Brad Paisley debuted a new emotional song on his very own TV special, “Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special” Tuesday night.
The hour-long variety show, featuring special guests Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Kelsea Ballerini, the Jonas Brothers, Chris Harrison and Peyton Manning, included performances and comedic skits from Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium, once home to the Grand Ole Opry.
One of the major highlights of the show was Paisley’s duet with former St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient and cancer survivor Addie Pratt, singing his brand new song “Alive Right Now”.
Co-written with Paisley’s longtime collaborator, the song pays tribute to St. Jude’s and their cancer research efforts.
The lyrics include: “I’ve met angels and survivors / That twenty years ago there’d be nothing they could do / But thanks to places like St. Jude / It’s great to be alive right now.”
“I started writing a song a while back about things that make being on this planet these days so amazing,” said the singer before the 18-year-old joined him on stage. “I was visiting St. Jude and met a young lady named Addie, who has the voice of an angel and she defines exactly what this song is about — the modern miracles around all of us.”
Paisley started off solo, before Pratt’s stunning vocals joined in during the final chorus of the song.
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Also during the broadcast Paisley delivered a rendition of his 2007 hit “Letter to Me”, while stars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini offered advice to their younger selves.
Underwood told her 17-year-old self not to miss an upcoming “American Idol” audition and to stop plucking her eyebrows, while Ballerini revealed she should never have shown anyone the video of herself singing along to the Jonas Brothers.
She said, “Dear teenaged Kelsea, please keep following all of your dreams, but under no circumstances should you ever show anyone the video of you singing the Jonas Brothers in your bedroom. Ever.”
“You mean this one?” piped Paisley before rolling the tape.
And just as the video started to play overhead, the Jonas Brothers joined Ballerini and Paisley on stage to share some “advice” to their younger selves.
“Well, at 17, I think we had our second No. 1 record,” said Nick. “And, uh, girls are gonna scream everywhere you go. Our TV show was a pretty big hit. You know, come to think of it, I don’t think we really relate to it. This song is really depressing!”