Posted on September 1, 2017 at 1:45 PM
Gloria Gaynor performs at the Morristown National Guard Armory in 2006.(George McNish | The Star-Ledger)
By Michael Sol Warren
“You will survive.”
That’s the message that Gloria Gaynor had for the victims of Hurricane Harvey yesterday. The New Jersey disco star sat down at her piano, turned on the camera and started singing. Then she put the uplifting message on Twitter, hoping that it would offer some solace to those suffering in Texas.
TEXAS WILL SURVIVE [?] [?] @RobinRoberts #HOUSTON #HARVEY pic.twitter.com/6WxqifZ5jd
— Gloria Gaynor (@gloriagaynor) August 31, 2017
The Newark native changed the lyrics of her hit song, “I Will Survive,” to fit the devastation caused by the storm and the challenges that victims now face in their recovery. These are the rewritten lyrics:
Gaynor wrote “I Will Survive” in 1978. The song is her only chart-topper. Though the singer is originally from Newark, she according to property records she currently lives in Green Brook. In 2013, she notably sued a landscaper after she claimed the workers botched the renovations of her home.
The singer is also raising money to help with recovery efforts by selling special t-shirts online through her foundation, IWillSurvive.org. All net proceeds from the t-shirt sales will benefit the Salvation Army.
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Hurricane Harvey has dumped 27 trillion gallons of rain, largely over the Houston area, since it made first landfall in southeast Texas. At least 47 people have died from the storm, and more than 72,000 have been rescued. The remnants of the storm are currently moving north, through the Tennessee Valley and towards New Jersey.