After scoring a Grammy earlier this year for their smash hit "Say Something," A Great Big World has returned with a touching new single, "Hold Each Other." The song is attracting attention because the lyrics acknowledge both hetero and homosexual relationships, but A Great Big World's Ian Axel says that's not the only reason they chose it for the first release from their new album.
"I feel like most people know us for 'Say Something' and that’s a song that I’m singing that Chad’s not singing on," Ian tells ABC Radio, referring to his musical partner, Chad King. "And A Great Big World is Chad and I, and we sing on most of the songs that we write, and this one felt as emotional to us [as 'Say Something'] when we were writing it."
Chad says that the song is one of the final ones they wrote for their new album. Initially, the lyrics were, "Something happens when I hold her," but then Ian realized that Chad, who's openly gay, shouldn't have to sing those words.
"Ian was like, 'Chad, you can’t sing, "Something happens when I hold her,"' because that’s what all the choruses were," Chad tells ABC Radio. The solution? Change Chad's part to, "Something happens when I hold him."
"When we changed it to 'him,' it felt like the song was lifted to a different level, to a different thing," recalls Chad.
"I feel like Chad...takes a lot of the emotional weight in the song and his chorus makes me cry," Ian adds. "And we had a meeting with our label and we played them a bunch of songs and we were hoping they’d resonate with this one and they did."
The song is resonating with fans as well. Some have told A Great Big World that it helped them come out to their family, or that it made them feel less alone in the world.
"Hold Each Other" will appear on A Great Big World's second album, due later this year.
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