That's Why I Pray

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"That's Why I Pray"
That's Why I Pary Cover.jpg
Single by Big & Rich
from the album Hillbilly Jedi
ReleasedMay 21, 2012
FormatMusic download
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
Songwriter(s)Danelle Leverett
Blair Daly
Sarah Buxton
Producer(s)Dann Huff
Big & Rich singles chronology
"Fake I.D."
"That's Why I Pray"
"Party Like Cowboyz"

"That's Why I Pray" is a song recorded by American country music duo Big & Rich. It was released in May 2012 as the first single from their album Hillbilly Jedi. The song was written by Danelle Leverett (formerly one-half of the JaneDear girls), Blair Daly and Sarah Buxton.[1] An extended play of the same name was released on June 26, 2012 and featured the new single as well as three previously released songs.


"That's Why I Pray" is a mid-tempo song in which the narrators address social problems, saying that such problems are the reason that they pray.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave it a perfect five-star rating, praising Big & Rich's vocal harmonies and calling the song "well-crafted".[1] Rating it three-and-a-half stars out of five, Jessica Nicholson of Country Weekly said that "The duo's airtight harmonies enhance the urgency in this well-crafted tune".[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Kristin Barlowe and premiered on May 22, 2012.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"That's Why I Pray" debuted at number 24 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of June 9, 2012.

Chart (2012) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 82
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 16

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 58


  1. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (May 29, 2012).""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-02. Retrieved 2012-06-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)". Roughstock. Retrieved June 13, 2012
  2. ^ a b Nicholson, Jessica (July 2, 2012). "Reviews — 'That's Why I Pray'". Country Weekly. 19 (27): 50. ISSN 1074-3235.
  3. ^ May 22, 2012."".CMT. Retrieved June 13, 2012
  4. ^ "Big & Rich Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Big & Rich Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012.