Candace Payne

Candace Payne, well known as ‘Chewbacca Mom,’ wants to spread more joy through her Facebook live feed. But this time, the Grand Prairie native is doing it without her Wookiee mask.

Once again, “Chewbacca Mom” is touching so many people.

Candace Payne, now popularly known as Chewbacca Mom, went viral when she did a Facebook live video of herself trying out a Chewbacca mask she got from Kohl’s back in May. Since then, Payne has received various gifts and prizes and even appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden, where she met J.J. Abrams.

Although Payne’s genuine happiness and amazing laugh is what made her go viral, many people don’t know that Payne is also a very talented singer.

Earlier this month, Payne shocked the crowd at an Astros vs. Mariners baseball game when she sang the Star Spangled Banner flawlessly. It turns out that Chewbacca Mom is multitalented, and it was not at all surprising when she decided to use her gifts to try to uplift the world.

After the the overwhelming number of violent events that have occurred in the U.S. and around the world in the past week, Payne took to her Facebook page to once again try and spread the joy.

This time she’s back with a more serious video in response to the recent violence in Dallas, which is only 30 minutes from her home.

“I’ve been spreading joy, and I’ve been hoping to do that, but I found myself over the last couple days being silent because I’ve been so sad and so hurt by what’s going on. … I’m very nervous to just share this with you because it’s so vulnerable, but I felt like someone needs to sing these lyrics again and sing them over our world and just be a good reminder.” she said on Facebook.

Payne said she just wanted to share an arrangement of a song that “really meant something amazing” to her — Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World.”

She accompanies herself on the piano while singing Jackson’s powerful lyrics: “Heal the world / Make it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race / There are people dying / If you care enough for the living, make a better place.”

“I hope the song in some way touches you and inspires you today to make the world a better place,” she adds.

Consider us duly inspired, Candace, and duly impressed.

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