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Country Stars Speak Up & Sing Out For Victims
There are more than a few country celebrities speaking up and singing out, in support of such victims as those involved in the recent Littleton, Colorado, tragedy. Young songstress Jessica Andrews recently dedicated her song "I Will Be There for You" to the school shooting victims at her Grand Ole Opry debut show in Nashville, Tennessee. The 15-year-old artist sang the song beautifully with an accompanying guitarist. Patty Loveless teams up with Vince Gill, Matraca Berg, Gretchen Peters and Kim Richey in an acoustic tribute for victims in Nashville on Thursday, April 29th. The show will commence at 6 p.m. CT following a victim's rights ceremony at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Polk Theater. Both the ceremony and show are free and open to the public. Plus Steve Wariner performed his "Holes In The Floor Of Heaven" hit during a recent School Violence Awareness rally at Nashville's Centennial Park. Wariner explained that his own son Ryan didn't seem to be worried about such a tragedy happening to him, but realizes that it could happen anywhere at any time. And singer Lila McCann, who attends a Seattle, Washington, high school recently reported, "Knowing that I live in a pretty safe area isn't good enough anymore. It's scary to know the things young people think they have to do to fit in." Jo Dee Messina, who was a big winner at the recent Boston Music Awards, dedicated a song to those victims and their family and friends. And finally, during a recent Wilkinsons sound check in Baltimore, where more than 120 children were treated to the family trio's rehearsal, Steve Wilkinson comforted the students by explaining to them the importance of speaking openly to their family and parents about safety issues.
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