The country music community and its home of Nashville honored the victims of the tragic shooting at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest country music festival with a vigil Monday evening (Oct. 2). Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Big & Rich and more had been on the bill for the show that became of the scene of the biggest mass shooting in United States history.
“I’m honored to be here as a voice for the innocent. May we never lose our voice for innocent people,” Gill said before playing “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” He then welcomed wife Grant to the stage, who asked the crowd to bow their heads as she held a moment of silence and led a prayer. “Thank you that none of us is born alone or dies alone,” she said.
Before performing a cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Urban shared a poignant moment from Monday morning.
“I started this morning by finding out about it and being shell-shocked all morning, getting my kids ready for school,” he began. “My 9-year-old, as I was driving her to school this morning, said to me, ‘Dad, you seem quiet.’ I said, ‘Yeah, a lot of people [were] killed last night.’ She said, ‘Did you know any of them?’ and I said, ‘Not that I know of.’ Then she said, ‘Then why are you so sad?’ I said, ‘First of all, these were innocent people horrifically taken, and secondly, they’re like family.’ It’s the one thing about country music that’s always been the center of it — it is community. So I did know those people, in that way.”
Watch video footage of the Nashville vigil below.