100% of proceeds will go to gun-control advocacy groups Everytown & Mom's Demand Action.
My February tour took me through Florida, right after the Parkland school shooting. I heard the news when I was staying in Orlando, right down the street from the Pulse nightclub, where over the past 2 winters I've watched the walls around the building become an ever-changing shrine of rainbows, candles, flowers and notes. About 10 minutes across Route 4, La Plaza Live was where I'd played my first show in Orlando, only a few months before singer Christina Grimmie was shot and killed standing at the same merch table I stood at. Listening to the horrifying live reports from Parkland, I was hit with a nauseating feeling of total immersion... of being totally immersed in a culture of gun violence that has run so rampant and so wildly out-of-control that it's evidence could be seen in every direction. It was everywhere. I went back to my cottage and picked up my guitar, thinking that if I could write out the feeling maybe I'd be able to shake the feeling of helplessness. I tried to write but nothing worth keeping came out, just some sloppy emotions with zero clarity. A few days of consuming news later, there she was. Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez gave a speech that moved me to my core and lit my heart on fire. I picked up my guitar again, and this time a song came pouring out, fully formed. The song title was clear too: "How Many More".
I had a show in St. Augustine Florida that night, and for the first time in my 8 years of touring, I wrote and performed a song in the same day. I played How Many More again the following night in Sarasota. After each show I promised a number of people that I'd take an iphone video and post it in a few days. I never did. It dawned on me that the song could be utilized in a more powerful way than just a facebook post.
So, with the support and generous contributions of Signature Sounds, Ryan Hommel, Andrew Oedel (Ghost Hit Recording), Melissa McClung, Susa Talan and Ode Botique, we are going to record & film How Many More, and then release it on March 20th, when every single penny earned will go to gun-control advocacy groups Everytown & Mom's Demand Action. Their aim isn't to take guns away, it's simply to create & enforce sensible gun laws so we can stop the mass slaughter.
The track will be pay-what-you-want, so you can donate as little or as much as you'd like to the cause. Let's make some change. #HowManyMore
- Heather Maloney
released March 20, 2018