Internationally renowned musical group Evanescence and its founder and lead singer, Amy Lee, announced today they are partnering with the United Nations Foundation to raise money for the United Nations’ relief efforts in Haiti.
“I am deeply moved by the tragic loss and devastation in Haiti. We hope to be able to make a positive contribution to the UN’s emergency response by teaming with the UN Foundation through our music,” says front woman Amy Lee.
Evanescence, as well as their record label, New York based Wind-up Records, and their publisher, S1 Songs America, are donating their respective portions of proceeds from the sale of the song to the UN Foundation for the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Beginning Friday, January 22, 2010, the song “Together Again” will be made available as a free download for those who donate to the UN Foundation in support of the CERF. The song, which has never before been released, will be available for the next 30 days as a special download on www.unfoundation.org/evanescence.
“The UN is rising to the challenge in this time of need and we are grateful for the support of Evanescence to help the UN provide food, water, medicine and emergency relief,” said Aaron Sherinian, Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the UN Foundation. “The UN’s leadership is vital to helping the people of Haiti today, and in rebuilding during the weeks and months to come.”
Evanescence broke onto the scene with the release of Fallen in 2003. The album garnered two Top 10 singles, “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal” and landed the group two Grammy awards (Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance). The album stayed on Billboard’s Top 200 chart for over 100 weeks and went on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide. In October 2006, the band released its much-anticipated second studio album, The Open Door, on Wind-up Records. To date, more than 5 million copies of The Open Door have been sold. Combined, those two titles have sold in excess of twenty million copies worldwide in addition to the live DVD/CD Anywhere But Home.
Evanescence will begin recording their third studio album in February for an early fall 2010 release.
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.
Catie Monck, Evanescence
Aaron Sherinian, UN Foundation