Love Song to the Earth features performances by Sean Paul, Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Johnny Rzeznik, Krewella, Angelique Kidjo (a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador), Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice and Q’Orianka Kilcher.
Written by Sean Paul, Toby Gad, Natasha Bedingfield and John Shanks, and produced by Toby Gad and John Shanks, the song became available on Friday, September 4, exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music via Connect. The artistes, producers and directors of the Love Song project – as well as Apple – are donating their respective proceeds to Friends of the Earth U.S. and the United Nation Foundation.
One week later, on Friday, September 11, it will enjoy a wide release on all major music distribution and streaming services around the world.
In addition to the song’s release, Executive Director Jerry Cope, has also produced and co-directed a “lyric video” premiering Friday, September 11, which will feature breathtaking film from around the world by award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg, and footage of some of the artistes, along with scientists, celebrities and people all over the world holding signs reading: Keep it Safe, It’s Our World and Love Song to the Earth. The “cast” of the lyric video includes scientist and explorer Sylvia Earle; environmentalist and author Bill McKibben; Love Song performers Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Angelique Kidjo, Kelsea Ballerini, and Q’Orianka Kilcher; keyboardist Chuck Leavell of the Allman Brothers Band and Rolling Stones and founder of the Mother Nature Network (MNN); Love Song director Jerry Cope and his family; comedian Lewis Black; writer/producer Toby Gad and his family; Lyn Lear; UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall; and concludes with members of the Batwa Tribe in Uganda.
In December 2015, the world’s leaders will assemble in Paris for COP21 in an effort to sign a meaningful, universal global agreement on climate change. The song’s producers hope that Love Song to The Earth will bring the issue to new audiences and inspire them to reach out to their leaders to demand climate action. The artistes will be asking their fans to Share the Love Song and Take Climate Action Now by signing a petition that will be delivered to world’s leaders at the beginning of the climate conference.