Grammy Award-winner Melissa Etheridge released her new song “Uprising of Love” yesterday, with 100% of the proceeds going towards the Russia Freedom Fund.
The openly gay singer/songwriter wrote the anthemic Uprising of Love to “spread the message of love through lyrics and respond to the unjust treatment of the LGBT community in Russia.”
Last month Etheridge co-founded a coalition of celebrities and entertainment executives by the same name, Uprising of Love, which raises money for Russian organisations engaged in creating a safe, respectful and inclusive society for LGBT Russians. So far more than 50 celebrities are involved including Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, James Franco, Edward Norton, Jim Parsons, Julianne Moore, Chris Colfer and Sean Hayes.
Explaining the meaning of the song, Etheridge said, “The lyrics of Uprising of Love came from such a personal and passionate spot in my soul, and I’m more than excited to share this anthem with the world.
“Love is intangible and unpredictable, but it’s the one feeling that is universally experienced and desired by all.”
Fans that buy the song on iTunes will be making a direct financial contribution to LGBT activists in Russia. Uprising of Love was founded by Melissa Etheridge and her partner Linda Wallem, along with Dustin Lance Black, Bruce Cohen and Greg Propper.
WATCH Interview with Melissa Etheridge on CNN with an acoustic performance:
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