Pray for You

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"Pray for You"
Single by Jaron and the Long Road to Love
from the album Getting Dressed in the Dark
Released November 30, 2009 (2009-11-30)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:10
Label Jaronwood/Universal Republic/Big Machine
Writer(s) Jaron Lowenstein
Joel Brentlinger[1]
Producer(s) Jaron Lowenstein
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Jaron and the Long Road to Love singles chronology
"Pray for You"
(2009)
"That's Beautiful to Me"
(2010)

"Pray for You" is a song written by Joel Brentlinger & Jaron Lowenstien and recorded by American singer Jaron Lowenstein, credited to Jaron and the Long Road to Love. It is Lowenstein's first solo single release, following three singles in the duo Evan and Jaron. The song is included on Jaron's debut album, Getting Dressed in the Dark.

The song was nominated for Single by New/Breakthrough Artist at the first-annual 2010 American Country Awards.[2]

Content[edit]

In "Pray for You," the narrator is told to pray for those who have wronged him, so he prays for unfavorable events on his former lover (e.g. "I pray your brakes go out running down a hill").[3]

Jaron told Technorati that the song "wasn't started or pushed by some major label or organization. I would love to take the credit for its success, but honestly this is something fans want and they are the ones calling radio to have them play it."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has been met with positive reviews. Matt Bjorke of Roughstock called the lyrics "clever" and thought that it was "unique enough lyrically" to be a hit.[5] Jim Malec of The 9513 gave it a thumbs-up, with his review saying that it "demonstrates a delightful disdain for mainstream protocol–the song is sinister, and that’s a wonderful respite among a seemingly never-ending pipeline of songs that heavy-handedly tell us how to live and what to believe."[6] Brian Mansfield gave a positive review in USA Today. In his review Mansfield called the song "a twisted novelty that combines country's fondness for spiritual themes and relational revenge."[7]

Music video[edit]

The song has had two music videos. The first was directed by Hank Friedmann and aired on January 4, 2010.[8] A second, issued on April 8, 2010 under the direction of Mark Klasfeld, includes a guest appearance from actress Jaime Pressly.[3] The first music video is about a man who gets revenge on his ex-lover over a voodoo web site. The second music video is about a man who lives with this woman who abuses him in multiple ways.

Chart performance[edit]

"Pray for You" debuted at number 58 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending December 5, 2009, and peaked at number 13.[9] On the chart dated for the week ending April 10, 2010, "Pray for You" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 87, and has since peaked at number 34, providing the singer with his second Top 40 pop hit (he achieved his first as part of Evan and Jaron).[10]

Chart (2009–2010) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 70
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 34
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Pray for You" listing". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "2010 American Country Awards Nominees". www.dailypostal.com. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Bonaguro, Alison (12 April 2010). "Jaron Gives the Back Story in New "Pray for You"". CMT. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Even Celebrities Aren't Immune To Valentine's Day Pressure". Technorati. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Bjorke, Matt (22 January 2010). "Jaron and the Long Road to Love — "Pray for You"". Roughstock. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Malec, Jim (9 February 2010). "Jaron and the Long Road to Love — "Pray for You"". The 9513. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Mansfield, Brian (7 December 2009). "Playlist: Jaron's 'Pray for You,' Muppets' 'Bohemian Rhapsody'". USA Today. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Music video for "Pray for You"". CMT. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Jaron and the Long Road to Love: Charted Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  10. ^ Pietroluongo, Silvio. "Rihanna's Hot 100 Reign Extends to Three Weeks; Train Arrives at New Peak". Billboard. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Jaron and the Long Road to Love Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Jaron and the Long Road to Love. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  12. ^ "Jaron and the Long Road to Love Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Jaron and the Long Road to Love. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  13. ^ "Jaron and the Long Road to Love Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jaron and the Long Road to Love. Retrieved April 4, 2011.