Though yet another senseless act of violence has already ignited new uproar in America, celebrities are still reeling from last month's Orlando shooting that left 49 dead and 53 injured. Twenty-four artists and acts have joined forces for "Hands," a charity single from Interscope Records with support from GLAAD. It aims to raise money for victims and families for medical care, counseling and education.
Produced by Mark Ronson, the song features Mary J. Blige, Jussie Smollett, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani, P!nk, Jason Derulo, Britney Spears, Imagine Dragons, RuPaul, Meghan Trainor, Halsey, Troye Sivan, MNEK, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, Adam Lambert, Juanes, Kasey Musgraves, Alex Newell, Mary Lambert, Tyler Glenn, Ty Herndon, and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.
It was conceived by songwriter Justin Tranter who most recently co-penned Justin Bieber’s "Sorry," and told Billboard that the idea came together one day after the shooting. He was already in Florida, riding through Miami aboard Selena Gomez's tour bus writing songs, when news broke and he quickly signed on to volunteer at The Center Orlando, the region's chief LGBT community center.
"I called them and said, 'If I fly up is there something for me to help with?' They say, 'We need as many hands as we can possibly get.'"
Within days, artists had signed onto the project.
Tranter said, "We assigned everybody what we thought would be the best part for their voice and we asked them all to sing an additional part, just in case. But everybody got it done in time so we ended up with extra vocals."
"Mary J. Blige recorded in New Orleans. Britney Spears in Thousand Oaks, I think. 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."
"Hands" can be purchased on iTunes.