Halestorm Enlists Ashley McBryde For New Version Of “Terrible Things”

“’Terrible Things’ is a song about hope and forgiveness of one’s self, and this world we live in,” Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale shared in a press release.

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Posted on May 27, 2023

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Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, Ashley McBryde; Photo Courtesy of YouTube/Screenshot

Halestorm’s lead singer Lzzy Hale enlisted Ashley McBryde for a reimagined version of the band’s track, “Terrible Things.” And the new arrangement brings its original to a whole new level. 

“’Terrible Things’ is a song about hope and forgiveness of one’s self, and this world we live in,” Lzzy Hale shares in a press release of the initial track that appears on the group’s 2022 fifth studio album, Back from the Dead. “To elevate the heart of this track, we asked the baddest woman in Nashville, Ashley McBryde, to lend her incredible voice.”

“I’m so in awe of her power and am so grateful to have her join us!” Hale continued. “I know the message will resonate and inspire you. We are imperfect beings, capable of so much evil. But I will not lose faith because in my dreams I believe we are not these ‘Terrible Things.’”

The pair’s rendition of the recreated “Terrible Things” has also been brought to life with the release of a music video featuring both Hale and McBryde meeting up in an urban setting. This clip, directed by Dustin Haney, also features a storyline of a lost and troubled woman who has no one to turn to for help. 

Watch Halestorm & Ashley McBryde’s “Terrible Things” Music Video Below

“I see terrible things / I see a sickness in a world on its knees / It will take what you love like a thief / But in my dreams, I believe / We’re not these / Terrible things (ah-ah-ah) / Terrible things (ah-ah-ah),” the two artists show off their angelic blend of harmonies over the acoustic-laden chorus before McBryde flaunts her signature vocals on the second verse. 

Ashley Teased A Duet With Halestorm

McBryde previously hinted at a duet with Halestorm in an interview, with Taste of Country after she was asked the question: “Is there anybody crazy out of genre that has been reaching out to you for stuff to get written or on records?”

“I don’t know if I’m allowed to say, but there’s a rock band I absolutely love that has a female frontman on it. And I don’t know if I’m allowed to say… [but] they’re a fantastic rock band. Her brother plays drums and her husband plays guitar. There’s no set of pipes like hers. And there’s also only one vowel in how she spells her name, and it’s at the end, it’s only four letters. You’ll figure it out. And I’m so freaking stoked about it.”

“I’ve Loved Halestorm For Longer Than I Can Remember”

Now that she’s able to open up even more about the collaboration, McBryde spoke about the excitement she had when she was recruited to hit the recording studio with Halestorm, which also includes band members, drummer Arejay Hale, guitarist Joe Hottinger, and bass player Josh Smith.  

“I’ve loved Halestorm for longer than I can remember. I thought my team was messing with me when they said Lzzy asked if I wanted to sing on ‘Terrible Things’ with them,” McBryde shared in a press release. “But it turns out they were being serious, so, of course, I said yes. I am so happy to be on this track with Lzzy. She’s a phenomenal human being and someone I continue to look up to.”

Halestorm's Lzzy Hale, Ashley McBryde; Photo Provided
Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, Ashley McBryde; Photo Provided

McBryde is on the road playing shows throughout the year. In June, she will provide support on select dates of Eric Church’s The Outsiders Revival Tour. After that, she’ll join Jelly Roll for his Backroad Baptism Tour dates. 

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Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Music Mayhem, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.

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