Several Glee alums recently reunited to help finish an unreleased song recorded by their late friend and former co-star, Naya Rivera.
Rivera originally recorded the project, titled Prayers for the Broken, in 2012. She had not completed it before her shocking death in 2020. So actors Heather Morris, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Ashley Fink, Vanessa Lengies, and Amber Riley came together to lend their voices to the track. It officially dropped on Friday, Dec. 1.
To honor Naya Rivera, proceeds from Prayers for the Broken will go to Alexandria House through its fourth annual Snixxmas Charity Fundraiser. In her life, the actress had been heavily involved in the charity, which offers housing, food, education, and more for “women and children experiencing homelessness and trauma,” according to the official website.
“We’re unveiling a previously unreleased Naya Rivera song recorded in 2012. With blessings from the song’s writers, Lindy Robbins and Isaac Hasson, Naya’s mother, Yolanda Previtire, and featuring new background vocals by Glee cast members,” reads the site. “It’s a touching tribute to Naya’s enduring legacy.”
‘Glee’ Cast Asks Fans to Donate to Alexandria House in Naya Rivera’s Name
After releasing the single, the Glee cast came together to film a video to bring awareness to Snixxmas and Rivera’s legacy. In it, they explained Alexandria House’s vision for the year ahead.
In 2022, the organization was able to secure a loan for an apartment complex with 39 units. This year, Alexandria House is hoping to raise enough money to pay off the loan. Those interested in donating can do so here.
“Celebrate the gifts Naya gave to us, her talent and her heart,” McHale said. “This song has meant so much to me over the years. And now I hope it will for all of you.”
Naya Rivera died on July 8, 2020, at only 33 years old. Her body was found in California’s Lake Piru after she had been boating with her son, Josey, who was four at the time. According to ABC7, Rivera had been swimming with her son and helped him back to the boat. As he was climbing on deck she went under.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office later confirmed that her cause of death was drowning by accident. No drugs or alcohol were involved.
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