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5 Years After Sandy Hook, Sheryl Crow Releases 'The Dreaming Kind' To Combat Gun Violence

"At some point, the alarm clock has to go off and we have to wake up."

Like many of us, Sheryl Crow believed things were going to change for the better after 26 individuals — including both children and staff members — were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012. Now, nearly five years later, she is doing her part to raise awareness through music with a new song titled "The Dreaming Kind."

"When Sandy Hook happened, we knew it was a life-changing moment where we were going to address the idea that not everyone should be approved to own a gun — especially military-style weaponry — and yet nothing happened," Crow told People about the new project. "At some point, the alarm clock has to go off and we have to wake up."

With this song, Crow has partnered with Sandy Hook Promise — a nonprofit founded by families of those who lost their lives that day in Newtown, Conn. Crow said working with Sandy Hook Promise, whose goal is to educate both adults and children about gun violence and to combat it before it even happens, "seemed to give purpose to my writing."

Though the song was inspired by a tragic situation and is meant to start a big discussion about such harrowing topics, Crow was joined by young family members on it. Her nieces and nephews — 19-year-old Bradley, 17-year-old Chase, and 12-year-old Ava — appear on the song with her. She said having the conversation with her own children — 7-year-old Levi and 10-year-old Wyatt — will be difficult but necessary.

"I'm going to have to explain to them that at school, before this, it was a place you went that was safe," the nine-time Grammy winner explained. "I'm sure it will be a conversation that we will continue to have for as long as this is happening."

"The Dreaming Kind" is available for download here for the price of $1. That said, you can name your own price and know that every dollar goes to Sandy Hook Promise.

Watch the video for "The Dreaming Kind" here:

For more information on the work Sandy Hook Promise is doing to prevent gun violence, visit here.

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