Stand By Me - Featuring Freda Payne and The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles
When we approached our key benefactor and friend, Mike Stoller, for permission to use his iconic song 'Stand By Me', as an anthem for unity, he agreed. Written by Mike, along with Jerry Leiber and Ben E. King - Stand By Me was originally performed in 1961. Since then, it has been covered over 400 times, most notably by John Lennon. We think Freda's interpretation, along with the brilliant arrangement by Mark T. Jordan, aided and produced by Ken Kiernan and Paul Bushnell, is frankly the best. Add the visualization by acclaimed director Gev Miron, and you truly have a song for these wounded times.