Kristian Bush and his latest love may no longer be together in his new song, “Sing Along,” but he hopes he’s left her with a song in her heart.
The infectious, mid-tempo track wasn’t planned for official release until January, but after DJ Bobby Bones played a leaked version on Monday, the positive response led his label to rush release the song.
Bush wrote “Sing Along” with guitarist/producer Andrew DeRoberts, who played on Bush’s 2015 solo debut Southern Gravity. The Sugarland member recorded the song, his first new music since signing to Wheelhouse Records, in April at Nashville’s Omni Sound. Listen to it below.
The surprise release comes during a busy time for Bush, who was one of the celebrities answering phones Tuesday during Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund, her star-studded telethon that raised more than $9 million to aid victims of November’s wildfires that ravaged parts of east Tennessee.
Additionally, Bush and playwright Janece Shaffer have collaborated on the new musical Troubadour, a play set in the Fifties about two generations of country artists as the style transitions from “white shirts and black ties into sequins and rhinestones,” Bush told The Tennessean earlier this year. The play opens in Atlanta in 2017 and will star Radney Foster.
On Sunday, Bush will fill in for Granger Smith at Froggy 107.7’s Jingle Bell Jam in York, Pa. Smith sustained injuries after falling off stage at a December 3rd show in Sayreville, New Jersey.