Earlier in the day, Brad Paisley shared the exciting news of his appearance on the special. “Honored to join Robert De Niro, @leonardodicaprio, Eli Manning, @hermusicofficial, @maroon5, @common @jaketapper for a special tribute to the families of 9/11. Shine a Light airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on @cnn.”
Shine a Light was created by the nonprofit 9/11 Day in partnership with 12 other 9/11 organizations and the City of New York. The event was produced by the 9/11 community. Along with Brad Paisley, other performers taking the stage are H.E.R., Common, and Maroon 5.
Brad Paisley Reflected on the September 11th Attacks
While speaking about the September 11th attacks, Brad Paisley stated, “20 years ago on September 11th, we lost a lot as a country. We lost souls. We also realized heroes and we’ve really changed as a nation since that time.”
The country singer also explained that everyone must not forget the contributions of the people who lost their lives in Washington D.C., New York City, and Pennsylvania. “I think it’s really important to shine a light and keep their memories alive.”
Brad Paisley then performed his 2005 single When I Get Where I’m Going. The song originally features harmony vocals from fellow country legend Dolly Parton and the song was Parton’s 25th Billboard No. 1. It was also Paisley’s fifth No. 1.
Brad Paisley Opens Up About Patriotism & Military Servicemen
In a 2014 interview with Billboard, Brad Paisley shares details about what he thinks it means to be patriotic. “My patriotism starts here. We’re talking about, I think people can agree on the fact our soldiers are our most important. The most amazing people that we’ve had.”
Brad Paisley further explained that he feels he is one of those people that defies specific characteristics. “I’m all over the map in a lot of ways. But I feel like being on a journey of trying to figure out how to make this country better is a health thing and something I like to look into.”
The country singer does admit that he doesn’t know any answers to making the country better, but his approach is simple. “My approach [is] to look at something and say, ‘OK, what are both sides.’”
Also during a 2017 interview with Stylz & Roman, Brad Paisley explained why he enjoys honoring the military during his shows. “The most memorable moment of [honoring servicemen and women] for me was, I looked over and they [do the salute]. And they’re standing there at attention and one of them was crying.”
Brad Paisley goes on to add that on occasion he does offer the military servicemen and women at his concerts to buy them a beer after the show. “They deserve something.”