TCAN Virtual Gala 2020 with Lori McKenna: Concert on Demand

Sunday December 13, 2020 - Sunday January 31, 2021

Lori McKenna performs on TCAN's stage with special guest Mark Erelli for TCAN Virtual Gala 2020, our major fundraising event of the year.

TCAN’s Annual Benefit has traditionally been a celebration of the positive impact that the arts have on our community. Proceeds from the benefit support TCAN's artistic programming as well as its community outreach initiatives. This year, in these most difficult times, our Annual Benefit fundraiser goes virtual with a FREE online event featuring Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, with special guest Mark Erelli, performing in concert on TCAN's stage. During this national health crisis, support for TCAN has never been more crucial. Your sponsorship and donations will make it possible to sustain the organization until it is safe to reopen once again.



Lori was raised in a Boston family of six children. She met her husband Gene in third grade. They have five kids. Performing in the Boston singer-songwriter circuit in the late 1990's through 2004, she appeared frequently at local venues including the Vienna Kaffeehaus in Westborough, Passim in Cambridge and The Center for Arts in Natick.

Over the last three decades, as she became a wife and mother, she also emerged as one of the most respected, prolific singer-songwriters in popular music. Her 2016 release The Bird and the Rifle netted three Grammy nominations, along with Americana Music Association nods––all firsts for McKenna as an artist. Then, she made history: In 2016, she became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year two years in a row thanks to co-writing Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and penning Tim McGraw’s No. 1 single “Humble and Kind.” Both songs also clinched back-to-back Grammy wins for Best Country Song. In 2017, she became the Academy of Country Music’s first female Songwriter of the Year. The list of stars who have recorded McKenna gems continues to grow: Reba, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Sara Bareilles, Carrie Underwood, and many others.

Lori McKenna released her eleventh studio album The Balladeer on July 24, 2020, through CN Records and distributed by Thirty Tigers of Nashville, Tennessee. It was preceded by the release of the lead single "When You're My Age" on May 1, 2020.