Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood join #TNStayApart campaign: 'Stay smart, stay strong'

Matthew Leimkuehler
Nashville Tennessean

Superstar country music couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood joined Tennessee's #TNStayApart campaign Thursday with a public service message urging the Volunteer State to "stay smart, stay strong." 

Part of a month-long urge to "do your part, stay apart" from state leadership, Brooks and Yearwood offer the first #TNStayApart statement since Gov. Bill Lee announced Tennessee's "safer-at-home" order won't extend beyond April 30. 

Watch the full video above. 

"You have really stepped up, Tennessee," Yearwood said in the minute-long video. "You have stayed home. You've stopped the spread. You've saved lives. You're doing everything right." 

Broadcasting from his "Studio G" in Nashville, Brooks added, "You helped all of us, including yourself, by flattening the curve." 

The couple urged Tennesseans to "be smart, to be careful and to be diligent" as some businesses begin to reopen. 

"It's your choice," Brooks said. "Just because things are open doesn't mean you have to partake in them. Stay smart, stay strong."  

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood photographed April 1, 2020, inside "Studio G" in Nashville, Tennessee.

Brooks and Yearwood join a long list of notable Tennessee figures urging state residents to "stay apart" in combating the spread of COVID-19. Penny Hardaway, Steve Curtis Chapman, Michael W. SmithCarrie Underwood and Mike Fisher, Steve Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith all participated in urging Tennesseans to "flatten the curve." 

The campaign registered nearly 20 million impressions across digital and physical media, according to a news release. The message reached Tennesseans via social media, billboards and traditional media advertising. 

“Our talented community of artists, athletes, leaders and organizations stepped up to get the word out about staying safe during this pandemic," Lee said in a statement. "Maria [Lee, Gov. Lee's wife] and I thank them all and are grateful for their willingness to lend a hand.”