Nashville Musicians Coming Together For ‘A Night Of Joy Celebrating The Covenant School’

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Roughly two weeks after tragedy struck Nashville’s Covenant School, some of Music City’s biggest talent will gather. The event will be a time of restoration and remembrance in honor of the three students and three staff members who lost their lives in the March 27 shooting at the school.

The event, called “A Night of Joy Celebrating the Covenant School,” will take place at Belmont University’s Fisher Center on April 12 at 7 p.m.


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Hosted by author Annie F. Downs, the night will include performances from artists Ben Rector, Carrie Underwood, Chris Tomlin, Colony House, Dave Barnes, Drew Holcomb, Ellie Holcomb, Ketch Secor, Lady A, Mat Kearney, Matt Maher, Natalie Hemby, Sixpence None the Richer, Stephanie and Nathan Chapman, The War And Treaty, The Warren Brothers, Thomas Rhett, Trent Dabbs and Tyler Hubbard.

Others slated to make appearances include Brett Taylor, Luke Laird, Sandra McCracken, Dwan Hill, Jasmine Mullen and Sarah Kroger. More guests are yet to be announced.

Tickets for the event are on sale now with all proceeds benefiting The Covenant School. For more information, click here.

For those unable to attend, tax-deductible donations can be made HERE.

For some of the artists performing at “A Night of Joy,” the event is extremely personal. Musician Dave Barnes shared in a social media post Tuesday (April 4) that his children attend Covenant School and were there when the shooting occurred.

“The Covenant School has been our home away from home for the last 6 years and is where all of our children go to school. They were all there last Monday and thankfully are all home and safe. Covenant is not only our school but is our church family also. So much of our life is there,” Barnes wrote.

“There will be a time I talk more about this in the future, but for now we’re keeping it close to home spending time with our family and friends grieving and trying to heal. All those who passed are beloved members of our community and we are beyond heartbroken for their families.”


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Barnes also shared a brief message about the tragedy on his podcast, Dadville. In a minute-long episode, Barnes said that he was taking the month of April off from his podcast. He then read the message posted above and broke down in tears as he spoke about those who lost their lives and the support from the Nashville community. Hear Dave Barnes’s message below.