Country star Reba Mcentire has taken a stand against global unrest by releasing a free song called Pray For Peace and starting a campaign on social media.
The singer has offered up the track for download on her website and encouraged fans to spread her message of peace through websites such as Instagram.com. McEntire has asked supporters to post a picture of themselves flashing a ‘peace’ sign along with the #PrayForPeace hashtag.
In a statement posted on her website, she writes, "I feel this song is a gift from God. I have never worked on a song as long as this one. It went from a bass drum, fiddle and singers to guest artist singing with me, adding more instruments and even a choir and a bagpipe! It's an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love."
The singer admits she is thrilled by the response to the campaign, but had no idea it would coincide with the headline-grabbing conflict in Israel and the tensions in eastern Europe after pro-Russian rebels in the Ukraine shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet last week (ends18Jul14).
She tells People.com, "In a way, I'm totally amazed at the response. And in another way, I'm not because I knew this was a message that people would receive and share... It's very timely. We had no way of knowing what would be happening in the world when we decided to release the video this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and families of the Malaysian Airlines flight as we continue to pray for peace."