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Your week in music: Country artists bring healing to the Heartland

Country singer Blake Shelton organized Healing for the Heartland to raise money for tornado relief. (Source: Giantmuh at en.wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons) Country singer Blake Shelton organized Healing for the Heartland to raise money for tornado relief. (Source: Giantmuh at en.wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons)

(RNN) - Some of country music's most famous sons and daughters call Oklahoma home. When an EF-5 tornado tore through their home state on May 20, helping was not optional. 

They didn't have to get very creative to find a way.

Blake Shelton, who has a home in Tishomingo, OK, organized Healing in the Heartland, a benefit concert airing Wednesday on NBC, CMT, E! and other networks.

"Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy," Shelton said. "This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero."

His fellow artists quickly got on board. Vince Gill, Oklahoma native Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan and Rascal Flatts have joined, along with Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert.

The show begins at 9 p.m. EST.

Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

Kelly Clarkson's new video

Kelly Clarkson, who somehow defies the bounds of natural talent yet somehow remains endearingly everywoman, has released a video for her latest single, People Like Us.

In the video, she infiltrates a research office, posing as a scientist, and saves a girl who has become the object of experimentation.

What else is Clarkson up to? Oh, just planning a wedding, recording a Christmas album and reportedly in talks to possibly serve as a judge on the next season of her alma-mater, American Idol.

No big deal.

As far as the release date on that Christmas album? We'll keep you posted.

The soulful sounds of Kristina Train

Thanks to Lexus' Amazing in Motion ad campaign, Kristina Train is finally receiving the attention she deserves. With Train's breathtakingly beautiful cover of Aretha Franklin's I'm Wandering playing in the background, the TV commercial gives just a taste of what Train brings to the table in her recently-released album Dark Black.

Having been compared to Norah Jones and Lana Del Rey, the soulful singer/songwriter brings a rare depth and emotion to music that leaves you wanting more. Her music takes a modern approach to timeless-sounding songs, and even after a few repeats of the album, you won't be ready to put it down.

Along with the release of Dark Black, Train recently posted a few covers on her YouTube page, including How Long Will I Love You by the Waterboys and These Days by Jackson Browne.

We encourage you to check out Dark Black on iTunes and allow yourself to be swept away by Train's soulful voice that seems to slow time down and take you to another place.

Free download of 65-song summer mixtape

NoiseTrade has partnered with Storyville Coffee Company to offer a free Summer Mixtape of 65 songs if you "like" the Noisetrade Facebook page.

The mixtape is jam-packed with up-and-coming and indie artists including The Damnwells, Paul McDonald featuring Nikki Reed, Joshua James, Stephen Kellogg and Kree Woods.

So grab a drink, relax and enjoy this compilation of amazing artists and their summertime music.

City and Colour album stream

Mix the comforting sweetness of Dallas Green's voice with the warmth of his acoustic guitar and you get City and Colour, one of the most talented singer/songwriter projects we've heard.

City and Colour's fourth full-length album, titled The Hurry and the Harm, comes out next Tuesday. Until then, you can stream the acoustic bliss at

New Releases

John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone - May 28

Laura Marling: Once I Was An Eagle - May 28

Della Mae: The World Oft Can Be - May 28

Darius Rucker: True Believers - May 21

Daft Punk: Random Access Memories - May 21

The National: Trouble Will Find Me - May 21


Barenaked Ladies: Grinning Streak - June 4

City and Colour: The Hurry and The Harm - June 4

Lonestar: Life As We Know It - June 4

Harry Connick Jr.: Every Man Should Know - June 4

Ben Folds Five: Live - June 4

Harry Connick Jr.: Every Man Should Know - June 11

Jimmy Eat World:  Damage - June 11

And Finally

We're pretty much obsessed with this cover of Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Walk off the Earth and Selah Sue.

Every part of it, from Selah Sue's raspy voice, to Walk off the Earth's unique ukulele and beatboxing to the way the video is filmed, is awesome. Our only complaint is that it's so short.

What we're listening to

Priscilla Ahn - Dream

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