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Local country singer gives emotional performance at Clark County fair

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Springfield native and country music singer Kate Hasting gave an emotional performance with her band Hasting & Co. at the Clark County Fair Wednesday evening.

A three-vehicle car crash claimed the life of Hasting’s father and critically injured her mother in June.

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Hasting attributes her success to her parents, and despite the circumstances, says she still had to perform.

"It's still really hard but I think my parents did a lot to build this together and they really tried to incorporate every part of my raising into this band, and they really helped with the vision of that," Hasting told News Center 7's James Buechele.

Hasting says her faith has helped her get through this difficult time, and needed to perform in order to heal. She also attributes faith as a major role in getting back on stage in front of a home crowd.

"Every day I try to focus on the same things they've given me, the blessing of knowing faith, so we circle back to that daily. There's a lot of prayer."

Bandmate Josh Beale drove from Nashville shortly after the accident for support, and also looked forward to the performance.

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“Especially meaningful today, obviously, and it's like my family,” Beale told Buechele. “It's emotional, it's a healing experience and we're going to all get through this together.”

The band performed their new single “American Love,” set for release in the fall. Fans had the opportunity to be a part of the music video footage shot at the concert and around the fair.

"Anytime we get to come back home is special,” Hasting said.