Kirk Franklin Heads “Artists United” for Haiti
Multi-Dove Award and Grammy-winning Christian gospel, hip hop and R&B singer Kirk Franklin is heading up a project to provide relief and financial support to earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince Haiti, according to his official web site www.kirkfranklin.com.
Franklin’s latest single entitled “Are You Listening: A Love Song for Haiti” will feature the voices of over 150 well-known contemporary Christian and gospel singers including Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, BeBe, CeCe and Marvin Winans, Mary Mary, Nicole C. Mullen and dozens more. As has been the case with so many other music artists throughout the industry, all proceeds and donations to the project single will go directly to relief efforts in Haiti.
Franklin recently told the Gospel Music Channel, “We see these people as God’s children. We want to do our part and I just want people to know that the gospel community can respond to a powerful natural disaster.”
Haiti was struck two weeks ago by a devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake, leaving over 150,000 dead and an estimated 1.5 million homeless, according to national news reports. Since that time, several countries have continued to extend national aid and support to the remaining citizens. Unfortunately, as one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti lacks the infrastructure to deal with such a large scale catastrophe.
“We hope this song will bring much needed support and awareness in an effort to raise funds in the near and long-term future,” says Franklin. “The people of Haiti are very spiritual people with an unwavering faith and belief in God and still count the Lord as the main source and provider. We will continue to pray and stand with them.”
According to Franklin’s web site, the official “Are You Listening” music video is slated to air worldwide during a special one hour Gospel Music Channel presentation on Friday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. (ET). The GMC will also broadcast a special “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon at 8:00 p.m., immediately following. The single is already preparing to enter the world of iTunes and will be released at Wal-Mart and other major music retailers after January 30.