Track is from highly anticipated three-part project due in April
Eric Church has released “Never Break Heart,” the latest offering from his three part Heart & Soul project, due this April via EMI Nashville. The 10-time GRAMMY nominee and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year first shared the song nearly a year ago — just two months removed from its creation during a month-long songwriting and recording session sequestered in the North Carolina mountains — when he performed a stripped back version on the ACM Presents: A Salute to Our Country television special during the early stages of the pandemic.
“Never Break Heart” is featured on the Heart album, set for release Friday, April 16th. In keeping with his longtime commitment to put fans first, Church created the middle album, &, specifically for the Church Choir and will make it available exclusively to those fans and only as a vinyl record on Tuesday, April 20th. Rounding out the trilogy is Soul, available everywhere on Friday, April 23rd.
Church’s month-long sequestering in the early months of 2020 produced a song per day from start to finish and was meant to push the limits of creativity. What Church, his band and songwriters didn’t know, however, was just how drastically the world was about to change. And yet, several songs on the project offer an almost prescient message of resilience and hope that fans are eager to hear amidst the ongoing pandemic. With “Never Break Heart,” Church delivers that encouragement earnestly, “Don’t let fear steal your brave heart/Don’t let doubt take your faith heart/It’s ok to cry, but don’t never break heart.”
“The hardest thing about this for me as a dad, as a husband, as a business leader, as a citizen, has been the unknown. I believe we fear the unknown,” Church shared during the ACM Presents television event. “Here’s what I know: I have hope and you should have hope, because since the beginning of time, people have gathered… and we will gather again. The important thing to remember is to not fear, to be brave, and to endure. That’s what this song is about.”
Now, a full year into the pandemic, Church has been recognized for continuing to push creative boundaries and for persistently releasing new music through this unprecedented time, earning nods in the Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year categories at the upcoming 56th Annual ACM Awards. Church also received a third nomination, in the Music Event of the Year category, for his chart-topping “Does To Me” performance with Luke Combs. He is also a nominee at the upcoming GRAMMY Awards, earning a nod for Best Country Solo Performance with “Stick That In Your Country Song.”