It’s been a tough week, not just for country music, but for every American who has seen the images and heard that sound of non-stop gunfire raining down on concertgoers in Las Vegas. Artists and fans alike are asking themselves, “What now? Where do we go from here and how do we recover?” Chris Young has found the answer for himself. He’s getting back onstage.
Chris has been quiet since the tragic Route 91 Harvest Festival, when hell became a reality and his alarming tweets let fans know he had been in the thick of the danger. But in a new video on his Instagram page, he is breaking his silence.
“I know I haven’t really said a whole lot other than what I said on Twitter the night of everything that happened in Vegas, but people lost their lives, people were injured and I’m so heartbroken over that,” he says. “Thoughts are with those families and everybody that’s having to go through that and deal with that. That should never happen at a concert.”
The young country star spent time with his family discussing what he should do next, and decided that the best thing he could do to help was to perform. Obviously still emotional, he continued, “I’m a musician, and music can heal. So I’m hoping that this is a night of trying to do that for a lot of people that are here.”
The Big Fresno Fair was Chris’ first show after the tragedy, and while he sounded as incredible as ever, the heaviness of what he had witnessed on Oct. 1 didn’t go unnoticed by at least one fan who shared her sympathetic observation.
On her Instagram page, a fan named Melissa shared a clip of Chris singing “Think of You,” but she also shared a thoughtful observation and a wish for him and the rest of the country music community.
Melissa wrote, “Have to give it to this guy for coming out and performing, the vibe was off and he was obviously still feeling some way, but he still came out and put on a show. Bless his 💓 and may he continue to have the strength to get through this difficult time. Thank you for giving us great music.”
Thanks to all of the country artists who are doing their best to bring the healing power of music to a broken community.