“Chewbacca Mom” Candace Payne is back with a heartfelt message in the wake of the recent shootings. Her latest Facebook Live post—in stark contrast to the hilarious viral video that made her famous—features her own original musical arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” and showcases her vocal and musical talents.
“I’m actually not that far from Dallas. I’m about 30 minutes away from where the shootings happened the other night,” she begins the video. “I am thousands of miles, hundreds of miles away from really identifying with every single ounce of pain that I know is being felt by the whole world right now. Literally the whole world.”
“I’ve been spreading joy … but I’ve found myself the last couple days being silent because I’ve been so sad and so hurt by what’s going on,” Payne adds. “I wanted to just share with you my own arrangement of a song that I came across … that has really meant something amazing to me,” she explains before launching into a goose-bump-inducing cover of the song as she accompanies herself on a piano.
“I felt like somebody needs to sing these lyrics again, and sing them over our world. And just be a good reminder,” she tells the camera. “I hope that it in some way touches and inspires you today, to make a better place.” Watch the performance here:
Well done, Chewbacca Mom! Consider us inspired.