Aug 24, 2010 9:35 PM by Alison Haynes
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Country music star Faith Hill says giving
back just comes naturally for the Mississippi native, and she has a
message for those still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
"We are here for you still and you are not forgotten," Hill
said before headlining a free concert Tuesday evening in New
Orleans to support those still rebuilding five years later.
She says the evening at the Mahalia Jackson Theater was intended
to celebrate how far the Gulf Coast has come since the 2005rdiorm
flooded New Orleans and surrounding areas of Louisiana and
"I feel like it's my responsibility to give back," Hill said.
"When you've been given so much, it's only right that I do what I
can to help, if I can."
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band was asked to open Tuesday's event and
about 2,200 tickets were distributed in New Orleans, Baton Rouge
and Lafayette and the Mississippi cities of Biloxi and Jackson.
Hill's husband, country singer Tim McGraw, is a Louisiana native
and both are veterans of employing celebrity clout to help raise
money or awareness for causes.
The couple helped organize a flood-relief benefit concert for
Nashville after the Tennessee city was deluged by historic rains
that left 22 dead in early May.
"Sometimes, with celebrity, you can make things happen pretty
easily," said Hill, a five-time Grammy Award winner now working on
a new release.
She urged people to support New Orleans and other coastal
communities whose livelihoods are now threatened by the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill.
"My message is 'Come to New Orleans and experience this great
city.' Yes, there are places that are still rebuilding and are not
quite back yet, but when they do come back, they'll come back