The four major labels, in conjunction with the Concord Music Group and the Recording Industry Association of America, have combined forces to release a double-disc benefit CD with all proceeds going to relief efforts for the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The album, to be called Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now, will be released in mid-November and will feature contributions from artists such as Coldplay, Dave Matthews, Lenny Kravitz, Sting and Elton John.
New songs to be featured on the release include "Heart Of America", featuring Eric Benet, Michael McDonald and Wynonna, which will be sung before the third game of the World Series next week to raise awareness for the CD. Also included on the release will be an all-star sing-along affair on the song "Come Together Now", co-written by Sharon Stone (!), and featuring performances by artists as diverse as Celine Dion, Joss Stone and The Game.
Also on the album will be the all-star version of Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven", previously released as part of last year's tsunami relief efforts. The song, which features Velvet Revolver, Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne among many others, is now available exclusively through the iTunes music store, with all proceeds going to Save The Children.
Proceeds from the sale of the Come Together Now CD, meanwhile, will be split between Habitat For Humanity, the American Red Cross and the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund.
Writer: Neil McDonald