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Cassadee Pope’s heart is as big as her booming voice.

Over the weekend, the singer-songwriter performed during “One American Appeal,” a livestreaming benefit concert to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The concert was organized by five former U.S. presidents: Jimmy Carter, the 39th president; George H.W. Bush, the 41st president; Bill Clinton, the 42nd president; George W. Bush, the 43rd president and Barack Obama, the 44th president.

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What an amazing event, put together by leaders wanting to make a difference. Political parties didn’t matter that night.

Cassadee took the stage along with country super group Alabama, Lyle Lovett, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore, Robert Earl Keen, gospel legend Yolanda Adams and rising newcomer Stephanie Quayle.

 “It is such an honor to be here,” Cassadee told the crowd.

Of course the night was full of surprises, perhaps the biggest one being a performance by Lady Gaga, who went on right before Cassadee.

“Thank you all for being here for such an amazing cause. Thanks for making me go after Lady Gaga,” the country singer joked.

“But seriously, you guys are so strong, so resilient and it’s an honor to be in your presence,” she added. “This one goes out to you. It’s called ‘Kisses at Airports.’”


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Cassadee also covered Rascal Flatts’ “Stand” as a part of her set.

It was an incredibly moving and successful night. So far, the “One American Appeal” concert has raised $31 million for relief efforts, and the numbers are still coming in!

Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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