If there was ever advice to offer during this time of pandemic craziness and civil unrest in our country and world, it’s three simple words: Be a Light.
Rhett teamed up with fellow country artists Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Keith Urban, and Christian artist, Chris Tomlin to create a beautiful ballad, and it’s just what our country needs right now.
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I am so honored to be a part of my friend @thomasrhettakins new song “Be A Light” alongside the legendary @hillaryscottla , @keithurban , and @reba. This song is a beautiful message of hope during a time like this and I hope it has a lasting impact on you and your family as it did mine… all of the artists on the song are donating the proceeds from the song to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund in hopes to support all those affected by this pandemic.
Although the country singer originally felt led to release ‘Be a Light’ as a source of encouragement during the national stay-at-home, no one could have ever predicted how much greater of a message the song would have come June.
Because 2020 hadn’t already been difficult enough, smack dab in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, we are living through an uprising against civil injustice—which came out of response to George Floyd, a black man, being wrongfully killed by four Minneapolis cops.
The sense of unity our country is experiencing right now, rivals the deep rooted division we’re seeing in other areas during this time. And the lyrics to “Be a Light” arguably speaks more of what we’re seeing across society now, than it did even two months ago.
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As the father of a black daughter and also two white daughters- I have struggled with what to say today. We have navigated forms of racism directly and while there is mostly overwhelming support and love for our family, sometimes there is just the opposite. Because of that fear, it can be a lot easier to choose silence, but today I’m choosing to speak. I have no clue what it feels like to be profiled by authorities, treated negatively or have my life threatened because of the color of my skin. When I witnessed the horrific murder of George and think about the mistreatment of other black men and women in America, I am heartbroken and angry. I get scared when I think about my daughters and what kind of world they will be growing up in and how my JOB as a father is to show them how to lead with love in the face of hate. To know their worth and value as not only women but human beings. I have witnessed my black band and crew members on the road struggle at times with feeling safe because of the color of their skin. This is unacceptable. I don’t believe in hate. I believe in love. What happened to George was pure hate. We are all created by the same God. I pray for a change in heart of those hearts who have been overcome by hatred and hardened. I pray for a deeper understanding for myself and awareness of the experience of mistreatment that those of another skin color go through. I pray for the families of those who have lost their lives to violence or experienced trauma at the hand of racial oppression and injustice. What can we do? I ask myself this question everyday. We each have to be part of the solution and we have to continue to educate ourselves, continue to support both financially and with service those organizations doing good work in our communities to overcome injustice and hatred in our country. And if you’re like me, continue to pray. So if there is any question on where I stand let me be clear- I stand with you, I stand with George and his family and all those who have faced racism. I stand with my wife and my daughters. We will be fighting this fight for the rest of our lives. Rest In Peace, George. We are not letting this go.
In a time full of war, be peace / In a time full of doubt, just believe / Yeah there ain’t that much difference between you and me In a time full of war, be peace.
Powerful words there, friends. But as the singers break into the first chorus, it only speaks more to the power of love and light.
In a world full of hate, be a light / When you do somebody wrong, make it right / Don’t hide in the dark, you were born to shine / In a world full of hate, be a light.
In a place that needs change make a difference / In a time full of noise, just listen / Cause life is but a breeze better live it / In a place that needs a change make a difference.
And one of the most poignant lines, has to be the final chorus. Again, this song was written in response to the coronavirus pandemic. But how beautifully it reflects the heart of God in response to the racial injustice that exists across America.
Yeah it’s hard to live in color / When you just see black and white.
In a world full of hate, be a light.
Artist proceeds of sales from ”Be a Light” will go to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Listen to the full song below, and “Be a Light” today!