Randy Houser Speaks Out On World Issues And Encourages Forgiveness Through New Song ‘Cancel’
Randy Houser’s introspective new song “Cancel” encourages forgiveness and unity in a divided world.
Randy Houser; Photo by Rachel Deeb
Releasing his sixth studio album, Note To Self, this past November, featuring fan-favorites like “Note To Self,” “Rub A Little Dirt On It,” “Country Round Here Tonight” and more, Randy Houser is back and better than ever with his first release of 2023 – a powerful new single titled “Cancel.”
In this buzzed-about new track, which dropped this past Friday (September 29), the Mississippi native reflects on the tumultuous state of the world, as well as promotes the idea of forgiveness.
Written by Houser himself and co-produced with Jay Tooke, the country crooner explains throughout the song’s four-minute and sixteen-second runtime that the world needs to shy away from its divisiveness and focus on the things that really matter: faith, family and friends.
“Breaking my bread at the breakfast table / Bowing my head cause I’m willing and able / Taking the hand of the woman I love / Holding it tighter when the times get tough / Teaching our kids how the good Lord blessed us / Calling out the stuff that the world done messed up / Right is right and God is the answer / Living this life the devil wants to cancel,” the CMA Award-nominated artist sings in the chorus, explaining how focusing on the good is the suitable way to live.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Houser dished about the true meaning behind the track from his own perspective: “You’ll have a certain amount of people that won’t even look at it because of the title… It’s okay to call things out, but that doesn’t mean all-out war with each other over something that you disagree with. We’re tearing our country apart by doing that. I believe in what the Bible says about forgiveness – that we’re commanded to forgive. Just treat people fairly, and if you see someone needs a friend, be one.”
“I’m not here to judge anyone else’s lifestyle or their personal choice,” the 47-year-old continued passionately. “I don’t deal with the same decisions that other people have had to make in their lives. We all know that there’s people who are born a certain way. It’s not anyone else’s job to judge. It’s just like, be cool to people. Be a human.”
Having been available to stream for only a few days, and already amassing over 70,000 streams on Spotify, it is clear that this message has been resonating with country music lovers everywhere.
Since the release of “Cancel,” fans of the talented singer-songwriter have taken to social media to express their love for the soon-to-be hit single, praising its raw, authentic nature.
One listener shared within Houser’s comment section on Instagram, “Spot on!!! Praise God. We know who wins in the end.”
“What an amazing song with heartfelt lyrics. Wow, these words hit hard. God bless you always Randy,” another wrote.
A third listener gushed, “Yes!!!!! Incredible song and lyrics!!!”
Teasing the track during his live shows throughout the year, chances are Houser will continue to wow the crowd with “Cancel” during his forthcoming live performances.
The multi-faceted performer will take the stage at the Ronnie Milsap Tribute Show at Bridgestone Arena tomorrow (October 3), alongside some of the biggest names in country music: Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town, Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery and more.
After that, the ACM Award-nominated artist will perform at Country Thunder Music Festival in Bristol, Tennessee on Friday (October 6), just moments before Brooks & Dunn, with nine more shows to close out 2023 – he is certain to end the year with a bang.
Fans can listen to “Cancel” for themselves on their favorite music streaming platforms now.
Melanie has been writing for Country Now since August of 2023. Originally from Southern California and currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, she graduated from Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma in 2023 with a BA in Journalism. During her free time, she loves going to concerts and music festivals, binging her favorite TV shows, spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners (of course).