Friday, March 9, 2012

"Original of the Species" in Every Mother Counts

A new benefit project for model Christy Turlington Burn’s Every Mother Counts program will include tracks from a bevy of big names in rock. Among those featured are U2′s Bono and the Edge, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, Dave Matthews Band, Sting, David Bowie, Beck, Rufus Wainwright and Coldplay, among others.

Highlights include an acoustic version of Coldplay’s early hit “Yellow,” an acoustic take on “Original of the Species” by Bono and the Edge, and Vedder’s “Skipping.” Also participating: Sade, Faith Hill, Diana Krall, Seal, Alanis Morrisette and Patti Smith, among others.

Starbucks is co-sponsoring the project, which will be called Every Mother Counts, Volume 2. Turlington Burn’s charity seeks to raise awareness in reducing the maternal mortality rate. The compilation will be available from May 1-29 in America; release dates in the UK have not yet been set.

“Bono and (Coldplay’s) Chris Martin were great supporters of the project the first time around,” Turlington Burns told Rolling Stone magazine, “and when I knew I wanted to include men on this album, they were obvious choices. They are also both fathers to daughters. I generally wanted a diverse group of artists who were parents.”


Bono  and The Edge: Original Of The Species
Eddie Vedder: Skipping
Paul Simon  and  Edie Brickell: Pretty Day
Faith Hill: Wish For You
Sade: The Sweetest Gift
Lauryn Hill: I Remember
Rita Wilson: Baby I’m Yours
Diana Krall: Don’t Fence Me In
Seal: Secret
Dave Matthews Band: Sister
Sting: Fragilidad
Alanis Morissette: Magical Child
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros: Mother
David Bowie: Everyone Says Hi
Cedella Marley: Get Up Stand Up
Beck: Corrina, Corrina
Rufus Wainwright: Instead Of The Dead
Patti Smith: Somalia
Coldplay: Yellow

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