Artists such as Mickey Guyton, Jason Isbell, Maren Morris, Dan + Shay, Margo Price and others are using their platforms to speak up.

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have made many of us question what we can do to help bring an end to the prejudice and hatred that have plagued our country for far too long. While some strong voices within the country music community have spoken out, the majority remain silent.

We track 500+ country artists on social media. Scrolling through their posts from the past several days, we’ve identified approximately 100 artists that have made public statements against racism to date. Apologies if we’ve missed any – please feel free to use the comment section below to bring any to our attention.

Twenty of the artists with the top sixty songs on the June 1st Billboard Country Airplay Chart are represented below: Travis Denning (2), Blake Shelton (4), Thomas Rhett (6 & 19), Carly Pearce (5), Maddie & Tae (18), Kane Brown (20), Ashley McBryde (21), Tim McGraw (22), Brad Paisley (24), Kip Moore (26), Gone West (27), Midland (32), Lady Antebellum (39), Russell Dickerson (41), Brett Eldredge (44), Maren Morris (45), Brothers Osborne (47), Lindsay Ell (50), Jimmie Allen (56) and Kelsea Ballerini (57).

List of artists last updated June 6, 2020, 11:00a ET.

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Abby Anderson

Alex Stern

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA5YPzvBME2/

Alyssa Trahan

Amanda Shires

American Aquarium

Andrew Combs

Ashley McBryde

Aubrie Sellers

Austin Burke

Blake Shelton

Brad Paisley

Brandi Carlile

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAzGaF1hIQG/

Brandon Ray

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I will never know or understand how this little girl feels, but it is my duty and everyone else’s to ensure she never has to fear for her life or be made to believe that she is lesser than. We cannot just stand by and continue to watch pure evil unfold. Yes, I’m talking about every single racist, ignorant American whose hate was instilled in them at a very young age. If #blacklivesmatter makes you angry I think you truly need to open your eyes and see what a black person goes through everyday. If you don’t understand the protesting, educate yourself and CHANGE. No one should ever have to ask “How can they hate me if they don’t even know me? or “Why do they persecute and alienate me just because I have a darker shade of skin?” Enough.

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Brandy Clark

Brett Eldredge

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA5vVjSjmAu/

Brothers Osborne

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Proud to be a part of this label. Went to the rally today in Nashville. Kept as much distance as possible, wore a mask, and sanitized the hands like crazy. It was a beautiful and peaceful display of exercising our 1st amendment right. Social media isn’t a place to debate any topics. We’ve learned so many times. But it is a place to let the world know how you feel and hopefully give some hope to the hopeless and a voice to voiceless. @universalmusicgroup EDIT: Apparently it’s turned violent. Violence solves nothing. Ever. Don’t let this ruin the heart and soul of people that want to bring on positive social change thru peace. Just in the same way you shouldn’t let an awful cop ruin your opinion of the police force as a whole. Things are so much more nuanced than we ever want to believe.

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Caitlyn Smith

Carly Pearce

https://twitter.com/carlypearce/status/1267568405424594944

Cam

Cassadee Pope

Caylee Hammack

Charlie Marie

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ALL LIVES CANT MATTER IF BLACK LIVES DONT

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Charlie Worsham

Chely Wright

Chris Young

Dallas Smith

Dan + Shay

Darius Rucker

Devin Dawson

Flatland Cavalry

Gone West

Gretchen Peters

Hailey Whitters

Haley & Michaels

The Highwomen

Hunter Hayes

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I, like so many people, have been searching my soul for the “right thing” to say in this moment. It is also very heavy on my heart that while speaking up IS necessary, it’s NOT enough. We don’t just need to SPEAK UP, we need to SHOW UP. We can’t just ASK for change or simply say we stand against racism; we need to BE the change. Listen, understand, speak up, educate yourself… be a VOICE and an EXAMPLE. Actions speak louder than words and there are so many ways to take action. This is one way to take action but it is just the start to what we can do. I want to continue to share other resources I have found and I ask you all to share any that you find as well. We have not done enough and we need to change that.

