RENOWNED MUSICIANS JACK JOHNSON, CITIZEN COPE AND O.A.R. LEND FAVORITE SONGS TO ROCK FOR RELIEF ALBUM TO BENEFIT TSUNAMI, HURRICANE VICTIMS
DUE JANUARY 31 ON FOUNDATIONS/ZOË/ROUNDER RECORDS Jack Johnson, Citizen Cope, O.A.R., Ari Hest, Xavier Rudd and a host of other socially conscious artists have lent their music and their time to the upcoming Rock for Relief album to benefit the victims of recent natural disasters, including the Indian Ocean tsunamis, Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita and the earthquake in Pakistan.
In the past year, the earth has been ravaged by a series of devastating natural disasters. With the understanding that their shared voices can help mobilize relief efforts and change the lives of those who have been displaced by the events of the last year, artists like Marc Broussard, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Howie Day, Guster, Dispatch, Matt Nathanson and The Clarks have all donated tracks to Rock for Relief. Set for a January 31, 2006 release via Foundations and Zoë/Rounder Records, all proceeds from the sales of the compilation will go to the nonprofit organization Mercy Corps, which will distribute the funds.
"The idea to put together an album that would benefit victims of the natural disasters from the past year came about shortly after the Indian Ocean Tsunamis" said executive producer, Steve Bursky. "Once we put the word out to managers of our target artists, the acts that have since signed on to the project were thrilled to help and to donate their music. Music is a universal language that can uplift spirits, and with this album, hopefully it can also help alleviate the burdens of those suffering from natural disasters by providing them with food and other necessary resources, through our beneficiary, Mercy Corps."
Mercy Corps, a national nonprofit organization, which alleviates suffering, poverty and oppression in over 35 countries around the world, was chosen as the beneficiary of the funds raised by Rock for Relief because of its vision and high rate of effectiveness. The organization currently reaches over seven million people, including those in communities recovering from the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, with 92 percent of its resources allocated to programs that help people in need.