Hootie hit has new meaning for songwriter, Cooperative Ministry

Columbia, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Sixteen years ago, Hootie and the Blowfish scored a big hit with "Hold My Hand." These days, that song has new meaning to the song's co-writer, Jim "Soni" Sonefeld.

"I heard the gospel choir performing it and I said, 'Why does this feel so good?'" said Sonefeld.

Benedict College's award winning gospel choir reworked the old hit at a fundraising gala for the Cooperative Ministry. Their rendition was truly one-of-a-kind.

"When they performed, it was one of those tear in your eye, goose bump moments people are still talking about," Sonefeld said.

Sonefeld, hearing the choir that night, believed the song, it's lyrics, and its talented singers had potential for a greater good.

"In prayer time jogging one day it came to me that the song I heard the gospel choir perform could be used to help those in great need," Sonefeld said.

Sonefeld invited the choir to make a studio recording and with the Cooperative Ministry launched "WithALittleLove.org", sending the proceeds from the song to the charity.

"We prayed a lot, we used everyone's donated resources, trust and efforts to get where we are today," Sonefeld said.

The song is available for download off iTunes for 99 cents with all of the money going into the Cooperative Ministry's budget to help the working poor. There are more than a thousand people who come into its Columbia office for financial help each month.

"This song hasn't felt this good playing in years," Sonefeld said.

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