Sharon Van Etten is releasing new single “Not Myself” in memory of the victims of Orlando and to support the work of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. Not Myself is available via all digital service providers, including Bandcamp, where it’s available for the standard fee or more if one feels inclined to further support the work of Everytown. Read Van Etten’s statement below and visit Bandcamp for an exclusive conversation about the song.
I was home with my parents in New Jersey when I heard of the shooting at the nightclub in Florida. Hate, violence, and intolerance has always upset me, but I haven’t been this overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief in a long time. 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.
I originally wanted to raise money for the victims and their families, but I knew the issue was bigger than this. 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.
Sharon Van Etten
Check out this beautiful song, right here: