Hollywood’s biggest celebrities are lending their voices for a special concept album in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 2) today.
GUNS is a pop/rock concept album aimed at the most controversial and widely debated issue in America. The album launches June 22nd and proceeds from the album will go to the EVERYTOWN USA. GUNS emerges in an effort to simultaneously smash wide open the mold of musical entertainment, expose the many sides to this contentious epidemic, and most importantly: to make the listening experience infectious. With over 300,000,000 guns in the United States today, more must be done to make this topic accessible, and we believeÂ creators Jonathan Sokolow & Braxton Molinaro have found the sound to do it.
Recorded at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions in Santa Monica, the compilation of songs chronicle the vast and ever-evolving points of view encompassing the American gun discussion. From filmic anthems to filthy hip hop, flashy show tunes to funky electronic, the album emerges to smash the mold of musical entertainment, highlight the mushrooming epidemic and further educate the public through arts and entertainment.
Everyone whose anyone is on this concept album –Â Emmy Award Winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Travelers), 3 Time Tony-Nominee Terrence Mann (Les Miserables, Sense 8), Frances Fisher (Masters of Sex, Titanic), Oscar Nominee Tess Harper (Breaking Bad), Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire, Stewart Little), Mykal Kilgore (Motown, Hair), Heath Calvert (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Amelie), Taylor Trensch (Hello Dolly!, Matilda), Ivan Hernandez (Devious Maids) Joanna Jones (Hairspray Live!, BAZ), Jack Laufer (Madmen, Masters of Sex) with Elliot Aguilar, Daniel Amerman, Krystina Andreoli, Michelle Armstrong-Lauria, Adam Ceschin, Trevon Davis, Andrew Diego, Daniel Emond, Lisa Ermel, Sarah Kit Farrell, Kyle Guglielmo, Matthew Grimmer, Tristin Hagen, Dan Henig, Vanessa Hernandez, Sarah Kennedy, Becca Lustgarten, Garen McRoberts, Braxton Molinaro, Becky Moyes, David L. Murray Jr., Patrick Osteen, Rachel Osting, Claudio Parrone Jr., Jordan Pratt-Thatcher, Aleque Reid, Teresa Reynolds, Ryan Roets, Brentwood Slim, Sasha Sloan, Bethany Thomas, Katherine Thomas, Kira Walters, and Ben Yahr are all involved in this beautiful project.
â€œGUNSâ€ will be released at The International Thespian Festival in Nebraska the week of June 19th with a live performance of the banner song “300,000,000,” with the album being available worldwide on June 22nd.
Check out a behind the scenes featurette below…Â