Local musicians create song in honor of recent Pittsburgh shooting

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April 29 2021 08:00 pm

After tragedy struck the city of Pittsburgh two weeks ago, the amount of support for the victims and their families has been overwhelming.

Some local musicians decided that in the midst of so much sadness, they want to stand together and make sure the city rises above the hate. 

“I don’t want Pittsburgh to be known for something it’s not,” said Johnny Angel, lead singer of Johnny Angel and the Halos

After the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Joe Wodarek and Mike Ofca decided they were going to turn this bad situation into something that can bring people together. 

“I thought the best thing we could do as musicians is to write a song because music heals. That’s what we tell every one. Music heals,” said Wodarek.

So they wrote an original song called “Stand Together.”

“It pretty much wrote itself,” Wodarek explained. “It’s not something we want to do. I feel it’s something we had to do.”

“The main message is simply unity,” added Ofca. “Like the lyrics say if we lean on each other, we’ll make it through.”

It took less than a day for 35 singers to join in and be part of this special moment.

“This is the best way to deal with it,” said Hermie Granati, one of the singers participating. “Show our hearts, show our compassion because we do stand with all those people over there.”

“Pittsburgh has a way of pulling things together and that’s what this is all about,” Angel added. 

“It’s a positive message and music is the universal language,” continued Ofca. “We all need to heal as a city and music’s just the best therapy and we’re doing what we can to help.” 

The song and video will be digitally released next week. All proceeds will go towards those affected by terror.

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