Kelsea Ballerini Challenges Fans to ‘Make the World a Little Happier’ After Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting
Following the shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nev., on Sunday night (Oct. 1), Kelsea Ballerini is urging her fans to try and make the world happier in simple ways. In an Instagram post, the singer shares the range of emotions she felt after the shooting, and also how she realized that she can turn those feelings into something more positive.
"I was reminded that each day really is a gift. And that there is still beauty around if you look for it," Ballerini shares. "And that we have the ability to make people happy. To make people feel loved. And heard. And accepted."
Ballerini goes on to explain that she is going to try and honor those that died in the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting by giving back: "I'm going to make 58 people smile and feel seen today," she says.
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"I'm going to keep making and playing music like the haven it is, and I am going to challenge myself to love harder," Ballerini adds. "Because right now, that's what I can do to make the world a little happier. They deserve that. We all do."
At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 people were injured in the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, which took place during Jason Aldean‘s headlining set on the final night of the event, which ran Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Other artists who performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival include Chris Young, Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, Eric Church, Maren Morris, the Brothers Osborne and Luke Combs.
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