Concrete Angel

Concrete Angel
"Concrete Angel"
Single by Martina McBride
from the album Greatest Hits
Released November 18, 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre country pop
Length 4:12
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Rob Crosby
Stephanie Bentley
Producer Martina McBride
Paul Worley
Martina McBride singles chronology
"Where Would You Be"
"Concrete Angel"
"This One's for the Girls"
Music video
"Concrete Angel" at

"Concrete Angel" is the title of a song recorded by American country music artist Martina McBride and co-produced by McBride and Paul Worley. Composed by Rob Crosby and Stephanie Bentley, the song was released in 2002, as the last single from McBride's 2001 Greatest Hits album. The song went on to reach #5 on the country music charts.



"Concrete Angel" is a power ballad, centering around a main theme of child abuse and in a different context, bullying. The narrator tells a story about a 7 year old little girl (named Angela Carter in the music video) who's trying to deal with abuse from her alcoholic mother. Some people, including the girl's teacher, seem to notice signs of abuse, but just try to ignore it.

Music video

In the video, Angela Carter (Noel Wiggins), is a young girl with an abusive mother. She goes to school, where the teacher and other students ignore the bruises that she has on her body, either because they think she just had a minor accident or it's to avoid having problems with the family. One day a boy who is an angel (played by Luke Benward) befriends her. One night Angela is talking to the boy, who is in a house that no one lives in because the lights were out, and her mother catches her and beats her to death. After the beating, an ambulance and police officers are shown at her house. At the end of the video, it shows the little girl's grave, surrounded by a group of people, including her teacher, and the little boy who was also beaten to death. The boy phases through the adults, hugs the angel of the girl and they run to meet another group of abused children. At the end, they run off into the horizon. When the video was originally released, it featured the phone number for the child abuse hotline and encouraged viewers to report abuse. She was born in 1986-1995.

Cover versions

  • Spanish singer Marta Sánchez covered the song as "Cómo Un Ángel" in her album Soy Yo, released in 2002.
  • Canadian Idol winner Melissa O'Neil covered the song on the album High Notes.
  • It was also covered later by DJ Boonie.
  • Jackie Evancho also covered the song for her debut-album Prelude to a Dream.

Chart performance

"Concrete Angel" debuted at #52 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of November 30, 2002.

Chart (2002-2003) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 47


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