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‘We Are The World’ video with local musicians finds new meaning during coronavirus

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 March 2020 at 8:18 am

Russ Peters, pastor of the Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship in Shelby, is among the singers in “We Are The World.” About 20 local musicians have solos in the song, which also includes Medina sixth-graders singing the chorus. The video was originally produced in 2014 to raise awareness about bullying.

A video featuring local musicians singing “We Are The World” has 12,000 views and counting since it was posted on Monday.

John Wragg of Middleport, producer of the video (click here), originally created it to send an anti-bullying message. In 2014 the video had about 5,000 views on YouTube.

Wragg believes the video carries a strong message of unity and hope. He decided to post the video again, with a new message about working together and everyone doing their part to fight the coronavirus.

“If you stick together you can achieve a common goal,” he said.

Vincent Guarino is one of the singers featured in the video. He suggested to Wragg that the video should be reposted to help the community during a trying time. Wragg agreed.

The video includes about 20 local musicians and 40 students in the sixth grade chorus at Wise Middle School in Medina. (Those sixth graders are now seniors at Medina.)

Wragg, owner of Torquil Studios, encouraged people to practice social distancing, staying at least six feet apart in public. He urges them to stay home as much as possible so the virus doesn’t spread.

“I wanted to put it out there because people see so much negative news,” Wragg said. “Things are very serious right now. We need to stick together.”

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