Wrabel Didn't Cry on 'Today' Show, But He Did Debut His New Song 'Hurts Like Hell'

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Wrabel performs on the Today show.

Last week, singer-songwriter Wrabel told his fans on Twitter that he had one particular expectation for his appearance on NBC's Today: "Can't wait to cry on the Today show next week," he wrote.

While the singer may not have shed any tears during his segment on Wednesday morning (Feb. 5), the star did share his heartwrenching new single "Hurts Like Hell." Sitting at a piano in the "Artist's Lounge" of the show's 3rd Hour, Wrabel debuted the new song, which shows him still struggling with a painful breakup even years after it took place. "I tell myself I'm doing well," he wailed. "But every time I think about you/ Oh, it still hurts like hell."

Along with delivering a stunning performance, the star also chatted with hosts Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones and Craig Melvin about songwriting, telling them that it was fitting to perform "Hurts Like Hell" on a rainy day in New York. "It's fun playing it in New York in the rain -- it started in New York in the rain," he said with a laugh. "It's just kind of about my first real big relationship where you kinda think like it's gonna be forever, and then I feel like, most of the time, it's not."

Wrabel also talked with the show's hosts about writing music for himself, rather than the cavalcade of stars he's written for in the past. "It feels really empowering," he said. "I don't know how to write something that's not a true story, whether it's for me or someone else, so sometimes it's like 'Wait!' So it feels really good to be able to write it and then sing it."

One of those writing gigs Wrabel just finished was with his friend Kesha. On her new album High Road, Wrabel co-wrote 10 of the album's 16 tracks, two of which he himself was featured on ("BFF" and "Resentment").

Check out Wrabel's raw performance of "Hurts Like Hell" on Today below:

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