Country Singer & Borderline Performer Lacie Mae on Bar Shooting: 'These Tragedies Can Happen Anywhere'

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At the age of 13, up-and-coming nation singer Lacie Mae already has touring expertise that may be the envy of many performers twice her age. While the Southern California-based Mae has opened for such nation artists as Justin Moore and RaeLynn lately, she has headlined a number of music venues and festivals throughout California, however Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks has at all times held a particular place within the coronary heart of the younger musician.

The bar the place 12 individuals have been killed Wednesday evening when a gunman compelled his manner in and opened fireplace on the faculty nation evening has served as each Mae's common stage when reserving a close-by gig and because the spot the place her dad and mom first met. She carried out on the venue's Route 91 profit live performance final 12 months to assist the victims of the Vegas shootings and her advertising supervisor was a frequent attendee of the membership on Wednesday nights, however simply occurred to be out of state on Wednesday.

Billboard reached out to the teenage nation songwriter for feedback on the tragedy that occurred at Borderline and has shaken the area people.

Lacie Mae: I used to be instantly overcome with unhappiness and shock. I considered all of the folks that I do know that work there and nervous for his or her security. My coronary heart broke at information of fatalities and I used to be overcome realizing so many individuals have been there final evening. I play there usually. In reality, I had a giant present opening for Jerrod Niemann at Borderline a pair weeks in the past and all of my household and mates have been there. I considered what it might have been like if this had occurred that evening. It's exhausting to consider that.

I've a number of mates that I do know are OK, fortuitously. I used to be very involved about Noel Frawley, the supervisor at Borderline that we've turn out to be near, and I used to be so relieved to see him secure in a photograph on a information thread this morning. I nervous concerning the sound engineer that at all times works with me and my band, the dance teacher, servers and all the opposite workers. I'm so grateful for everybody that's secure. While I didn't know personally any of the victims, I had met a few of them taking part in there and am so saddened by this.

I like Borderline. It's unhappy that these tragedies can occur wherever. I don't second-guess taking part in there and I'll play there once more. It gained't be the identical. Borderline has a deeper place in my coronary heart now than ever.   

I've at all times thought they'd nice safety. I've at all times felt secure there, particularly being a minor. It sadly can occur wherever. Being conscious, having a plan and taking all the security precautions you may is actually all we are able to do. My dad at all times tells me to have a plan. Know the place the exits are. Be conscious of your environment. I'm grateful I didn't must apply these final evening, although my coronary heart is damaged for my Borderline household and everybody in our communities affected.