The deadliest mass shooting in American history took place at the Harvest festival, where thousands were gathered to celebrate life and country music, and the country music community has especially felt the heavy weight of the tragedy.
Eric Church just penned and performed a new song dedicated to the victims of the shooting, entitled, “Why Not Me.” Eric was actually the headliner of the festival. He recounts what he saw that fateful night.
“I looked out on that crowd and watched them hold American flags up during “How ‘Bout You.” I watched them put an American scarf around my neck when I played “Springsteen.” They held records up when I played “Record Year.” They held boots up when I played, “These Boots.” I was so moved by them because I looked at them and said, ‘This is MY crowd.’
Eric continued to address the crowd.
“I did something different on that song, during ‘Springsteen’…I jumped off the stage and shook everyone’s hand, and said, ‘Thankya for coming. It’s been a hell of a year.’ I jumped back on stage and played “Holdin’ My Own,’ and ‘A Man That Was Gonna Die Young.’ And 48 hours later, those places I stood, was carnage. Those were My people. Those were MY fans.”
He fought back the tears to continue sharing his heart.
“I didn’t wanna come tonight. I didn’t want to play guitar. I didn’t wanna walk on this stage. But last night. Somebody sent me a video of a lady named, Heather Melton, and she was talking to Anderson Cooper on CNN. And she had on our “Church Choir” tour shirt. And he said, “What brought you to Vegas?” “We went to see Eric Church”
Her husband died saving her life, and Eric Church was his favorite artist.
“Eric was HIS guy. We went to see his guy. And then she said, “We have tickets for the Grand Ole Opry tomorrow night….”
“The reason I’m here tonight is because of Heather Melton. Her husband, Sonny, who died. And every person who was there. I saw that crowd. I saw them with their hands in the air. I saw them with boots in the air. And what I saw in that moment in time that’s frozen, there’s no amount of bullets that could take it away. None.”
The audience responded with uproar and applause.
“That night, something broke in me. And the only way I’ve ever fixed anything that’s been broken in me is with music.”
Music has a deep and profound way of healing and speaking to us, because music is spiritual.
In this time of deep and profound grief in our country, our land needs spiritual healing. It needs to get right with the God of Heaven.
If you’ve never made a decision about what to do about Jesus Christ, step out and make Him the Lord of your life. You won’t regret it.