On June 12, a group of reporters gathered in a small room in the basement of Nashville’s Nissan Stadium to cover the final press conference of CMA Fest. Each reporter came in looking tired, overheated and downright sad as they grappled with the tragic shootings in Orlando that had occurred earlier that day.
In the back of their heads, they wondered if this was the kind of night that they should be celebrating music and the kind of night they should be smiling and the kind of night where they should dance, applaud and bask in the beauty of life – when so many people had senselessly died.
And then they received their answer via the country foursome Little Big Town.
Scheduled to perform at the nightly concert on June 12, the band was asked how they go on during a night in which so many were hurting. As the band’s faces fell in sadness, Karen Fairchild took the microphone to make a statement that caused everyone to erupt in a thunderous round of applause when she was finished.
“All I can say is that for me, music is the ultimate healer,” Karen said. “We will not let the haters destroy what we love and enjoy. We will not live in fear of this. Tonight will be a celebration of life and love and harmony and we are going to remember those lives that were lost and we are going to celebrate them tonight. And we are not going to let the negative tell us what we are going to do.”