Ellie Goulding, Mumfords, The National, Kanye West Record Tracks For Global Citizen Album
March 17, 2016 at 11:58 AM (PT)
ELLIE GOULDING, MUMFORD & SONS, THE NATIONAL and KANYE WEST will all contribute original tracks to "METAMORPHOSES," a new album released by GLOBAL CITIZEN and COMMUNION MUSIC's BEN LOVETT.
The 12-track collaborative effort, to be released this FALL, will turn words and stories crowd-sourced from music fans and activists into songs recorded by the participating artists. Through MARCH 31st, activists around the world are invited to take part in this historic project by submitting words and stories at GlobalCitizen.org/Metamorphoses. LOVETT and the participating artists will curate the most poignant, powerful entries and incorporate them into original songs for the 12 tracks on this unique album.
"METAMORPHOSES" was conceptualized by MUMFORD & SONS member LOVETT and GLOBAL CITIZEN Co-Founder/CEO HUGH EVANS as a "timeless" artwork to magnify the movement of global citizens committed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. GLOBAL CITIZEN is an online advocacy organization committed to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals to end extreme poverty, fight climate change and tackle injustice. The online community connects its seven million users to in-depth content and actions; in 2015 alone global citizens took over two million actions, set to affect the lives of over 92 million people around the world.
THE NATIONAL's AARON DESSNER commented: "We are very excited to explore the creative possibilities of the 'METAMORPHOSES' project, setting the words of others to music and bringing communities together to fight poverty. GLOBAL CITIZEN is doing very important, pro-social work and we are honored to be able to contribute to it."
Added LOVETT: "'METAMORPHOSES' has the potential to break down our preconceptions of the voices of creativity, what different people around the world are thinking and who has the right to be heard. In my own life, I've experienced people trying to define me and put me in boxes and categories. Through collaboration we can show people how those lines can be blurred and are ultimately redundant. "The artists involved in this project are some of the most genuine artists the world has to offer. KANYE WEST and THE NATIONAL are doing something globally important that is touching people down to their DNA. And these masterfully creative people are going to be interpreting incredible submissions from people across the globe. It has been a joy reading all of the submissions we received over the past six months. I'm truly excited to see what we will create together."
LOVETT has been a longtime supporter of GLOBAL CITIZEN both personally and through COMMUNION MUSIC, the artist-run music organization he co-founded in 2006. Built on the belief that music can inspire action, "METAMORPHOSES" is designed to engage individuals worldwide throughout the album's creative process, from song development to the distribution of the album, to hold world leaders accountable to the progress they have made toward eradicating extreme poverty.
Added GLOBAL CITIZEN's EVANS, an executive producer of the album: "We've crowd-sourced the lyrics from every corner of the world, making 'METAMORPHOSES' a truly global tribute to our collective responsibility to tackle these issues not just as individuals, but as a movement of GLOBAL CITIZENS."
Through the annual GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL and its TWO TICKETS INITIATIVE, GLOBAL CITIZEN offers fans the chance to earn their way into events by taking actions to help the world's poor.
For more information about "METAMORPHOSES," the word submission process, or to sign up to take action, please visit www.GlobalCitizen.org/Metamorphoses.