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Women Rock at Nashville Benefit

Jennifer Hanson led a lineup of top artists, songwriters and special guests at Women Rock for the Cure, a benefit to raise money to fight breast cancer, at 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill in Nashville, Oct. 25.

Rising new star Joanna Cotten and hit songwriters Matraca Berg and Victoria Shaw were also on the bill, which featured a couple of surprise guests: Ty Herndon, who performed his No. 1 “What Mattered Most,” and Jessi Alexander, backed on guitar by Jon Randall. After their performance, Jon and Jessi told Country Weekly that they are recent newlyweds. “We were married almost two months ago in Joelton [Tenn.], just outside of Nashville,” Jon said. Among the show’s highlights were Jennifer’s rendition of her song “Leave the Pieces,” which went No. 1 for The Wreckers, Joanna’s rollicking “High Maintenance,” the title cut from her upcoming debut CD, and Victoria’s performance of the smash she wrote with Garth Brooks, “The River.” Matraca held the crowd spellbound with her classic “Strawberry Wine,” which she wrote for Deana Carter. The show raised funds for the Komen Greater Nashville Affiliate, which supports breast cancer research grants and community outreach programs. “This is an event very close to my heart,” Jennifer told Country Weekly. “I lost both my grandmother and an aunt to breast cancer. So I feel like I am doing something worthwhile to help the community.”

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