PARKLAND, FL- The Parkland Project's new album, Wake Up, America, has been released nationwide as of November 6.
The Parkland Project is a song writing initiative that developed in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas tragedy. After the events of February 14, Peter Yarrow of the musical group Peter, Paul, and Mary visited Parkland with some musician and songwriter friends. Twenty musical students from Parkland then joined in a collaborative effort to work on songwriting for a musical initiative called The Parkland Project. The project began as a way to promote healing for people affected by the events. The Parkland Project has performed at the Nexus Conference in Washington, D.C., the Kennedy Space Center, NYU's Music Therapy Program, and more. They also performed with Shine MSD at Manuel Oliver's Show opening in Miami.
"We all hope it will inspire others to use music to heal in any type of trauma or difficult situation that they may be going through," shared student Payton Francis.
The new album, Wake Up America, aims to remember and honor the victims of the shooting. It also pleas with society to end gun violence. Each song on the album has a different, individual message. They also want to keep the conversation about ending gun violence to continue.
"This helped me work through my feelings without having to actually talk about them," said Francis. "Music is very healing to me. It is like therapy."
Wake Up, America can be purchased through all major music platforms including Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Google Play, and iTunes. To listen to a sample, please visit the songwhip website. All proceeds from the album will benefit Shine MSD and Change the Ref.