During Monday night’s installment of Inside Studio G via Facebook, country music superstar Garth Brooks made it clear that he supports Stoneman Douglas High School survivor-turned-activist Emma González and the March for Our Lives movement. The cause spawned from the aftermath of the February 14th Parkland, Florida school shooting, which claimed seventeen lives.
At the close of the weekly segment, the Oklahoman drew attention to a letter penned by González to those joining the march and pointed out a particular line in the high school student’s message, “I believe the young people in this country can change the world, and wouldn’t that be something?”
“OK, Miss Emma,” Brooks responded, “It’s not yours to change, it’s yours. You understand that. You’re the future. …This is your world: Take it, shape it, mold it.”
The country star also shared the following advice with those participating in the March for Our Lives movement across the nation, “Just remember when you march, you have a voice and you’re representing yourself when you march. So, how you march is so important,” he continued. “Be patient, be loving. Because there might be some cross voices that enter in this march. Be tolerant, be loving. Do not let hate win.”
Besides voicing his support and offering up wisdom, Brooks also unveiled a new song he wrote alongside “The Dance” songwriter Tony Arata. The unrecorded tune is certainly timely, “To my children I make this vow: to matter then, it must matter now/ If we’re ever going to take a step beyond the road from here to gone/ Because there’s an endless stream I see walking in my dreams/ So many different voices, so many different wings/ Those without are those with plenty and the meekest are the strong/ All are one among the many marching on the road from here to gone/ We’re all one among the many marching on the road from here to gone.”
After performing the emotional piece and brushing away a tear, Garth once again addressed González and those pushing for changes in gun control policy. “Miss Emma, everybody who will be marching: Love. Do not let hate win. Love.”
Listen to Garth’s full message and acoustic performance below.
Brooks normally steers clear of hot topics, but isn’t the first country artist to weigh in on gun control. Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Cam, and Chely Wright have all recently spoken out about the issue.
March for Our Lives kicks off on Saturday, March 24th in Washington, D.C. and multiple cities throughout the nation. More information can be found here.