Steel Magnolia’s Meghan Linsey Helps Brad Pitt To Benefit Her Hometown

Steel Magnolia's Meghan Linsey (R) is pictured with humanitarian/activist/Oscar winner Brad Pitt (L) and Virginia Crawford (C), of South Coast Solar

Meghan Linsey, the female half of progressive country duo Steel Magnolia, has always maintained her connection to her New Orleans hometown, so when asked to participate in “A Night To Make It Right” for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, she was on the next plane home. Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the powerhouse blonde was part of an evening to help rebuild a section of the city that also attracted co-hosts Drew Brees and Randy Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Sean Penn, Morgan Freeman, Blake Lively, Octavia Spencer, Robert DeNiro, Kevin Spacey and performances by Dr. John, Seal, Sheryl Crow, Kanye West, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and Soul Rebels.

“I don’t get star-struck, but it was like a little mini-Oscars!” Linsey says of the experience. “Standing on the side of the stage watching Kanye doing his thing with Rihanna, I was standing next to Brad and Angelina and a couple of their children, you couldn’t help but be a little but…,

“I love what they’ve used their fame to do, they’ve made such a difference. Brad came to New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina – and his foundation is helping rebuild the lower ninth ward, a region of the city that was completely devastated by the storm. ! They are making it as sustainable and environmentally sound, building 150 homes! ”

The event – held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans – saw a meal created by celebrity chefs, lead by John Besh and including Emeril Lagasse to celebrate the culture of the city, followed by a night of music. With an auction that saw Sean Penn pledge $150,000 to build a house in the district, Linsey’s commitment to what her music can mean was renewed.

“When you see all the good that can come from being creative, the way you can make tangible differences as well as inspire people who’re coming through things, that’s a lot of what drove me to Nashville to chase my dream,” explains the young woman who is nominated for the 2012 Academy of Country Music Vocal Duo of the Year. “It’s not so much about being fa! mous as how you touch people’s lives and the way you can give back. It’s what Josh and I have always talked about… and I’m glad to see what kind of good can come from following your dreams.”

Launching with the Top 5 “Keep On Lovin’ You,” Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey have been downloaded well over a million times, toured with Brad Paisley and Reba McEntire, had a song featured in the major motion picture “Valentine’s Day,” weathered upheaval and been nominated for nine major awards: Top Vocal Duo at the 2010 and 2011 Country Music Association Awards; the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards, Best Country Video by a Duo at the 2011 CMT: Country Music Television Awards and Top New Vocal Duo at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Currently free agents, Steel Magnolia is out playing shows, maintaining a schedule that would be the envy of most acts. Writing for their next project and assessing the prospects, the plucky duo is ready to get back in the game with a vengeance. “We came to sing, we came to play…,” says Linsey, “and like Brad Pitt and Ellen and everyone the other night, hopefully to be able to make a difference.”

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