Eric Church Shares Incredibly Moving Message, Teases New Song, ‘Through My Ray Bans’

“I believe these halls will roar again,” he says.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 18, 2020


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Eric Church; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Country superstar Eric Church shared an uplifting message his fans on Saturday (April 18) in a video posted to his social media channels. In the goosebump-inducing clip, Church delivers words of hope and encouragement in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As shots of empty subways, streets and arenas flash across the screen, the current ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee voices over a chilling message of hope, assuring fans: “our best is yet to come.”

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The clip closes with a teaser of a new song called “Through My Ray Bans,” a nod to his loyal fans.

Below is Church’s inspiring message. Click above to listen.

Where there once were roars,
Now there are just echos.
The handshakes and the hugs of yore
Are now too dangerous.

But I don’t believe in fear.
I don’t believe in panic.
I don’t believe in all this complexity
This damn virus has any idea what it’s up against:
The American resolve.
Steeled by the world
Steadied by faith
Calmed by song
Healed by prayer.

Oh, I believe.
Damn right, I believe.
I believe these halls will roar again.
These stadiums will be deafening and the answer to this enemy.
The silence of now will cower at the noise of soon.
When the answer of who will answer this call is asked
Thousands will raise their fists and say I will.
We will.
And we damn sure will.

Where fear preys, we will feed.
Where pestilence stalks, we will hunt.
I feel for our enemy
For it has no chance.
It has no prayer.

And I believe.
I believe our best is yet to come.
We shall rage.
We shall roar.
I cannot wait to see you again
Through my ray bans.

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.