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In the days that have followed the devastating shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, many country music fans have turned to their favorite stars and songs to begin the healing process, and the singers and songwriters have delivered. Thoughtful messages, heartfelt prayers and comforting music have flooded our social media timelines. And perhaps one of the most important songs to come from this tragedy will be Maren Morris’ “Dear Hate.”

While she actually wrote it a few years ago, Maren released the song shortly after the horrific event and promised to donate all proceeds to the victims of the massacre. But this impassioned artist had more to say.

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During her Oct. 5 show at the Kalamazoo State Theater in Kalamazoo, Michigan, an obviously emotional Maren performed “Dear Hate” for the first time in concert. Introducing the song, she said, “Music is such a healer and you guys, as music lovers … one of the most powerful things you can do is just showing up here tonight.”

She then raised a triumphant hand and declared, “We’re not going to stop playing music. We’re not going to stop going to shows.”

No, Maren, we are not.

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Although many artists went dark in the days after the shooting, some returned to the road playing concerts and festivals over the weekend, sending messages of hope and resilience.

After a few days off, Maren returns to the road Oct. 12, as does Jason Aldean, who was onstage in Vegas at the time of the deadly shooting.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of those affected by this tragedy.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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