Hear Dan + Shay’s Heartfelt ‘The Shack’ Song, ‘When I Pray for You’
Dan + Shay have released a music video for their brand-new song "When I Pray for You," written for the upcoming motion picture The Shack. Click play above to watch the heartfelt clip about fatherhood.
“It was an honor to have a song that means so much to us featured in a movie as powerful as The Shack," Dan Smyers tells People. "[For the music video,] we were able to blend beautiful scenes from the movie with epic performance shots we filmed in Tennessee. This is our first time being a part of a soundtrack, and to make a music video for it was icing on the cake!”
"When I Pray for You" is simple and poignant, all about a soon-to-be-father praying for his child: "I talk to God about you / And haven't even met you yet / Everybody's waiting on you / Can't wait to feel your heartbeat," sing Dan + Shay. "When I lay you on my chest / I'm already holding back my tears / I wanna be the dad that my dad was / I hope that I don't mess this whole thing up."
"When I Pray for You" matches the theme of The Shack, which follows the spiritual journey of a man after the tragic loss of his daughter. In its chorus, Dan + Shay sing, "I pray you love like your mama / You forgive just like she does / When this life knocks you down, I hope you get down on your knees 'cause that's what I do / That's what I do / When I pray for you."
"When I Pray for You" is especially meaningful for Mooney, who recently became a father himself, to a baby boy. The singer and his fiancee, Hannah Billingsley, welcomed their first child, Asher James, on Jan. 24.
The soundtrack for The Shack, also includes original songs from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum and Brett Eldredge. The full soundtrack is set for release on Feb. 24, but fans can pre-order the album now and receive immediate downloads of "When I Pray for You," McGraw and Hill's duet "Keep Your Eyes on Me" and “Stars (The Shack Version)” by Christian rock band Skillet.
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