Kanye West, Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons to release Metamorphoses
Kanye West, Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons, and The National will work together to record songs for a collaborate album, Metamorphoses, to help end poverty. The 12-track collection is in partnership with Global Citizen and will be produced by Global Citizen co-founder and CEO Hugh Evans and Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett.
The album will also house new music from fans and activists who can submit songs to the project on Global Citizen’s website through March 31. Metamorphoses is expected to be out in fall 2016.
“We are very excited to explore the creative possibilities of the Metamorphoses project, setting the words of others to music and bringing communities together to fight poverty,” said Aaron Dessner of The National in a statement. “Global Citizen is doing very important, pro-social work and we are honored to be able to contribute to it.”
“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,” said Lovett. “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.”
“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,” Evans, who is also co-executive producing the album, said. “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 not just as individuals, but as a movement of Global Citizens.”
More artists and a specific release date will be announced later this year.