Watch Eric Church, Smokey Robinson, Aloe Blacc and Rhiannon Giddens Sing ‘Kill a Word’
At the recent Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, Eric Church was joined by Smokey Robinson, Aloe Blacc and Rhiannon Giddens for a special rendition of his song "Kill a Word."
The song, from Church's surprise new album, Mr. Misunderstood, was an appropriate choice for the event, which aimed to bring attention to various race-related issues by creating a dialog about racial equality: "If I could kill a word and watch it die / I'd poison 'never,' shoot 'goodbye' / Beat 'regret' when I felt I had the nerve" are just the first few lines of the tune. Throughout their performance, the four artists traded lines and harmonized during the chorus. Press play above to watch.
Church, Robinson, Blacc and Giddens were just a few of the artists who took part in the two-hour A&E special, which brought together artists of different races and ethnic backgrounds to perform once-in-a-lifetime duets and collaborations. The Zac Brown Band, Andra Day, Jamie Foxx, Rhiannon Giddens, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Miguel, Pink, Jill Scott, Big Sean, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Pharrell Williams and more also performed.
Church dropped Mr. Misunderstood by surprise on Nov. 4. The album's title track was officially unveiled at that evening's 2015 CMA Awards, in a performance by Church. The country star's fan club, the Church Choir, began receiving the project, unannounced, in the mail before the CMAs.
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