By now, every American who is capable of understanding news media reports, social media sites, and general conversation knows about the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT that claimed the lives of 20 students and 6 staff members on December 11, 2012.
Many people around the world have paid their respects to the families and residents of the town who have been affected by this senseless act of violence. Multiple organizations have set up donation funds and many television and radio shows have aired tributes to the victims.
R&B megastar R. Kelly has followed suit.
Kelly’s newest single “I Know You Are Hurting” is another tribute song, this time for the Sandy Hook shooting victims. Like “Rise Up” it features a gospel-esque choir offering inspirational lyrics. Though both songs have a gospel feel and a crooning choir, they differ greatly. The verses are actually sung by Kelly on “Rise Up”, but his voice is barely heard on the Sandy Hook tribute. The entire song is sung by the choir with just a few floaty runs by Kelly sprinkled here and there.
Despite the fact that most of this “R. Kelly” song is not really sung by the Pied Piper himself, the effort was still made to do something special for those affected by the tragedy. It is reported that all proceeds from the song will go to support the families of the victims. The song is now available for purchase on iTunes for .99.