“TELL THEM WE LIVED,” SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW, ACCOMPANYING MUSIC VIDEO SHOT IN HAITI PREMIERES ON COUNTRY REBEL
The song came about when Carrie Underwood was performing “Softly and Tenderly” at the 2017 CMA Awards in tribute to the industry professional and Las Vegas shooting victims that died last year. Waldrup and King finished the song while the awards were happening. Fast forward to April 2018, Waldrup traveled to Haiti and immediately knew she had to release the song as a benefit to raise money for Mission of Hope: Haiti and their initiative to build a high school in the village of Bercy. The single is available everywhere music is streamed and sold.
Waldrup shot a music video for the song while she was in Haiti that features kids involved with Mission of Hope: Haiti. It premiered exclusively on Country Rebel to their engaged fanbase of about eight million people.
View it at highschoolforhaiti.com
Waldrup just released her first full length album, Justified, that landed on 4 Billboard charts including #26 on the Top Country Album sales chart. Waldrup wrote or co-wrote 9 of the 11 tracks with Nashville friends and fellow songwriters including Julia Cole, Anthony Smith, Donnie Skaggs, Ed Hill, Brian Kolb and others. The album features title track “Justified,” that Music Row magazine calls "a soul-rock tune that showcases potent, wailing and penetrating vocalist with moxie and fire,” the catchy party anthem “What Goes On In This Bar (Stays In This Bar),” Waldrup’s viral version of “I Hope You Dance,” the Lori McKenna penned love song “Sometimes He Does” and the vibey and sultry “Slow and Easy.”
Throwback to November 2016, Waldrup launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a new project that award-winning producer Garth Fundis agreed to produce. The life of the campaign was a rollercoaster ride, with very low lows and even higher highs for independent artist Waldrup. During the campaign, she heard a preacher say, “The moment you take the burden off of yourself to be important is the moment you start living your true potential,” and she committed to living that mindset. Shortly after, by request from a 16 year old fan, Waldrup recorded an unedited, one-take cover of Lee Ann Womack’s massive hit, “I Hope You Dance” in her living room. After sending it to that fan, she also shared the video with her friends at lifestyle brand Country Rebel. They were blown away by the heartfelt cover and posted it immediately on their socials. After millions of views and thousands of interactions on social media, her Indiegogo campaign was over 100% funded, and she began recording that dream album. To date, the video has been viewed over 28 million times.
Listen to Justified on Spotify. here.
Check out “behind the scenes” from the album at facebook.com/karenwaldrup.