“I came from a very small town in Kansas where domestic violence was just not talked about,” country star Martina McBride told Billboard at the 2015 Women in Music event on Dec. 11. “I recorded a song called ‘Independence Day,’ which is a story of an abusive relationship as told through the eyes of a child.”
She describes how the Grammy-nominated song from her 1994 album The Way That I Am “really brought that whole issue to life for me,” before going on to describe the battle she was forced to wage with radio stations who refused to play the song, which left her feeling “so frustrated and so confused.”
“The letters I was getting from women saying, ‘This is my story, I heard this song on the radio, it gave me the courage to leave…’ Really life-changing things. We all know that’s the power of music, right?”
Billboard Women in Music 2015 airs on Lifetime, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. ET.