Dierks Bentley is lending his voice to the the song “Hold The Light” from the soundtrack of the motion picture, Only The Brave. The track marks his first-ever song written and recorded for a movie.
The film, which is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, connected deeply with the Arizona native. He first took action with his 2013 Country Cares Concert, which raised more than half a million dollars to help the families of the Hotshots.
“This is at the top, if not the most meaningful experience I’ve ever been a part of,” said Bentley. “It hits me harder than any other song I’ve had a chance to be a part of. Over the last couple years I’ve met and gotten to know Brendan, the sole survivor, and my mom has met with some of the guys’ families, and it’s still unfathomable to put yourself in any of their shoes. But, our goal was to create a message of hope and love. I’m honored to have been a part of it.”
“This story resonated deeply with Dierks from the beginning – he was one of the first to raise money to support the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and his commitment has been unwavering since then,” added Joseph Kosinski, the director of the film. “The theme comes from the score and the lyrics come from the heart, so it was a natural fit for the film.”
Bentley wrote the tune with Only The Brave composer Joe Trapanese, Jon Randall, Bon Iver’s S. Carey, whose vocals are also featured on the song.
“Working on this song with Joe, Dierks, and the whole crew was a true honor,” shared Carey. “My brother-in-law has been a wildlands fire fighter for the last several years so I had a somewhat personal starting point for the creative process. I’m extremely thankful to be able to honor these men, these true heroes, in the form of a song in a beautiful, powerful film.”
To accompany the new track, Bentley recently filmed a music video in Nashville, which was directed by Wes Edwards. In between clips of the singer and his band, scenes from the movie flash through to coincide with the song’s powerful lyrics.
Only The Brave, starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly, will hit theaters nationwide October 20.
To find out how you can support wildland firefighters and The Granite Mountain Fund, visit OnlyTheBrave-Movie.com.