Pop Artists React To Deadly Oklahoma Tornadoes

Laura Jansen 'Bells'

Several pop artists are weighing in on news that devastating news that at least 24 people have been killed and dozens more injured after tornadoes hit in Oklahoma the past several days. Among the Twitter messages on the tragedy:

Orianthi (@orianthi): Thoughts are with everyone in Oklahoma right now

Jonas Brothers (@JonasBrothers): #PrayForOklahoma

Fergie (@Fergie): Sending thoughts & prayers out 2 the families impacted by today’s tornado in OKC. My heart is with you. #PrayForOklahoma

Cody Simpson (@CodySimpson): just heard about the destruction in Oklahoma. my thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this disaster.

Alyssa BernalAlyssa Bernal (@alyssabernal): Please pray for the people of Moore, Oklahoma that were devastated by the horrific tornado today

Laura Jansen (@LauraJansen): my heart is with Oklahoma tonight…

Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore): Thoughts and prayers to everyone in Oklahoma affected by these devastating tornadoes. Stay Safe! #PrayforOklahoma

Kate Voegele (@katevoegele): my heart goes out to everyone in Oklahoma. I was JUST in OKC last month for a show – thoughts & prayers are with all of you! #PrayForOklahoma

Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul): #Oklahoma My heart and prayers go out to each of you of your families. It is such a sudden shocking devastation. xoP

Isaac Hanson (@hansonmusic): As a father and a fellow Oklahoman I am heart broken by the children’s lives lost in todays storm. We are praying for you all.

Drew Seeley (@drewseeley): My God, this tornado coverage is heartbreaking. Prayers for all the people affected in Oklahoma.

Alexz Johnson sunglassesAlexz Johnson (@alexzjohnson): Prayers for Oklahoma..

Elizaveta (@elizavetaka): sending good energy to my friends and fans in Oklahoma!..:(

Nick Lachey (@NickSLachey): My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in OK after today’s tornadoes. Scary stuff. #cherisheveryday

Official Hot Mess (@OfficialHotMess): Our hearts go out to everyone feeling the impact of the tornadoes in the Oklahoma area. You are in our thoughts and prayers <3 Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas): Please send thoughts, prayers, blood and donations to Oklahoma. Truly devastating and heartbreaking. Crystal Bowersox (@crystalbowersox): The news of what the weather has done in OK is devastating... My heart is aching for those who are in the midst of it.. Ashley Parker Angel heartAshley Parker Angel (@ParkerAngel): Can’t believe the pictures & videos I’m seeing coming out of Oklahoma. Absolutely terrible. My thoughts & prayers are w/ all those affected.

Melanie Brown (@OfficialMelB): I’m saddened by the devastating news… #PrayForOklahoma

Shakira (@shakira): My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Oklahoma. Please text REDCROSS to 90999 to show your support. Shak

Kris Allen (@KrisAllen): Can’t believe what happened in Oklahoma. Thoughts and prayers are with the families there.

Janelle Monae (@JanelleMonae): Thinking of you Oklahoma. Thinking hard and praying. Man.

Christina Perri (@christinaperri): praying for all the hearts and souls in oklahoma tonight.

Skylar Grey sunglassesSkylar Grey (@SkylarGrey): My thoughts are with Oklahoma and those lost and injured in the tornado. It’s mind boggling how powerful Mother Nature can be.

Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum): Just heard my cousins in Moore are safe. I’m so relieved. Stay strong, Oklahoma!!!!

Brooke White (@brookewhite): I’ve been away from the news all day, just hearing of the tragic devastation in Oklahoma from the tornado. Lots of prayers tonight.

Celica Westbrook (@CelicaWestbrook): My heart goes out to all the people who were affected by the Oklahoma City tornado!!! You are all in my prayers

Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks): Just got in & turned on the news…that is so scary what happened in OKC. Praying for everyone!!

Kelly Sweet (@kellysweet): Thinking of you in Oklahoma… Praying for safety for all of you. So sad to hear about the lives lost.

Pia Toscano (@PiaToscano): My deepest sympathies go out to all of those who were affected by the horrific tornado in Oklahoma.. My heart is broken #prayforoklahoma

Laura Jansen Reacts To Kony / Invisible Children Critiques

Laura Jansen 'Bells'

Laura Jansen checked in with her Facebook followers on March 7th and 8th, talking about the controversial Kony 2012 campaign and the reaction she received for posting the short film created by Invisible Children about fugitive Joseph Kony. The Dutch-American singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles writes:

Hey guys…I’m not trying to get you to donate money. I’m trying to spread awareness. What you do with that awareness is your very own and very personal choice. Most of us don’t know enough about Kony and that will hopefully change through the activism of the MANY organizations working in Uganda. Thank you all for sharing thoughts and links. Feel free to share more, but i encourage you to do it in a spirit of awareness instead of discounting the entire campaign. Our brains, when educated, are powerful things :)Spread the word!

I think the fact that we’re having this discussion thousands of miles apart on a music Facebook page is exactly the purpose:) I so appreciate you all chiming in. Some of us have been “lucky” enough to have been aware of the far bigger problem of child soldiers while others are just becoming aware through a major online campaign. The more the merrier. You lose me however when the discourse degrades to language like “clowns, manipulation, idealistic jargon, etc”. There is a greater purpose to awareness. Once you know something, you cannot un-know it. Something changes in the way you see the world. I have won the lottery of life simply by being born in a first world nation. I lead a first world life and no matter how much I try, I see the world through first world eyes. I admit that. It does not however, disqualify me from wanting deeply to understand the problems of a world that is not mine. it does not disqualify you from gathering as much information from as many places as possible to make up your own beautiful mind. I’m a cynical person sometimes but on a fundamental level I believe change is always possible. That is a far cry from idealistic jargon. The evolution of issues and the change we want to see may not happen on our own time or in our preferred way but I believe in it as a human movement. I would rather discuss this and go around in circles with you than sit back in my first world chair and say in my first world voice that all of this is nonsense and should therefor be abandoned. Keep it up!

Laura Jansen On ‘Bells’ & Being A Wedding Singer

Laura Jansen 'Bells'

Laura Jansen spoke with AOL Music at the SXSW festival, talking about her debut album ‘Bells’, her residency at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, and the perks of being a wedding singer. “Yes I was a wedding singer. I learned the ropes playing about four weddings a week,” Jansen tells Spinner. “I saw some gnarly weddings and some really great ones and sang a lot of disco hits.” Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Laura Jansen Discusses Her New Album ‘Bells’

Laura Jansen 'Bells'

Laura Jansen talks about her musical upbringing and her new album ‘Bells’, released March 22nd on Decca. “It sort of incorporates so much of who I am and the story I tell, that I wanted it to be simple, so that’s why I named the record ‘Bells’,” the 34-year-old Dutch singer songwriter said. Watch the making of video below.

Laura Jansen Performs On Radio 538

Laura Jansen

Laura Jansen visited Radio 538 the other day to perform a live set on Evers Staat Op. Watch the Dutch singer songwriter perform ‘The End’, ‘Wicked World’ and ‘Single Girls’ via YouTube below.