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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood talk resilience and healing in the wake of Vegas tragedy Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Getty Images/Rick Diamond

It’s hard to believe it has been two weeks now since a gunman opened fire on a crowd of country music fans in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, killing 58 and injuring more than 500 others. And while those that can are trying to move on, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood want to make sure that the tragedy isn’t forgotten.

At a press conference prior to their Oct. 12 concert in Atlanta, Trisha spoke about the effect the shooting had on her and where we go from here. “I think our job moving forward is to make sure that people who were affected — whether they were in the middle of it, whether they were there and unharmed, whether they usually go and didn’t go, there’s so much emotion around it — that that is something that we continue to wrap our arms around everybody for a long, long time,” she told Rare Country and other media. “Because I feel forever changed, and I was in Nashville, Tennessee. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have actually been there. Forever changed, so we need to make sure we don’t move on to the next thing because this is forever.”

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“There is a young lady in this room that was in that crowd,” Garth revealed, without naming her. “She’s back working for the first time, and I can bet you 10 to one all she’s wanting is just to hear that first song. Just let the music kinda fill you up. Then the second song, and you get to back to where your heart starts smiling again. I truly believe that music is a healer, and that’s our job.”

The country music couple, whose concert was the first live music event at Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, was also quick to point out the incredible heroism that was on display that day in Las Vegas.

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“You get to see the best of humanity in the worst of times,” Trisha said. “I think that this is a testament to how people really are, and when things can be incredibly terrible, you get a chance to remember that there’s a lot of good. And we need to remember that there’s a lot of good.”

Garth added, “I think in any times of darkness, the one thing you’re missing is light. It’s just obvious. And I think anybody that watched Vegas and kept up with it, as hard as it was, you had to be proud of how it was handled.”

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We are proud of those everyday heroes who stepped up to their calling in Las Vegas, and we are also proud of our amazing country stars who continue to provide healing through music.

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