Ark 21 has set a Nov. 19 U.S. release date for "Voices of Hope," a charity album that benefits the Sabera Foundation, a Madrid-based organization that creates shelters, provides health care, and educa
Ark 21 has set a Nov. 19 U.S. release date for "Voices of Hope," a charity album that benefits the Sabera Foundation, a Madrid-based organization that creates shelters, provides health care, and educates women in India, as well as operates an orphanage for 300 girls in Calcutta. The CD, which includes previously unreleased or amended versions of songs from Sting, Elton John, Alanis Morissette, Ricky Martin, Placido Domingo, Bob Dylan, and Alejandro Sanz, features the children from the orphanage on several tracks.
A number of celebrities involved in the foundation have also provided tracks for the project, including Antonio Banderas, who performs a version of "Imagine." Sting and Vincente Amigo team up for the former's "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot," while John and Luciano Pavarotti duet on "Live Like Horses."
Ark 21 chairman Miles Copeland says his Universal-distributed label got involved after Universal Music Group president/COO Zach Horowitz referred the organization's co-president, actress Melanie Griffith, to him. "My company specializes in unique projects, especially ones that relate to the third world, so it was a good fit," he says. "Also, the project needed someone that could [concentrate] on a project coming out at Christmas time when the front-line labels are focused on making their numbers."
The album originates out of Universal Music Spain because the foundation was founded in 1999 by Spanish artist Nacho Cano. It arrives Oct. 14 in Spain and Oct. 28 in other territories.