Kanye West, The National, Ellie Goulding, and Mumford & Sons are among the acts that will be included on Metamorphoses, a new album that aims to raise awareness of global issues and raise funding to end extreme poverty worldwide.
The album will task a number of famous artists with making songs out of the testimonials of people living in extreme poverty. The project is being led by Mumford’s own Ben Lovett and the co-founder of the advocacy group Global Citizen, Hugh Evans. Lovett talked about his plans for Metamorphoses in a statement.
“Metamorphoses has the potential to break down our preconceptions of the voices of creativity, what different people around the world are thinking and who has the right to be heard. In my own life, I’ve experienced people trying to define me and put me in boxes and categories. Through collaboration we can show people how those lines can be blurred and are ultimately redundant. The artists involved in this project are some of the most genuine artists the world has to offer. Artists like Kanye West, and The National are doing something globally important that is touching people down to their DNA. And these masterfully creative people are going to be interpreting incredible submissions from people across the globe. It has been a joy reading all of the submissions we received over the past six months. I’m truly excited to see what we will create together.”
Evans also admitted that he was jazzed about the project’s latest additions.
“We are so excited that Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons, The National and Kanye West are standing with millions of Global Citizens around the world in the fight to end extreme poverty by 2030,” added Evans, who executive-produced the album. “We’ve crowd-sourced the lyrics from every corner of the world, making Metamorphoses a truly global tribute to our collective responsibility to tackle these issues.”
More artists are expected to be announced as the project gets closer to its planned release in the fall.