Renowned singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti and mezzo-soprano classical superstar Katherine Jenkins have joined forces today releasing new single ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’, via War Child Records.
With Jack inviting Katherine to create this special recording in aid of War Child, the track combines Jack’s soulful tones with Katherine’s soaring vocals to demonstrate a simple yet much needed message - the world needs more love, for everyone. Originally performed by Jackie DeShannon in 1965, the lyrics remain just as valid and poignant in the present day. The release of the track reinforces War Child’s mission statement of using music as a force for good through the festive season and going into the New Year with hope.
All money raised from ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ will help protect, educate and advocate for the rights of children living in conflict zones. When war breaks out, the lights go out for children, and their world goes dark. As families around the UK turn on the lights in their homes this festive season, our vital fundraising supports many children who've been left in the dark.
There are 468 million, or more than 1 in 6 children worldwide, living in areas affected by armed conflict, with many of these children in danger of being forgotten. But we refuse to let that happen. War Child ambassador Jack Savoretti has witnessed the impact of our programmes firsthand, having visited Ukraine and Hungary earlier this year.
Jack says about the single: “When Katherine did me the honour of inviting me to sing with her, we were both struggling to comprehend the world around us. Both of us agreed that the one thing we all needed was love. This time of year people tend to think more with their hearts than with their heads, we want people's hearts to sing along with us as loud as they can to help War Child give hope to children whose lives have been torn apart by war.”
Katherine says about the single: “Jack’s voice is incredible and I was thrilled when he accepted my invitation to come to Swansea and be part of my BBC Christmas special. ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ is a song that instantly connected with us, as artists and as parents and we knew instantly that this was what we wanted to sing together and do so as a prayer for the world, to support War Child and children everywhere whose lives have been devastated by conflict.”
Rich Clarke, Head of War Child Records says about the release: “We’re delighted Jack and Katherine have generously agreed to donate their beautiful cover of ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ to be released by War Child Records and raise vital funds for children affected by conflict. The message of hope and love could not be more poignant and needed in the world right now. The proceeds from this release will enable War Child to offer hope for a brighter future to children facing horrendous situations. Around the world children are facing unprecedented levels of conflict. Over 43 million children are currently displaced. The impact of violence, separation, and fear persists even after they reach safety. War Child protects and advocates for the safety of all children in conflict zones. We work in some of the hardest to reach places, to create safe spaces for children to play and access education and psychological support to help them recover from trauma”
Recently, Jack was one of the special guests for Katherine’s Home for Christmas show in Swansea, which saw the live debut of the track. The full show will be available to watch on the BBC in the lead-up to Christmas.
The single artwork was designed by fashion illustrator David Downton who has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading fashion artists with his classically elegant, yet highly contemporary images. David’s commercial client list includes; Chanel, Dior, Tiffany & Co., Topshop, Joyce Hong Kong, Harrods, Estée Lauder and the V&A Museum.