Thomas Rhett has just turned 30, and as a gift to the world, dropped a surprise new song, “Be a Light.” The uplifting ballad features Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Hilary Scott (of Lady Antebellum) and Christian music artist Chris Tomlin.
The release of “Be a Light” coincided with Rhett’s Instagram Live video chat, where he debuted the song on an acoustic guitar, shared its backstory, interacted with fans, and even played a new tune called “More Time Fishin’.”
Rhett co-wrote “Be a Light” last year “as a way to process negativity and sadness [he] was seeing in the world” and had no plans of releasing it, he said. But, because of the uncertainty currently happening in the world, the decision was made to share the song.
“Now, as I sit in my home with my family on my 30th birthday, we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic affecting every single human on earth, all while our town of Nashville is still healing from devastating tornadoes that destroyed so much of our city less than one month ago,” Rhett shared in a press statement.
“But, among the wreckage, I see us come together in ways I never dreamed possible. I knew in my heart this was the time to share this message with the world and our community. The voices who join me on this track are some of the brightest lights I know. I hope this song serves as a reminder that we are all in this together.”
Proceeds from every purchase and stream of “Be a Light” will go to the Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund to help people in the music industry who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Listen to “Be a Light” below: