Local musicians release single in honor of Pulse shooting victims

Local musicians release single in honor of Pulse shooting victims

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Heart Harbor recently released a new single written in honor of those affected by this summer’s shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

Heart Harbor vocalist and songwriter Kerry Hallett said she wrote “A Million Years,” featuring performances by Erin McKeown, Jesse Moore and Julia Rainer, as a way to process and sift through the myriad feelings the queer-identified community was experiencing after the shooting that claimed 49 lives at the LGBT club.

“When I was reading all the news that was coming in as it was happening, I sort of imagined myself in that situation because it felt so close to home that it could have been in any gay club,” Hallett said. “And because I’m married, I immediately thought of the impact that such a thing would have on me and my partner. So I tried to imagine that from the viewpoint of someone that was involved and how that was affecting them and their relationship.”

The effort also has a fundraising component, with sales benefitting GALAEI: A Queer Latino Social Justice Organization, whose work Hallett said she learned about during the vigil for Pulse victims at Philadelphia City Hall in July.

“We are donating all the proceeds from the sale of the single to the local organization that fights for queen and Latinx social justice,” Hallett said.

Heart Harbor’s “A Million Years” is available now at https://heartharbormusic.bandcamp.com/track/a-million-years. For more information, visit www.heartharbormusic.com or www.galaei.org.

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