Cheryl Fortune is the former wife of gospel artist James Fortune and a domestic violence survivor.

Based in Houston, the singer released a single called Fighters earlier this year that has become a theme song for people recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Fortune explained, “I definitely wanted to create a song filled with the message of hope, faith and not giving up. To create something that would get people pumped up, a life song. I wanted to create something that was going to be empowering and encouraging.”

A couple years ago she was in the hospital with broken bones and internal bleeding from her former husband. She explained, “That had to be my breaking point. Even before that, I cried out, because I couldn’t take it.”

From the outside, most people can’t see why a woman would stay in a relationship like Fortune’s. However, she explained, “I think as women we can ignore the signs and say ‘okay things are going to change’. It is hard when you really love a person. It’s hard for you to walk away. But it has to be that person’s decision.”

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