Last weekend, following the 25th Annual Stellar Awards ceremony held in Nashville, Kirk Franklin banded together a group of gospel music artists billed as Artists United for Haiti to record “Are You Listening: A Love Song For Haiti.” The single was immediately made available for sale on the Internet. None of the artists charged a fee to participate, and all net proceeds from the song will be donated to Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts.
The touching ballad speaks of the helplessness one might feel watching the news of the tragedy unfold from so far away, but assures that help is on the way. The chorus rings passionately, “Is there anybody out there listening? And does anybody know my name? No, my friend we were not there, but we’re here and we care, and yes, we feel your pain.”
Among the artists who contributed their gifts to the recording of “Are You Listening” were 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 Winans, CeCe Winans and Marvin Winans.
The song gets support from an an all-star choir which includes 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, and Brian Courtney Wilson.
“Are You Listening” premiered on the Gospel Music Channel earlier this week. But just in case you missed its debut, you can view the official music video online below.
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