Far too many people—both famous and unknown—have been adding their names to the list of #MeToo which encourages women (and now men) to speak up if they have been sexually harassed.
Earlier this week, country crooners Haley & Michaels (Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels) released a song that offers both hope and understanding to anyone who’s been there.
“We were very moved when people started breaking their silence and posting #MeToo,” the duo said. “We’ve been impacted and inspired by the “Me Too” movement and its powerful message that it sends to survivors, both women and men who have been affected, that they are not alone. We are very passionate about this movement and wanted to be a part of it in the best way we know how, making music. We hope that this song can give people a sense that they are not alone, in the way that the #MeToo movement has done for us.”
Writing about experiences: Writing about things that impact their lives comes naturally to Haley & Michaels. “Throughout our lives, when we have gone through anything that affects us deeply, we have always been driven to write about it. It’s the best way we know how to express our feelings. We’ve always hoped that creating music can be healing for others in the way that music has been healing for us.”
Inspired by #MeToo: “In this case, the ‘Me Too’ movement inspired us on many levels. It made us feel ignited by the strength of so many people who are brave enough to break their silence. It made us feel deeply sad and angry that so many have been affected, and it made us feel like we were not alone in our own experiences.”
And a sense of unity: The duo admits being “very moved” by the sense of unity that the movement encompasses. “People are joining together and uniting over something that can make one feel more alone and isolated than anything in the world. That was probably our biggest inspiration for writing the song.”
Collaborating for change: “We had the opportunity to write with Tom Douglas and Jeff Trott, who have written some of our favorite songs of all time. We had written with Tom the day before and at the end of our session we started talking about the times we live in today and how many people in the world feel very divided and separate from each other right now, which made us think we had to write a song called ‘Me Too’. We shared with Tom, and he had written down the same idea. The next day, when the four of us we were writing it, we wanted to capture the emotions that the ‘Me Too’ movement holds for us, and the message of unity and supporting one another.
We poured all of our feelings into this song and more than anything we hope people will hear it and feel the core message of the ‘Me Too’ movement; that they are not alone.”