|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" 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 went on to reach #5 on the country music charts.
"Concrete Angel" is a power ballad, centering on a main theme of child abuse and in a different context, bullying. The narrator tells a story about 7-year-old named Angela Carter. Near the end, 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 (Noel Wiggins), is the 7-year-old daughter of an abusive mother. As she walks to school, a girl looks at her and laughs at her (which could imply she was also a victim of bullying. While she's 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 boy who is an angel (Luke Benward) befriends her. One night, Angela is talking to the boy who is in a house that no one lives in because the lights were out. But then, her mother catches her and beats her to death. After the beating, police officers and an ambulance are shown at her house. Angela's grave (marked 1995-2002) is shown, surrounded by a group of people, including her teacher, and her only friend. (It is implied that the boy is an angel that comes to her before she passes and shows her friendship) The boy passes through the adults, hugs the angel of Angela and both run to meet a group of 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.
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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- "Martina McBride – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Martina McBride.
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- "Best of 2003: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2012.