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Local artist donates proceeds from new song to Pittsburgh synagogue

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Local actor, singer and filmmaker Phil Elam is doing well with his latest single, a song called "Love is Louder."

Now he wants it to do some good for others.

The Ferndale-based artists is donating his Spotify streaming revenue for the song to the Tree of Life Or L'Simcha synagogue in Pittsburgh after the Oct. 27 domestic terrorist attack that killed 11 and wounded seven. The song, which is part of Elman's new album "One World," has hit No. 1 on a couple of Spotify playlists,

"What we all must realize is that everyone on Earth is in the same boat," Elam says. "We are either all going to row in the same direction and get to the shore together or we are all going down with the ship. What affects you affects me. What affects me affects you. We can't ever forget that.

"If you don't care enough to cry over someone else' loss and why should you expect someone to care about what you are going through when you are grieving."

"Love is Louder" and the "One World" EP are part of a busy stretch for Elam recently, in the wake of his award-winning horror short film "Swing Low." The veteran of the TV series "Lee martin's The Midnight Hour" and "Horror Hotel," as well Eminem videos for "Rap God" and "Detroit vs. Everybody," is featured in the latest commercial for Motor City Casino Hotel. He recently acted in a production of "A Raisin in the Sun" for Detroit's Lighthouse Theatre and has part in a feature film thriller that's due for release next year.

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