In June, 2005, the songwriter, musician and producer Joe Henry brought together five of the greatest living artists of soul: Ann Peebles, Billy Preston, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint. Henry’s idea was to create an album of “new music done in a classic mode, not a re-creation of classic soul music…a record authentic to where these five particular artists find themselves today—and in relationship to one another.” The resulting recording, I Believe to My Soul, features these soul luminaries performing material they have never before recorded. Henry’s Work Song label, Rhino and Starbucks Hear Music will co-release the album simultaneously to traditional retail stores and Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada on October 4.
While not initially conceived as a benefit recording, in the time since the tracks for I Believe to My Soul were recorded in June of 2005, tremendous devastation has struck the U.S. Gulf Coast –home of two of the featured artists on I Believe to My Soul, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint. In Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks Hear Music, Rhino and Work Song and will donate $10 of the purchase price of every CD sold to aid in the region’s recovery. In all other retail channels in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks Hear Music and Rhino and Work Song will donate $3 of the purchase price of every CD sold. Donations will be made to the American Red Cross and the Canadian Red Cross (according to the country in which the CD was purchased) to provide support for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. This donation will continue for the lifetime of the CD and is in addition to Starbucks Coffee Company’s long-term relief and recovery efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
You can listen to the entire album at Rhino’s Listnening Party at rhino.com.