A year ago, Lauren Alaina stood onstage in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival having the time of her life. In reality, anytime Lauren is in front of fans performing is the time of her life, but this show was different for her.
In a tender post on her Instagram page, Lauren remembers that show as she tries to cope with the gamut of emotions she’s been feeling since hearing of the despicable crime committed against the more than 20,000 people attending the final night of the three-day festival this past weekend.
“I have been searching and searching for the words to type in this caption,” she says. “There are no words that do this justice. Every time I close my eyes, I see this crowd. I see their smiling faces, their love for music and their outpouring joy and happiness to be in a place that felt safe to express who they are with music. I felt truly connected to them for the 40 minutes I was on that stage, and I still feel connected to them.”
Then the sassy songbird declares, “I will not let one monster steal away the beautiful and lasting impression they made on me.”
Lauren also has a message for those at this year’s festival, especially those directly affected by this tragic event. “My heart is aching for the lives lost and the lives forever changed,” she writes. “We can’t bring back the loved ones that were lost, but we can give love in their memory and in their honor. We can’t let fear overpower love.”
Then she makes the promise that so many other country artists are also promising. “I’m going to keep getting on those stages and making memories with crowds like that Vegas crowd and I shared,” she says. “Music is love. Music heals. God is love. God heals. Let’s all come together in this time.”
There’s no question that the residual effect of this tragedy will linger in the entire country music community for a long time and the fear is real, but we applaud Lauren’s stand against this senseless act of violence.