Lauren Alaina is just like the rest of us. She has found herself crying this week crying over the deaths and injuries of people she didn’t even know, and found herself livid with a gunman she’s glad she never knew. But Lauren had a job to do on Oct. 5.

Her job was to sing.

And oh, how she did.

In her first show since the Oct. 1 mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival, Lauren and her band let their tears flow and their voices soar on Brooks & Dunn’s inspirational hit “Believe,” and it was amazing.

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“We saw their faces just like we are doing with your guys,” she told the crowd about her Sept. 30 performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, where tragedy struck one day later. “They were one of the best crowds we have had all year. And we got up Sunday morning and we flew home and the worst thing imaginable happened to those people. We weren’t there for it, but we sure felt like it because we left them and that’s what happened to them,” she said.

Lauren stopped to get a tissue, and then continued.

“We are a family,” she said. “We all are a family, and [the gunman] took members away from our family. This is our first show since. It was really hard to decide if we should do it, but I remembered how great you guys were last time. I did not want that evil man to steal this night for us, and we are doing this song for [the victims].”

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So, as she and her drummer wiped tears from their eyes, she sang it. And as the crowd raised their hands to heaven above, we felt it too.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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