FLYLEAF vocalist Lacey Mosley Sturm makes an appearance in the video for the song "Courage" from Orianthi Panagaris (who uses only her first name professionally), the 25-year-old guitar virtuoso from Adelaide, Australia who was rehearsing with Michael Jackson for his "This Is It" concerts before his death. You can now watch the clip below.
When asked in a recent interview with ARTISTdirect how her collaboration with Orianthi came about, Lacey said, "It's definitely different from our style. Howard Benson produced our record and Orianthi's record. He suggested that I sing on that song because we've hung out so much for so long that he knows my heart and my personality. He knew that I'd love the message of 'Courage'.
"It was such a crazy thing for that song to come along when it did because we had done some mission trip work for Samaritan's Purse — which is a charitable organization that Billy Graham supports. They help people around the world. They were in this one very small community that has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation — especially among teens. There's this weird philosophy going around there where if somebody commits suicide, you'll hear someone say, 'I wish I was brave enough to do that.'
"How can you say you want to give up on life in a simple way, though? Everyone deals with depression and feeling like they want to give up. It's about being brave enough to live though.
"When 'Courage' came via email to me, I was thinking about this. The lyrics of the song straight-up said, 'Courage is when you're in pain and you keep on living anyway.' I was like, 'This is important to do.' So I did it.
"It was fun working with Orianthi. She's a really cool girl, and she has a great voice. When we were in between takes, she was sitting there with her guitar shredding for fun and talking to me at the same time [Laughs]. She's really talented!"