For the holiday season, the actors and actresses of FOX’s hit series “Glee” are combining their talents and recording a special version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by charity musical group Band Aid.
The 1984 hit single was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure recognizing the famine in Ethiopia. Now, thanks to “Glee” the song has been recreated with proceeds being donated to the Band Aid Charitable Trust.
Established in 1985, the charity supports poverty, famine and other projects in developing countries.
Excited over “Glee” rerecording his song, Band Aid member Geldof revealed, “The reverberations of this little song continue down the long 26 years since Midge Ure and I wrote it. It could not be more timely now that Glee with its vast global audience of young people re-introduce it to a whole new constituency who are probably unaware of the great tragedy unfolding amongst the hungry, poor and dying of Somalia as a result of drought and a bitter and pointless civil war. This song was made specifically with that intent.
“Band Aid would like to thank from the bottom of its heart all the producers and actors of Glee who have gone beyond their normal brief of entertainment and entered into the spirit and understanding of that recording and its artists 26 years ago and its many subsequent iterations, by opening their website to the topic of poverty and the poor and linking it through to the Band Aid and the One Campaign sites.
“This is entertainment with purpose.”
To donate to this worthy charity, all you have to do is log onto iTunes and take a listen and buy the song. For each purchase, 91 cents will be donated, including 100 percent of the artist’s and label’s share.
Seems like the stars of “Glee” know what the holiday season is about!