(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that's happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)
When it comes to the power of prayer, I think social media works wonders. When the country artists we know and love tweet that they are praying for the people of Indiana after the tragic stage collapse prior to a Sugarland concert on Saturday night (Aug. 13), their followers may join them in that prayer. It's a ripple effect, in the best way. Here are some of the recent tweets I read that made me pray a little harder:
Dierks Bentley: "man... my heart goes out to all the country fans at the Indiana state fair. praying for you all.... #fb"
Little Big Town: "Our hearts are heavy this morning for the people of Indiana and for our dear friends in Sugarland. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. J"
David Nail: "Huge knot in stomach, feeling completely sick watching/reading about Indy! All of us in Idaho are praying for ya!"
Blake Shelton: "My prayers to the people at the Sugarland concert in Indianapolis.... Absolutely shocking and hard to comprehend... Beyond belief..."
Martina McBride: "So sad to hear about the State Fair in Indianapolis. Our prayers are with Sugarland, their fans, and all the personnel working there. And most importantly, our prayers are with the families of the injured and the families of the four people who were killed."
Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus: "All thoughts and prayers go to the folks in Indy and Sugarlands camp tonight... What an awful tragedy..."
Jake Owen: "Every guy in our crew has thoughts and prayers going out to folks at Indiana State Fair and our friends @Sugarlandmusic"
Brad Paisley: "Really sad about the sugarland stage collapse. What a tragedy."
Keith Urban: "I just saw the footage from Indiana State Fair tonight on youtube and am absolutely in shock. We send our prayers and thoughts to each and every one of you who were there and your families and loved ones as well. God bless you all."
Reba: "What happened in Indianapolis tonight is what promoters, artists, crews and fans pray never happens. From my band, crew and the entire Starstruck organization, we send our thoughts and prayers to the 4 people who lost their lives tonight and to everyone who was at the concert. Jennifer and Kristian, I love you both."