There are few female singers as powerful, evocative and passionate as Jennifer Nettles. Although she previously made waves as part of Sugarland, it was the masterpiece of their hit “Stay” that cemented her status as a formidable icon. While few other females can convey a story with such conviction as Nettles, she enlisted a partner worthy of her skill in the form of Brandy Clark. While Clark may only be one album out of the gate (the phenomenal 12 Stories), she’s arguably one of Nashville’s best kept secrets.
In this new video, Clark joins Nettles on-stage to perform “His Hands,” a track that Nettles wrote with Hillary Lindsey and Ashley Gorley. Interestingly enough, the song was merely a bonus track on Nettles’ 2013 solo release That Girl. Upon first listen, the track may seem to be a love song, but upon paying further attention, it becomes clear that there’s a much darker tale being told. As the second verse begins, the love turns dangerous and the listener discovers the story of a woman abused by a man, “Silence was the only sound then, and my heart pounding.”
The video, which was directed by Shaun Silva and Valarie Allyn Bienas was filmed this past Spring when Clark opened for Nettles on tour. As a duet, the songs takes on an even more powerful message with Nettles serving as an adviser to Clark. While Nettles sets the stage on the first verse and chorus, her emotive voice truly telling a story, she’s joined on the second verse by Brandy Clark, adding a new dimension to the song. Now, Nettles is the abused woman who escaped, encouraging Clark to do the same. “Oh I got bag and I got a plan,” Clark assures Nettles, to which she passionately proclaims, “Girl you better get out while you can…”
We dare you to watch this video and NOT get chills.