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Partners in Action was honored to present RISE UP FROM POVERTY, a complimentary concert in your living room.
It was an incredible night of entertainment, as some of the world's most legendary music stars helped further the mission of Partners in Action, in the fight against poverty in Africa.
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Meet The Artists
Michael W. Smith
Michael W Smith is not only one of the most successful and recognizable Contemporary Christian music artists and songwriters in the world - he has also had tremendous success in Mainstream music starting with his 90’s pop anthem “A Place In This World.” Michael has penned 35 #1 hit songs, recorded 20 gold and platinum albums, won three Grammys, and an amazing 45 Dove Awards. ASCAP awarded him with the "Golden Note" Award for lifetime achievement in songwriting, and in 2014 they honored him as the "cornerstone of Christian music" for his significant influence. He is active in charity work, including the One Campaign which he worked on with his friend Bono.
CeCe Winans is the best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, long since cementing her status as one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in modern music history. Recording and performing as both a solo artist and as a duo with her brother BeBe, CeCe has influenced a generation of gospel and secular vocalists over the course of her astonishing career. She’s been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Nashville Music City Walk of Fame, in addition to being named a Trailblazer of Soul by BMI and garnering multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Essence Awards, and more. She’s sold in excess of 5 million albums in the US, topping the Gospel charts repeatedly while crossing over with smashes like “Count On Me,” her stunning duet with Whitney Houston from the multi-platinum Waiting To Exhale soundtrack, which sold 2 million copies and cracked the Top 10 on the Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts.
Alan Parsons - The Alan Parsons project is known the world over for prog-rock hit anthems such as “Eye in the Sky,” “I Wouldn’t Wanna Be Like You,” “Time,” and the instrumental “Sirius” that was Chicago Bulls theme song. Starting with his 1978 debut LP Tales/Edgar Alan Poe his meticulous production and sonic landscapes over 40 years have sold over 60 million. Alan’s career started at Abbey Road studios in 60’s working with the Beatles and then engineering Pink Floyd’s epic Dark Side of the Moon. It continued with studio work for Paul McCartney, the Hollies, Ambrosia, Al Stewart and others. Parsons’ formidable sonic genius and songwriting skills seem to get better with age exemplified by his LP The Secret in 2019 - the same year he won his first Grammy after 22 nominations for his 5.1 Surround Mix of his epic 1982 LP Eye in the Sky.
Richard Page is known worldwide as the unmistakable voice and songwriter behind the legendary 80’s band Mr. Mister, and their timeless classic #1 hits “Kyrie” and “Broken Wings.” He has written and co-written #1 hit songs for Madonna (“I’ll Remember,”) Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, and has recorded with everyone from Amy Grant, to Motley Crue and Tupac Shakur. He’s a beloved veteran in the music industry who’s as comfortable behind the scenes as he is as rock frontman. Amazingly Richard spent 5 years as bassist and singer for the Beatles’ Ringo Starr's All Starr Band at sold-out shows around the world. He is a Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated artist, and his voice and skills as a performer are as powerful today as they’ve ever been, as evidenced by his recent intimate piano and voice YouTube live performances to aid those suffering during the COVID pandemic.
David Pack is the former frontman, guitarist, and iconic voice of legendary 70’s/80’s rock band Ambrosia. David wrote and sang the band’s classic #1 hits including the 3x-Grammy-nominated “Biggest Part of Me,” “How Much I Feel,” and “You’re the Only Woman.” He is also a Grammy-winning record producer via music mentor Quincy Jones; and music director of global events – including both of President Clinton's inaugurals, and charitable events featuring Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Elton John. He has dedicated much of his career to honoring others, conceiving and producing his Songs of West Side Story honoring his friend & mentor Leonard Bernstein – feat. Aretha Franklin, Selena, Trisha Yearwood, Phil Collins and others. He co-wrote/produced the song & DVD “Thank You Billy Graham” joined by Bono, Michael McDonald, TobyMac, Andrae Crouch, Faith Hill, others. His collected works have sold over 50 million units worldwide. His work with Pastor Rick Warren author of “Purpose Driven Life” yielded the CD/DVD The Purpose Of Christmas, raising over $500,000 for Warren’s global PEACE plan.
David Benoit is one of America’s most beloved and successful jazz pianists and composers since bursting onto the jazz scene in the late 70’s. He’s known as the architect of the “Smooth Jazz” radio format for over 3 decades with classic #1 hits such as “Freedom at Midnight,” “Linus & Lucy” from Charlie Brown, “Kei’s Song,” and “Key to You,” his #1 AC collaboration with Ambrosia’s David Pack. Upon the passing of Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi, David took over writing and performing all the music for Charlie Brown TV specials. He’s scored films for Clint Eastwood, Sally Field and others. Along the way David has received multiple Grammy nominations and global accolades while performing at venues from the White House to Carnegie Hall. But one of his greatest passions is helping to mentor young budding musical talent – and for over 20 years he has served as conductor/music director for the Asia America Youth Orchestra.
Jim Peterik is a Grammy-winning icon in popular music with a Midas touch. He co-founded the legendary band Ides of March in the late 60’s and their first single “Vehicle” was the fastest-selling record in the history of Warner Records. He also co-founded multi-platinum band Survivor in the 70’s, co-writing the Rocky III movie theme all-time classic #1 hit “Eye of the Tiger,” along with their other 16 top-five hits. He has written hit songs for 38 Special, Sammy Hagar, Cheap Trick, and more recently he co-wrote the title track of the Beach Boys’ album That’s Why God Made the Radio with Brian Wilson, helping give them their first #1 Billboard album since 1965. His songs were also featured heavily in the Broadway stage and film smash Rock Of Ages. His collective album sales are over 75 million units, and he has been a force in the music industry for over 4 decades.
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Partners In Action creates social impact by empowering humanitarian projects that focus on improving the lives of individuals in underserved communities around the world.
We passionately pursue a world where the unseen become seen.
We create social impact by empowering sustainable humanitarian projects that focus on improving the lives of individuals in underserved communities around the world.
Funds raised during this concert will be utilized in our Sub-Sahara Africa projects that are raising children and families out of Poverty for good.
The Sponsors Who Made It Possible
Thanks to our incredible sponsors, we are able to mobilize the funds raised during this concert to go directly to the areas of greatest need.
If you or your company would like to help sponsor this event, and help raise people out of poverty for good, please check out our sponsorship pack or make a donation today and mention in the notes that your donation is a sponsorship gift.
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- Joshua Ward
PIA Executive Director
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- Joshua Ward
PIA Executive Director