"The song is about the angels who watch over people during trying times and even those that ferry us on to the other side when our time is done.
"I wanted to put a song out there that would inspire people and give them hope."
Though the song is a free download, Lawrence hoped it would uplift people and encourage them to contribute to the American Red Cross.
"It's a pretty powerful song," he added.
Lawrence acknowledged that it's been a while since he's had a full country record out --about five years. Part of that, he said, has to do with his own creative tendencies.
"It's taken me longer to finish this record than any of my other albums," he said. "I could go back and remix two or three songs, but I just had to stop."
The rest, he said, had to do with business issues. He had a company with his brother and that went sour. There were legal headaches. He started a new label and had to staff it. There was a lot of starting over just to get back to where he could focus on recording again.
Still, he's happy with what he's got.
"It's more progressive than anything I've ever done," he said. "It's really heavy guitar, no steel guitar. It's got a lot of edgy rock 'n' roll country right in your face."
That's kind of the sound of country music these days -- at least, he hears a lot of that sound out there. Some of that, he thought, had to do with the evolution of the music. Part of it is the marketing.
"It's what the kids want to hear, and they're the ones buying the record," he said.
Lawrence said there's also been kind of an influx of rock and pop performers who've crossed over (at least temporarily) to country, people like Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker who are just looking for a place to get their music played.
"I think it's great," he said. "Country music is very guitar-oriented right now, which has always been good for me."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.