CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Mooresville resident Kayla Vega has been singing for several years. Through the Adopt-A-Cop organization, a group that allows the community to help police, Vega met Mooresville police officer Jordan Sheldon.
“He was just a bright vibrant person. You could just tell he loved life and he was full of it,” said Vega in an interview with WBTV Wednesday night.
The 24-year-old singer said she was devastated when she found out Sheldon had been killed in the line of duty.
“It, it just crushed me and I could feel the whole community was upset by it,” said Vega.
While hundreds of people across the town of Mooresville honored Sheldon with vigils and prayer, Vega turned to music.
“I was like, you know what, just get in the studio and start writing because that’s the best way with anything I deal with, I have to write it down,” explained Vega.
The singer explained that as she began writing, she found she wanted to create a happy song rather than a ballad to reflect the sadness she was feeling. The end result was a beautiful song with powerful vocals. It begins with the lines, “My heart belongs in Mooresville. It’s a place that I call home.”
“I wanted to showcase the beautiful roads that we have, and the scenery and of course the amazing people that live in Mooresville,” Vega told WBTV.
The music video for the song features photos of people and landmarks from across town. Vega requested the pictures on Facebook and got hundreds of submissions from Mooresville residents.
“I really wanted to bring to light all the positive in all of this tragedy,” said the singer.
Vega chose to name the song, ‘Home’. She’s selling the song on her website KaylaVega.com and said all proceeds generated by the song will go to the Adopt-A-Cop organization in Mooresville. She is also planning to hold a fundraising concert at Beer Lab on Friday, June 7 where all profits will go towards a police scholarship fund.