Christian recording artist Michael W. Smith released a new single this week entitled "Come Together Now."
The Grammy and Dove Award winning artist co-wrote the song with one purpose in mind -- to help the people in the earthquake-torn island nation of Haiti.
It Started with a Vision
As Smith was writing the song, he had a vision to get the Nashville music community involved. It prompted him to send out a mass e-mail to his fellow music artists, asking all of them to join him in recording.
"So I played for my co-producer Brian, and I said, 'I got a wild idea you know,'" Smith recalled. "And all of a sudden we were off to the races, and we actually cut the track before we cut the lyric, and we felt pretty hopeful that it would come together."
The track features dozens of Christian and Country artists such as Brandon Heath and Casting Crown's Mark Hall.
"The first I heard of the song was on Twitter," Hall said. "Michael was twittering that he was writing the song, and at that very moment I was thinking man I hope that can be something that we can all somehow all get together and be a part of."
"You know what's kind of cool….a bunch of us artists got an invitation from Michael," Heath said. "He has volunteered so much of his time, so when somebody like him invites us, we have to come together."
The community of musicians gathered at Ocean Way Studio in Nashville, Tenn. Not one dime was spent organizing the event, and everything from the studio to the artists' voices was all donated.
"It's time we came together now and not just raise money, but we are able to raise prayers and voices and help uplift them," former American Idol contestant Mandisa said. "That's what tonight is all about, and I'm pretty sure God is going to be in the middle of it."
A Call to Action
Former American Idol contestant Phil Stacey was also present.
"It's a call to action," he said. "This song is about calling Christians to come together and pray for these folks and give what you can to rebuild this nation."
"The calling is the need, and obviously, there's a big need in a place that we may never go to, and friends like Smitty who brought us all together to give and live hope for some of these people who are hopeless," said a member of the Christian recording group The Katinas.
The song "Come Together Now" also features a choir of 200 children, 15 of whom are from Haiti.
"We're here for Haiti, of course, but just the community coming together for the common good is never a bad thing, it's only a really good thing," Christian recording artist Francesca Battistelli said.
"I'm just excited to get together and see some people," she said. "Hopefully, we're going to pray and see what God is going to do through this."
"As part of the church, as part of the body of Christ, when someone is hurting around the world -- if I'm really walking with God, then it should hurt me, too, and I should be moved to do something about it tangibly," Christian artist Matt Maher added.
Quake Hits Home for Steven Curtis Chapman
The tragedy in Haiti has hit especially close to Steven Curtis Chapman and his family after their 5-year-old daughter Maria Sue was killed in a car accident.
"My heart is broken for the people of Haiti," Chapman said. "And having as a family, lived through a great, great tragedy of our own in the last year and a half, this has hit us deeply in a tender place."
"To see what's been going on all day today, it's pretty much nothing short of a miracle having this thing done and more importantly people responding," Smith said.
You can help make a difference in Haiti by purchasing the song. All proceeds will benefit relief organizations in the area.