SOURCE: Pat Boone

June 20, 2005 15:09 ET

Stars Come Together on Pat Boone-Penned "Thank You, Billy Graham" Paying Tribute to "America's Pastor"

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Bono, LeAnn Rimes, Kenny Rogers, Larry King, Michael McDonald and More Join Boone to Celebrate Graham's Work

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 20, 2005 -- On the eve of what might prove to be Billy Graham's final crusade, legendary musician Pat Boone has brought together some of the brightest stars from across the musical spectrum to create a moving tribute to the renowned 86-year-old evangelist's life and work. Boone's labor of love, "Thank You, Billy Graham," inspired the participation of musical artists from various genres including pop, country and gospel. A portion of proceeds from the recording will benefit Mercy Corps and Samaritan's Purse, two charitable organizations dedicated to relieving poverty around the world.

The tribute video performance opens with Bono's perspective lauding Graham's global influence and then rolls into a stunning montage highlighting his impressive career and the notable figures who have looked to him for spiritual guidance. The song itself is reminiscent of "We Are The World" with such vocalists as Andre Crouch, Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, and Michael McDonald, among others, handling verses and the entire ensemble joining on the indelible chorus, "He heard the word, got the call, took the message to us all, said it so we all could understand."

The lead track on Boone's upcoming late summer gospel release, "Glory Train: The Lost Tapes," Boone penned "Thank You, Billy Graham" with gospel producer, David Pack, and country singer, Billy Dean. Graham's upcoming crusade in New York City, June 24 through 26, will be his first in the region since 1991 and was originally scheduled to be held at Madison Square Garden. Ticket demand so outstripped capacity that event organizers were compelled to relocate the Crusade to the larger Flushing Meadows to accommodate the anticipated crowds.

Boone's relationship with Graham began in the 1950s when they met at a Christian award gala. A deep admirer prior to their meeting, Graham and Boone developed a close friendship based on their mutual dedication to God. Reflecting on his relationship with Graham and inspiration for this homage, Pat notes, "I was surprised that no one had thought to pay tribute in music to this great man before and I knew it was time." He continues, "He has brought so many people across the world closer to God. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude."

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