Grammy-winning music artist Kirk Franklin has teamed up with Compassion International to re-release his single, “Lean on Me,” featuring the voices of youth living in poverty around the world.
Official music video for “Lean On Me” by Kirk Franklin and The Compassion Youth Choir. Kirk Franklin worked with youth in Compassion International’s child development program to create a choir of 120+ members from all over the world. Proceeds from the sales of this version of “Lean On Me” will go to Compassion.
For the past several months, Franklin has been working with youth from all 25 countries in Compassion’s child development program. Through virtual auditions and rehearsals, the Compassion Youth Choir, made up of more than 120 youth, ages 11-19, worked with the artist to record the song, which was originally released in 1998.
After a trip to the Dominican Republic with Compassion in early 2020, Franklin felt called by God to use his talents, platform, and personal story to inspire youth around the world to pursue their own giftings.
In late 2020, Compassion sent out a call to youth in its field countries, where the ministry serves children in poverty, to participate in a virtual choir. Franklin was originally planning on selecting winners from each country to participate in the choir, but after reviewing video submissions from the youth, he was so moved by their talent and passion that he chose everyone who auditioned to participate in the project.
Franklin shares, “It was such an honor working with so many young, talented, and gifted kids from across the globe! I’m grateful to the team at Compassion International for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”
During the virtual sessions, Franklin provided vocal coaching, answered questions about his life and musical career, and even taught the group some dance moves.