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article imageCanadian Song, 'We Are All One Nation,' Raising Money for Haiti Special

By Caroline Menzies     Jan 21, 2010 in Entertainment
A new song, "We Are All One Nation (in God's Eyes)," by Owen Sound-based singer-songwriter Brian Moniz, in collaboration with music producer Paul Farrow, to air across Canada to raise money for Haitian disaster relief.
Owen Sound, Ontario – On January 19, just one week after the Haiti earthquake, a song was released to every radio station in Canada, which was written and recorded in response to the Haiti earthquake tragedy. Funds from online downloads of the song will go to Haitian disaster relief.
The song was the brainchild of Paul Farrow, an Owen Sound music producer and a member of the Sauble Christian Fellowship Church. At the time of the earthquake, 56 members of his church's congregation were in Haiti at the Mission of Hope, located about 45 minutes north of Port-au-Prince, and with stories and information “beyond belief” reaching home, Farrow was moved to take immediate action.
The day after the earthquake, he phoned Owen Sound singer-songwriter Brian Moniz and pitched his idea that their combined talents could help make a difference. In a telephone interview, Farrow said he chose Moniz because he already knew him, having produced his last record and added, “He is a brilliant songwriter and he has a heart of God and a heart for helping.”
A previous Moniz song, “Ghosts of 911”, reached number 4 on Neil Young's “Living with War Today: Songs of The Times" webpage, with an estimated 40,000 votes, and as a result, Moniz was invited to play in Kentucky as part of a “Concert for Peace,” with other members of the webpage.
When asked about his own motivation for the Haiti song, Moniz said, “The people of Haiti need everyone's help. The hope for “All One Nation,” is that we can become one nation in our efforts to help out. It takes more than money, though, it takes prayers and faith in all of us.”
The day after Farrow's phone call, Moniz came to Farrow's studio with the hook for the song, while Farrow had worked out the 31/2 minute structure, to make it suitable for radio air play. Moniz rewrote the lyrics 3 times and after 3 nights the song was ready. Farrow 's intern, Ian Holm, did the instrumentation, with Julie Craven, Tammy Kroezen and Farrow's babysitter as well as five-year-old Emily Farrow, providing backup vocals.
Farrow then contacted Joe Wood, from RDR Music Group, a Toronto-based music distribution company, who is the primary contact person for getting songs to radio in Canada. When Wood heard the song, he told Farrow it "sent shivers up his spine," and offered his company's distribution services free of charge. He also agreed to arrange for trackers, who monitor radio airplay frequency, for several hundred radio stations.
Farrow also sent the song to a buddy in Nashville with the hopes of getting the same thing happening there.
Farrow and his wife are in the process of setting up a charitable foundation, in order to continue raising funds for disaster relief. The foundation was to be called "One Nation," but the domain name was taken, so "We Are All One Nation," with the url, was chosen. Money raised from the .99 download of the song will be directed to Haitian relief through Canadian Feed the Children, and The Salvation Army Canada, as well as The Mission of Hope.
The Mission of Hope maintains a school and a full medical centre on a 70 acre property in Haiti, where missionaries from many church groups and charitable organizations go to help out. The 56 members from the Sauble Christian Fellowship Church, who were there when the earthquake struck, included a large group of youth, and though many wanted to stay to help, being unprepared to handle a tragedy of that magnitude, it was decided they should return home. They arrived safely back in Sauble Beach, near Owen Sound, Saturday. In the meantime, the Mission of Hope medical centre has been pressed into frantic service treating earthquake victims.
Farrow said "The We Are All One Nation Foundation" will continue to raise money for various causes - the next possibly addressing issues around human trafficking in Canada.
To download the song, click here.
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