Song from ‘The Last Ride’ raising funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

By ED HOWELL Daily Mountain Eagle Until the end of this year, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., will benefit from the sale of downloads of a song featured in the Edie Hand Foundation documentary, “The Last Ride.” The song, “A Better Tomorrow,” co-written and sung by soul/pop singer Victoria Renée Plummer, has just been released on major music download and streaming sites, including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and Google Play. The foundation, which has been an active supporter of St. Jude’s in the past, will donate a portion of the song profits, through the end of the year, to the research hospital. Edie Hand, the director of the foundation, said last week the recording and the documentary are inspired from “The Last Christmas Ride,” which was co-authored by Edie Hand and Jeffrey Addison. The film was released a year ago with a cast of 100, starring and narrated by Hand’s son, actor Linc Hand, who played pitcher Fritz Ostermueller in the film “42” and has had roles in TV series such as “Revenge,” “Ghosted,” “NCIS,” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.”   Several Walker County residents had roles in the film. Plummer, who is engaged to Linc Hand and also goes professionally by Victoria Renée, recorded the song for the documentary’s soundtrack. The film and the book dealt with the story of Hand’s brothers. According to Edie Hand, “Each led short lives in a family history mixed with happiness, tragedy and a legacy, which created a strong call to action. “This is a story about a sister's love, and how to turn hard times into beautiful things,” she said. “It shows how my past led me to help others. I hope this film offers inspiration and shows that the deepest pain can lead to the greatest reward.” One ideal from the works — that no matter what life brings, things will be better tomorrow — inspired Plummer to write “A Better Tomorrow” with Elle Vee.

“Let it go,” goes the chorus. “We have to restore this planet’s soul/Teach it something more than what we know/Give it water/Give it sun/Room to grow/We can a better tomorrow.”  “Especially with the state that the country is in today, it tells you how to have a better tomorrow,” Hand said. “It doesn’t have to just be about cancer, even though that is what the focus is,” Edie Hand said. “It an be what just happened in Las Vegas. A lot of people pretend to be something they are not. They have angel wings on when they are not angels. They are evil. So it is looking for a better tomorrow. The song is very appropriate for the culture right now.”  “A Better Tomorrow” along with the film were so well received that the Hollywood Film Festival recognized the film at their women’s empowerment VIP event held at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood this past December, and won ‘Best Pop Song’ at 2017 Akademia Awards. (The 33-minute film, shot in North Alabama, can be seen at Hand ‘N Hand’ Entertainment’s website, Plummer is a singer, dancer and actress from Indianapolis, Ind., who got into the entertainment industry as a child. According to her website, “By 9 years old, she was performing, and had already recorded an album that was getting radio airplay across Europe in major markets.” By 10, she had already topped charts in New Zealand and had a show in Vegas. She lives in Los Angeles and continues to record music and star in a number of stage productions in that city, including leads in “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mary Poppins.” She has also performed in “A Chorus Line” and Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” She is also a member of the Alliance of Women in Media.   Edie Hand, a relative of the late singer Elvis Presley, and Plummer toured Presley’s home, Graceland, recently in Memphis, Tenn., with Plummer singing on Elvis Radio on SiriusXM from the site’s studio. They also visited the executive offices of Northwest Mutual of Alabama in Birmingham, where the singer performed the song. In addition to going straight to the music sites, has links to purchase the music. Also, a Nov. 18 Cancer Awareness Luncheon will feature Edie Hand sharing information and insights from her experiences and challenges she faced. The event will be held at 11 a.m. at Farmstead Baptist Church in Jasper. A four-time cancer survivor and co-author of the book, “Cancer, The Unexpected Gift,” Hand, who is now 66, will screen “The Last Ride” and speak on “How to Mop with Your Pearls On” as a guide to finding optimism and how to renew one’s emotions. Anyone wanting more information can call Gwinna Boyd at 302-2342.