January 12 marks the one year anniversary of the earthquake that rocked Haiti to its core. The country is still regaining it's footing and Melky Jean, along with her brother Wyclef, are spearheading many of the efforts through their Carma Foundation and Yéle Haiti organizations, respectively. Melky recently released the first look at her upcoming Care For Haiti album.
" 'Better' is the first single off the Care For Haiti project coming out on Women’s Day, which is March 8," Melky Jean told MTV News. "I wrote the treatment and when you’re an artist and you get to see what you wrote come to life the way you imagined it, it’s amazing. The guy in the video saw the what was going on with the Haitian people but was going on with his life. We wanted to remind people about Haiti and say it's important because it’s a global issue for everyone."
Ms. Jean began putting the Care For Haiti album together in 2007 and rounded up diverse list of contributors. All of the proceeds from the LP, which will be distributed by Ted Lucas' Slip-N-Slide Records, will go to Care, an organization that has been actively helping in Haiti for more than 50 years.
"Back in 2007 not many people knew what was going on in Haiti but I was able to get some really awesome artists at the time like KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Patti LaBelle, Sean Paul, of course Wyclef, Natasha Bedingfield and Angélique Kidjo to really be part of this amazing project," she said.
And while "Better" is meant to elicit individual action, Melky hopes people will volunteer en mass.
"I wrote the song to make everyone feel like they had the power to inspire others," she said. "People always say 'I’m going to start with the man in the mirror,' but I want us to hold hands and look in the mirror together."
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