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Ingrid Andress

James Barker Band

Jason Isbell

Jennifer Nettles

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The majority of my fan base is white people. I have felt an urgency to share some ideas with my white followers here & invite some heart-opening listening. Love & Truth can win when we open our hearts. Some of you will already have been open, aware, listening & changing over the passed few weeks. Some may still be deeply entrenched in political lines that have little to do with Love or Truth, but rather serve only to keep the status quo of a political system. I may stumble over some of this. Forgive me where I do. It is challenging to dismantle and unpack race within the white community. The definitions of “racism” that many of us use & were taught, are incomplete, limited definitions. Most of us were taught a definition of racism to be something like “a feeling or act of hatred against another person based on that person‘s race.” This definition made racism one dimensional, as if racism could only be an active action or feeling, & kept it from being seen as it spherically manifests in the world. This one dimensional definition perpetuates a convenient, basic duality of “bad guy vs. good guy”. It allows us to believe that if we don’t feel hatred in our hearts, there’s no way we can be racist. That binary often creates defensiveness at even the suggestion that race, or our “whiteness”, has any meaning at all. (Cue objections like, “I don’t see color. I don’t care if you’re black, white, pink or purple polka dotted.” More on this later…) Yes, racism as it manifests in an individual can be an action or feeling of hatred. But it is also & often a passive complicity within a system that perpetuates oppression in some (in this case, the black community) & protects power in others (the white community). So, as we begin to unpack this, I would like to offer an invitation to consider an expanded definition of racism, from a feeling of hate within a person, to a fuller definition that includes broader social systems & passive complicity. If you want to dig deeper on the ideas I’ve shared above, check out Robin DiAngelo’s work, or check my bio for more materials. #blacklivesmatter

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Jillian Jacqueline

Jimmie Allen

https://twitter.com/JimmieAllen/status/1266761591137107969

John Paul White

Jordan Rager

Kacey Musgraves

Kaitlin Butts

Kalie Shorr

Kane Brown

Kassi Ashton

Kelleigh Bannen

Kelsea Ballerini

https://twitter.com/KelseaBallerini/status/1266850768914612226

Kelsey Waldon

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I have been absolutely ill. I have never walked in these shoes, but I will walk beside you. I understand that the true work is much more than a social media post. I am learning. I am listening. I want to do better. We must. Here is a list of organizations and people to check out, support, follow, subscribe, and donate to: Kentucky Center for African American Heritage https://kcaah.org/ Kentucky Association Of Professional African American Women https://www.eventbrite.com/o/kentucky-association-of-professional-african-american-women-kapaaw-9631861349 100 Black Men of Louisville: https://100bmol.org/ @gideonsarmyunited @colorofchange @blklivesmatter @grassrootslaw @shaunking @blm_nashville @hollerhealthjustice Bail fund list: https://bailfunds.github.io Last but not least, please exercise your right to VOTE when the time comes. Peace and love.

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Kendell Marvel

Kip Moore

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To the black community…I’m Srry that you’ve screamed for so long about feeling oppressed and it’s fallin on deaf ears. You matter. I hear you, i see you, and I have nothing but love for you. To the police officers all over… Im Srry that those of you doing the job the right way, always get lumped into the same category with the few doing it the wrong way. I’m thankful for you guys and know most of you have your heart in the right place. We should celebrate your bright days more. To God, I’m Srry that we’ve been here this long and continue to be terrible to each other. I’m sure your vision for us looked drastically different. I Hope we can work towards changing that now…Not soon, but now. #onelove

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Kira Isabella

Laci Kaye Booth

https://twitter.com/lacikayebooth/status/1267550248261517314

Lady Antebellum

Lauren Jenkins

LeAnn Rimes

Lena Stone

Lilly Hiatt

Lindsay Ell

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA08y3Bhpk3/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Little Big Town

Lori McKenna

Lucie Silvas

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Maddie & Tae

Maren Morris

https://twitter.com/MarenMorris/status/1265730607990091777

Margo Price

Martina McBride

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I know I’ve taken some time in posting further. I just needed some time to get my thoughts together. I tend to overthink but I wanted to make sure my thoughts and actions are authentic. I am learning so much and taking a serious and in-depth look at myself and how I think and respond. I’m reading, listening, learning, noticing, awakening, growing, and supporting. I’m shutting down arguments against Black Lives Matter and countering statements of “yeah but what about…”. Hate and indifference must stop. Violence against BIPOC must stop. I cannot be nor would I ever pretend to be a savior or fixer. I will be a helper, a supporter, a listener…a white person who tries to understand and acknowledge my privilege. And privilege doesn’t mean my life doesn’t have challenges. It just means that the color of my skin does not make my life more challenging. I have seen so many hateful comments in other feeds. It’s really telling and sad. I’m sure they will show up here too. But that will not keep me from showing up. I will be posting articles I’ve been reading, places to donate, ways to help. I’m listening and learning in real time. I hope you stick around and join me. #blackouttuesday

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Meghan Linsey

https://twitter.com/meghanlinsey/status/1266552709790007298

Meghan Patrick

https://twitter.com/MegPatrickMusic/status/1266831401019637760

Michael Ray

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I was raised not to judge or hate anyone by the color of their skin. I was taught we don’t know what another person goes through, we don’t walk in their shoes so treat them as you would want to be treated. I was taught LOVE THY NEIGHBOR. What is going on in our world is sickening and we are so much better than all of it. So proud to join and stand with my @warnermusicnashville family today with #theshowmustbepaused text FLOYD to 55156 to sign the justice for GEORGE FLOYD petition. Bottom line is we are brothers, we are sisters, we are the human race! Hate is something passed on generation to generation. We are not born with it, we create it!! So let’s end it. We can all post and we can share but the change starts with action, action in the streets action with our words and our hearts. Let’s be remembered for changing the future and not remembered for repeating history. Pls Swipe right to read more. Love wins EVERY TIME. I love you all!! MR #georgefloyd

