|Single by Martina McBride|
|from the album Greatest Hits|
|B-side||"Where Would You Be"|
|Released||November 18, 2002|
|Martina McBride singles chronology|
|"Concrete Angel" at CMT.com|
"Concrete Angel" is a song written by Stephanie Bentley and Rob Crosby, and recorded by American country music artist Martina McBride. It was released in November 2002 as the fourth and last single from McBride's Greatest Hits album. The song reached number 5 on the country music charts.
The song is a power ballad, centering on a main theme of child abuse and in a different context such as bullying. The narrator tells a story about 7-year-old named Angela Carter. Near the end is when her mother beats Angela to death. Some people, such as Angela's teacher, notice signs of abuse but attempt to ignore them.
The video was directed and produced by Deaton Flanigen. Angela Carter (played by Noel Wiggins) is the 7-year-old daughter of an abusive mother. As she is walking to school, another little girl looks at her and then laughs at her, which could imply she was also a victim of bullying. While she is at school, the teacher and her classmates ignore the bruises on her body, either because they think she just had a minor accident or they want to avoid having problems with her family. One day, a young boy (played by Luke Benward) around her age befriends her. One night, Angela and the boy are talking to each other from their bedroom windows, and her mother catches her and beats her to death-(which is shown by her mother's shadow). After the beating, police officers and an ambulance are shown at her house-(assuming that some neighbors had heard the noise and her mother had been arrested). At the funeral, Angela's grave marked as 1995-2002 is shown, surrounded by a group of people, including her school teacher and her only friend. It is implied that the boy is the ghost of a young child who was killed from being abused and then comes to her, before she passes and shows her friendship. The music video ends when the boy passes through the adults, hugs the spirit of Angela and they both run to meet a group of other abused children as they run off into the horizon. When the video was originally released, it featured the phone number for the American Child Abuse Hotline and encouraged viewers to report abuse. The music video received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video.
In popular culture
On December 30, 2014, a country music station in Cincinnati played "Concrete Angel" and dedicated it to the memory of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenager who had committed suicide the night before, and urged listeners to get help if they or someone they knew was being emotionally or physically abused or had suicidal thoughts.
- Spanish singer Marta Sánchez covered the song as "Cómo Un Ángel" in her album Soy Yo, released in 2002.
- Canadian Idol winner Melissa O'Neil covered the song on the album High Notes.
- Jackie Evancho covered this song in her album Prelude to a Dream which was a self-produced CD available briefly as a demo album in 2009 when she was nine years old.
"Concrete Angel" debuted at number 52 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of November 30, 2002.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||5|
|US Billboard Hot 100||47|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||33|
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