Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood, who make up the Grammy-award winning Lady Antebellum, couldn’t just stand by and let Puerto Rico suffer. The island was especially close to their heart because they filmed their latest music video in the U.S. territory’s capital, reported People.
They're using the release of that music video, which is for their new single “Heart Break” to raise awareness about the conditions in Puerto Rico and money to help Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria.
Before Category 4 Hurricane Maria blew through the island, wreaking havoc—destroying houses and decimating crops, the seven-time Grammy winners filmed their music video, which depicts a woman’s freedom after leaving an abusive husband, in San Juan.
The music video incorporates the culture of the Caribbean island. It makes a vibrant setting for the video, and Lady Antebellum hopes it will remind people how beautiful the island was and how beautiful it can be again with everyone’s help.
The singers have already donated $200,000 to hurricane relief efforts through their charity LadyAID. Fans can help by contributing via LadyAID.org. A portion of every ticket sold on their tour will also go to Puerto Rico relief efforts.
The country trio is “also teaming with MusiCares, a charity established by the Recording Academy, and United for Puerto Rico, an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico Beatriz Rosselló, to assure the funds go to a good cause,” reported People.
On September 20th, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico with 155-mph winds. Those unyielding winds “ripped trees from the ground, tore roofs from buildings, and caused flooding that made many streets look like raging rivers.”
It’s the most powerful storm of its kind to hit the island since 1932. It’s left millions without homes and many are desperately trying to get off the island to the mainland USA.
Those still on the island don’t have electricity. They also don’t have cell service. People reported the experts estimate that it could take nearly 6 months to restore electricity to the island.
“This is total devastation,” Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico’s governor, told CNN. “Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will not be the same… This is something of historic proportions.”
Since the storm passed, at least 16 people have been confirmed dead. Over time, that number could increase to thousands because of the lack of supplies and electricity.
Hillary Scott expressed her sorrow for the island. She also expressed her prayers for the people and their recovery.
“We are just completely heartbroken to see the devastation,” said Scott in her statement. “We want to do everything we can to support this incredible place and these incredible people. We just hope and pray for their safety and that rebuilding happens quickly. We encourage everyone to give whatever they can to help.”
Bandmate Dave Haywood added his own sentiments, explaining why Puerto Rico captivated them.
“After spending time in San Juan, we fell in love with the area, the culture, the people, and that country – it was just a beautiful place,” said Haywood. “Our hearts have been completely broken watching the devastation from all of the hurricanes. We feel personally connected to helping support those affected.”
They hope the video will help because of the way it highlights San Juan. Not only does it feature the scenery, but it also features many locals from the U.S. territory.
“All of the dancers in the video were people off the street,” Charles Kelley, another bandmate, explained. “They already exuded such a vibrant energy that’s part of the culture in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean as a whole.”
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