Shannon Sanders acknowledges that some of the country's current political turmoil may have helped inspire "Fight On," his first single with his Nashville Urban Choir, whose video is premiering exclusively below. But the singer, songwriter and producer says the hip-hop/gospel-blending track became more of a "musical chicken soup" to encourage him and his colleagues in their creative pursuits.
"I think at some point I must have needed that," Sanders tells Billboard. "I think it probably started as the business started to change and all of us had to make choices about whether or not we would stay in it or find something else. A lot of people went to other industries or tried to do other things -- the running joke in Nashville is there were more musicians working at Home Depot than any other city in the world.”
The song, Sanders continues, is “about the decision to persist, to fight on -- like, 'The game is changing, we don't know how it's gonna shake out or what it's gonna turn into. This is what I do, and I'm not going anywhere.' It was time for the song to not just be my musical journal and home remedy but something to offer to the masses to heal whatever may be ailing them and offer motivation in this musical form to them."