“who you love or the color of your skin, or the place that you were born and grew up in, shouldn’t decide how you will be treated.”

Powerful words from Christina Aguilera in her new ballad “Change,” which saw a surprise debut at midnight on June 17. The song is dedicated to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

“Change” is a heart-jerking ballad that never inches toward the overly dramatic. Instead, it’s subtle yet powerful over slick production and acrobatic vocals. Co-written with Fancy Hagood (known as Who Is Fancy) and Flo Reutter, Xtina explained that she rushed to get the track to her fans after the recent tragedy in Orlando.

The singer told Ryan Seacrest on air, “In light of the tragedy in Orlando and what happened to Christina Grimmie, who was such an amazing person — also I [was] such a huge fan — I had to rush to this song out here, to help people try and heal. Music is the biggest healer that we have, so it was very important to me that I rush to get this out as a message of hope that I feel like we all need to hear.”

Aguilera also added that she has been working on her upcoming album for some itme now and her fans play a huge role in the LP, which is slated to be out “by the end of the year.”

“The whole record is dedicated to my fighters, my fans out there. And the whole message that I always have been about is to give the message of hope for everybody out there who needs that message of hope and love,” she noted.

Seacrest asked Xtina if she believes that we’ve made any progress on being a more tolerant society since she was just a small girl. “With every backstep that we have, we always have to look to the future and look at the positive and look at the progress that we made and always find the opportunity to change,” she answered. “I think there are still leaps and bounds to go.”

Listen to “Change” below in honor of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.