Maren Morris Gets Emotional During First Live Performance of “Dear Hate”

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In the wake of the mass shooting that took place during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas last week, country stars are trying to pick up the pieces and heal.

Maren Morris is one of those artists. The “My Church” singer released the song “Dear Hate“—a song she wrote three years ago— following the recent tragic events. With no plans to release the song, Maren thought the world needed to hear it during this difficult time,. And she was right.

“Dear Hate / I saw you on the news today / Like a shock that takes my breath away / You fall like rain, cover us in drops of paint / I’m afraid that we just might drown / Dear Hate / Well, you sure are colorblind / Your kiss is the cruelest kind / You could poison any mind / Just look at mine / Don’t know how this world keeps spinning ’round and round,” she sings, kicking off the song.

A few days following the shooting, Maren was in Kalamazoo, Mich. where she performed for the first time since playing the Harvest Music Festival.

“Thank you guys for showing up,” she said through tears.

“Any cent that I see from this song is going to the victims. I never performed it at a show, so this is actually a first too. I never thought I’d be performing it honestly. I feel like the message is so powerful the day we wrote it, that was three years ago, and it rings even more true now, unfortunately,” Maren continued. “Music is such a healer, but one of the most powerful things you can do is just showing up here tonight. We’re not going to stop playing music, we’re not going to stop going to shows.”

And then she broke into an emotional version of “Dear Hate.”