When Pippa Leigh first heard of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, she couldn’t stop crying.
“It scared me so much,” said Leigh, 15, of Greenwich.
As a graduate of Riverside Elementary School, which she described as “very similar” to Sandy Hook Elementary, Leigh said the tragedy “hit close to home.”
However, tears eventually gave way to tribute — earlier this year, Leigh, a singer and pianist, wrote and recorded a song honoring the 26 students and faculty killed at Sandy Hook.
“I was thinking about a way to release my emotions, and a way to help remember the victims,” said Leigh, who is donating the proceeds from the track, which will be sold on iTunes beginning April 1, to the nonprofit organization Sandy Hook Promise.
Although the events at Sandy Hook Elementary affected her deeply, Leigh puts her own sorrow aside and channels the emotions of the parents who lost their children in the horrific incident.
“I almost wanted it to be something the parents would be feeling and saying if they could say something to their child again,” said Leigh, a sophomore at School of the Holy Child in Greenwich. “It’s not to remember the tragedy, but to remember the victims and the love they brought to the world.”
“Sandy Hook Tribute” was arranged and produced by Ethan Isaac and Kenny Cash at the Factory Underground in Norwalk, which is also where Leigh recorded the song.
In the accompanying video to the track (seen below), Leigh is seen wearing a pair of black sparkly Uggs — a tribute to Jessica Rekos, one of the victims.
“I watched an interview of the parents, saying they were waiting for their little girl to come back wearing those black glittery Uggs,” Leigh said. “I wanted to wear them to symbolize her memory living on.”
Leigh is currently working on her first EP.