Little Big Town are debuting their new single, "The Daughters," live on the 2019 ACM Awards on Sunday night (April 7), and they spoke backstage during the runup to the ceremony to share what the song means to them personally.

Released on Friday (April 5), "The Daughters" is a woke country song that details the special challenges girls and women face due to societal expectations.

Watch: Little Big Town Performed "The Daughters" at the ACM Awards

"We're just really proud of this song and what it says," Little Big Town singer Phillip Sweet tells WGNA's Brian & Chrissy in the Morning. "But also it's our ninth studio album coming out, so it's kind of like the first piece of the puzzle, showing you a first taste of saying some important things. You know, we feel like it's our ninth studio album and we've lived a lot of lives together. We get to say some things we really care about."

"And we each are raising daughters," bandmate Kimberly Schlapman adds. She has an 11-year-old daughter named Daisy with her husband, Stephen, while Sweet and his wife Rebecca have an 11-year-old daughter named Penelopi.

"So this song is about daughters and just teaching girls that... believe in yourself and you can do anything," Schlapman says. "Traditionally, women haven't had the freedom to do everything maybe that they've always dreamed of — but we do."

The band initially debuted the single at the 2019 Country Radio Seminar on Feb. 14 to a captivated audience. It's the first fans have heard of a new, not-yet-announced project that Little Big Town are producing.

This year the country quartet is not only performing but also nominated for Group of the Year. The 2019 ACM Awards air live on Sunday (April 7) on CBS at 8PM ET, hosted b Reba McEntire.

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