Sheryl Crow has not forgotten what took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, five years ago. The singer-songwriter is honouring the lives lost in the senseless massacre by debuting a new song she wrote to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic school shooting, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children, all aged between six and seven years old, as well as six adults.
In an interview with The Guardian Tuesday, Crow spoke about the issue of gun violence in the U.S.
“You would think after Vegas we would see some leadership from our country community,” Crow said. “But all I can say about that is if there’s money involved, and fear, these conversations come to a screeching halt.”
“There’s no one that I know of in the popular country world that is willing to step out and really to take a stand on this, and that’s really unfortunate,” Crow added.
On Monday, Crow released a new video (above) for the song, “The Dreaming Kind”, featuring the singer and her 12-year-old niece.
“The tragedy in Newtown five years ago and the countless lives lost in mass shootings since have weighed heavily on my heart,” writes Crow about the new song, which will benefit Sandy Hook Promise, an organization that’s devoted to preventing gun violence in the U.S.
“I felt compelled to write ‘The Dreaming Kind’ for the incredible people at Sandy Hook Promise who work so hard every day to combat gun violence,” adds Crow, who taught elementary school in St. Louis before pursuing a career in music. “The extraordinary work this organization does to educate and protect our nation from further bloodshed gives me hope for a better tomorrow. I hope this song will inspire the same feeling in those who hear it.”
Crow debuted “The Dreaming Kind” live on Monday’s “Good Morning America”. Watch: