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Kelsea Ballerini performs her inspiring new song just when we really need it YouTube/Bobby Bones
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Tune into the evening news, open a newspaper or log on to social media these days and you learn pretty quickly that people are mad about a lot of stuff. And while some of the sources of their anger are complex, during an appearance on the nationally-syndicated radio program “The Bobby Bones Show,” on Dec. 8, Kelsea Ballerini remind us that one solution is quite simple.

Kelsea got behind the microphone on the popular morning show to participate in its fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ainstead of singing one of her many hits or playing a cover of a popular tune, the newlywed performed a new song she had never done before—“Hate Less, Love More.”

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“Without being too political, or too critical, I’ve got something to say / It’s really not a riddle, no it’s really quite simple and it may even sound cliché / But when it comes down to it, we’re all human / The one thing we can stand for is hate less, love more,” she sang.

The lyrics also addressed social media trolls who hide behind their computer screens “thinking that the hurt ain’t real if we can’t see / Pointing fingers at everyone else so we don’t have to blame ourselves for not being the change in the world that we want to see.”

Accompanying herself with just a guitar, Kelsea’s tender voice was a gentle plea for a quieter, more compassionate holiday season and future.

Kelsea and her new husband, Morgan Evans, literally just got back home to Nashville from their Mexican honeymoon about 12 hours before her performance on the show, from the looks of her InstaStory. After a whirlwind week of wedding fun and a super-short honeymoon, it’s heartwarming to see that the kids and staff at St. Jude were important enough to the country star for her to take part in the broadcast.

St. Jude is important to a lot of country stars. Alabama’s Randy Owen started the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program back in 1989 and, since then, radio stations across the United States have held their annual radiothons challenging listeners to call in and become Partners in Hope with their donations. And boy, have they donated! More than $700 million has been raised by the country music community — including loyal country fans — since that time.

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And while that sounds like a lot, it costs St. Jude more than $1 million a day to stay open, since no child is ever refused treatment for a family’s inability to pay.

We love Kelsea’s heart, and we love this new song. Heck, we just plain, ol’ love Kelsea and apparently y’all do, too! She’s a Female Artist of the Year nominee at the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Vote now at RareCountryAwards.com until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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