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PEOPLE.COM — James Taylor Performs ‘Shed a Little Light’ with Charleston Choir in South Carolina

By Alex Heigl

James Taylor was in Columbia, South Carolina Thursday night, performing at the Colonial Life Arena. And while he wasn’t in Charleston, Taylor didn’t miss an opportunity to dedicate a song to the victims of June’s church shooting. He had some help, too, enlisting Charleston choir Lowcountry Voices.

“Ladies and gentleman, I wanna introduce this beautiful choir who have helped us all so much to begin healing, if that’s possible, following the tragic events at Mother Emanuel.”

Taylor and group performed “Shed a Little Light,” from his 1991 album New Moon Shine. “There is a feeling like the clenching of a fist,” the lyrics read. “There is a hunger in the center of the chest, there is a passage through the darkness.”

The video, uploaded Thursday night, is notching thousands of views per hour on Facebook. “The entire audience stood in support,” the post on Taylor’s Facebook page reads. That’s understandable. So is crying a little (or a lot) at your desk.