During their performance New Year’s Eve, Krewella went above and beyond the call of duty in their efforts to fight victimization and violence.
Facing down a raging blizzard, Yasmine, Jahan, and Rain Man welcomed 32-year-old kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight up onto the stage to ring in the new year as they performed Enjoy The Ride.
Less that eight months prior, Michelle, along with Amanda Berry and Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, were rescued from the clutches of Cleveland resident Ariel Castro, who had kidnapped the three women between 2002 and 2004. As Castro’s first victim, the then-21-year-old Michelle Knight spent 11 years in captivity. This was Michelle’s first New Year’s Eve celebration in over 11 years, and we can only imagine how special it must have been.
Miles Evert, Krewella’s videographer, tells the story of the photo you see above.
“Michelle Knight, Jahan and I on stage last night in the middle of a snowstorm in downtown Cleveland. This was Michelle’s first NYE following her ten year long kidnapping ordeal at the hands of Ariel Castro. Our whole team was blown away by her abundance of friendliness, poise and confidence considering the unimaginable horrors she endured over the last decade. She is truly a role model human being, a beacon of resilience who exemplifies the most amazing qualities that we as people strive for. Looking forward to 2014, I think all of us would to well to learn a little something from Michelle’s example and hopefully that will reflect positively in our own lives. Happy New Year!”
This isn’t the first time that Krewella has done something like this. Two days after the Boston Marathon bombings, they donated half of the proceeds of their Boston Strong show to charity. Their recent collaboration with Headhunterz, United Kids Of The World, was a direct call to action against bullying. Say what you want about their music or EDM as a whole, but it’s undeniable that the Krew have huge hearts.
Photo Credit: Tyler Church Photography