GLENN HUGHES Covers THE POLICE Classic "Roxanne"; Audio Online
August 29, 2014, 6 months ago
The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring The Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance at the awards ceremony.
"The idea is to do something like a big Rock Against Trafficking party around Grammy Week," Gary Miller, the record producer and musician who started the organization to raise awareness of the global slave trade, tells Billboard. "What I would love to do is perform at the Grammys, maybe a medley of a couple of songs and maybe have The Police come on as well. We're going to do everything we possibly can to approach the Grammys and say, 'Look, if I can get all the acts together, can we do something?' "
Miller - A British native whose credits include David Bowie, Lionel Richie, George Michael, Donna Summer, Kylie Minogue, Charlotte Church and more - certainly has a formidable group of artists committed to the album project. Already recorded are tracks by Slash and Fergie ("So Lonely"), Journey's Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda ("Synchronicity 2"), Heart ("Wrapped Around My Finger"), Julian Lennon ("If I Ever Lose My Faith"), Glenn Hughes ("Roxanne"), American Idol alumnus David Cook ("Message in a Bottle"), En Vogue ("Brand New Day"), Steve Lukather and Lee Ritenour ("Shape of My Heart"), former Yes frontman Jon Anderson ("Every Little Thing She Does is Magic"), Paul Carrack ("Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot") and former Free bassist Andy Fraser ("Every Breath You Take"). Carlos Santana, Joss Stone and Keb' Mo' are also on board but have not yet finalized their tracks.
Read more and listen to Glenn Hughes' cover of "Roxanne" at Billboard.com.