Kanye West, Ellie Goulding, the National and more will collaborate on a new project spearheaded by Mumford & Sons‘ Ben Lovett and and Global Citizen co-founder and CEO Hugh Evans. Lovett’s band will also contribute to the 12-track album, Metamorphoses, that will be to be released in the fall.
For the new undertaking, participating artists will create original songs that pull lyrics from words and stories told by people around the world, raising awareness of efforts to eradicate extreme poverty, fight climate change and confront injustice internationally.
“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,” said Lovett in a statement. “The artists involved in this project are some of the most genuine artists the world has to offer. Artists like 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.”
“We are so excited that Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons, The National and Kanye West are standing with millions of Global Citizens around the world in the fight to end extreme poverty by 2030,” added Evans, who executive produced 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.”
Lyrical submissions are open through March 31 here. New artists will be announced as the project moves ahead.