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Maren Morris Dedicates “Dear Hate” to Las Vegas Shooting Victims


Maren Morris was one of the performers at the Rt. 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas where the shootings took place on Sunday night. The singer then realized that this was the time to release her song, “Dear Hate.”

The song was written three years ago and recorded last year with Vince Gill, Morris wrote on her Twitter feed on Monday. Fans had wondered when she would release the song, but she “never knew when would be the right time, but I realized today that there’s never a right time,” she stated.

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.

“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 song with just Morris and Gill’s voices 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 in the form of a letter. Reaching back to events  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.”

The Grammy winning singer/songwriter will release the song on iTunes this Friday, October 6 after the overwhelming response.

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