Kazakhstan Singer, Nursi, Raises Money For American Tornado Victims

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A girl from a small town in Kazakhstan, with an extraordinary singing voice, is raising money by performing and donating 100% of her royalties from the sale of her just released single "Hero (Disaster relief)" to American tornado victims in Oklahoma and will be traveling to the United States to help personally distribute the proceeds.

Nursi records the vocal for her emotion new single "Hero"(Disaster Relief)

Kazakhstan singer, Nursi, during an emotional recording session to benefit the people of Oklahoma.

"If I can raise money from the sale of this single to help the children and families who lost everything, I will be doing my job as a human being."

On May 22, Nursi, a singer from a small city in Kazakhstan, was in the studio doing a remote recording session with American music producer, John Steele, for her upcoming album. Nursi mentioned to Steele that she was heartbroken after seeing the images of the tornado disaster in Oklahoma that left thousands of people homeless. She told Steele, "I want to do something for these people. We do not have such things as tornadoes in Kazakhstan and it's horrible to see these families had everything in their life completely destroyed in an instant."

Steele knew that the best thing Nursi could do from Kazakhstan would be to use her extraordinary singing voice to raise worldwide awareness and money to help the families of Oklahoma who lost everything. The two decided the most appropriate thing would be to record an intimate and emotional cover version of the hit song "Hero," written by Walter Afanasieff and Mariah Carey. The song is about survival and knowing that, no matter what, you have the ability to overcome these extreme obstacles in life, with the help of the human spirit. Steele says of the victims, "One only needs to look at the incomprehensible photos of the aftermath and you can see the people of Oklahoma's will to survive." He further reiterates, "Just to be able to get up and attempt to start a new life from absolutely nothing makes every one of those people heroes, and if there is something we can do to aid in their recovery, we are 100% all in."

Nursi grew up in a place where people are lucky if they earn $400 per month. Thus she knows firsthand what poverty is like. However, being raised by compassionate parents has given her the desire to help others in times of need. Fortunately, Nursi was also born with the rare gift of music, giving her plenty of opportunity to bring some happiness into people's lives. Steele adds, "A person of Nursi's talent and character doesn't come around often, and the fact that she has such a beautiful and unique voice, gives her the ability to emotionally move many people." Nursi said of their decision to record and release the "Hero (Disaster Relief)" single, "If I can give only a small amount of hope and comfort to the people of Oklahoma with our recording, then I have done my job as a singer. If I can raise money from the sale of this single to help the children and families who lost everything, I will be doing my job as a human being."

Nursi's "Hero (Disaster Relief)" is now available worldwide and she is donating 100% of her royalties to the Oklahoma relief efforts. She has plans to travel to the United States and Oklahoma to perform and help distribute the proceeds she is raising.

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