May 29, 2020 (Toronto, ON)
Brian John Harwood of Kansas Stone and Dustin Bird have gathered their friends in the industry to deliver the inspirational single Together We’re Strong, in support of the Unison Benevolent Fund’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The duo co-wrote the track which features 18 Canadian country artists including Cory Marks, Jason McCoy, Aaron Pritchett, Alee, and Jason Blaine, among many others including both Harwood and Bird.
The video for the track is dedicated in loving memory of Capt. Jennifer Casey as it features clips from the Royal Canadian Air Forces’ Snowbirds and of Capt. Jennifer Casey herself, who was excited about spreading inspiration across Canada through her work on this project.
“We were devastated to learn of the tragic loss of Capt. Casey,” says Dustin Bird artist/producer and co-writer on ‘Together We’re Strong’, he goes on to say, “as Canadians we wanted to use the power of music to encourage and bring people together in a time of adversity.”
Proceeds from the track will be donated to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a Canadian music industry charity whose mission is to help professional music makers in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties.
‘Staying positive together is the one thing that we have the power of doing. Unity is strength,’ explains Brian John Harwood, Canadian artist/songwriter, Kansas Stone.
As the live music and touring industry has come screeching to a halt, many artists are struggling to find ways to keep the music playing during the time of COVID-19. This project works to uplift everyone including other artists, fans and the worldwide country community, while raising desperately needed funds for those struggling within the music industry.
“Now more than ever, members of our music community are depending on Unison’s COVID-19 Relief Program, and thanks to the generous efforts of the artists involved, every dollar raised from ‘Together We’re Strong’ will allow us to provide direct relief for music-makers and music professionals during this difficult time,” says Unison’s Executive Director, Amanda Power. “To donate, please text UNISON to 45678 or visit unisonfund.ca, and have your gift matched by Spotify.”
With lyrics like, when you are on your own, you are not alone Canadians will love the fresh and heartening music. Afterall, #togetherwerestrong.