Former American Idol champion and country music superstar Carrie Underwood has dropped a new single from her upcoming album, Cry Pretty, that shares her thoughts on the country’s current state of political divisiveness.
According to Rolling Stone, Underwood hopes the new song, “Love Wins,” can remind folks that just because people are different “that doesn’t make somebody else bad, it just makes us different.”
The 35-year-old from Oklahoma added that she wanted the song “to be hopeful and to maybe make somebody stop and think about that.”
In a separate interview with Taste of Country, Underwood said she thinks “that we're all different for a reason.”
“I feel like if you just sit down and talk to somebody who's not like you and keep it calm, we can all learn from each other,” she added.
With her trademark full-throated vocals, the new anthem makes an impassioned plea for unity.
I believe you and me are sisters and brothers
And I believe we're made to be here for each other
And we'll never fall if we walk hand in hand
Put a world that seems broken together again
Yeah, I believe in the end love wins
The phrase “love wins” is also highly associated with the LGBTQ rights movement, and that’s no coincidence as Underwood has been an outspoken ally supporting marriage equality for years.
“As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry,” Underwood told The Independent back in 2012. “I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love and love publicly, the people we want to love.”
Cry Pretty is Underwood’s 6th studio album, and clearly, with success and experience comes confidence in the messages she wants to send.
Another track on the upcoming collection is titled, “The Bullet,” which addresses gun violence – an especially sensitive subject for many country music fans.
Cry Pretty drops on September 14, and Underwood plans a tour in support of the album next May.
Here’s the lyric video for “Love Wins.”