Amplify Red’s theme for December is the art of giving, so with that in mind we thought we would round up some of our favorite charity singles that have raised money and awareness for some really worthwhile causes.
Super Mario Theme Song A Capella
Jimmy Wong is an actor and YouTuber and in 2011 he recorded the main theme of everyone’s favorite gamer brothers, Super Mario Brothers, whilst also adding his own little twist to the theme tune. All proceeds and profits that Jimmy made from the single were donated to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami relief. Jimmy also decided to upload all of his music to iTunes and all the money that he made from that went towards a charity to help support Japan.
Hands – A Song for Orlando
‘Hands’ is a tribute to the victims of the shooting that took place at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It was written by Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels and BloodPop and was produced by Mark Ronson. All of the proceeds from the sales of the single went towards the Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD.
Artists involved: Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, Imagine Dragons, BloodPop, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Mark Ronson, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Kacey Musgraves, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Halsey, Troye Sivan, Ty Herndon, Adam Lambert, MNEK, Alex Newell, Mary Lambert, Prince Royce, Jussie Smollett, Nate Ruess, RuPaul and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles
Just Stand Up!
Sung by a girl band to rival all girl bands, this charity single was the theme tune for the multi-network one hour ‘Stand Up to Caner’ telethon in September 2008. American songwriter and producer L.A. Reid wrote the song and all proceeds of the single went to the ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ foundation.
Artists involved: Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus Sheryl Crow, Nicole Sherzinger, Fergie, Leona Lewis, Keyshia Cole, Natasha Bedingfield, LeAnn Rimes, Melissa Etheridge, Ciara, Ashanti, Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey
‘Fresh Eyes’ is a song by American musician Andy Grammer. All proceeds from the charity single go to the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, which is a private, Christian homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles’s Skid Row. Most of the video budget was spent on clothes, food and barbers for the homeless community at the Union Rescue Mission. The video is really lovely to watch as you see homeless people at the shelter given new clothes, shaves and haircuts, and the video ends with a party and performance on the mission’s rooftop.
Annie Lennox was inspired to write the single ‘Sing’ after seeing South African activist Zackie Achmat at Nelson Mandela’s 46664 HIV/AIDS concert. ‘Sing’ helped to promote her SING Campaign which aims to help raise awareness and money for issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. The single incorporated the South African tune ‘Jikelele’, which was given to Annie by the activist group called The Generics. Lennox personally invited other musicians to work with her and collaborate on the track and it features 23 additional musicians in total.
Artists involved: Annie Lennox, Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Celine Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angelique Kidjo, Beverly Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall and Martha Wainwright