The @ShineMsd nonprofit will go towards helping people heal through the arts— Andrea|#shineMSD (@AndreaPena06) March 15, 2018
Two survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting released a song on various music platforms to raise money for survivors and families impacted by last month’s rampage, which left 17 people dead.
Sawyer Garrity, 16, and Andrea Peña, 15, wrote “Shine” just days after the shooting and performed it during a CNN Town Hall on Feb. 21. Seeing the emotions their performance evoked, the duo decided to record their song with other students in the drama department.
The track includes expressions of grief, hope, and defiance and encapsulates the various sentiments that have been vocalized since the shooting.
"We're, we're gonna stand tall/ Gonna raise up our voices, so we'll never, ever fall/ We're done with all your little games/ We're tired of hearing that we're too young to ever make a change," the students sing. "Cuz you're not gonna knock us down/ We'll get back up again/ You may have hurt us, but I promise we'll be stronger/ And we're not gonna let you in/ We're putting up a fight/ You may have brought the dark/ But together we will shine a light."
Garrity and Peña described the song as one to commemorate the 17 people killed and make sure the victims are never forgotten.
“It’s our call for action and hope,” Garrity said.
The song can be purchased on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify, among other streaming platforms.
Miley Cyrus gave the song a publicity boost on Friday morning when she urged her 40 million Twitter followers to listen to the track.
Please support the powerful message of change, unity and healing from student survivors of the #StonemanDouglas shooting. Listen to their song #SHINE https://t.co/42iunNnGeD & be a part of the movement to help end gun violence! pic.twitter.com/di9QS6ugx2— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 16, 2018
The creativity of Garrity and Peña again publicizes the various ways Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students have attempted to respond to the shooting on their campus and draw attention to school shootings throughout the nation.
Their song demonstrates the resilience of the school’s student population and the powerful and creative ways the teenagers have responded to the tragedy.