Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard released “Undivided” Thursday morning. Or, you can call it, right song, really right time.
The two country stars have been talking up the collaboration all week. It was worth the wait. What’s happening within our country, from last summer’s protests for racial equality to last week’s riots at the Capitol to this week’s impeachment proceedings, the country is in need of some soul cleansing.
They say good music soothes the soul, so maybe McGraw and Hubbard are the right ingredients for an anxiety-free, country-music elixir.
“Last week, when I heard the news about the Capitol and [how] sad that was, I thought, ‘Man, I thought we needed this message last year,'” Hubbard told CBS This Morning. “I didn’t think we could need it any more than we needed it last year, but apparently we still do.”
When Hubbard initially contacted McGraw about the project, McGraw’s response was “All right, what are we going to do with this song? How are we going to do it? When are we going to do it? Because it needs to be done, right now.”
So, it’s been done, now. Take a listen and get back with us on the other side for some more key details. The two will be performing the song next week in Washington D.C. for the inauguration of president-elect Joe Biden.
New Year, New Project for Tim McGraw, Tyler Hubbard
Florida Georgia Line fans already know that the group is taking a brief break so that Hubbard and fellow bandmate Brian Kelly can work on some individual projects. Hubbard’s project was with McGraw, the country superstar.
Hubbard said the song’s inspiration came to him in November when he was on a tour bus. All the bubbling angst in the country washed over him. The 33-year-old tested positive for Covid-19, so he quarantined on his tour bus for almost two weeks. He watched the presidential election unfold. Hubbard had time to see more of the civil unrest over racial justice. He then called Tim McGraw to tell him about the song.
Hubbard Wrote 10 Songs On Bus, Says We Need to Hear “Undivided’s Message
So Hubbard did what many artists try to do — capture all the emotions in lyrics and music. The song created by Tyler Hubbard and Tim McGraw managed to acknowledge what’s happening with the world, while giving it a playful, hopeful edge. Hubbard said he wrote 10 songs while quarantined.
“It felt like a message I wanted to say and felt like needed to be heard,” Hubbard said. “Not only by the fans but even by myself. I think it was something that was a reminder to me.”
Hubbard shared the song with Tim McGraw, who at 53, has two more decades of life experience to help absorb today’s times. McGraw will add it to his album “Here on Earth.” It’s set for a release this spring.
The key parts of the song might be these lyrics, which are sung by both Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard:
“I think it’s time to come together. You and I can make a change. Maybe we can make a difference, make the world a better place. Look around and love somebody. We’ve been hateful long enough. Let the good Lord reunite us, until this country that we love is undivided.“
So, we’ll be cranking this song up and singing along as we kick-off 2021. Here’s to hoping for the best to come and knowing we can make a difference in making this country that we love undivided.