Country Music Star Eric Church performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival a mere two days before the shooting happened. He says he felt “broken” after he learned that 58 people had been killed and another 515 injured by mass shooter Stephen Paddock.
He turned to music to try to fix the brokenness. He’s doing his best to help America heal after this traumatic event, reported CNN.
Church wrote a song called "Why Not Me.” He performed his new song on Wednesday at the Grand Ole Opry, and he dedicated to it to both the victims of the shooting and the survivors who have to learn to move forward.
"That night something broke in me," said Church, holding back tears. "And the only way I've ever fixed anything that's been broken in me is with music."
He also told the crowd that he felt compelled to write the song after he thought about his fans who died at the shooter’s hand.
"I saw that crowd. I saw 'em with their hands in the air. I saw 'em with boots in the air," he said. "What I saw, that moment in time that was frozen, there's no amount of bullets that can take it away."
He said the song is especially for two people who weren’t in the Grand Ole Opry crowd: Sonny and Heather Melton.
"Last night, somebody sent me a video, of a lady named Heather Melton," said Church. "And she was talking to Anderson Cooper on CNN. And she had on our 'Church Choir' tour shirt. And he said 'What brought you to Vegas?' And she goes, 'We went there to see Eric Church.’”
Church continued, “Because it was Sonny's, her husband that died, it was his guy. 'And we went there to see his guy.' And then she said we have tickets for the Grand Ole Opry tomorrow night."
At this, Church pointed out two empty seats in Section 3, Row F of the venue. Seats that Heather and Sonny should have filled if Sonny hadn’t died saving his wife’s life.
"There's some empty seats. That's their seats," said Church, his voice filled with emotion. "The reason I'm here, the reason why I'm here tonight is because of Heather Melton, her husband Sonny who died and every person who was there."
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