Lady Antebellum‘s heartfelt song “What I’m Leaving For” became even more powerful Sunday night (April 5), as the country trio sang the song to pay homage to those battling the coronavirus on the frontlines on ACM Presents: Our Country.
“What I’m Leaving For,” from the group’s latest album Ocean, is about the sacrifices some parents have to make in order to provide for their family — a message that has become especially relevant to first responders during these uncertain times. Before Lady Antebellum performed the tune together (from their respective homes, of course), singer Hillary Scott declared that the song was dedicated to all those emergency workers. “Walking out of your house and leaving your family to go do what you know that you’re called to do, sometimes that is not an easy thing,” she said. “And right now is not an easy thing — we want to thank you for your sacrifice.”
She was joined by her bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood for an emotional rendition of the song, with their three-part harmonies giving the moving track a haunting feel, even while they were all apart. Kelley and Haywood were joined by their sons Wade and Cash, respectively, making the performance hit home even more.
Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown & John Legend, Florida Georgia Line and many more country stars will be performing hits from their homes during Sunday night’s special, airing on CBS.
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