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Video Premiere: Bailey James - 'Better Angels'

By Jof Owen

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"This song is dedicated to the world”, explains Bailey James. “We are all battling something. Everyone is dragging some type of pain that most people around them have no idea about. I challenge everyone to love more, fight less and help those that need it. Sometimes it’s just recognizing someone’s existence through a smile or wave that can set them on a more positive course. May the world know better angels."

It takes a big song to embrace something this big, but thankfully ‘Better Angels’ is absolutely huge. It’s a stadium-sized country soul ballad and a modern anthem for hope that sounds like Martina McBride singing a lost cut off Jeff Buckley’s Grace. Its sweeping melancholy and shimmering electric guitars build and break beneath Bailey James’ aching vocal, as she picks over mistakes once made before finally finding peace amidst grief.

The video is premiering exclusively at Holler below.

With her sophisticated take on country soul, the 19-year-old Bailey must be one of the hardest working upcomers in the music industry, with 19 singles and an EP already under her belt during her six-year tenure in Nashville.

On top of all that, James was appointed as the first National Youth Advocate for The Jason Foundation and is dedicated to raising awareness for suicide prevention through education and empowerment on behalf of the non-profit organization both in her live shows and across her social media.

We can’t think of a better way to bring attention to everybody’s daily struggles with mental health than with a song as powerful and beautiful as ‘Better Angels'.

'Better Angels' is released on Heart Songs Music on October 21st