Maddie & Tae spent the year touring the country and playing shows for fans. But yesterday (Dec. 2), they spent the day in Nashville, TN, playing songs for patients of Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.
“It’s so nice to be able to come to the children’s hospital and be able to distract them from whatever they’re going through. And music is such a good way to do that,” the duo’s Maddie Marlow told Sounds Like Nashville. “We even saw some of the kids singing the lyrics to our songs which was so awesome.”
The visit was the kickoff for Shine Bright, a letter-writing campaign within Middle Tennessee. From now until the end of January, booths will be set up at events in the community where people can write “Words That Shine” as encouragement to the hospital’s patients, families and staff.
The girls got to chat and hang out with the kids and their families and also played an acoustic set of their songs, including their hits “Girl in a Country Song” and “Fly.”
“We’re really grateful to be a part of something that’s so big and God’s blessed us with this gift,” Marlow added. “And for us to be a part of something and be able to give back and give people hope and a voice is so important to us. That’s why we started this whole journey, was to give people a voice and to give them hope, and so, we’re hoping that today, we did a lot of that.”
“We are incredibly grateful for the continued support and generosity of our community partners—the Nashville Predators and Maddie & Tae,” John W. Brock III, surgeon-in-chief for Children’s Hospital, director of Pediatric Urology and Monroe Carell Jr. Professor, said in a press release. “Caring for children requires a true community effort—from the doctors, nurses and staff at the Children’s Hospital to the friends, families and neighbors of Nashville and beyond. We could not do the work we do every day without their support. The letters that will be delivered to patients will go a long way to brighten the day for a lot of children.”
Watch Maddie & Tae at Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital below…