The Country Music Association organizes a Music City vigil for Las Vegas

Carla Harmon
October 3, 2017

"It's the one thing about country music that's always been at the centre of it-and that is community".

"By no means are the actions of people who commit such horrific acts going to a affect us continuing to be fans of music, to work in this industry and produce these events", Lawler says. Many said they felt like their community had been targeted. But in the end, what it really turns out to be is a family. "Over the next couple of days, Nashvillians who were on site last night will be returning home", she explained.

He answered with a chilling statement that summed up the evening: "They're like family".

Spreading love from Music City to Las Vegas. It will be our responsibility to reach out and hold them up as they processed what happened. "Embrace them, listen to them and love them".

"May we never lose our voice for innocent people", Gill thoughtfully said before delivering a soft, yet powerful performance of "Go Rest High on the Mountain" and leading the audience into an emotional singalong of "Amazing Grace".

"Thank you that no one is born alone or dies alone".

"We're here to lift up those who died".

Finally, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry took the stage to share her sadness over the events. "You shouldn't have to worry about dying". "You shouldn't have to worry about gunfire in those places".

"Our 9-year-old, as I was driving her to school this morning, said to me, 'Dad, you seem quiet, '" he told the crowd before performing Simon & Garfunkel's 1970 hit "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

It was Esten, though, that left a lasting impression before the night's event ceased. And I think people need a place to process, they need a place to be in solace. Those aren't the candles that matter, those aren't the lights that matter. You go before us and beneath us. "That is something that wind can not blow out and darkness can not quench".

The concert was done in part to help raise awareness for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

More details on the vigil are to come.

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