Lady Antebellum’s latest single, “What I’m Leaving For,” took on a whole new meaning on Sunday when the trio performed the heartfelt song during the ACM Presents: Our Country special on CBS.
Dedicating the emotional track to everyone on the front lines during the coronavirus (COVD-19) pandemic, Lady A’s Hillary Scott introduced their performance, saying, “We want to sing this next song and specifically dedicate it to all of our doctors, our nurses, our first responders, everyone who is in the medical field truly risking their lives to keep us healthy and to keep us safe.”
Before being joined by her bandmates Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, Scott went on to explain the meaning behind the song.
“This song is about walking out of your house and leaving your family to go do what you know that you’re called to do and sometimes that is not an easy thing and right now is not an easy thing,” she said. “We just wanna say thank you so much for your sacrifice.”
Haywood and Kelley then appeared from their separate homes and were joined by their sons, Ward Kelley and Cash Haywood. The boys smiled and swayed along (and sometimes made some silly faces) while the band delivered a stunning performance of the song.
“What I’m Leaving For” is the latest single from Lady Antebellum’s new album, Ocean. The song was co-written by Sam Ellis, Micah Premnath and Laura Veltz.
ACM Presents: Our Country aired on Sunday (April 5) at 8:00 p.m. ET on the CBS Television Network and on CBS All Access. The two-hour special also included performances from Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Luke Bryan and many more. The show also showcased clips of artists’ favorite moments the ACM Awards’ 55-year history.