Jason Aldean took the stage last Friday (April 22) for the first time since being crowned ACM Entertainer of the Year. And what better way to celebrate than playing a show for charity, and in the town where he was born and raised, Macon, Georgia.

The event raised more than $500,000 for Navicent Health Children’s Hospital, the only dedicated pediatric facility in central Georgia that enhances the lives of children through patient care, research and education. 

"Pretty overwhelming the amount of money that was raised by the community of Macon last night and I couldn’t be more proud to call it my hometown,” Aldean shares in a press release. “Every single penny helps an organization that means a lot to me and I can’t thank everyone enough for helping these kids. Emotions were running high seeing all those faces familiar faces come out to support."

Aldean's hometown show included an intimate stripped-down performance — a rare occurrence for the country-rocker. Fans must have been aware of this, because the show was completely sold out — quite the homecoming for the "Lights Come On" singer.

"We are thrilled and so very appreciative that Jason took time from his busy schedule to visit Macon and offer an exclusive performance for the benefit of our patients,” says Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and CEO of Navicent Health.

Aldean is gearing up to return to the road as a part of his Six String Circus Tour with openers Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses. That trek kicks off May 19.

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