Miranda Lambert has used the pain of her last year to tap into a new side of herself as an artist. During an acoustic show at the City Winery in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, January 20, the country crooner, 32, performed a brand new song that’s more than 15 years in the making.

“This song is — oh God, I hope I don’t cry when I sing it! — Scotty Wray’s been with me since I was 17-years-old,” Lambert explained, motioning to her bandmate, who shared the stage with her. “We both had a really s---ty year in 2015 … He wrote this song like 16 years ago, the year before I met him, and I have been in love with it for that long.”

The song was called “Scars,” and Lambert noted that she might record it on an upcoming album.

“I was never damaged enough to sing a song called ‘Scars’,” she noted. “It’s something you have to sell and really feel and really live and go through s--t, basically, to execute a song like that.”

And after Lambert ended her four-year marriage to Blake Shelton in July 2015, watched as he moved on with his fellow Voice judge Gwen Stefani and started a romance of her own with Anderson East, she was finally ready to sing the emotional anthem.

“Pain that I remember is the pain that makes me stronger / I’ve had to look at life that way / I’ve learned to rise above it / To keep from going under / Well, I take it step by step and day by day,” she sang as Wray played the guitar.

Watch the touching performance now!

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