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Jackson goes blue

Friday, March 22, 2013 – Alan Jackson headlined the 5th Annual "Stars Go Blue" benefit last night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, performing for a sold-out, standing room only crowd.

Craig Campbell opened the show in honor of his father who passed away from colon cancer when Campbell was only 11 years old. The event was hosted by the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), and all proceeds from the concert will benefit CCA's Blue Note Fund, helping patients in need, a program founded by Nashville's own Grammy- nominated artist/producer Charlie Kelley.

Jackson's desire to participate in the event was in response to his wife, Denise, being diagnosed in 2010; she is now cancer free.

"This is something we both felt strongly about," Jackson told media before the show. "Denise asked me to sing for this, and it's nice to have your music do something and use your music to help a cause like this."

"Because of Alan, Denise and Craig, the Blue Note Fund is fully funded for 2013 and will be able to help over 400 families with $120,000 in financial assistance," said Kelley after the show.

The CCA holds the "Stars Go Blue" concert annually in support of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. During March, organizations across the nation will place emphasis on educating the public about prevention and detection.

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