Thomas Rhett shined through the darkness of the novel coronavirus pandemic with his performance of “Be A Light” on Sunday’s ACM Presents: Our Country special.
Rhett brought the track to life, live from the comfort of his his home studio to fans’ living rooms across the country.
“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,” he sings throughout the chorus.
“I wrote ‘Be A Light’ last year as a way to process negativity and sadness I was seeing in the world,” the singer/songwriter shared in a statement upon the song’s release. “Now, as I sit in my home with my family on my 30th Birthday, we are in the middle of a world-wide pandemic affecting every single human on earth, all while our town of Nashville is still healing from devastating tornadoes that destroyed so much of our city less than one month ago. But, among the wreckage, I see us come together in ways I never dreamed possible. I knew in my heart this was the time to share this message with the world and our community. The voices who join me on this track are some of the brightest lights I know. I hope this song serves as a reminder that we are all in this together.”
On the recorded track, Rhett is joined by country superstars Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban. Rhett co-wrote “Be A Light” alongside Josh Miller, Josh Thompson and Matt Dragstrem.
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, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and many more. The show also showcased clips of artists’ favorite moments the ACM Awards’ 55-year history.