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A viral cover of Tom Petty’s 1989 classic “I Won’t Back Down” is gaining steam while drawing attention to an incredible group of kids.

The Miraculous Love Kids was formed as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that served as Afghanistan’s only school of music for war-torn, poverty-stricken girls and young women until the Taliban’s brutal takeover in 2021. American guitarist Lanny Cordolla — founder and director of the organization — was able to break down barriers to safely transport the girls and their families to the neighboring country of Pakistan, where they currently reside.

Last month, The Miraculous Love Kids released its version of the Petty hit featuring guest appearances Blake Shelton (The Voice), Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles), and Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver). The Tom Petty Estate got behind the music video and called it “a beautiful tribute” upon sharing it on Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Facebook page. Check it out below:

In recent days, the guest performers have weighed in on the collaboration:

“This was really special to be part of,” Shelton says. “These girls are so inspiring.”

“May music always bring you girls the inspiration and connection to a higher power that delivers you strength and joy,” Walsh says. “I’m grateful to have shared this moment with you all. Peace and love.”

“Lanny is a saint for being a part of these girls’ lives by helping them move forward through music,” Schmit says. “Even after all they’ve experienced in their youth, you can see and feel their beautiful life forces shining through.”

“I’m so proud of my longtime friend Lanny as he has shared the gift of music with these wonderful young girls that have been through so much,” Sorum says. “The joy they feel playing music gives them much-needed hope to persevere. They are an inspiration to us all. Please help them with their endeavors to relocate and spread their message of peace and love around the world.”

Learn more about The Miraculous Love Kids and contribute to their cause here.

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