Hunter Hayes has released "Dear God," a touching song about the fragility of man, people's relationships with God and their struggle with self doubt. Press play above to hear the full song, which is packed full of vulnerability and emotion.

“Dear God,” cowritten by Hayes, Andy Grammer and Dave Spencer, plays like an intimate conversation between Hayes and the man upstairs. Hayes shows he is struggling with a series of questions in the chorus, asking: "And why does my life have to hurt so much? / Why can't I find any piece of love? / And why do I feel like I'm not enough? / Dear God, are You sure that You don't mess up?" 

Hayes explains in a press release how the poignant song came to be: "I had just gotten back from a TV performance in New York and was exhausted but excited to have an evening hang/write booked with Andy Grammar," he recalls. "We started by talking for an hour for his podcast. We covered a lot of topics but one of the big things I took away from it was the human condition of never feeling 'good enough.' I had written a letter on the plane that was at first 'Dear World' before I realized I was actually writing to God."

The singer continues about how Grammar helped coax the emotions out of him: "Andy has such a great way of digging through feelings and bringing them to the surface and Dave brought some awesome new ideas to it that gave it a real three-dimensional approach. When Andy took the series of questions we were making for the chorus and turned the last one into ‘are you sure that you don’t mess up,’ it hit me really hard."

I ask that all the time and I don't think I’m not the only one," Hayes confesses. "It’s a valid question and one I truly believe you don’t ask unless you already know that answer because the opposite would be entirely too scary to live with. The song’s description of the nights when I question my world couldn’t be more vulnerable. We all face the question of being good enough for the world around us and sometimes we just need a reminder that we are."

"Dear God" is available for purchase now. More information about Hayes can be found on his official website.

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