Sharon Van Etten releases 'Not Myself,' honoring victims of Orlando shooting
Proceeds will be donated to Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund
Indie-rock artist Sharon Van Etten shared a charity single, “Not Myself,” on Tuesday. The cut pays tribute to the victims of the June shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. Proceeds from the song will benefit the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.
“Hate, violence, and intolerance has always upset me, but I haven’t been this overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief in a long time,” Van Etten wrote in a statement. “The victims were only trying to be themselves and be comfortable and safe in their surroundings. That safety was violated out of fear and with a gun.”
She goes on to explain her decision to donate proceeds from the songs to Everytown, rather than the victims of the shooting specifically. “I knew the issue was bigger than this,” Van Etten wrote. “I wrote ‘Not Myself’ for the victims of this horrific event, but I chose to support the research and awareness work of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund: a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. In the memory of those trying to be safe and be themselves, i hope we can all come together to help prevent another massacre like this and end gun violence.”
In the months since the Pulse massacre, numerous musicians have paid tribute to its victims. Justin Bieber and Adele both dedicated concerts to those affected. Frank Ocean penned a moving note of solidarity. And Rachel Platten recorded an acoustic version of her hit single “Fight Song,” while Melissa Etheridge wrote a new track entirely, “Pulse.”
“Not Myself” is Van Etten’s first release of 2016; last year, she released her I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP and the song “Words,” which was featured in the film Tig. Hear her latest song below.