Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Popular Rock 'n' Roll Artists Create Benefit Song For St. Jude

Posted by on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM

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In support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, more than 50 classic rock 'n' roll artists have recorded a benefit song for the facility.

Inspired by the highly-prosperous 1985 “We Are The World” collaboration — a benefit single for African famine relief — the rock 'n' rollers came together to record “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World).”

Known as the “Rockers For St. Jude,” the collective includes such artists and musicians as Trini Lopez; Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad); Danny Seraphine (founding member of Chicago); Lee Sklar (bassist for James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Dolly Parton); Fred Mandel (keyboardist for Alice Cooper, Queen, Supertramp, Elton John); Elliot Easton (guitarist and vocalist for The Cars); Jennifer Batten (guitarist for Michael Jackson), and many more.

"If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)" is written and produced by legendary lead guitarist and songwriter, Dick Wagner, who has played with the likes of Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, and KISS.

“There is more love in the human heart than can ever be given away,” Wagner said in the song's press release. “This song is about giving a small part of that endless supply in your heart.”

“If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)” is available for download on iTunes and cdbaby.com for $1.29; Amazon offers the single for 99 cents. Fifty cents from each digital site download will contribute to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital's goal of finding cures for pediatric illnesses.

Founded in Memphis in 1962, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a nonprofit pediatric treatment and research facility focused on advancing the cures, and means of prevention, for children's catastrophic diseases. The organization also provides free lodging to patient families who live more than 35 miles from the hospital when the patient’s treatment requires an overnight stay.

Check out the video for “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)” below.

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