Heart of America (song)

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Heart of America is a charity single written by Tim Blixseth, and his wife Edra Crocker and "two music-industry professionals".[1] The song became the anthem for the Today TV show's "Make a Difference" campaign to benefit the victims of 2005s Hurricane Katrina.[2] In 2005 Blixseth and Crocker appeared on the show to talk about the song.[3] According to Blixseth it was written in the middle of the night after he awoke from a dream.[3] The song was recorded by Wynonna Judd, Michael McDonald, Terry Dexter and Eric Benet.[4] It was played on NBC as part of a Habitat for Humanity campaign.[1]

In June 2006, Ebony magazine reported the song had raised $41 million with projected revenues of $100 million.[5] In August 2006 The Desert Sun reported the song had generated $127 million in revenues for hurricane-relief charities.[6] All of the revenues from the song were for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity, Music Cares and the American Red Cross.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Club Med for the millionaire set, by Susan Dominus, New York Times Magazine, March 5, 2006.
  2. ^ Ward, Leah (Oct 23, 2005) Considerable land swap in the works, Yakima Herald-Republic
  3. ^ a b Unknown author (Oct 5, 2005) The Heart of America, NBC News, accessed Jan 5, 2012
  4. ^ Heart of America, YouTube, Accessed October 2011.
  5. ^ Kinnon, Joy Bennett (June 1, 2006) Eric Benet's voyage for India: singer-songwriter is balancing stardom and fatherhood., Ebony, (" It is estimated that the project will raise $100 million to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. To date, $41 million has been raised")
  6. ^ Downs, Maggie (Aug 6, 2006) Blixseth's tune raises $127 million for ongoing hurricane relief efforts, The Desert Sun, August 30, 2006.