Thomas Rhett drops inspirational star-studded song 'Be a Light': 'I hope it puts a smile on your face'
The country singer-songwriter's new song is in collaboration with Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott and Chris Tomlin
Country singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett released an all-star collaboration titled 'Be a Light' on March 30 in celebration of his 30th birthday and to spread hope and upliftment in the distressing time of the coronavirus pandemic.
Artistes Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Chris Tomlin and Hillary Scott joined Rhett on the inspirational new song.
"In a time full of war, be peace. In a time full of doubt, just believe. Yeah, there ain't that much difference between you and me. In a time full of war, be peace," sings Rhett in the opening before the chorus with "In a world full of hate, be a light".
Charged with an acoustic guitar forward-driving score, 'Be a Light' begins to crescendo with resounding drums, electric guitar, strings and backing instruments as Urban, McEntire, Scott and Tomlin take the following verse and chorus.
Written in 2019, Rhett penned the song with Josh Thompson, Josh Miller and Matt Dragstrem as a way to process the negativity and sadness he was seeing in the world, according to Billboard.
The tune was dropped on Monday, March 30, after Rhett urged his record label team to release it, he explained during an Instagram Live shortly after the song released. "I wrote this song last year," he said.
"This song was really just about being a light in a dark place; being an encouragement to people… We weren’t supposed to release this now, but I really felt like the song needed to come out today. I hope it puts a smile on your face in this crazy, crazy time."
Rhett and his guest stars also announced that all proceeds from 'Be a Light' will be donated to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Rhett had recently released his music video for 'Beer Can't Fix', his feel-good track in collaboration with Jon Pardi from Center Point Road in which the two singers cruise through Key West on their mopeds.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many tours and events worldwide and Rhett is one of many performers adjusting their touring schedules. Rhett's headlining 'Center Point Road Tour' has been postponed to summer with dates scheduled for mid-July.
Watch the lyric video for 'Be a Light' here.