Christina Aguilera released an emotional new ballad titled “Change” this week, and announced in a statement on her website that proceeds from the sale will benefit victims of the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday.
“The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind,” the singer wrote. “I am sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families. Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately.”
Aguilera co-wrote the song along with Flo Reutter and Fancy Hagood. Together with Big Machine Music and BMG Platinum Songs US, all announced that 100% of the proceeds from digital iTunes sales for the next three months will be donated to the National Compassion Fund to benefit victims and families.
My prayers are with everyone affected by last night’s senseless tragedy. We can’t tolerate hate. Don’t lose hope, we can #change the future.
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) June 12, 2016
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) June 17, 2016
The song’s lyrics are powerful; a plea to humanity to come together and form a more accepting world: “Waiting for a change to set us free / Waiting for the day when you can be you and I can be me / Waiting for hope to come around / Waiting for the day when hate is lost and love is found / Waiting for a change,” she sings.
“We live in a time of diversity, in a time of endless possibilities, in a time where expression of oneself is something to be celebrated. And I am left wondering how people filled with so much love could be taken by so much hate.
Though there is such heavy sadness I believe that there is much more love in the world than we know. We need to learn to love again, we need to learn that one person does make a difference; we need to keep love in our hearts.
We all have the choice to spread love, encourage individuality and make a difference to others – we are all in this together, as one, united in love.”
In a tweet earlier this week, the star called upon fans to donate to a GoFundMe campaign set up to benefit the families and partners of victims.
“Calling all #Fighters to continue spreading love to the #Orlando victims & their families,” she wrote, attaching a link to the donate page.
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) June 14, 2016
On Wednesday, Melissa Etheridge also announced a new single to benefit the Orlando victims, called “Pulse.”
“I’m dealing with it the way I deal, which is, I wrote a song,” the singer told Rolling Stone. “I just sat here, and I just started writing a song… That’s how I first started to cope because, as a singer songwriter, I feel very… I’ve done this before. I feel called to speak; to do what musicians do.”
Joining the momentum, some of Broadway’s biggest stars and celebrity players announced they would come together to record a cover of Jackie DeShannon’s 1965 hit “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” which will be available to download Monday.
The list includes Sara Bareilles, Matthew Broderick, Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Sutton Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Heather Headley, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rosie O’Donnell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, and Chita Rivera, to name a few.