The Parkland Project, a special youth-inspired songwriting initiative, released an emotive slate of songs telling of the surviving students’ deep trauma from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman-Douglass High School on Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, 2018. The songs also reflect their steadfast commitment to the student-led movements dedicated to stopping the killing of their classmates and peers – and to passing sensible gun laws to do so.
Written and composed by the students of Parkland, Florida, with the guidance of noted songwriters and music producers affiliated with Operation Respect, the newly released album is Wake Up, America, its title track, followed by compositions Song for the Silenced, Transparent, Valentine’s Day, Change the Ref, We Got the Power, Armor Off, Watering Can Full of Tears, The Children Will Lead the Way and We Need. The songs are available on all streaming and digital platforms, including Spotify and Apple.
The Parkland Project singers are Lizzie Eaton, Payton Francis, Alissa Law, Sawyer Garrity, Anna Bayuk, Arianna Otero, Andrea Pena, Marisol Garrido, Kendal Rivera, Sofia Rothenberg, Aalayah Florence Yared, Michael Zeif and Sam Zeif.
Launched in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, killing 17 people and wounding 17 more, The Parkland Project is a creative collaboration of student-songwriters, musicians and vocalists from the Parkland community unifying their individual voices in a collective call for action and change.
Widespread trauma in the community remains a significant concern. The student-songwriters of The Parkland Project are committed to fostering personal and community healing, as well as advocating with their songs that are providing a musical voice to the efforts of their schoolmates, who have electrified the nation with their courageous speeches and appearances such their student led, March for our Lives.
Proceeds from the songs benefit Shine MSD and Change the Ref, Parkland-based organizations dedicated to therapeutic services and gun-violence prevention.