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Alan Jackson Asked to Perform at 9/11 Concert in Washington, D.C.

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As the nation prepares to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Alan Jackson has been asked to play at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Jackson will no doubt be performing ‘Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),’ a song he premiered at the CMA Awards two months after the attacks.

R&B singer Patti LaBelle and mezzo soprano Denyce Graves will also sing during the event, called ‘A Concert for Hope.’ The show will be broadcast on many ABC affiliates nationwide, beginning at 8PM ET. Jackson’s song earned him CMA, ACM and Grammy awards in 2002, but the singer tells The Boot he didn’t think it’d resonate for so long.

“I thought we’d just perform it for a while and then it would go away,” he says. “I didn’t feel like people would want to keep thinking about that. But even today, I still see people waiting on that song, and they’ll still be on their feet several minutes after finishing the song. It’s about what’s important … so it’s gone beyond the tragedy a little bit.”

Jackson is currently working on a new album featuring his latest song ‘Long Way to Go.’ This week, he learned he and Garth Brooks would be amongst the inductees into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

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