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May 16. 2013 2:51PM

BHS alum hosts Nashville benefit for Boston


She may be hundreds of miles from New Hampshire, but Mackenzie “Teddy” Robert’s heart is never far from home. The 21-year-old Bedford High School graduate is currently a college student in Nashville, but when she heard about the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, the aspiring singer gathered some of her friends in the music business and held a benefit concert that raised $2,200 for The One Fund Boston. (Courtesy Photo)

She may be hundreds of miles from New Hampshire, but Mackenzie “Teddy” Robert’s heart is never far from home.

The 21-year-old Bedford High School graduate is currently a college student in Nashville, but when she heard about the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, the aspiring singer gathered some of her friends in the music business and held a benefit concert that raised $2,200 for The One Fund Boston.

“Being so close to Boston living in Bedford, I’ve always considered it to be my home city,” Robert said.

Shortly after the blast that killed three and injured nearly 200, the aspiring singer and songwriter came up with the idea to help those affected.

“I was sitting having breakfast one morning, and I just felt like I had to do something, and I realized I could,” she said. “It just seemed like the right thing to do.”

Robert, who is a senior entertainment industry studies major at Belmont University, messaged her friend Maureen Murphy, and soon, with the help of social media, the “Nashville Loves Boston” benefit concert and silent auction was in the works.

“We had it put together in a week and a half’s time,” Robert said. “It was great – everyone showed up in their Boston wear.”

Robert said her experiences in Nashville, as a student and musician, helped her to pull the event off.

She attends class, holds down a job and attends songwriting meetings in the community that she’s fallen in love with, and while Robert said she knows that she’s having a college experience that may be far different from that of her Bedford High School classmates, she hasn’t forgotten her roots.

“There are so many talented singers and songwriters around here, it was just a no-brainer,” she said. “Being here gave me the contacts and friendships necessary to put together this great show for Boston.”

But Robert said she wouldn’t have ended up in Nashville had it not been for the summer of her junior year spent at the Boston Conservatory and the support of her teacher there.

“We are all really lucky to be doing what we do now, and we could have never done it without the support we received from our hometowns then and now,” Robert said.


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