Kirk Franklin releases new global mix of ‘Lean on Me’ with Compassion Youth Choir

In early 2020, Grammy-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin traveled to the Dominican Republic to see Compassion’s child development work firsthand. Following the trip, Kirk felt God telling him to use his musical talents to inspire and encourage youth around the world.

Later that year, Kirk began working with youth in Compassion’s child sponsorship program to create a global Compassion Youth Choir. The goal of the choir was to encourage youth to pursue their musical talents and to inspire them to pursue their dreams but it grew into something much bigger.

Through virtual rehearsals, Franklin gave vocal coaching to the youth and worked with them to record his hit single, ‘Lean on Me’. Upon hearing the power of the young, talented voices, Kirk’s record label, Sony/RCA, decided to release the song to the world.

“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. It’s unbelievable that a song like this still resonates with so many people. I pray this version provides a little hope for the people across the globe.” – Kirk Franklin

In addition, Kirk’s production team has released the video above featuring the 120+ member Compassion Youth Choir performing ‘Lean on Me’ with Kirk. Compassion International commented, “Yes and Amen!! We’re so grateful to have you as a partner to help children and youth pursue their dreams, encourage their musical talents, and enrich their walk with God!”

Proceeds from the sales of this version of ‘Lean On Me’ will go to Compassion.

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