Jude Phone-a-thon in mid-December to donate.