Prizm News / August 14, 2019 / By Ken Schneck

It’s not every day that you get to sing a moving song by an iconic rocker. And it’s even more rare that the moment is captured on film, makes its way to the attention of the iconic rocker, she watches it, and then posts glowingly about it to her 500,000 followers on social media!

But such was the case when the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus performed “Scarecrow” by Melissa Etheridge at their Stonewall 50 concert on June 29 at Capital University. The moving ballad chronicles the brutal 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, a horrific event that captured the attention of the entire nation. Etheridge has often cited Shepard’s murder as a turning point in her own life as an out musician, even as the tragedy spurred the passage of desperately needed hate crimes legislation.

The Chorus uploaded the video on August 12 and it was shared by Etheridge herself on social media less than 24 hours later, with the singer describing it simply as “so beautiful.”

Take a few minutes to watch and we are sure you will agree.