Lady Antebellum offered a sentimental performance of their new single “What I’m Leaving For” as part of ACM Presents: Our Country on Sunday (April 5).
The trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood recorded videos of themselves singing their individual parts of the songs from their respective homes. Scott dedicated the performance with a heartfelt speech thanking the doctors, nurses, first responders and other healthcare professionals working on the front lines to fight COVID-19 who are “truly risking their lives to keep us healthy and safe,” she said.
While the song is meaningful to the group as parents who often have to leave their families for life on the road, it took on new meaning in honor of the healthcare professionals leaving their families each day to fight COVID-19, Scott thanking them for their sacrifice.
A split screen showed each of the band members performing the song, Kelley’s son Ward making a special appearance, squirming in his dad’s arms while Haywood’s son Cash also photo bombed. Scott began the performance with soft, but beautiful harmonies before Haywood, who was pulling double duty as guitarist and vocalist, and Kelley joined in with their equally pristine voices. The trio proved their voices are a match made in heaven even when singing over the internet, as they harmoniously carried the chorus together though miles apart.
Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini and more performed during the two-hour special that took place on what would have been the night of the 2020 ACM Awards. The awards show will now take place on Sept. 16.