“Hands,” A Beautiful Song For Orlando Victims, Includes Tons Of Celeb Voices

Following the devastating shooting last month at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, countless people have stepped up by providing funds, comfort, and hope to those affected — including multiple recording artists who collaborated on a song to benefit Orlando victims. Proceeds from the sale of Hands will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD. Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Selena Gomez, and Britney Spears are among the many artists featured on the track.

How could they possibly get everybody together for this? Justin Tranter, one of the song’s writers, told Billboard’s Deborah Wilker Interscope let them use their studio in L.A., but all the stars recorded from different places. “Mary J. Blige recorded in New Orleans. Britney Spears in Thousand Oaks, I think,” he said. “Pink in Santa Barbara. MNEK recorded at home in London. Selena recorded in her studio bus. Dan Reynolds recorded in his home. Adam Lambert was in Luxembourg. Ty Herndon the country star was in Spain. Kacey Musgraves, Nashville. Everyone just got it done.” All the coordinating that went into producing Hands is both impressive and inspiring.

Tranter also told Billboard he didn’t want to fill the song with “trendy electronic elements.” He said, “We wanted it to sound classic, timeless, and human. We want this anthem of positivity to be played for years to come.” Mission accomplished.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jennifer Lopez also recently collaborated on a song titled Love Make the World Go Round with the proceeds benefiting  the Hispanic Federation’s Proyecto Somos Orlando. With such a devastating event like the shooting in Orlando, it is encouraging to see people, including celebrities, spread awareness and help in any way they can.

The lyrics of Hands express the two extremes hands — and in turn, people — can take, either helping or destroying the world. The chorus goes, “Oh hands/Cus they can love/Or they can take/They can fight up/Until they save/They can break the world/They can change it too.” It also touches on the fact that the biggest mass shooting in American history was an attack on the LGBTQ community, saying, “Doesn’t matter/Who you love/All that matters/Is you love.”

You can listen via YouTube, but it’s obviously preferred that you buy and download the song to help raise money for the organizations helping victims. It was released on iTunes Wednesday, and is definitely worth a listen.