The Music of Hope–Special Benefit Concert


An intimate concert with

Dove Award winners The Isaacs

And Grand Ole Opry Legend Connie Smith

Just as music soothes the soul, compassion soothes the heart. During life’s most difficult journeys, compassion can be as instrumental as music. It’s a song that resonates in the heart—it’s the music of hope.

On March 29th, 2012, Madison Heights Baptist Church in Madison, Tennessee will feature the music of hope with The Isaacs and Connie Smith, together in a benefit concert for Taira Baughman and her family. Taira battled triple negative breast cancer, and is now fighting stage 4 metastasized breast cancer to the lungs. She’s been married for 19 years to Rob Baughman; they have four children, ages 4 – 18.

The Thursday evening concert will feature Dove award winners “The Isaacs” and Grand Ole Opry legend Connie Smith. Connie Smith has performed with award winning artists, including Martina McBride. Two members of The Isaacs family, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and husband Jimmy Yeary, along with Ben Hayslip, co-wrote “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” a song made famous this year by Martina McBride.

Soon after being featured as one of the survivors in Martina McBride’s new music video of “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” Taira Baughman began looking for a way to be instrumental in cancer patients lives. In just three weeks, she created the “Operation—We’re Gonna Love Them Through It,” project and orchestrated teams of angels around the nation. The project’s angels delivered over 1,000 stockings in ­thirteen states. Each stocking was filled with eleven hopeful items for cancer patients going through chemotherapy during the week of Christmas. Martina McBride joined Taira Baughman and her team for the delivery in Nashville.

Taira’s compassion for others is exemplary. Her remarkable faith is evident to everyone who knows her. To blog readers, her unfolding story is one of determination—one courageous step at a time. The Baughman family has experienced the full wrath of cancer, from physical to emotional to spiritual to financial. Yet, they are determined to beat cancer head on.

That is what inspired four organizations to come together to spearhead the benefit concert. Madison Heights Baptist Church, Team Martina,, and Middle Tennessee YMCA of Rutherford County—After Breast Cancer Program orchestrated all arrangements for the concert. The cost of cancer is high. But the potential of hope is much higher. It’s not walking in someone’s shoes that matters most, it’s your willingness to walk beside them that matters more.

Details and advanced tickets available online at

Authored by: Maryann Makekau @Hope Matters and Sheila Jones @ Team Martina

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