(August 8, 2006) — An all-star lineup including Eric Clapton, Madonna, Alicia Keys, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger and David Bowie, The Dixie Chicks, Sarah McLachlan and more are set to slip Between The Covers for the release of the benefit album to hit stores on Tuesday, September 12th. Proceeds from the album, a compilation of covers of some of the greatest songs of this generation, will go to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation, which supports cancer, leukemia, and AIDS research. VH1, VH1 Classic and Logo are also set to air a thirty-minute special in conjunction with the album?s release. Created and produced by Paul Katz, Founder and CEO of Commit Media, the disc brings together for the first time thirteen inspired cover tracks of all-time classic songs by some of the music industry?s greatest songwriters and performers. ?I have learned over the years that when talented people who are in the public eye, like these musicians, come together for a greater good the end result is nothing short of amazing,? said Katz. ?Entertainers can make people aware of a cause and inspire us to make a difference.? The album will feature a littlesomething for everyone.
From Sheryl Crow?s hit rendition of ?The First Cut Is The Deepest?, to Alicia Keys? take on ?If I Was Your Woman/Walk On By,? to Eric Clapton?s unforgettable unplugged version of ?Nobody Knows You When You?re Down and Out,? to the Dixie Chicks? stirring version of ?Landslide.?
It will also include Madonna?s hit remake of ?American Pie,?Norah Jones? cover of ?Cold, Cold Heart? and muchmore
VH1, VH1 Classic and Logo will also air a half-hour special hosted by actor/director Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael, ?The Bacon Brothers,? in conjunction with the album. The special will premiere on VH1 on Tuesday, September 12, the day of the album?s release.
Logo will air the program on Tuesday, September 12 at 7:30 pm and Friday, September 15th and 2:30 a.m. Check local listings. ?The Bacon Brothers? are featured on the VH1 special as well as on Between The Covers performing their rendition of the Beatles? ?If I Needed Someone,? which they recorded just for this project. “Between The Covers” was put together to raise awareness and funds for the T.J. Martell Foundation. Tony Martell established the foundation in 1975 in honor of his son T.J., who died aged 21 after a battle with leukemia. Since then, the foundation has raised more than $215 million, with the help of many in the music industry and beyond, to support innovative research for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS at eight labs throughout the United States. ?We, at the foundation are absolutely thrilled with this very special CD. For the past thirty years the T.J. Martell Foundation has been committed to raising funds for cutting-edge innovative research into the treatments and cures of cancer, leukemia and AIDS? said Tony Martell. ?We know a cure is in sight - - and with projects like this CD, our goal becomes more of a reality.?