At the LoveLoud Festival held on Saturday night, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds and Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn turned “I’ll Walk With You” — a Primary song from the Children’s Songbook for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — into a rock anthem.
Reynolds and Glenn performed the song as a duet with a innovative beat, improved melodies and backup choir.
“If you don’t talk like most people do, some people talk and laugh at you. But I won’t. I won’t. I’ll walk with you. I’ll talk with you. That’s how I’ll show my love for you,” Glenn and Reynolds each sang to the about 17,000 people who piled into Brent Brown Ballpark Stadium.
The addition of the Primary song to the concert was fitting, as the LDS Church made a statement supporting the concert’s goals a few days before the concert.
“We applaud the LoveLoud Festival for LGBT youth’s aim to bring people together to address teen safety and to express respect and love for all of God’s children,” the LDS Church’s statement said.
The cause gained the support of many local celebrities, including David Archuleta.
Amazing to see this, LoveLoud Fest going on in Utah Valley! The festival is to support and show love to the LGBTQ+ youth and community. So glad to see how far we've come here showing love to and accepting everyone regardless of their sexuality. Doesn't matter what makes someone different! I know there's been misunderstandings people have had on Mormon culture and the LGBTQ+ community, but we are all brothers and sisters y'all. If your neighbor is different from you, it doesn't mean you need to shun them. You can still build each other up even with differences in how you see things and the find common ground. Let's keep leaving the differences aside and build the unity because what makes you different doesn't make you any less-deserving to be loved, have a friend, and given strength to go through difficult things life has for all of us. @official_neontrees and my boys @imaginedragons are headlining and excited for them to hit the stage!
Dan Reynolds planned the LoveLoud Festival to support the youth of the LGBTQ community. The concert benefitted many local organizations, including Encircle, The Trevor Project and Stand4Kind.
Carol Lynn Pearson wrote the lyrics and Reid N. Nibley wrote the music for “I’ll Walk With You,” which was copyrighted in 1987.