In Anita Cochran‘s new music video for “Fight Like a Girl,” the popular ’90s singer shows off her strength in a boxing ring as a metaphor for the battle she underwent after receiving her cancer diagnosis. She pulls off the hood of her jacket to reveal her hair loss while maintaining eye contact with the camera, pulling viewers in with her intensity, and singing with power that only someone who has endured a great deal of pain could convey.
Cochran fought breast cancer for over a year after receiving the news that she was in Stage 2 only days after finding a lump in her breast. She had to have a double mastectomy, lymph node removal, and undergo chemotherapy.
Earlier this year, Cochran’s friend Terri Clark organized a benefit concert full of country stars in Nashville called 90’s Unplugged to support Cochran. Wynonna Judd, Crystal Gayle, Wade Hayes, Clay Walker, Ty Herndon, Jamie O’Neal, Lorrie Morgan, Mandy Barnett, Bryan White, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, The Lynns and Steve Wariner (who she joined to sing their hit “What If I Said”) all came to raise funds and show their love for Cochran.
While the care from the country music community was wonderfully warm and inspiring, Cochran’s battle was still one she had to wage alone. The video for “Fight Like a Girl” highlights how every individual must search for strength within themselves. “Maybe my journey can help people. I feel like that’s my purpose now,” Cochran told the Tennessean.
Last month, when Cochran released a teaser for “Fight Like a Girl,” she stated that the song would be part of a new EP from Straybranch Records in October, marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Though her new song doesn’t mention cancer specifically to give it wider meaning for all listeners, knowing pieces of Cochran’s battle intensifies the track. Read more about her journey on her blog, Journey to Healing.