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NASHVILLE FOR AFRICA BENEFIT CONCERT!



I had the pleasure of attending the Nashville For Africa Benefit at the historic Mother of Church, Ryman Auditorium. What a great show, for a great cause. Connie Britton hosted this special concert, and called upon friends to perform. Almost all of the ABC Nashville regulars were in attendance (Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Hayden Panettiere, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Clare Bowen, Aubrey Peeples, Chaley Rose and Will Chase). Country star Dierks Bentley and singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson came out to support as well.

Dierks Bentley brought the African Children's choir out to sing his song "Risers", and boy was that something to see. After he sang with them announced he couldn't possibly follow that up and asked Connie to come out and save him. He also performed one of his old hits as well as a brand new song from the upcoming album "Storyline".



To kick the night off Connie Britton teamed up with co-star Charles Esten to perform a duet "I Want To Do Everything For You". Later Charles came back out solo and sung "Heroes" in tribute to David Bowie. Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, and Clare Bowen brought a brief onstage return of The triple Exes as they performed one of their Nashville hits "Borrow My Heart".


Hayden Panettiere sang a beautiful version of a song from the show. Jonathan Jackson tore up the stage with one of his original rock songs. Later Aubrey Peeples brought out Jonathan Jackson to play a new song, that will appear in this coming season of Nashville.


Sam Palladio sang something new, a soft acoustic song that was uplifting and pretty. Clare Bowen brought out her boyfriend to sing a sweet, love song and it was adorable.



Chris Carmack delivered big with "What If I Was Willing" off Nashville. Ingrid Michaelson performed "Over The Rainbow", then called out boyfriend Will Chase to join her at the piano for a duet of "Can't Help Falling In Love".



All proceeds from the night went to the African Children's Choir. Their mission statement explains their purpose  best. "We generate hope, healing and justice for the innocent and vulnerable children of Africa caught up in areas of conflict and crisis, to enable these children to become ChangeMakers in Africa." The ultimate goal is to change living conditions in Africa by educating its youth, which will in turn educate the community. The choir was started 32 years ago after upon a trip to Africa the founders came upon a little boy singing, and discovered the African children's love for music. And that love was apparent on the Ryman stage, as every kid was grinning from ear to ear singing their heart out. They performed a medley of inspirational, uplifting songs that captivated audience and performers alike.

It was truly a magical evening for audience and performers alike. The kids inspired everyone.

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