It’s been a few weeks but it’s still impossible to wrap our heads around the murders of 49 innocent people in Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. While it’s impossible to ever truly be the same after an event such as that, comfort can often be found in the shared thoughts and prayers of those around you.
“Hands,” brings dozens of artists together to create a song in honour of those who lost their lives. Recognize some of those all-star voices? That would be Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Kacey Musgraves, Meghan Trainor, Imagine Dragons, Tyler Glenn, Nate Ruess, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, RuPaul, Prince Royce, Alex Newell, MNEK, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.
The charity single was conceived by songwriter Justin Tranter (co-writer of Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” along with hits for Stefani, Gomez, Fall Out Boy and DNCE), who told Billboard, “Like the rest of the world I woke up to the news that morning and was horrified and sad and scared.” And he knew something needed to be done. According to Billboard, the idea for the all-star project came about the day following the shootings.
Tranter was on the road with Gomez in Miami when he heard about what happened and that afternoon, he signed on as a volunteer at The Center Orlando, the area’s chief LGBT community centre. He asked how he could help and they told him, “We need as many hands as we can possibly get.”
Proceeds from the song, which can be downloaded on iTunes, will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD, helping famillies with medical care, counselling as well as education.
The lyrics are hard-hitting, but more for the message of hope than anything else. “Doesn’t matter who you love / All that matters Is you love.” If only everyone would get the message.