On Jan. 14, exactly one month after Adam Lanza shot and killed twenty 1st and 2nd graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., twenty-one surviving Newtown students joined singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson at the Connecticut studio of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club fame to record their own version of the classic song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
All proceeds from the sale of the song will go to benefit the Newtown Youth Academy and the United Way of Western Connecticut according to Ingrid Michaelson’s website.
You can see a video of Ingrid and the children recording and performing their song here, along with some very poignant interviews with the children as to why they wanted to get involved in the project.
Kayla Verga, 10, said she was singing for a friend, 6-year-old Jessica Rekos, who was killed in the massacre.
“Singing the song makes me feel like she’s with me and she’s beside me, singing along with me.”
10-year-old Sandy Hook student Jane Shearin, added, “I really want to be kind to the people who have lost their loved ones and help them to recover from their sorrow.” ~ The Shreveport Times
You can download the track here from Amazon for $1.29.
For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.
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