Supermodel and activist Christy Turlingon Burns is once again teaming up with Starbucks to release Every Mother Counts 2012, the second album to benefit the organization she founded of the same name, which supports maternal mortality reduction programs globally.
The new collection, available exclusively at Starbucks in the US and Canada from May 1 to May 29 to celebrate Mother's Day, features artists including Sting, Rita Wilson, Rufus Wainwright, David Bowie, and more, as well as several previously unreleased tracks (full track listing below).
"I went to friends first, as I did with the first CD," Turlington Burns tells Rolling Stone. "Bono and Chris Martin were great supporters of the project the first time around, and when I knew I wanted to include men on this album they were obvious choices. They are also both fathers to daughters. Others, such as Patti Smith and Rita Wilson, I've known for a long time, and some, like Edie Brickell and Paul Simon, I only met briefly but was a huge admirer. I generally wanted a diverse group of artists who were parents, or in the case of Edward Sharpe, who will be soon. We wanted to reach a broad audience on this issue with this particular project and with a range of perspectives."
The full track listing for the CD is as follows. Songs with an asterisk indicate previously unheard tracks.
Bono and the Edge "Original of the Species" (acoustic) *
Eddie Vedder " Skipping" *
Paul Simon and Edie Brickell "Pretty Day" *
Faith Hill "Wish for You"
Sade "The Sweetest Gift"
Lauryn Hill "I Remember"
Rita Wilson "Baby I'm Yours" *
Diana Krall "Don't Fence Me In" *
Dave Matthews Band "Sister" (live) *
Alanis Morissette "Magical Child" *
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros "Mother" *
David Bowie "Everyone Says 'Hi'"
Cedella Marley "Get Up Stand Up" *
Beck "Corrina, Corrina" *
Rufus Wainwright "Instead of the Dead" *
Patti Smith "Somalia" *
Coldplay "Yellow" (acoustic) *
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