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Faith headlines Katrina concert

Faith Hill headlined a free concert in the US to support those still rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.

The country music star told the audience at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans: "We are here for you still and you are not forgotten."

She said the evening was intended to celebrate how far the Gulf Coast has come since the 2005 storm flooded New Orleans and surrounding areas of Louisiana and Mississippi.

"I feel like it's my responsibility to give back," Faith said. "When you've been given so much, it's only right that I do what I can to help, if I can."

About 2,200 tickets were distributed in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette and the Mississippi cities of Biloxi and Jackson.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band opened the event.

Faith took the stage after their set, opening with her hits Free and Wild One before bringing the New Orleans-based brass band back on stage to play back-up on her song, There Will Come A Day.

After singing This Kiss, one of her No 1 hits, and Let Me Let Go, Faith told the crowd: "This city inspires great music and sometimes when I get together with my band I never know what will happen. We want you to just sit back and forget about it all and just have a great time."

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