“We are the kids. We are the future. We may be young, but we can be super.” - “Superhero” by Reese Hyatt
The kids in Zero Gravity, the Keller area rock band, took those words to heart and are giving away proceeds from a new original song to help a local non-profit.
Reese Hyatt, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Timberview Middle School and the band’s songwriting keyboard player, wrote the song “Superhero” for the band to record with proceeds they won in an October Battle of the Bands contest sponsored by Northpark YMCA and Unity One Credit Union.
“When I started it, it was just a song, but when I finished it, I realized it talked a lot about hope and community, and it would be really great for the foundation because it really ties in,” Reese said.
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Reese and singer Chloe Harrison, 14; drummer Ethan Hyatt, 10; guitarist Logan Bryant, 14; bass player Grant Woodson, 12; and guitarist Cooper Williams, 14; decided to dedicate the song and give all proceeds from the song to the Zazza Community Foundation and the charity’s upcoming event Santa’s Sparkles.
The Zazza Commmunity Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization benefiting families, children and animals. The group was started by Tony Zazza, who up until a few weeks ago, had a morning radio show on KVIL 103.7.
Santa’s Sparkles is a Dec. 14-16 event for five local families with great needs. Chosen families spend two nights at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas get breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, ice skating and a Christmas tree packed with gifts from the families’ lists of needs and wants.
Zazza met the band members last year when he hosted a talent show at his niece’s school, Ridgeview Elementary School..
“I was blown away by them,” Zazza said. “Not only is this a kid band, it’s a really good kid band.”
He had them on his radio show and played a portion of another original Reese Hyatt song, “Y.O.L.O.” Zazza then invited them to perform at a golf tournament to raise money for the Zazza Community Foundation.
When they got $500 from Battle of the Bands, they decided to use the funds to record the new song and get it up on iTunes. Proceeds from all downloads go the the Zazza Community Foundation.
Reese said, “We were inspired to do this. He’s done so much for us, we wanted to give back to the community.”
He doesn’t expect the song to raise huge amounts but hopes it will inspire others to donate.
Zazza said he was humbled by the gift.
“A lot of people want to point to youth and say what’s gone wrong,” he said. “You can look at these kids and see what’s gone right.”
Zazza said that Santa’s Sparkle was in a bit of limbo when he lost his on-air spot at KVIL earlier this month. The Hilton Anatole stepped up to continue the event.
Zazza said the foundation is accepting nominations through Dec. 1 for deserving families for Santa’s Sparkle 2014. Zazza also challenged 1,000 people to “ raise a ‘latte’ money,” meaning to make a $5 donation in lieu of a fancy coffee drink. For more information on nominating or giving, go to SantasSparkle.org.
Look for Zero Gravity on Facebook: Facebook.com/ZeroGravityTx.