Bentley has a long history with the song, which was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and death. The country star recorded the song for his 2010 album Up on the Ridge, which became his fifth album to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200. He was backed on the recording by the Punch Brothers, featuring Del McCoury. Their down-home, bluegrass-shaded rendition received a Grammy nomination for best country collaboration with vocals. Bentley also teamed with pop group OneRepublic to perform the song on CMT Crossroads in 2014.