Ray Stevens, ‘Dear America’ Music Video [Exclusive Premiere]
Ray Stevens released a brand-new song, "Dear America," on Tuesday (Sept. 6), and he's revealing its music video exclusively with The Boot.
Penned by Connie Jo Hamrick -- the wife of Stevens' keyboard player, Jon Hamrick -- "Dear America" is, in Stevens' words, "an open letter to America." Readers can press play above to watch its corresponding video.
"Dear America, I promise you, I'll teach my children of your freedom and your grace / And of the Founding Fathers' wisdom in the writings that they made," Stevens sings to open the ballad. "Dear America, I won't let them forget the sacrifice that your men and women made / And that our flag still flies from the dying breath they gave."
In the "Dear America" music video, shots of Stevens sitting at a piano and performing the song are interspersed with shots of U.S. landmarks -- the Sept. 11 memorial, the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge, among many others -- and picturesque landscapes. At the end of the song, as a choir of children sings the final chorus, viewers will see clips of young kids waving the American flag, a patriotic parade and a soldier reuniting with his loved ones.
"I loved the song, and I immediately wanted to record it," Stevens recalls. "And I think the record turned out really well ... I think the song is very appropriate for the situation in our country today."
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