Ukrainian composer and singer Ganna Sorbat writes a song dedicated to her family back home

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Los Angeles songwriter and singer Ganna Sorbat, a Ukrainian immigrant who has lived in the United States since 2015, has been torn apart by the Russian invasion.

Most of her family still lives in her hometown of Kharkiv, including her brother and sister-in-law who are currently in hospital due to have their first child on Thursday.

“A lot of bombings during the night, so they were all congregating on the first floor of our house,” she said. “A big crater in our garden and there are like windows that have broken and they are afraid. We will see once my sister-in-law gives birth [the] baby that we will try to get them out of there to safety,” Sorbat said.

Feeling helpless as she watches Ukrainians flee as bombs destroy property and lives, Sorbat turned to a familiar place: music.

Sorbat and fellow composer Reuven Herman have embarked on a musical adventure they call “Phoenix Roar.”

Their first song, titled “The Renaissance”, is dedicated to the Ukrainian people.

Some of the song’s lyrics include “Would you help me carry on my fight? Would you help me if there was no hope left inside? With love in your heart you can upset the world.”

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“War is really bad for any country, for our human race. It is an absolutely unjust war what is happening now in Ukraine because we were not prepared,” Sorbat said.

Sorbat’s message to Ukrainians is to keep fighting and to survive. His message for Russia: We are not so different from you and end this war.

“We all have a very similar culture and a lot in common, and I hope this war stops and we have more unity, brotherhood, brotherhood, more support for each other, and that is the only thing I see in the future. I’m so proud to be Ukrainian,” she said.

If you would like to donate to “Phoenix Roar” to help the people of Ukraine, you can visit their GoFundMe page.

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