Five local Utah artists joined together to honor victims from the Las Vegas shooting with a cover of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day.”
On Sunday, Oct. 1, a gunman fired from a hotel into a crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas. He killed 58 people and wounded 489 who were attending the concert.
Originally, the group recorded the song with the intent of releasing the video at a future date, but when the massacre happened they knew they needed to share the video sooner.
“After the terrible tragedy and the heroism of the events in Las Vegas I felt this was the right time for this video,” said singer Wayne Burton. “A group of us artists had recently recorded this song about having hope in the face of losing loved ones, and made the music video along with this message. It couldn’t be more fitting than now with this horrible shooting and so many affected. We hope it brings peace to those directly and indirectly affected by the recent events!”
Provo’s Madilyn Paige and Rebecca Lopez joined Burton in the group as did Spanish Fork’s Yahosh Bonner — whose hometown is Las Vegas — and Saratoga Spring’s Patch Crowe. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this group of religious singers wanted to share a message of hope.
“We’ve all lost somebody special in our lives, somebody close,” Burton said at the end of the music video. “It’s hard, but we believe we can be together again. This is just a time to remember the good times together and get that strength from one another. We hope that song does that for you.”