Available now on streaming services, the cast of Glee has shared a previously unreleased song by the late Naya Rivera.
Recorded by Rivera in 2012, “Prayer for the Broken,” arrived on Friday (12.01) as a special bonus included in this year’s Snixxmas, an annual charity event hosted by Naya’s friends and former co-stars Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz. Held annually since the songstress passed away in 2020, the fundraiser benefits Alexandria House in L.A., an organization supported by Rivera that provides shelter and vital services to women and children in need.
Produced and co-written by Isaac Hasson, along with Lindy Robbins, “Prayer for the Broken” features Naya’s emotional performance atop piano and ethereal background vocals provided by her Glee castmates McHale, Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Vanessa Lengies and Ashley Fink. The cover art is a beautiful headshot of the “Sorry” singer.
McHale and Ushkowitz unveiled this year’s Snixxmas along with E!’s Keltie Knight, who interviewed the And That’s What You REALLY Missed podcast co-hosts for E! News. “We wanted to do something to honor her, [and] put out something positive from such a horrible, horrible event,” McHale said of their annual fundraiser.
The duo was granted special permission to release “Prayer for the Broken” in Rivera’s honor, “It’s just a really special song now that we’ll have, and that more importantly the fans will have, to be able to hear her voice again,” added Ushkowitz.
Best known for portraying Santana Lopez onRyan Murphy’s famed high-school musical dramedy series, Rivera, Naya died in June of 2020 at the age of 33 in an accidental drowning at Lake Piru, Calif. She was initially reported missing after staff found her then 4-year-old son Josey sleeping alone on a boat she’d rented but never returned. After a days-long search, her body was found and recovered from the lake.