Dierks Bentley Teaches His Children to Give Back

Bentley himself consistently donates to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Dierks Bentley Teaches His Children to Give Back
Dierks Bentley and family; Photo via Nashville Humane Association

The country music community places a huge importance on giving back. Dierks Bentley is one of the genre’s biggest philanthropists, and he’s making his best attempt to pass that trait on to his children.

As a father of three young kids—9-year-old Evie, 7-year-old Jordan and 4-year-old Knox—the singer tries his best to show them a world outside of their own. That’s why he frequently takes them to Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville to pack meals for the disadvantaged families who lean on the organization for help.

“I have three kids and I think a lot about trying to set them up for success as far as values and morals and traditions we have,” Bentley tells PEOPLE.  “I’m just trying to raise some good kids.”

The “Woman, Amen” singer often donates his time to benevolent causes, including his yearly Miles & Music For Kids, a motorcycle ride that raises money for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. In past years, the event has brought out the likes of Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett to help raise money. Through his event, Bentley has brought in more than $4 million for the hospital.

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Bentley is intentional in keeping his own family’s traditions alive with his kids, including sharing his passion for nature and travel. He recalls childhood memories of exploring the country with his family on road trips and seeing a variety of live music shows, ranging from Madonna to Garth Brooks with his sister. In addition to creating these kinds of memories with his children, he also hopes they adopt the spirit of giving and gratitude.

“For me, the love of outdoors and nature are obvious, but it’s just as important for me to find ways to get involved with and give back to the community and do things with my family,” he says.

The country star’s new album, The Mountain, will be released on June 8. His 2018 Mountain High Tour with Brothers Osborne and LANCO continues through October 13 where it wraps at the Hollywood Bowl.