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Alan Jackson Raises Voice, Raises Spirits

CHARLESTON, WV (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Alan Jackson has been on the road for over a month, but performed his most challenging show to date at the Charleston Civic Center as he strived to raise the spirits at a benefit concert for the families of the miners who were injured or died in the Montcoal explosion on April 5.

"I think people want to have a good time and enjoy the show," he says. "We'll have a moment [during the concert] to recognize what this is all about, but for the most part, I'm here to entertain,” said Jackson according to The Washington Post.

Jackson met with families afflicted by the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion before the show and encouraged the audience once on stage. "I think country music is probably the perfect music," he said. "It's music about life. . . . We're here to honor the ones that we lost or were injured and we're gonna celebrate their lives with some music,” Jackson announced according to The Washington Post.

Jackson paid tribute by showing a slideshow of each miner’s photograph on two large video screens while sections of fans cheered with each new face. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers