Teen singer writes 'Oklahoma Strong' song

Rebekah Willoughby found a way to contribute her talents to helping tornado victims — she wrote “Oklahoma Strong” and all proceeds from the song's downloads will be donated to the United Way Disaster Relief Fund.
by Heather Warlick Modified: June 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm •  Published: June 11, 2013

We don't know what to do,

Won't somebody please help us through,

This town is falling apart and soon so will my heart.”

Willoughby uploaded to YouTube a video of herself playing the song and within a few hours, the video had thousands of hits.

That afternoon, Amy Willoughby, Rebekah's mother, received a call from “ABC World News,” asking permission to feature the video. It aired on that night's production and, the same evening, on the BBC in England.

Now, the song is available for download on iTunes and Amazon.com. All proceeds will be donated to the United Way Disaster Relief Fund. You can also hear the song and download it from Willoughby's website: www.oklahomastrongsong.com.

“I've always thought it would be really cool to be a professional singer but that definitely wasn't my intention while writing this song,” Willoughby said. “I mostly wrote this song just to give the people of Moore and Shawnee and all the places that got hit by the tornadoes some hope to be able to rebuild their towns.”

— Heather Warlick


by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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