After a trip to Dominican Republic With Compassion in early 2020, Franklin felt called by God to use his talents, platform, and personal story to inspire young people around the world to pursue their own giving.
At the end of 2020, Compassion launched an appeal to young people in its field countries, where the ministry serves children in poverty, to participate in a virtual choir. Franklin originally planned to select winners from each country to participate in the choir, but after reviewing the videos submitted by the young people, he was so moved by their talent and passion that he chose everyone who auditioned to participate in the project.
Franklin shares: “It has been such an honor to work with so many young, talented and gifted people from all over the world! I am grateful to the Compassion International team for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity. “
During the virtual sessions, Franklin provided vocal coaching, answered questions about his music life and career, and even taught the group some dance moves.
Yshara, 11 years old, from The Philippines says she enjoyed the whole process. “I’m very excited to be a part of the youth choir, to show everyone my singing skills and to be with other singers from different places.” She says her favorite part of working with Franklin was hearing about her life experience and getting better as a singer.
Maria, 18, from Nicaragua adds, “My favorite part was hearing Kirk’s testimony and his words of motivation and inspiration – that if you can dream something, you can achieve it in Jesus Christ.”
“I am extremely happy to be selected,” says Kakama, 18, from Uganda. Born without arms, Kakama began to realize that he was gifted with music at the age of 16. “I feel that God has blessed me so much, beyond what words can explain.”
The clip for the reissue of “Lean on Me,” featuring the Compassion Youth Choir, can be viewed at compassion.com/kirkfranklin or on YouTube.
Franklin concludes, “It’s amazing that a song like this still resonates with so many people. I pray that this version gives some hope to people all over the world.”
Fo Yo Soul / RCA Records and Franklin will donate the proceeds from sales and streams of the song to Compassion. Click here to download or stream “Lean on Me” with the Compassion Youth Choir.
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About Compassion International
Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to free children from poverty in Jesus name. Founded in 1952, Compassion partners with more than 8,000 local churches in 25 program countries to provide spiritual, economic, social and physical care to more than two million infants, children and young adults in poverty. Ranked # 8 on Forbes’ Best Charities 2020 list, Compassion is a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit compassion.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About Fo Yo Soul / RCA Records
Fo Yo Soul Entertainment is a full-service entertainment company based in Dallas, Texas, United States. Created by recording artist Kirk franklin in 2004, Fo Yo Soul Entertainment included Fo Yo Soul Recordings, Fo Yo Soul Productions and The Franklin Imagine Group.
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