Many of us have watched in horror as hurricane after hurricane recently swept through the Caribbean, including the US territory of Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and other parts of the southern US, with unbelievable force. The devastation, rarely seen before, left people’s houses, businesses and lives destroyed. Like most of us, Tyra McKinzie and Christoph Jenkins witnessed the disaster unfold on TV. They were so moved by the tragedies that they took action and organized a group of singers called Singers United 2 Rescue, gathered specifically to record a song to encourage our fellow brothers and sisters. The track is called “Gonna Survive” and it’s the perfect anthem to uplift hurricane victims and anyone experiencing the storms of life. The song, released on October 14, 2017, is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other digital music outlets. Proceeds of the sale of the track will benefit hurricane victims through Helping Hands for Puerto Rico.
Wrapped in urban and soulful rhythms produced by Ramon Gaskin, “Gonna Survive” inspires from note one. Showcasing a storyline that could easily be interchangeable with any life challenge, “Gonna Survive” displays moving lyrics, gut-wrenching performances and strong production. Singers United 2 Rescue includes inspirational vocalist Jocelyn “iNDIGO” Saunders, popular singer and writer for R&B acts including Timbaland, Sara Mia AKA PinkCandyApples, singer-songwriter Danielle “Always Danni” Baylor, songstress Jada Postell, worship leader Lakeeta Campbell and rapper and spoken word artist Brian Sessions. All of these gifted artists lent their talents to the uplifting track.
Christoph Jenkins of The Poet Life, LLC, and Vocalist, Songwriter and Musician Tyra McKinzie are the visionaries behind the masterpiece, “Gonna Survive”. Penned by McKinzie, a songwriter known for penning songs for artists like Stellar Award Winner Isaiah D. Thomas, Robert E. Person and Dameion Roy and a vocalist who has sung background vocals for the late George Michael and shared the stage with CCM acts such as Jars of Clay and Steven Curtis Chapman, she knew she had something special when she was writing the song. She also knew she wanted others in the inspirational music community to participate. Tyra says, “I wrote the song and contacted some of my friends to participate in the recording process and they did.,” says McKinzie. “When I watched the footage of what was happening, it really broke my heart. If I had the money, I would give to every family there. Knowing that I couldn’t do that, I decided to do what I could. I wanted them to know that they aren’t alone. The purpose of the song is to unite and encourage others. It was important to me to let people know that there are people who care.”
Each artist on the track was excited to be included and each one is passionate about making a difference. Danielle “Always Danni” Baylor said, “We should rejoice with those who rejoice but I also mourn with those who mourn. I chose to help with this project because my heart was broken for those affected by the hurricanes. I knew I couldn’t solve all of their problems, but I could sing a song that would give hope and encouragement”. Saunders echoes that sentiment. “It costs me nothing to lend my voice to the prospect of being able to help hurricane victims through song. I was ‘all in’ as soon as I was asked. Plain and Simple,” she said.
Christoph Jenkins says, “There have been so many catastrophes recently. Hurricanes in the south and fires in California and earthquakes in Mexico. I want the survivors of these tragedies to know that we are praying for them and thinking of them. But we are sending more than prayers their way. We are putting feet to pavement and getting much-needed supplies to them in their time of need. We want to inform people to let others know that you can use your passion to help others. Many people say, ‘I don’t know what to do’, but there are so many different ways to get involved. One of the ways that people can get involved is to help us take this song everywhere. The more people hear it, the more people will support it.” In addition to all the proceeds of “Gonna Survive” benefitting Helping Hands for Puerto Rico, sales of The Poet Life’s “Write 2 Rescue” T-shirts will be donated as well. For more information on how you can help, log on to https://thepoetlife.com/pages/singersunited2rescue.