Music is often a soothing balm in times of tragedy and Maren Morris’ poignant ballad featuring Vince Gill, “Dear Hate,” touched those hurting in the aftermath of the Las Vegas tragedy where 58 innocent country music fans were killed by a gunman during the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1.
In the opening lines, Maren sings: “Dear Hate: I saw you on the news today / Like a shock that takes my breath away / You fall like rain, cover us in drops of pain / I’m afraid that we just might drown.” Accompanied by Vince, Maren’s song acknowledges the hurt, yet shares the uplifting message that “love’s gonna conquer all.”
“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,” Maren shared on Instagram. “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.”
Maren and Vince are now nominated for Duet of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, a second nomination for Maren in the category, as her collaboration with Thomas Rhett, “Craving You,” is also a finalist. It’s now up to you to decide the winner. Voting begins Nov. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com and runs until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.
Maren is donating proceeds from the song to the Music City Cares Fund to aid victims of the Vegas tragedy. For more information on how you can support the fund, visit CMFT.org.