Chase Bryant Confirms Participation in Sandy Hook Promise Benefit Concert
Chase Bryant has confirmed that he will play at a benefit concert for the Sandy Hook Promise non-profit as scheduled.
The singer was originally slated to perform at the show, scheduled for mid-July, with Tim McGraw and Billy Currington; the three artists will be crossing the country on McGraw's 2015 Shotgun Rider Tour together this summer. However, after the website Breibart.com posted a news story with the headline, "Country Singers Tim McGraw, Billy Currington Headlining Gun Control Fundraiser," Currington backed out.
“I’ve never been one to take on controversial issues -- I'm a singer," Currington writes on his Facebook page. "I do feel strongly about honoring and supporting the Sandy Hook community and will be making a donation to a local organization ... I am choosing to step aside from this fundraiser and will focus instead on the rest of the tour dates as I look forward to being on the road with Tim and Chase and having a blast with all of the fans."
Apparently, Bryant disagrees with his fellow opener. A representative of the singer confirmed to Taste of Country that he will appear at the show as scheduled.
McGraw has also responded to the controversy, defending his appearance at the benefit concert.
“Let me be clear regarding the concert for Sandy Hook given much of the erroneous reporting thus far. As a gun owner, I support gun ownership,” he says. “I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety — most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children. I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that.”
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