Nashville Songwriters write Song for Charleston

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (News Channel 5) – Nashville songwriters have shared a song written to honor those lost in the shooting at a Charleston church one year ago.

What do you do when faced with something so tragic there are no words? If you’re a Grammy award-winning couple like Dony and Reba Rambo McGuire, you write music instead.

“The first thought is what can we do to help,” said Dony.

Like everyone else they watched the news in horror: nine people dead at a bible study in Charleston exactly one year ago Friday.

“You want to give healing, you want to give hope, you want to be a balm on that open wound,” Reba said.

That’s how the chords to “Mother Emmanuel” took form.

“I don’t think we’ve ever cried as much as we did writing a song as with Mother Emmanuel,” Reba said.

They wrote it to honor the congregation, they said. They wrote it to help people heal.

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