Jesse Rice, a Trop Rock #1 artist and co-writer on the RIAA Diamond certified Florida Georgia Line hit Cruise, is headlining the annual Loud Shirt Gala in Bristol, VA benefitting Waiting to Hear. The proceeds from this island themed fundraiser are used to raise public awareness about the benefits of cochlear implants and to educate area families with deaf and hard of hearing children on care options.

“I am grateful to be a part of this fundraiser,” says Jesse Rice. “The information and options that this team provides to families of deaf and hard of hearing kids is priceless. When it comes to children and care, it’s always necessary to weigh all options before choosing an action plan and this organization makes that process easier. Plus, when Shannon told me about the recurring island theme, I knew I was going to feel right at home with this crowd.”

Jesse transports listeners to sandy beaches filled with Coppertone tans and umbrella drinks on his latest release The Pirate Sessions III which peaked inside the Top 5 on the iTunes Country Charts. Fans can purchase the project on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Full details on the Loud Shirt Gala can be found below. In addition to Jesse’s performance, the evening will also feature appearances by CBS Survivor contestants and a silent auction.

Date: Saturday, June 17
Time: 7 PM ET
Location: Bristol VA Holiday Inn Conference Center Ballroom
Address: 3005 Linden Drive, Bristol, VA 24202
Advanced Tickets: $10
Door: $15
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About Jesse Rice
Jesse Rice was reared in the historic river town of Conway, SC, about 15 minutes northwest of Myrtle Beach. He moved to Music City in 2002 and began honing his songwriting skills while working at EMI Music Publishing. He would quickly network with rising artists and writers and secured his first publishing agreement in 2007 with Artist Revolution. His first #1 came with the co-penned tune Cruise by Florida Georgia Line. It would go on to sell more than 10 million singles/downloads to receive the Diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. It would also become Billboard’s longest running #1 single and took home ACM, AMA, CMA, Billboard, BMI and SESAC awards. His songs have been cut by Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chase Rice, Kristian Bush of Sugarland and Colt Ford. Jesse has also co-written with top-talent like Lady Antebellum, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford and Chase Rice. His last release The Pirate Sessions I & II featured guest appearances by Florida Georgia Line and Chase Rice. The Pirate Sessions III premiered at online retailers on Friday, January 27 peaking at #5 on the iTunes Country Albums Charts. He scored a Radio A1A Trop Rock #1 with the lead single Hangout with a Hangover.

About Waiting to Hear
Waiting to Hear was founded in 2014 with a very simple mission: to help deaf kids…HEAR! The organization was started by Shannon and Sherry Ball after their daughter, Sarah suddenly lost her hearing at age 2. A year later Sarah received the gift of hearing through the use of cochlear implants, and Waiting to Hear was born. The organization helps guide newly diagnosed families through the process of obtaining cochlear implants, and provides programs that help deaf children achieve a hearing and spoken language outcome. Their current programs include a free Pediatric Hearing aid program, a Language Enrichment Summer Camp, and free parent resource libraries at local speech and hearing centers. Waiting to Hear is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit and is proud to be a 100% volunteer-run organization. For more information, visit