Global Citizen is an initiative that aims to end poverty by 2030 and to tackle some of the larger issues in climate change. Each year the projects holds a festival in New York, bringing in worldwide music fans and change advocates alike.
This year, The National, Kanye West, Ben Lovett from Mumford and Sons and Ellie Goulding have signed on to collaborate on Metamorphoses, a 12 track compilation album using crowdsourced lyrics from around the globe. Anyone can submit lyrics to be used on the album until March 31st.
Aaron Dessner of the National says “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.”
Watch the trailer for Metamorphoses above.
Lovett, who is co-founder of Global Citizen with CEO Hugh Evans explained in a press release:
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. 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.
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