Kirk Franklin & Friends – “Are You Listening”Published by Torrence Glenn on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 11:51 am.
This post may be short. Because it’s really not about my “commentary” but about the song and the cause.
During this past Stellar Awards weekend, Kirk Franklin and a TON of the gospel artists in town came together to record a song to inspire, comfort and raise funds for the people affected by the recent earthquakes in Haiti. A gospel “We Are The World” if you will. I think the gospel industry ought to be commended for this effort and I support it fully and hope you will too.
I got to visit the studio while many of the artists were recording and it was such a beautiful sight to see. Especially considering the hours they put in. I got there around 3 am and it was still packed wall to wall with artists. Some were cutting leads, others were in the all-star background choir. I KNOW folks were tired, but they stuck it out. Kirk Franklin even turned around to ask me what I thought about a particular part. (Well we’re moving on up!)
Right now you can download the song from www.verityrecords.com and on January 30, you can download from iTunes and/or purchase in Wal Mart and other in person retailers. Proceeds will to go support Haitian relief organizations.
I don’t beg for much, but I PLEASE, PLEASE support this song. We can show folks all over the world that the “saints” can come together and really make differences instead of just talking about stuff. If you don’t do it for the people of Haiti, do it to show unity among Christendom (spell check?) and the gospel industry. Feel me? Take a listen and check out some of the artists involved:
Yolanda Adams, Jeremy Camp, Shirley Caesar, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Natalie Grant, Fred hammond, Tamela & David Mann, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Paul S. Morton, J. Moss, Smokie Norful, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, BeBe & Cece Winans, and Marvin Winans
Other artists who sang in the all star choir were: Shari Addison, Kathy Taylor Brown, John Gray, Bishop Darryl Hines, Stephen Hurd, Karima Kibble, Judith McAllister, Nicole C. Mullen, Jessica Reedy, The Neville Sisters, Troy Sneed, Micah Stampley, Melinda Watts, Brian Courtney Wilson and a bunch of others but my fingers are letting me down.
Support it! Please and thank you!