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Brantley Gilbert Helps Give Back To Waffle House Shooting Victims

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  • April 26, 2018
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Learn how Brantley Gilbert is giving back to those affected by Nashville's Waffle House Shooting.


What started out as a day of rehearsals, ended with Brantley Gilbert announcing a fundraising campaign to help benefit the victims of the recent Waffle House shooting in Nashville.

Gilbert, along with an orchestra, were rehearsing for an upcoming show at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, when they were surprised with an impromptu press conference. While the country singer addressed the media, Gilbert was unexpectedly joined by James Shaw Jr., the 29-year-old hero who disarmed the shooter responsible for multiple deaths and injuries at the Nashville Waffle House. Since the incident, Gilbert hasn’t been shy about singing Shaw's praises, who along with disarming the gunman has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the victims’ families.

“When you see someone like James, who just jumped up and did what he did – and you think about the lives he saved, you realize what a special kind of guy he is," Gilbert said during the press conference. After hearing of the fearless and selfless act Shaw performed, the country artist wanted to give back and inspire others to find their own “inner hero."

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Artist: Brantley Gilbert. Photo Credit: Trevor Forbess

“I called my manager, Rich Egan, who heads up the I Believe In Nashville coalition, and asked if there was any way we could do something that would shine a light and remind everyone that heroes can be real-life people," explained Gilbert. Together, they came up with the idea of creating 'I Believe in Heroism' t-shirts that will be sold at their upcoming May 4 Nashville show.

The t-shirt, featuring Shaw's bandaged hand, will benefit the Waffle House shooting victims with every sale.

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Brantley Gilbert's Fundraising Campaign 

“When it's not about me, that's when I'm happiest," Gilbert added. “More than that, when it's about somebody who was brave, and we can honor them a little, that's when it's really good. To me, I can't wait to play with the Symphony, but I'm really stoked to be here today with someone like James."

Pick up tickets to Brantley Gilbert's upcoming Ones That Like Me tour dates here! But, just in case you can't make it to his May 4 benefit show in Nashville, you can still pick up a shirt at the I Believe in Nashville site, where proceeds will directly benefit Shaw and victims of the Waffle House shooting.

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