In 2010, country singer-songwriter Margo Price suffered one of the worst pains a parent can experience with the death of her son, Ezra. What followed was a chaotic period that found Price and her husband, Jeremy Ivey, self-medicating with alcohol in a downward spiral. This all came to a head in 2012 in an episode that nearly cost Price her life in a car crash and landed her in jail for three days.
Out of those ashes, however, came the experience that went on to form Price’s song, “Hey Child”. Originally written in 2012, the song was rescued from the archives and included on Price’s 2020 album, That’s How Rumors Get Started, at the behest of the album’s producer Sturgill Simpson and Price’s backing band. On Monday, Price debuted a harrowing new music video for “Hey Child”, while also speaking out about the song’s dark emotional origins.
“We had begun hanging with a rowdy group of degenerate musician friends and partying harder than The Rolling Stones,” Price told People of the events surrounding “Hey Child”. “The song was about how many of our talented friends were drinking and partying their talents away, but after a few years had passed, we realized it was just as much about us as our friends.”
In the video, directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch, the camera stares unflinchingly into Price’s damaged soul as she goes through the task of self-medicating. From the concert stage to a Ford Mustang crashed on the side of the road to the halls of the county jail, Price listlessly goes through the motions to escape her pain.
While Price isn’t necessarily shown finding her salvation in the video, fans can know that—while these experiences are still a part of who Price is—she has been able to move forward from them. For anyone still struggling with addiction and mental health, Price has included contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the video’s description.
Scroll down to watch the new music video for “Hey Child” from Margo Price. Click here to read the full interview with Price in People.
Margo Price – “Hey Child” (Official Video)
[Video: Margo Price]
Price also announced she will return to performing this spring with a headlining performance at the Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater in Pelham, TN scheduled for May 28th. The socially-distanced concert will mark her first live event since 2019 and will allow fans to purchase pods of two, four, or six people.
Tickets go on sale on January 28th at 10 a.m. CT. Click here for more information and a full list of COVID-19 safety protocols.