Christian bands Lifehouse and Switchfoot have teamed up to release a song aimed at raising money for Hurricane Harvey survivors in Houston.
“We can’t imagine what everyone is going through right now in Houston, but they’ve all been in our thoughts and prayers,” Billboard quotes Lifehouse lead singer Jason Wade as stating.
“Jon [Foreman, lead singer of Switchfoot] and I started writing ‘Shine Like Gold’ at the beginning of this tour, but it wasn’t until we recorded it in Nashville that we really knew what it was about,” he continued.
“Seeing all of these amazing individuals who’ve sacrifice for their neighbors and stepped up in the face of extreme hardship has been so inspiring. This song is for them.”
Billboard quotes Jon Foreman, meanwhile, as stating, “Jason and I had always talked about writing a song together. When it finally happened, ‘Shine Like Gold’ became a song about everyday heroes fighting their way through the darkness toward the light. On the day we recorded the song, Hurricane Harvey began wreaking havoc in Texas. Sometimes you don’t know what a song is for until after its written. In this case it became crystal clear.”
“As we watched our friends and family in Texas struggle through the aftermath of the hurricane, we knew exactly what we had to do.”
According to Billboard, all proceeds collected from the song’s sale will go towards Food for the Hungry, a Christian non-profit that will be providing – among many things – food, water, hygiene kits and bedding.
Billboard further reports that the bands – which are currently touring together – hope to raise $50,000 from the song, which is available for sale under a ‘pay-what-you-can’ model here.
They’re already 85% of the way there as of writing, according to a ticker on Switchfoot’s website.