Harry Connick Jr. hasn't forgotten about the young victims of the Newtown, Conn. shooting last December and in particular a former Winnipeg family who lost their daughter in the tragedy.
The Winnipeg Free Press reports the singer today will release the song "Love Wins" on iTunes will all proceeds going to a fund for the family of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene. The song is from his new album "Every Man Should Know" which also comes out June 11.
"jimmy greene, my longtime friend and band member, lost his precious daughter, ana grace, in the newtown shooting," Connick Jr. wrote on his Facebook page yesterday. "she was six years old. jimmy, his incredible wife, nelba, and beautiful young son, isaiah, are devastated beyond description. i've written a song for ana grace called 'love wins.' it's an all star cast, featuring kim burrell, doobie powell, nikki ross, jonathan dubose, jr., and, of course, jimmy greene on tenor saxophone. the song will be available for download on itunes on june 11. 100% of the proceeds will go to the ana grace fund to help jimmy and his family get through this difficult time. the link to the ana grace fund site is below.
i hope that everyone will be able to download the song... ana grace used to say 'love wins' - and you know what? it always does!
"Ana Grace was a dancing, smiling, caring and God-adoring little girl with a beautiful spirit and heart," the Fund's site says. "Ana left an indelible imprint on the world and embodied love in all that she did and said. Ana often proclaimed, 'Love Wins!' when hearing of sad circumstances or negative situations, believing that love could and would conquer all!"
According to the bio accompanying Connick Jr.'s new album, the song was inspired by a speaker at the girl's funeral service who emphasized her's adage. The musician attended and also performed at her funeral service in late December.