What Home Means to Me

Casey James WHAT HOME MEANS TO ME, presented by HGTV and DIY Network

A special musical event in support of Rebuilding Together, with performances by Casey James and Ayla Brown, hosted by DIY Network stars Chris Grundy and Matt Muenster, in the Reverb Room at the Hard Rock Café Nashville, Friday May 30, 8:30-10:00PM. This is a special invitation-only event.

But YOU can get a spot on the guest list!


Every home has a story.

There are 25.2 million low-income homeowners in the US. They have to make tough choices every day: food or roof repair, medicine or heat. Over time, these tough choices add up to houses that are beyond their means and ability to maintain. Together we can make these choices easier. Together we can turn their increasingly unsafe houses back into healthy homes.

Because home is worth fighting for.

Find out what home means to Casey James, Ayla Brown and others. Tell us what it means to you. We hope you can join us.

Help us rebuild America’s communities, one home at time.

Give the gift of home at rebuildingtogether.org/donate. Make a gift of $20 or more in support of “What Home Means to Me” and we’ll send you an autographed show lanyard after the event, even if you don’t get a spot on the guest list.

Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit that rebuilds the homes and communities of low-income American homeowners. Over the last 25 years, we’ve rebuilt the homes of 150,000 Veterans, seniors, families, victims of disaster, and others.

Ayla Brown

What Home Means Hosts

About Casey James

19 Recordings/Columbia Nashville artist Casey James emerged on the national scene with a third-place run on Season 9 of American Idol, but he had already been making music for more than a decade when he took his mom’s advice to try out for the hit series.  A native of Cool, TX, he grew up surrounded by music and was playing guitar and performing throughout his young adulthood.  His wide-ranging influences include such artists as Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, ZZ Top, and Bonnie Raitt, with a mix of ‘70s rock, blues, and outlaw country all helping to shape his style.

Following Idol, Casey toured with Sugarland in early 2011 as well as playing his own shows while working on his self-titled 2012 debut album, which entered Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart at #2 and launched the hits “Crying on a Suitcase” and “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night.”  Currently at work on his new album, Casey joined superstar Taylor Swift on tour for 20 shows this past summer and was recently nominated for an American Country Award for Music Video of the Year: New Artist (for “Crying on a Suitcase”).  Keep up with Casey on his official website, www.CaseyJamesOfficial.com, on Twitter@CaseyJames, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaseyJamesOfficial.

About Ayla Brown

Ayla Brown has pursued a diverse range of endeavors over the span of the last eight years. Her achievements include: being an American Idol semi-finalist, a recording artist, numerous national and local performances, involvement in a number of charitable causes, the National Anthem singer for the Philadelphia 76ers, and a national news correspondent for The Early Show on CBS. From 2006-2010, Ayla was an NCAA Division 1 basketball player student/athlete and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Boston College. In January of 2012, Ayla released a self-titled country album. Her first release, “Goodbye for Good,” stayed strong at #1 on CDBaby.com’s Country Rock, Country Pop, and Overall Country charts for weeks. In November of 2012, Ayla released a patriotic-inspired album titled, “Heroes & Hometowns,” which benefitted a military non-profit out of Massachusetts called Hugs for Heroes, Inc. Since it’s release, Ayla has performed on the Grand Ole Opry stage and the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, has had national TV exposure on Fox & Friends and The Huckabee Show, and has performed overseas twice to entertain our American troops. “Heroes & Hometowns” peaked at #1 on Amazon MP3 and #51 on iTunes in late 2013, and the physical CD is available on www.AylaBrown.com.

About Chris Grundy

Tool expert and avid do-it-yourselfer Chris Grundy is living his dream working with tools and chillin’ with other home improvement fanatics. Since 2012, Grundy took the reigns as the host of the sixth season of Blog Cabin, DIY Network’s interactive homebuilding series. He returns in 2014 as the host of the eighth season in which he and his fellow DIY Network experts will completely remodel a lakeside bungalow located in Winter Haven, Florida.

About Matt Muenster

Licensed contractor Matt Muenster sees every house project, whether he’s ripping apart dated bathrooms using the latest construction technology or completely gutting his own kitchen, as a chance to use his clever ideas to achieve great design while integrating earth-friendly elements. Matt earned his degree in interior design from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He initially got his feet wet designing restaurants and casinos and even worked on the Angolan Project in Africa. Eventually, his fervor for design shifted to the residential sector. His professional experience includes high-end interior design, and he gets an adrenaline rush every time he transforms a boring bathroom into a fantastic one on DIY Network’s Blog Cabin or Bath Crashers.

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes community starts at home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates completed 10,400 rebuild projects in 2012 thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us – www.RebuildingTogether.org.

About Rebuilding Together Nashville

Rebuilding Together Nashville provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades at low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. As part of a network of more than 187 local affiliates, Rebuilding Together Nashville has been serving low-income homeowners in Nashville and the surrounding area for 19 years. www.RebuildingTogetherNashville.org.

About HGTV

America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 98 million U.S. households and the HGTV website, HGTV.com, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per month. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, lighting, furniture, plants, fabrics and other home-oriented products. For more information on HGTV HOME branded products and to find a retailer, go to www.hgtvhome.com. In partnership with Hearst Magazines, the HGTV Magazine, a home and lifestyle publication, is currently available on newsstands. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is wholly owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).

About DIY Network

DIY Network, from the makers of HGTV and Food Network, is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. DIY Network’s programs and experts answer the most sought-after questions and offer creative projects for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. Currently one of the fastest growing digital networks, now in more than 56 million homes, DIY Network’s programming covers a broad range of categories, including home improvement and landscaping. For more information, visit www.diynetwork.com.