John Lennon‘s most iconic song, “Imagine,” has been reimagined by Cindy Blackman Santana, with help from her husband, Carlos Santana as part of SongAid and WhyHunger’s Rapid Response Fund to fight the global hunger crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The couple says, “It is an honor to work alongside WhyHunger on the SongAid campaign. We have always been strong supporters of their work and it gives us great joy to share John Lennon’s message of peace and light, together with them, to make a tangible difference in the world and feed those in need. The world is in need of a spiritual hug, healing and love, and it is our hope that the divine intentionality of ‘Imagine,’ combined with the energy, interpretation and new arrangement, will touch your heart and feed those in need. We are in service to Yoko Ono and everyone at WhyHunger for the incredible work they are doing and their beautiful mission to feed the hungry.”
Their version of “Imagine” is available on Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and Apple Music, and for sharing on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. Each time it’s streamed, proceeds will go to WhyHunger’s Rapid Response Fund. Also supporting this effort over the coming weeks are releases from Tom Morello, Wilco, Jesse Colin Young featuring Steve Miller, and others.
This version of “Imagine” is one of 17 songs on Cindy’s new album, Give the Drummer Some, which will be out on September 18th. In addition to Carlos, the album features contributions from John McLaughlin, Vernon Reid and Kirk Hammett.
*picture and video credit/source: Courtesy of Premiere Radio Prep and Cindy Blackman Santana & Carlos Santana