With 2016 going out like a lion, a slew of country stars teamed up last month for a moving ballad called "The Human Race." Kelsea Ballerini, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Mickey Guyton and Locash were a handful of singers and songwriters lifting up their voices for a timeless message of coming together and shedding hate from their lives. "This is our world, and we're all living in it. We're all brothers and sisters; we're all the same," they chant. "So why the hate and all the senseless killing. We need to wake up and start forgiving."
Other country talents featured in the song/video are Kalie Shorr, Tegan Marie, Lindsay Ell, Alana Springsteen, Bailey Bryan Temecula Road, Lacy Cavalier, Jessie Chris and CB30. Several pop artists also contributed to the track, and those include Jordan Fisher, Alex Aiono, Chloe x Halle and Skylar Stecker. Now, recording studio footage has been released, set to the song's emotional backdrop.
“The dedication and talent of so many artists and performers on this song manifests heart and humanity, and the positive power of music in our lives,” Phil Guerini, Vice President of Music Strategy for Disney Channels Worldwide and General Manager of Radio Disney Networks, shared in a press release. "The Human Race" was recorded in Nashville and produced by Guerini, Mike Daly (Executive Director, A&R and Music Publishing, Disney Music Group) and Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Billy Mann.
Proceeds from digital downloads benefit such charities as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Toys for Tots, Feeding America, City of Hope and Musicians on Call via Radio Disney's Share the Joy program. The song first premiered during The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration.
"The Human Race" is out now on iTunes.
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Watch the behind-the-scenes footage below: