VIDEO: Dead 27s wrote a song for the Mother Emanuel AME victims

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Shortly after the June 17 Charleston Nine tragedy, local rock 'n' soul band Dead 27s wrote a song, "Emanuel," for the victims of the Mother Emanuel AME shooting, their families, the church, and Charleston.

The band got an opportunity to perform the song soon after at the sold-out Pour House benefit show, Don't Tell Me This Town Ain't Got No Heart, and yesterday the members released a video of the guys performing the track (at home) on YouTube.

"Emanuel" is a stripped-down acoustic song that, with few words, softly and simply explains the unexplainable: the feeling of standing in front of Mother Emanuel AME in the days following the shooting; the feeling of ignoring the 100-degree heat to pay tribute and bask in the incredible unity that only the Holy City could manifest; and the feeing of being in the presence of a place where unimaginable violence had just occurred yet where grace, glory, and kindness still abide and reign — where there's a "steeple higher than bigotry."  

You can see it for yourself here, or below. 
More local acts are in the process of recording a song for the victims, including a track by members of Koda, International Morality, Super Deluxe, and the Secrets. And a song from the organizers of Holy City Hope is in the works, too. 

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