Grammy-winning country artist Maren Morris is dedicating her new song, "Dear Hate," to the victims of Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas, according to a social media post.
The song was written three years ago and recorded last year with Vince Gill, Morris wrote on Twitter Monday. She said fans had asked when she would be releasing the song and she "never knew when would be the right time, but I realized today that there's never a right time."
All royalties from the song will go to the Music City Cares Fund, established Monday by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to raise money for the needs of the victims of the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting. At least 59 people were killed and 527 injured in the attack, Billboard reported.
"Hate is everywhere and I'm sick of not doing enough," her tweet said. "In the darkest tunnel, there is still love and music. That's what it's here for."
"Dear Hate" is a bare-bones rumination with just Morris and Gill's singing and a pair of acoustic guitars. "Dear hate, I saw you on the news today. Like a shock it takes my breath away," Morris sings, phrasing the song in the form of a letter. Reaching back to biblical allusions like the Garden of Eden as well as American tragedies such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy and 9/11, "Dear Hate" ends on a note of hope, with Morris and Gill singing in unison, "Love's gonna conquer all," according to Rolling Stone.
Morris posted a video of the song on YouTube:
"Dear Hate" will be released Friday on iTunes, Morris wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
Due to the overwhelming response, "Dear Hate" will be available on iTunes Friday with proceeds going to the Music City Cares Fund.— MAREN MORRIS (@MAREN MORRIS) 1507039260.0