Country music superstar Brad Paisley has just lent his voice to a new single “Hard Life.” The single, which is now available at all digital music retailers, was written by Brad’s friend, 23 year-old Joe Kindregan from Springfield, VA who has A-T, also known as ataxia-telangiectasia. It’s a rare, and unfortunately fatal, disease that combines the symptoms of cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, immune deficiencies and cancer. The song is part of a new imitative for the non-profit A-T Children’s Project, a yearlong beneficiary of Brad’s artist royalties in the United States from the new single “Hard Life.”
“I’ve known Joe for several years and he is one of my favorite people. His disease is physically debilitating but obviously creatively and mentally Joe has such tremendous depth. It’s an honor for me to be the person to give voice to his creativity and cause,” says Brad.
Brad and Joe first met in 2005 at a fundraising event held by former professional hockey player Shjon Podein. It was at this event that Joe was convinced his buddy, Brian Christiansen, who also has A-T, to join him on-stage and sing with Brad. Since then, him and Brad have stayed in contact and Joe has attended many of Brad’s concerts. When Joe’s friend Brian tragically lost his battle with the disease, Joe wanted to do something to carry on their love of music. That’s when Brad stepped in and they put together his story in a song.
Joe knew he wanted to write about what life was like enduring A-T; both the good and the bad sides. He sat down and put his thoughts down on paper, which he later shared with Brad. Once Brad saw those lyrics, he knew he came across something powerful and important. Brad invited Joe to his Nashville studio twice to be part of the track recording and to see his song produced first-hand.