HOLLYWOOD, CA. (Top40 Charts/ Capitol/ EMI Records) - Capitol/EMI is proud to announce the September
2 U.S. release of Olivia
Newton-John's new collaborative benefit album, Olivia
Newton-John & Friends: A Celebration In Song. The newly-recorded CD and digital collection features 12 songs, pairing Newton-John with several of her musical friends, including Sir Cliff Richard, Keith Urban, Barry Gibb, John Farrar, Melinda Schneider, Delta Goodrem, Sun, Jann Arden, Amy Sky, RyanDan and Richard Marx.
"I'm so delighted to bring you these songs with the help of a group of talented friends - some old and some new - who have donated their gifts and their time for this new collaboration," says Olivia Newton-John.
Olivia Newton-John & Friends: A Celebration in Song is a meaningful project for the worldwide star of stage and screen, whose personal experience with cancer 16 years ago led her to partner with Melbourne's Austin Hospital in 2003. Royalties from the album will be donated to Newton-John's organization, The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, a comprehensive center for the treatment, care and research of all types of cancer to help heal the whole person: body, mind and spirit.
Furthering her commitment towards the fight against cancer, Newton-John recently completed 'The Great Walk to Beijing 2008: a million steps in the fight against cancer,' a challenging six-part trek along the Great Wall of China. Along the 228 kilometer fundraising trek, Olivia and her team of stars from sports and entertainment, and everyday survivors of cancer faced tough physical and mental challenges; in conquering them, the team has raised more than two million dollars to date from their trek and ongoing efforts, sponsored by individual donors.
"I walk for the friends I have lost and for the many others who are engaged in their wellness journeys," said Newton-John as she embarked on the journey to raise funds for The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne. "As we walk this historical metaphor of strength and endurance, each step that my team and I take will bring us closer to a realization for our cancer and wellness centre and a healthier world."
Furthering her goals to educate women about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, Newton-John has announced a partnership with Curves (the world's largest fitness franchise for women) to launch an international campaign to distribute 1 million units of the Liv Aid , a breast self-exam aid that assists women to exercise breast self exams correctly. The initiative's goal is to empower and encourage women to take control of their bodies and breast health by launching a "first-of-its-kind" campaign beginning in October 2008, as part of "Breast Cancer Awareness Month," available exclusively through Curves.
Olivia Newton-John's new TV series, "Sordid Lives: The Series," began airing July 23 on Logo.
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN & FRIENDS: A CELEBRATION IN SONG (CD & Digital Album)
1. Right Here With You - with Delta Goodrem
2. Find A Little Faith - with Sir Cliff Richard
3. Courageous - with Melinda Schneider
4. The Heart Knows - with Barry Gibb
5. Everything Love Is - with Jimmy Barnes
6. Isn't It Amazing - with Sun
7. Never Far Away - with Richard Marx
8. Sunburned Country - with Keith Urban
9. Reckless - with John Farrar
10. Angel In The Wings - with Jann Arden
11. The Water Is Wide - with Amy Sky & RyanDan
12. Beautiful Thing - with Belinda Emmett