Sales of a special recording and a video will help fund hunger relief efforts.

During an all-night recording session, 65 Christian recording artists produced a record that will be sold to help combat hunger in Africa through Compassion International.

Dubbed The CAUSE (Christian Artists United to Save the Earth), the singers represented musical styles from southern gospel to rock. They were invited to perform “Do Something Now,” a song written by Christian songwriters Steve Camp, Phil Madeira, and Rob and Carol Frazier.

The recording features brief solos by Sandi Patti, Amy Grant, The Second Chapter of Acts, Jessy Dixon, Evie Tornquist-Karlsson, Russ Taff, Steve Camp, and others. Camp organized the project.

Fund-raising musical aggregations are popular in the recording industry, spawned by a British Broadcasting Corporation documentary on hunger in Africa. First came an English rock endeavor called Band Aid, which recorded a song called “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Later, a group of American pop singers, calling themselves USA for Africa, recorded the hit “We Are the World.” That recording so far has raised $6.5 million for famine relief, with an eventual total of $40 million expected.

Camp admitted a degree of disappointment that Christian musicians had not been the first to rally in such a major way to fight world hunger.

“As I watched the Band Aid video and heard the … song, I was deeply touched that so many artists would put aside inconvenience, time, and egos to collectively join together for the purpose of helping their neighbor,” Camp said. “However, one question kept popping into my mind: ‘Where is the Christian community in all of this?’ I ...

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