Carrie Underwood debuts song for troops

Staff writer

On an Academy of Country Music special, Carrie Underwood will debut a song she co-wrote to honor U.S. troops.

Underwood will perform "Keep Us Safe" on "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" at 9 p.m. Tuesday on CBS.

"When we were approached to be a part of the show, I was so excited to do something to honor our troops, and because ACM Lifting Lives does such great work," Underwood said in a statement. "I wanted to take the time to really think about what song I wanted to perform. I had a writing session scheduled with my co-writers and friends Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, and I guess the show was weighing on my mind. I think we all left the session knowing the song was special because it basically wrote itself that day!"

The song will be available digitally on Tuesday, and the proceeds will go to ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the academy.

The special also features Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and the Band Perry.

LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell of "NCIS: Los Angeles" host the two-hour program.

The ACM special will be airing on a busy night for television. The season finales of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and NBC's "The Voice" also start at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

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