This week has been an especially scary one as country fans have watched the horrific footage from the mass shooting in Las Vegas. At least 59 people were killed and more than 500 wounded during the attack on a country music festival, and it has left fans and artists in the country music community feeling shaken to their core.
In the days after the attack, we’ve seen musicians stepping up to offer hope and healing through music. Country newcomer Maren Morris is one of those artists speaking out against the violence with her new song, “Dear Hate,” featuring Vince Gill.
It’s not a new song, but Maren knew it was the right time to release it to the world.
She writes on Instagram, “I wrote this song three years ago, recorded it last year with Vince Gill and always have fans asking when I’ll put it out. I never knew when would be the right time, but I realized today that there’s never a right time. Hate is everywhere, and I’m sick of not doing enough. In the darkest tunnel, there is still love and music. That’s what it’s here for.”
The lyrics about love conquering hate throughout the years offer hope that we will get through this tragedy. Maren is also putting her money where her mouth is and donating the proceeds to help victims of the mass shooting.
She says, “Any cent I see from this I’m donating to the Music City Cares Fund.” You can find out more about that fund at CMFT.org.