On the new single from A Great Big World, "Hold Each Other," openly gay singer-songwriter Chad King sings the most buzzed about lyric on the single: "Something happens when I hold him."
"Originally the lyric in the chorus was 'something happens when I hold her,' " Axel explained to Out earlier this summer. "And after a day away from the song, I was like, 'Wait a minute, how is Chad going to sing that line? We need to change it.' So we changed it and it became a very powerful song for us."
"[The reception] has been really good, overwhelmingly positive," King explained. "I think what is really interesting is that I was [at first] uncomfortable singing it as 'Something happens when I hold him.' The fact that I was uncomfortable singing it, as someone who's gay, it showed me and Ian that we have to spread this message because I shouldn't be scared to say what's in pop music. It isn't done in pop music often, not in this way. The fact that I was scared to say that showed us that we needed to do it."
The guys give a special performance of "Hold Each Other" on stage this Thursday, September 17, at the 2015 Streamy Awards, airing live on VH1. Next week, they head to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform the song for the first time on network television on September 22.
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