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Published:September 11th, 2011 17:39 EST
SOP Battle of the Bands 9/11 Special Feature: 'Towers of Light'

SOP Battle of the Bands 9/11 Special Feature: 'Towers of Light'

By SOP newswire2


The Stand Up For Peace Project (SUFPP) has released a single of its healing anthem, "Towers of Light," to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The song, inspired by the two beams of light which shine each 9/11 anniversary at the Ground Zero site where the Twin Towers fell, promotes healing and commemorates the heroes from that day. The song is available to be used on air on programming related to 9/11, and also in live performances.

The song was debuted internationally at the First Hiroshima International Peace Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, in November 2006, for thousands of attendees and Nobel Peace Laureates including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. "Towers of Light" was written by noted New York clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Kuriansky, a well-known radio and TV personality, and by international composer Russell Daisey, who are co-founders of the Stand Up for Peace Project, an initiative that promotes peace, understanding and healing. They have performed the ballad worldwide at peace festivals; conferences for the United Nations; Global Harmony concerts and peace seminars; and in New York City at the United Nations, the 9/11 Responders Day Ceremony, Universal Peace Day Ceremonies, and Annual 9/11 Japanese Floating Lantern Ceremonies.

"The moving lyrics evoke feelings of that tragic day, yet offer hope and connection that are so essential for healing," says Kuriansky, who provided psychological first aide after the 9/11 terrorist attacks at Ground Zero and at the Family Assistance Center, as well as after other disasters including Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami and earthquakes in Haiti and China. Formerly in a girl band, she teaches psychology at Columbia University Teachers College and conducts peace workshops and seminars worldwide. Daisey is an internationally acclaimed pianist/singer/songwriter who has performed for American presidents and world dignitaries, including Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, and the Chiniya Lama of Nepal.

"Powerful, very powerful" - His Holiness the Dalai Lama, upon hearing the performance of "Towers of Light"

Daisey and Dr. Judy ( have collaborated on many songs promoting pro-social values and healing, in many languages, including Spanish, Japanese and Creole.

In addition to "Towers of Light" (, the songwriting team of Daisey and Dr. Judy have written other songs of healing, peace and eco awareness, including their signature anthem "Stand Up For Peace" and their environmentally-conscious "Going Green," which are on their upcoming CD release.

The song written for the 9/11 tragedy has been performed on other occasions of trauma in other countries, like the Taiwan typhoon, Haiti earthquake, and Japan tsunami/earthquake. Says Kuriansky, "The message unites all people in the global desire for healing and peace."