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Michaela Anne

Mickey Guyton

Midland

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The black community does not receive equal rights or protection in this country. Systemic inequality cannot be ignored and racism cannot be tolerated. We must do better in actively contributing to make our society a safer and more inclusive place to raise our families. In the meantime, Midland will be abstaining from any promotion or dialogue that distracts from the current issue our country needs to face head on. In an effort to clear communication channels we cede our small corner of the internet to the community leaders and individuals more suited than us to help educate and create change. As allies, we will contribute NOW, as patriots, We demand justice for George Floyd and all the other individuals who have suffered under an unjust system. -Midland

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Morgan Evans

Olivia Lane

Orville Peck

Rachel Reinert

Rachel Wammack

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Reba

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#TheShowMustBePaused #BlackoutTuesday

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Ron Pope

Rosanne Cash

Russell Dickerson

Ruston Kelly

Sarah Darling

Savannah Keyes

The Secret Sisters

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We are women of faith, and have tried to always humbly and honestly stand in that space as we share our experiences and our music with all of you. Many of you have watched that faith be shaken, restored, questioned, and utilized throughout the years as we navigate life and express it all in song. We try to align our lives with the teachings of Jesus, and believe in a good and just Creator. We will always recognize that our fans—even and especially the ones who do not share the same faith—allow us to explore and explain that part of our lives without criticism or judgment. Thank you for that. In light of recent events, we feel compelled to speak on our platform about the current climate in our country. We’ve all witnessed tragic racially-charged events in the recent past. While we believe most of us truly want things to change, it is clear that they are not. While we don’t always know the right things to say, the two of us feel confident in saying this: we implore every single person who reads this to examine yourself and identify the ways that you might perpetuate racism. Some of us will need to do more work than others. But we want to encourage all of you to stand in solidarity with our friends of color who are feeling incredibly hurt and angry and desperate for change. We must collectively try to heal these relationships that are killing black people like George Floyd, but the healing has to continue when the news stops reporting the stories, and even when there aren’t gruesome videos to prove the horrors that our systemic racism is perpetuating. We can do better. We must. More than ever before, people of faith ESPECIALLY need to be in the trenches while this fight rages. The two of us will keep trying to seek out and exterminate the seeds of racism in our own homes and hearts, and to speak in love what it looks like to try to perfect our faith while doing so. It begins with loving everyone the way our Savior does—red, yellow, black, white, and every beautiful color in between. ❤️

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Shania Twain

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Steve Moakler

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#justiceforgeorgefloyd #thishastostop

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Striking Matches

https://twitter.com/STRIKINGMATCHES/status/1267576807664082944

Sykamore

Tenille Arts

https://twitter.com/TenilleArts/status/1267109951878713347

Tenille Townes

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Thomas Rhett

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As the father of a black daughter and also two white daughters- I have struggled with what to say today. We have navigated forms of racism directly and while there is mostly overwhelming support and love for our family, sometimes there is just the opposite. Because of that fear, it can be a lot easier to choose silence, but today I’m choosing to speak. I have no clue what it feels like to be profiled by authorities, treated negatively or have my life threatened because of the color of my skin. When I witnessed the horrific murder of George and think about the mistreatment of other black men and women in America, I am heartbroken and angry. I get scared when I think about my daughters and what kind of world they will be growing up in and how my JOB as a father is to show them how to lead with love in the face of hate. To know their worth and value as not only women but human beings. I have witnessed my black band and crew members on the road struggle at times with feeling safe because of the color of their skin. This is unacceptable. I don’t believe in hate. I believe in love. What happened to George was pure hate. We are all created by the same God. I pray for a change in heart of those hearts who have been overcome by hatred and hardened. I pray for a deeper understanding for myself and awareness of the experience of mistreatment that those of another skin color go through. I pray for the families of those who have lost their lives to violence or experienced trauma at the hand of racial oppression and injustice. What can we do? I ask myself this question everyday. We each have to be part of the solution and we have to continue to educate ourselves, continue to support both financially and with service those organizations doing good work in our communities to overcome injustice and hatred in our country. And if you’re like me, continue to pray. So if there is any question on where I stand let me be clear- I stand with you, I stand with George and his family and all those who have faced racism. I stand with my wife and my daughters. We will be fighting this fight for the rest of our lives. Rest In Peace, George. We are not letting this go.

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Tim McGraw

Tori Martin

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA31tQip1qY/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Travis Denning

Twinnie

Tyler Rich

https://twitter.com/TylerRichMusic/status/1267701857947807744

Whitney Rose

Will Hoge

Zach Bryan