By Courtney Goforth
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — It’s all in the spirit of peace, love and goodwill. At least for Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma CEO Chris Daniels, putting on a locally star-studded music bill isn’t just for a night of good tunes.
Last year marked the first ever benefit concert, titled “Peace, Love and Goodwill,” for an Abilities Scholarship after 18 years of golf tournament fundraisers no longer seemed up to par.
A music concert seemed like something more people could enjoy than a round of golf, and after Daniels saw the positive reception of last year’s show, he decided to bring in even more bands for people to enjoy.
“I remember just kind of stepping back from that and watching it and looking at how happy the people were and how good it felt to be able to bring them that moment,” Daniels said. “To be able to do that while generating money for the scholarship is pretty special.”
The scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior from Oklahoma that submits an essay response to “How my disability does not define me” and meets other qualifications such as a minimum GPA of 3.0, U.S. citizenship and has written documentation from a physician proving a disability. The scholarship can then be applied to a degree or certification at academically accredited institutions in the country.
Daniels said there is a fairly large population of Goodwill employees that have disabilities of their own, making this fundraiser and scholarship close to Goodwill staffs’ hearts.
“We try to feature local talent and then we try to keep the artists we bring in from outside of the state along the same music style,” Daniels said. “We have a staff that really enjoys music and are out there listening and trying to piece together people they think would be a good fit.”
One of those artists is Norman native Maggie McClure. Before she headed out to Los Angeles to pursue her music career she regularly played at venues around Norman. When McClure was asked to be a part of the Peace, Love and Goodwill show for the second time she was ecstatic to come home to Oklahoma for a charitable opportunity.
“I was actually asked to play the benefit concert last year and it was an incredible experience and a huge success,” McClure said. “The other acts of the night were really great and it was just overall an awesome opportunity. I always have enjoyed being a part of events that help different charities and organizations and people in general.”
McClure’s silky vocals and piano skills have landed her music in the movie “Cowgirls N’ Angels,” Oprah Winfry Network’s “Dr. Phil,” MTV’s “The Real World,” “Worst. Prom. Ever.,” “The Hills” and “The City,” as well as CBS’s “The Young and The Restless.” The singer-songwriter has also scored herself a spot in FOX’s “Glee” star Matt Morrison’s new music video coming out in early June. McClure is about to launch a fan-funded campaign with Pledge Music that will hopefully raise $15,000 in 60 days to fund the recording and release of her new EP that would come out in the fall.
McClure’s husband Shane Henry is also on the bill for the night, along with another Norman musician and friend, Kyle Reid.
“Kyle and I have known each other a long time and I’ve always thought he was a great musician and really talented,” McClure said. “I am really excited to see what he has in store for the show because I actually haven’t heard him do his solo stuff before and I’m really excited to see how that is going to end up.”
Reid has received positive feedback from his last album “Sawdust in the Bed” and is now marking the Oklahoma music scene with his concoction of New Orleans-esque gypsy swing.
“It seemed like a good charity and opportunity to play music with people I respected,” Reid said. “Not to mention that I like Goodwill, so I thought it would be a good chance to support something that I appreciate. It’s also great to see Norman outside of Norman and I’m excited and honored to be involved.”
Other acts on the roster for the night include Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter John Fullbright, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons and Matt Duke.
Peace, Love & Goodwill, a benefit concert, takes place 6:30 p.m. June 8 at the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center, 429 E. California Ave. in Oklahoma City. Featured musicians include headliner John Fullbright as well as Tony Lucca, Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons, Matt Duke, Shane Henry, Maggie McClure and The Kyle Reid Band. The all-ages show is $30 in advance and $35 day-of. Tickets are on sale now at stubwire.com.