American Idol season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox recently released her latest single, “Courage to be Kind.” Written by Crystal and Steve Seskin, the song is available for download and on all streaming sites and also CrystalBowersox.com
“‘Courage to be Kind’ was written a few years ago in response to the nine racially motivated murders that took place in Charleston, SC at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church,” writes Crystal on her website. “My co-writer Steve Seskin and I were incredibly moved by the words of the victims’ family members immediately following the seemingly unforgivable acts. The forgiveness and compassion they chose to give to the very person who stole their loved ones from them was highly controversial, but intensely powerful.”
Crystal continues: “I think the most difficult choice we can make while looking into the eyes of hate, adversity and divisiveness is to show kindness and compassion. Not one among us is perfect, but I think kindness and mindfulness are practices we need to be striving for. It will leave room to realize that we have so much more in common than what divides us. Love must always win.”
The song, produced by Billy Harvey is the first single for the singer-songwriter’s next album, HitchHiker.
Check out the music video for Crystal Bowersox’s “Courage to be Kind” below