News: Matt Morris and Justin Timberlake to sing together at Friday’s Haiti telethonBy Ricardo Baca | January 21st, 2010 | 2 comments
Denver singer-songwriter Matt Morris has made the rounds as of late, playing early news programs (such as CBS’s “The Early Show,” above), mid-day talk programs (including a couple performances on “The Ellen Show”) and late shows (including David Letterman’s “The Late Show”). But his performance at Friday night’s George Clooney-organized “Hope For Haiti Now” telethon could be the biggest deal of them all.
During Friday’s telethon — airing on the four major networks and dozens of cable channels at 8 p.m. — Morris will cover Leonard Cohen’s most treasured song, “Hallelujah,” with his pal Justin Timberlake, Morris announced on his blog tonight. Timberlake is Morris’ close friend, but the multi-platinum pop star also owns the label, Tennman Records, that released Morris’ debut, “When Everything Breaks Open,” a couple weeks ago.
“I will be singing ‘Hallelujah’ with my good friend, Justin Timberlake, on the ‘Hope for Haiti Now’ global telethon to benefit the Haitian people,” Morris wrote earlier today. “The list of artists who will be performing coast to coast is vast and impressive, including Wyclef Jean, Jay-Z, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews, John Legend and Sheryl Crow.”
Morris and Timberlake’s take on “Hallelujah” — along with the rest of the songs from Friday’s fundraiser — will be available for purchase on iTunes on Saturday. Other performers include Beyonce, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen.
“When Everything Breaks Open” currently sits at No. 1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart and No. 5 on the iTunes album chart.
The full text of Morris’ blog:
I will be singing “Hallelujah” with my good friend, Justin Timberlake on the Hope for Haiti Now global telethon to benefit the Haitian people. The two-hour telethon will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, and CMT as well as an impressive list of other networks on Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and 7:00 p.m. CT.
The list of artists who will be performing coast to coast is vast and impressive, including Wyclef Jean, Jay-Z, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews, John Legend and Sheryl Crow.
Starting Saturday, all performance recordings will be available for $.99 per song through I-Tunes, with all proceeds benefiting Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now” charities.
There will be a link here on As It Breaks, as well as on MattMorris.net to purchase our version of “ Hallelujah.”
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Ricardo Baca is the founder and co-editor of Reverb and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post. He is also the executive director of the Underground Music Showcase, Colorado’s premier indie music festival. Follow his whimsies at Twitter, his live music habit at Gigbot and his iTunes addictions at Last.fm.