Six young Ghanaians have been chosen as part of a global choir to join Grammy-winning musical artist Kirk Franklin to re-release his single, “Lean on Me”.
The six elected are: Angela, 13 years old; GÃ©dÃ©on, 18 years old; Emmanuel, 16 years old; Henri, 13 years old; Esther, 16, and Patricia, 18
A statement signed by Mr. David O. Mensah, a field spokesperson for Compassion International Ghana’s national office and copied by the Ghana News Agency, said that young people who were part of the children’s and youth development program Youth of Compassion International, were chosen to join their peers from 24 other countries to participate in the Youth Choir of Compassion.
He said that over the past few months, Franklin has worked with young people from all 25 countries as part of Compassion International’s Child and Youth Development Program.
The statement said that through auditions and virtual rehearsals, the Compassion Youth Choir, made up of more than 120 young people aged 11 to 19, worked with the artist to record the song, which was originally released in 1998.
The statement quoted Kirk Franklin: âIt has been an honor to work with so many talented and gifted young children from around the world! I am grateful to the Compassion International team for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity.
âIt’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, âhe added.
Angela, 13, also said: âI am very happy to be part of this choir. The song is an inspiration to me and my family. I firmly believe that this opportunity will help me in my musical career.
The statement said that during the virtual sessions, Franklin provided vocal coaching, answered questions about his music life and career, and even taught the group some dance moves.
He said the clip for the re-release of “Lean on Me,” featuring the Compassion Youth Choir, can be viewed at compassion.com/kirkfranklin or on YouTube.
The statement said Fo Yo Soul / RCA Records and Franklin would donate the proceeds from sales and releases of the song to Compassion International.
Compassion International is a Christian child and youth 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 over 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.