It’s impossible not to get chills as you listen to the stunning voices of multiple musicians coming together in support of the victims and families of the Orlando Massacre in the new original single, “Hands.” The aftershock of the horror that occurred at Pulse Nightclub on June 12th is being felt around the world, but people are still finding ways to show support to those whose lives and loved ones were lost during the tragedy. The writer and producer of “Hands,” Justin Tranter, showed his support through music.
“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 in anyway I could. 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.” – Justin Tranter
The single, which was released this week by GLAAD and Interscope Records, features the powerful voices of Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor. The US proceeds from the track, which is available exclusively at iTunes, will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD. The single is being promoted alongside #ForThe49, which asks people to take a stand or make a pledge for the victims of the Orlando Massacre.
“This senseless tragedy is a call to all of us to stand together and face down hatred, intolerance and violence. We all know music has the power to heal, and I’m honored and grateful to be a part of whatever our business can do to help.” – John Janic, Chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M
The honest lyrics, written by Warner Chappell, Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, and BloodPop, hit home for so much of the world today. Hands truly can “hurt or they can heal, they can give back or they can steal, they can break the world or they can change it too.” Listen to “Hands” below.