Some of the biggest names in music including Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Troye Sivan, Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani, and about two dozen other pop stars have joined together to record a heartfelt tribute to the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting. The track “Hands” will benefit the Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.
“Hands” was written by Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels and produced by some of the music business’ hottest producers: Mark Ronson, BloodPop, and Justin Tranter.
The list of other performers on the track is no less impressive featuring: Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Jussie Smollett, and Meghan Trainor; add to that the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, and you’ve got an all star lineup.
In a poignant lyric from the track we hear: “I’ve been watching news and seeing all this hate / Tell me is it wrong to want a little change?”
The horrific shooting that occurred on June 12th at Pulse nightclub in Orlando is now considered to be the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history leaving 49 dead and 53 wounded.
Fellow artists have also voiced their support for the victims and the LGBT community including: Florence + The Machine, Demi Lovato, Andra Day, Nick Jonas, and as we previously reported, Christina Aguilera released a tribute single called “Change”.
Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith said: “There has been beauty in the midst of our grief and we are grateful to these talented artists, producers, and GLAAD for helping us mourn and laugh and cry and sing together.”
Justin Tranter said in a press release for the track: “The second I heard about this horrible tragedy where so many of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters lost their lives, I immediately got on a plane to Orlando to volunteer my help anyway I could.” He added: “Putting this charity single together is just a way for me, and everyone involved, to keep volunteering our help and promote peace and love in the world.”
“Hands” is available to download now on iTunes.