17-year-old Abby Anderson shares the story behind her stirring rendition of ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’

Earlier this week, The Glenn Beck Store and  iTunes released 17-year-old Abby Anderson’s rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” entitled "Let Freedom Ring." 100% of the proceeds from the song will benefit Mercury One, and it sure to be a fixture on your Fourth of July playlist. On radio this morning, Glenn welcomed Anderson to the program as she emotionally explained what drew her to the song.

Glenn first met Anderson when he attended the graduation ceremony of Pat’s school. Anderson, who is a classically trained singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist, was asked to perform at the event. While she initially had planned on singing a different song, she felt moved at the last moment to sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

“She just starts to play the piano. It's one of those upright pianos. And all of a sudden this amazing song spills out of her,” Glenn explained. “I approached Abby and her family and said, ‘If you would donate all of the proceeds so we could help build schools and help education and help our soldiers who we have abandoned at the VA, if you would help us raise money and donate those proceeds, we'll promote it.’ So I mentioned it a couple of days ago, and I don't even know how much money it has raised, but the response has been pretty remarkable.”

In her short career, Anderson has already shared the stage with Peter Frampton, Peter Cetera, Lee Greenwood, Angela Johnson, Charlie Pride, and many, many others. She also played the Ryman Auditorium at just 15-years-old. After hearing her perform, country star Garth Brooks told fellow musician Trisha Yearwood that she would fall in love Anderson in the first 15 minutes. Since this song was released, Anderson has enjoyed even more praise.

“I mean now people are calling you and saying you should be on American Idol,” Glenn said.” Because you did all this, right? You arranged this?”

“I did. I wanted to say it was definitely my Heavenly Father… As I was playing, it was almost as if I moved my hands but it's like God was moving them… It's definitely one of those moments where you feel really, really close to God,” Anderson said emotionally. “I just had this feeling… It's like I knew where I was supposed to go. And it's just the coolest experience. I really just can't explain it.”

While the original title of the song is “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” Anderson’s rendition places a poignant emphasis on the phrase “Great God our King.” It was that line in particular that really drew Glenn to her performance.

“I really wanted to get a melody that would capture the words right. And so as I sat down and started playing, that's when they was just this overwhelming spirit,” Anderson explained. “It was as if He almost wanted to emphasize He's the reason we have freedom in this country, and He's the reason for our Founding Fathers, and He's the reason for everything. So I really wanted to make that a point.”

While Anderson clearly has a very bright future, she remains very humble and aware of her age and the opportunity.

“That's the thing. I'm 17. I don't have any idea [what I want to do]… I still have to take the ACT. I'm just, you know, playing all that is out,” Anderson concluded. “But I mean, I just know this is what I want to do… And this is what I love to do. This is what, I think, Heavenly Father wants me to do, and I just enjoy it and I love it… Thank you for this opportunity. I appreciate it.”

You can purchase "Let Freedom Ring" from The Glenn Beck Store HERE and iTunes HERE.

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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