If you need a heavy dose of inspiration today, check out Carrie Underwood’s new video for her song “The Champion.”
The video, directed by Jimmy Lynch, features a montage of inspiring clips of professional athletes, soldiers, police officers, members of the #MeToo movement and the historic march for civil rights in Selma, Alabama. Interspersed with historical moments, from the moon landing to Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches, there are clips of Underwood and Ludacris cutting the powerful song in the studio. More than just a sports anthem, “The Champion” is about giving voice to those who’ve been fighting for social change from the past to the present.
The song and video are obviously personal to Underwood. The clip features her husband Mike Fisher scoring a goal for the Nashville Predators. Underwood even incorporates her own story into the video, showing her rise from a contestant on American Idol to a country superstar.
Underwood has spent the last few months recovering after suffering a fall late last year. Earlier this year, she revealed that the accident caused facial injuries, warning fans that she might look different when she stepped back in front of the camera. But she seems to be doing better. In January, the singer let fans know that she’s “good to go” after undergoing surgery. Underwood is proving once again that she’s a fighter and a true champion.
“The Champion,” written by Underwood, Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Ludacris, was originally recorded to open Superbowl LII. The song was also used during NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics.