Remembering 2010 earthquake with a love song for Haiti
[su_pullquote align=”right”]While the day isn’t an official holiday, Haiti’s interim government has designated Jan. 12 as “a day of reflection on the disasters and risks of Haiti.” As part of that reflection, interim President Jocelerme Privert will lead a government delegation to Saint Christophe, the barren hillside north of the capital where many of the quake dead are buried in mass, unmarked graves. [/su_pullquote] Contemporary gospel music recording artist Kirk Franklin was attending the Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Nashville when he heard the news: a monster earthquake had just hit Haiti.
The 7.0-magnitude quake, which struck at 4:53 p.m. Jan. 12, 2010, reduced buildings to rubble, displaced more than a million people and killed more than 300,000 individuals as it devastated Port-au-Prince and surrounding cities.
“We saw the tragedy unfold on television and I wanted to do something,” Franklin said.Franklin got an idea. Artists United for Haiti was born, and Franklin, a seven-time Grammy winner, was soon leading a cast of gospel music all-stars in a recording of “Are You Listening,” a love song for Haiti.