Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey are just some of the artists who will be featured performing patriotic or spirited American songs on the benefit compilation God Bless America, which comes out October 16.
The record will contain 15 tracks, and much of the proceeds will go to the Twin Towers Fund, which helps the families of police officers, firefighters, EMS workers and other city employees who lost their lives September 11 assisting in the rescue effort at the World Trade Center.
Dion a Canadian has recorded a new arrangement of the title track. Live tracks have been contributed by Springsteen & the E Street Band, who play "Land of Hope and Dreams," and Mellencamp, who performs an acoustic version of "Peaceful World."
While many of the tracks are contemporary, the album also features such classics as Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," Frank Sinatra's "America the Beautiful," Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Pete Seeger's version of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."
Track list for God Bless America, according to Columbia Records:
- "God Bless America" - Celine Dion
- "Land of Hope and Dreams" - Bruce Springsteen
- "Hero" - Mariah Carey
- "Amazing Grace" - Tramaine Hawkins
- "Blowin' in the Wind" - Bob Dylan
- "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon & Garfunkel
- "Peaceful World" - John Mellencamp
- "There's a Hero" - Billy Gilman
- "America the Beautiful" - Frank Sinatra
- "God Bless the U.S.A." - Lee Greenwood
- "This Land Is Your Land" - Pete Seeger
- "Coming Out of the Dark" - Gloria Estefan
- "We Shall Overcome" - Mahalia Jackson
- "The Star-Spangled Banner" - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
- "Lean on Me" - Bill Withers
For more information on and audience reaction to the attacks, including tips on how you can help, see "9.11.01: Moving Forward".