We haven’t met a songwriter in Nashville who didn’t say that songs find their home. They find the voice that is supposed to record them. Even writers who are also artists know when they’ve written a song that would be better for someone else, and they hand it off to their publishers to help it find a home.
But once a while, a song comes along that is going to be amazing no matter who records it.
Alabama’s “Angels Among Us” is like that.
Alabama originally released the song in 1993 and the impact was palpable. It’s a favorite among the staff and visitors at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, and Alabama’s front man Randy Owen performed the song at the funeral of Dale Earnhardt.
Disney darling Demi Lovato recorded the song in 2012 to honor the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings, and now the tender tribute is coming to life again thanks to a group of big-hearted country stars, including Scotty McCreery and some real angels among us from St. Jude.
A new video is circulating that shows Scotty, along with artists Carly Pearce, Lucy Hale, Tegan Marie, Jillian Jaqueline, Brennley Brown, CB30 and Temecula Road in the studio recording the inspiring music with some help from a group of little visitors from Memphis.
There are also some other famous country music voices you may recognize on the recording. Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes and RaeLynn lending their amazing voices to the song, too.
The folks at Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country teamed up with St. Jude to make this revised version of a country music classic possible. But it isn’t just about recreating this magical musical moment. They’re also donating $25,000 to St. Jude, which treats children with catastrophic diseases at no cost to their families.
Country music has been a loyal partner in hope with St. Jude since Randy started the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program in 1989. Every year, country radio stations across the U.S. broadcast a compelling and emotional radiothon to raise money for the hospital and to ensure that no child is ever denied treatment because of an inability to pay. Known most for its compassionate care and cutting edge research, St. Jude isn’t only on a quest to extinguish cancer. Its teams of doctors and scientists are striving towards developing cures for a battery of illnesses.
That makes it a little harder to watch this video without dabbing your eyes a bit, doesn’t it?
Several of the song’s participants have nominations in the Rare Country Awards. Scotty is up for Fan Moment of the Year, Carly is nominated for Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year and RaeLynn is nominated in the New Artist of the Year category. It’s up to you to decide the winners. Vote now through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville starring RaeLynn, Kane Brown and LANCO.