Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis and Sean Paul are among the 16 international artists who have lent their voices to “Love Song to the Earth.” Recorded to help spur action on global climate change, the anthem launches worldwide on Friday exclusively through iTunes and Apple Music via Connect. The song will go into wide release on Sept. 11.
Written by Bedingfield, Paul, Toby Gad and John Shanks and produced by Shanks (Stevie Nicks, Kelly Clarkson) and Gad (John Legend, Beyoncé), “Love Song to the Earth” also features Colbie Caillat, Johnny Rzeznik, Krewella, Angelique Kidjo, Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice and Q’orianka Kilcher. The artists, producers and directors of the “Love Song” project and Apple are donating their respective proceeds to Friends of the Earth U.S. and the United Nations Foundation.
Also premiering on Friday is a lyric video produced and co-directed by the project’s executive director Jerry Cope in collaboration with award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg. In addition to featuring several of the song’s performers, the lyric video includes cameos by keyboardist Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers Band, Rolling Stones), comedian Lewis Black and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall.
In a release announcing the “Love Song” launch, Gad said, “I hope this song will broaden the audience for this urgent message and give the politicians emotional support for meaningful climate agreement in Paris.” Gad is referring to the climate conference involving the world’s leaders that will take place there in December.
Added Bedingfield, “Many people turn a blind eye, arguing that everything is OK environmentally. The song reminds us that having ownership of our world means taking care of it. With this song we wanted to talk about the environment in a way that would help people feel empowered to do something rather than be paralyzed by fear.”