For the past five years, New York musicians have joined forces to produce a holiday album for a good cause.
Each year, A Holiday Benefit is recorded and released by local talent. All proceeds donated to 826NYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills.
The fifth and final benefit show will be held on Wednesday at Rockwood Music Hall Stage II.
Singer-songwriter Benjamin Wagner explained his idea for the yearly event was inspired by the 1984 Band Aid song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Featuring Sting, Bono, Duran Duran, Paul Young and numerous other musicians, the track raised money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
“It’s not the greatest song on the planet, but at the time no one had ever done that before,” he said.
For my complete article, visit CBS. Watch the group’s video for “Do They Know It’s Christmas” below.