In times of hardship, people often find a common bond. And sometimes that bond is strengthened by music. Phillip Phillips of "American Idol" is just the latest artist to lend support to the beleaguered victims of Hurricane Sandy, and he will present a mini-concert online in mid-November to help keep attention focused on the ongoing relief efforts and those struggling to regain order to their lives.
Phillips will perform to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief, performing a short 20-minute concert on November 15 with the New York PS 22 choir. Tickets for the show are available at StageIt.com. The number of tickets are limited, so those wanting to see the "Idol" winner might want to purchase them relatively soon before they're all gone.
The best part is the price of admission. The tickets are going for "give what you can."
Phillips joins a long line of recording artists and celebrities that have pitched in to help with disaster relief efforts. Just days after the hurricane hit, NBC televised a one-hour commercial-free benefit concert through its parent company NBCUniversal. The relief concert, "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together Benefit Concert," was hosted by "Today" show host Matt Lauer and included such celebrities as Jimmy Fallon, Steven Tyler, Mary J. Blige, Sting, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny DeVito and NBC News' Brian Williams. Staten Island's own Christina Aguilera opened the show with her classic "Beautiful" and Long Island native Billy Joel performed "Miami 2017." New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi performed a heartfelt acoustic version of "Living On A Prayer" and fellow Jerseyite Bruce Springsteen closed the show with "Land of Hope and Dreams."
The American Red Cross announced the following day, Nov. 3, that the concert had brought in over $23 million in donations.
ABC Television set up a "Day of Giving" for the Red Cross as well. Held on Nov. 5, the effort garnered over $16.8 million in donations.
Celebrities as well as recording artists chipped in as well. A list compiled by Have U Heard shows Lady Gaga giving $1 million to Hurricane Relief Aid, Justin Bieber giving up $1 per ticket sold in a quartet of shows being held in New York, Rihanna holding a relief party and personally donating 1.000 sleeping bags, late night talk show Chelsea Handler pledging $100,000 to the Red Cross, and Simon Cowell donating $25,000 through the New York Daily News' relief campaign.
Southern rockers Marshall Tucker Band ("Heard It In A Love Song," "Can't You See") filled up their tour truck with coats and blankets to send north from Spartanburg, S. C. According to the Associated Press, lead singer Doug Gray said that the band appreciated the support they had received over the last four decades. Besides the tour truck, two other trucks were placed in the Spartanburg area for additional collections. The band urged people to make monetary comtributions via the Red Cross.
CNN Money reported Saturday (Nov. 9) that the relief agency had pulled in over $117 million thus far for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts.
Hurricane Sandy is estimated to have impacted the lives of over 50 million people in the U. S. and Canada in 24 states after it hugged the eastern seaboard the last week of October and finally came ashore in New Jersey. The masive 1,000-mile-wide superstorm killed at least 185 people in the United States and in the Caribbean. In the painful aftermath, some 8.5 million people were left without electricity and over $20 billion was the estimated damage done by the wind and rain ($50 with the inclusion of business and work-related losses). Thousands were left homeless by fire, wind and flood damage. The response was almost immediate, with millions of people in the U. S. (and around the world) giving to the American Red Cross and its disaster relief efforts, not to mention those volunteering their time and money to help restore power, provide shelter, medical supplies, and foodstuffs by the truckload to the devastated areas.
Phillip Phillips won the Season 11 title of "American Idol" back at the end of May. His first single, the coronation song "Home," has racked up 2.25 million in sales to date, according to Nielsen Soundscan, making it the biggest selling coronation song in the history of the popular show. His much-anticipated first album, The World from the Side of the Moon, is scheduled for a November 19 release.
The online concert is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. (EST). Further details can be found at StageIt.com.
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