Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Kelly Price and More Pay Tribute to Trayvon Martin

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October 5, 2015

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(CNN) R&B legend Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Kelly Price, Kenny Lattimore and other celebrities are all rallying behind the parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin.

To show their support for the fallen youth whose death has captivated the nation, more than a dozen singers, musicians, actors and TV personalities came together on Sunday to record a special tribute song in his honor.

The celebs hit the legendary Henson studios in Hollywood for eight hours to re-record Khan’s “Super Life” from her 2007 album “Funk This,” reads a statement on Khan's website.

Tinseltown stars including Angela Bassett, Terry Crews and Boris Kodjoe showed up wearing white T-shirts with the words “Super Life – Fear Kills, Love Heals” emblazoned across the front, a nod to the circumstances behind the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida.

The song contains the lyrics, “A mama's cryin' 'Cause another young man has gone and died / He's not some statistic / He's another awesome destiny denied.” Also,”We take it all so lightly / How did we get so 'climatized / On the 9 o'clock news nightly / Genocide of babies / I can't believe my eyes. … Right or wrong / I'm gonna live a super life.”

Grammy winner Khan unveiled a music video for the tribute on “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Monday.

But the studio wasn’t the only place celebrities were letting their voices be heard. They also took to the street and Twitter like thousands of others around the country, particularly in Florida, Los Angeles and New York.

Actress Tichina Arnold wrote from an L.A. march, “'Black Brown Asian White same struggle same fight!' Is what we r chanting at the rally 4 #Trayvonmartin.”

R&B singer Janelle Monae tweeted that she was “moved” to see the outpouring of support in New York. “Seeing pics from the 'Million Hoodies' march in NYC for #TrayvonMartin touched. my. heart,” she said. “When we come together it's priceless.”

Sheila E showed her support via her Facebook page by wearing a hoodie. “Trayvon Martin, You will always be remembered as an angel. God bless,” she said.

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