15 years ago Amy Pine wrote the song 'Hit By Lightning' in response to her work as a renowned psychotherapist with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She felt compelled to write a song that was both healing and that would dispel the need to hold onto shame.
Amy approached Tamora Pellikka, who was a voice major at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at the time, to sing the song at the Survivor's Healing Center's annual Art of Healing. There was an overwhelming response to the song and they were flooded with requests for a recording. So they made a simple recording of the song with recording engineer Andy Zenczak at Gadgetbox Studios.
Tamora and Amy continued to perform the song at many community events including the Art of Healing and the Walk to Stop the Silence. The producer of the One Billion Rising rally in Santa Cruz heard the old recording and asked Tamora to come and sing it acappella at the rally. As usual, the song received a powerful response.
We believe in the power of music to heal, to inspire and to empower. When we first recorded this song childhood sexual abuse was still a taboo topic. Even though there are now numerous reports in the media of sexual atrocities committed against children, trafficking and sexual crimes being used as weapons of war... the unfortunate thing is that it continues to be such a prevalent global issue.
We recognized that in order to reach the widest audience possible, we needed to re-record this song to a higher standard and produce a video to accompany it for social media. After a successful Kickstarter campaign and the dedication of many creative talents we can now share this message with the world.
Amy Pine & Tamora Pellikka
Amy Pine (right), LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and expressive arts therapist who has been working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and trauma for over 30 years. Ms. Pine is the co-founder of Survivors Healing Center and continues to be involved as a member of the Board of Directors. She works with individuals, couples and leads groups and therapy retreats in her private practice. Her work has been recognized both nationally and internationally. She is also a highly gifted songwriter who has written several family musical theatre productions.
Tamora Pellikka (left) was immersed in music at a very early age as both her parents worked at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. She began studying voice at the age of six and performed with numerous choirs in Europe before moving to the United States at age 15 to attend Interlochen Arts Academy where she majored in voice. She graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a B.M. in Opera/Vocal Performance. She has performed in numerous operas, singing in 8 languages, in Italy, Austria, England and the U.S. She was a Young Artist with Opera Santa Barbara, has fronted her own jazz band and also enjoys playing the banjo. Tamora is a passionate advocate for ending the silence and shame surrounding sexual abuse.
Andy Zenczak / Gadgetbox Studios
Andy Zenczak is a music and video producer and is the owner and creative director at Gadgetbox Studios in Santa Cruz, CA. He has produced over 1000 songs since 2001 and his work has appeared internationally in music and film/TV productions for ABC, NBC, MTV, and Universal Pictures. He is a recipient of a 2014 Gail Rich Award recognizing his contribution to the arts and a proud husband and father of two.
a Gadgetbox Studios Production
written by Amy Pine
executive producers: Amy Pine and Tamora Pellikka
MUSIC PRODUCTION CREDITS:
produced by Andy Zenczak
recorded at Gadgetbox Studios, Santa Cruz, CA
mixed and engineered by Andy Zenczak
assisted by Collin Atkinson
lead vocals: Tamora Pellikka
piano: Jon Dryden, Gianni Staiano
drums and percussion: Nate Fredrick
bass and electric guitar: Andy Zenczak
drum programming: Wayne Rodrigues
backing vocals: Tamora Pellikka, Marya Stark
string arrangement by Barry Phillips
violin: Jeremy Cohen
violin: Matthew Szemela
viola: Chad Kaltinger
cello: Barry Phillips
spanish translation: Maria Teresa Ropain
VIDEO PRODUCTION CREDITS:
produced by Gadgetbox Studios, Santa Cruz, CA
directed by Shawheen Keyani
produced by Andy Zenczak
edited by Julian Faras and Shawheen Keyani
director of photography: Julian Faras
additional cinematography: Andy Zenczak, Shawheen Keyani
preproduction artist: Jason Hatfield
hairstylist: Lori Penner
makeup artist: Lisa Cadiente