Blake Shelton performs for the kids during star-studded “Red Nose Day” event AP
Blake Shelton performs “I Came Here to Forget” at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

A slew of stars gave back on Red Nose Day 2016, and one of them was country artist, Blake Shelton.

The special, which aired on NBC on May 26, 2016, is a telecast that aims to help children who are living in poverty.

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The program showcased a handful of comedy sketches, short films and highlighted personal stories. A poignant moment of the televised event featured Blake singing his moving, Gospel-driven ballad, “Saviors Shadow.”

Blake occupies a dark room adorned with hanging bulbs as he strums lightly on his acoustic guitar strings. Utilizing his deep baritone vocals and southern twang, the “Honey Bee” star relays the tune to the audience with passion and grace.

And, while just the song itself is enough to pull at our heartstrings, video footage of needy children was also displayed in the background. We see a young child with that lost look in her eye, and it’s the kind of thing that puts a tear in ours.

This isn’t Blake’s first year participating in the charity event. In fact he was involved in last year’s Red Nose Day, which happened to be the first time it was celebrated in the U.S. The event began in the U.K. more than two decades ago, but because of the impact its made, it’s made its way to America.

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“It’s not just a great cause. I feel like it’s our duty as grown adults to do whatever we can for children,” Blake told Screen Slam in 2015.


“Saviors Shadow” is featured on Blake’s tenth studio album, “If I’m Honest” — which dropped on May 20.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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