Stars And Strings In Detroit Presented By Ram Trucks Built To Serve Was An Epic Three-And-A-Half Hour Show

Benefitted Folds Of Honor

November 6, 2019

(WYCD) From its first moment to its last, the inaugural Stars and Strings show in Detroit had the audience on a roller coaster of emotion.

Passion, laughs, tears, and patriotism marked the Fox Theatre stage filled by Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd, Brett Young, Kelsea Ballerini and Jon Pardi.   

The whopping three-and-a-half hour show tugged at heartstrings, highlighted the military and had moments of pure fun. 

In one of them, Keith Urban sang with a little girl from the audience named Stella.

The time @keithurban gave a little girl named Stella a moment she’ll never forget. #starsandstrings #countrymusic #livecountrymusic #teamwycd #kids #kidsandmusic #teamwycd

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Backstage, country music heavyweights Brett Young, Lady Antebellum, Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd, Kelsea Ballerini and Jon Pardi talked about music, parenthood, love ... and life.

And once they hit the boards at the historic Fox Theatre, they all brought their own  unique energy. Here are more highlights from the show:

Veterans were in the spotlight all night at #starsandstrings presented by Ram Trucks Built To Serve. The show started with the National Anthem and ended with a heartfelt thanks from @keithurban. #veterans #countrymusic #foldsofhonor #teamwycd #ramtrucks

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Here’s the moving first moment of #starsandstrings at the historic @thefoxtheatredetroit. the event benefitted Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to the children of fallen military members. #nationalanthem #countrymusic #livecountrymusic #starsandstrings #veterans #foldsofhonor

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The audience never knew what would happen next. 

This is the first Stars and Strings in Detroit, with shows to follow in Chicago and New York.  

"It's a signature event for the country format, which is why it's such a big show and why so many artists want to participate," WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts told

Detroit's event was presented by Ram Trucks Built To Serve and benefitted Folds of Honor, a charity that provides scholarships to children and spouses of fallen and wounded service members.

Folds of Honor has awarded about $100 million in scholarships to 25,400 recipients.

Publicity and funds from events like Stars and Strings are priceless to Folds of Honor, marketing chief Kevin Christensen told

"It's very important," he said. "Folds of Honor is deeply rooted in country music — we have great relationships with Dierks Bentley, Craig Morgan and Rascal Flatts. ... (Entercom) has really stepped up and answered the call to duty in several different ways."