Five former presidents and a slew of performers came together for the “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” concert at Texas A&M University’s Reed Arena in College Station to raise money for relief efforts from the recent hurricane devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The musical lineup included country band Alabama, legendary R&B singer Sam Moore, gospel performer Yolanda Adams, Texas own Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, and a very special surprise appearance from Lady Gaga.
Also in the mix was The Voice season 3 winner, Cassadee Pope, who was handed probably the most difficult spot in the line-up. She performed immediately after Gaga.
“Thanks for making me go after Lady Gaga!” she joked before performing her single “Kisses at Airports.” The singer kicked off her two song set with a rousing cover of Rascal Flatts “Stand.” Country singer Lee Greenwood introduced the acts.
As if following the dynamic Lady Gaga wasn’t nerve wracking enough, how about singing in front of former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama? Cassadee came through like a champ. Watch her performances below.
A few kind words from Gaga backstage helped calm Cassadee’s nerves.
— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) October 22, 2017
Here’s a photo for the ages. Who would have thunk it.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) October 22, 2017
Lady Gaga’s performance
Gaga performed her hits “Million Reasons,” “You & I” and “The Edge of Glory.” The singer personally donated $1 million to the cause, earmarking part of hit for mental health aftercare.
Here’s the full concert.