Sheryl Crow, Sean Penn and Connie Britton were all in attendance at the 1st Annual Nashville Shines for Haiti concert on Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.

Haiti Benefit In Nashville

Penn was the guest of honor at the Nashville Shines for Haiti concert, which benefits his J/P Haitian Relief Organization. The event was hosted by Johnathon Arndt and Newman Arndt. Comedian Kevin Nealon was the master of ceremonies, while Brad Paisley headlined the concert. Towards the end of Paisley’s set, he had Penn join him and Haitian singer Paul Beaubrun in a rendition of his song “Alcohol,” reported The Tennessean.

At a more serious point in the night, Penn took to the stage to address the attendees about Haiti and other matters.

“I think genius is generosity, and whether it be God or physics, most of it was given to the poor,” Penn said. “Haiti is twice as poor as the next poorest country in the Western hemisphere and man is there genius there, and is there love. Why Haiti? We have a world full of Hell. We’ve got ISIS playing their games all over the place. Think about that? What about an unstable Haiti? They are an hour and a half from Miami. We can find some genius in our generosity and man have we got teammates down there.”

Jewel, Colbie Caillat, Big Kenny Alphin from Big & Rich, singer Ty Herndon, Scott Hamilton and his wife Tracie and Paisley’s wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who had starred alongside Britton on Nashville, were among those in the crowd.

The night culminated in the auctioning off of an autographed guitar – played by Jewel, Crow and Caillat during the benefit – for $15,000.


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