Kacey Musgraves, Meghan Trainor Join Tribute Single For GLAAD, Orlando Shooting Victims

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Kacey MusgravesTy Herndon and Meghan Trainor are among the musical artists set to honor the victims of the June 12 shootings in Orlando, with the release of the tribute single “Hands.” The track was penned by Warner/Chappell writers Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, as well as BloodPop. “Hands” was produced by BloodPop, Mark Ronson and Tranter.

The star-studded collaboration also includes Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, P!nk, Nate Ruess, Troye Sivan, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani.

The collaboration was released Wednesday (July 6) via GLAAD and Interscope Records, exclusively to iTunes. Proceeds from sales in the United States will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD.

“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,” said “Hands” writer and producer Tranter. “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.”

“This senseless tragedy is a call to all of us to stand together and face down hatred, intolerance and violence…and having grown up a short drive from Orlando, it really brings it right to my doorstep,” commented John Janick, Chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M. “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.”

“The horrific attack on the LGBT community in Orlando has left us devastated, but not defeated,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “As we continue to mourn the crushing loss of 49 Americans, the majority of whom were Latin and whose lives were lost to hate, we stand resolved in paying tribute to their memory, supporting the victims and families, and working together to achieve full acceptance once and for all.”


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