Annie to perform at The Nobel Peace Prize Concert
ALICIA KEYS, MELISSA ETHERIDGE, ANNIE LENNOX, JUANES, KT TUNSTALL, EARTH, WIND & FIRE AND JUNOON TO CELEBRATE PEACE THROUGH MUSIC AT 2007 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CONCERT DECEMBER 11TH IN NORWAY
Star-Studded Concert Honoring Peace Prize Laureates Al Gore & United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change To Air in More Than 100 Countries
OSLO, NORWAY, OCTOBER 19, 2007 – The Nobel Peace Prize Committee has announced an all-star lineup for the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert the evening of December 11th at the Spektrum Arena in Oslo, Norway. The show will feature performances by world renowned acts including Alicia Keys, Melissa Etheridge, Annie Lennox, Juanes, KT Tunstall, Earth Wind & Fire and Junoon. Additional artists and concert hosts will be announced in coming weeks.
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert will honor laureates Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.
This annual event, presented by the esteemed Norwegian Nobel Committee, is broadcast to more than 100 countries worldwide. The award is given annually to an individual whose humanitarian efforts exemplify a spirit of generosity and leadership that will help spread the positive message manifested by the Nobel Peace Prize throughout the world.
"The Nobel Committee is pleased to welcome such a talented and eclectic group of artists for this momentous occasion,” said Geir Lundestad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. "Each year the concert is a wonderful celebration of peace and unity and we hope the world will tune-in and join us.”
The Nobel Peace Prize is the most prestigious award in the world, honoring icons such as Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, and other remarkable individuals and organizations. For the past decade plus, the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony has been followed the next day by the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, a musical celebration honoring the laureate.
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The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Concert lineup includes:
Alicia Keys – Nine-time Grammy Award winner Keys returns with her long-awaited third studio album, As I Am, set for a worldwide release on November 13, 2007 on J Records. Within 10 hours of being serviced to radio, Alicia’s first single, “No One,” became one of the fastest moving and highest charting single on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Since the 2001 debut of Songs In A Minor, the New York native has built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments with over 20 million albums sold worldwide! Songs In A Minor, which spawned her signature hit “Fallin,” sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and garnered five Grammy Awards including Best New Artist and Best R&B Album. Alicia’s follow-up disc, 2004’s The Diary of Alicia Keys, which is currently 7 times platinum, captured four Grammy Awards and featured the hits “If I Ain’t Got You,” “You Don’t Know My Name,” and “Karma.” With the 2005 release of Unplugged, which has sold 2 million copies, Keys became the first female R&B artist to have three consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart in as many releases.
Melissa Etheridge – It doesn’t get much more elemental than "All There Is," the brief, swirling invocation of the essence of the universe with which Melissa Etheridge opens The Awakening, the ninth studio album of her singular career, just released on Island Records. The story she tells through this involving, colorful song-cycle, though, is completely her own, a tale that runs from her first uncertain steps through her well-chronicled rise to rock star, human rights activist, parent, cancer survivor and 2007 Academy Award winner for "I Need to Wake Up," featured in the Al Gore environmental documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” It’s a journey full of joys and tears, portrayed in songs that are at turns powerful and playful, at once confessional and engaging, personal and universal. In other words, Melissa Etheridge at her creative peak and the most open she’s ever been.
The Grammy Award winner first picked up the guitar at the age of eight and began penning her own songs shortly thereafter. Etheridge’s fourth album, Yes I Am, proved to be her massive commercial breakthrough in 1995 with two major MTV/radio hits, "I’m the Only One" and "Come to My Window." The album would sell a staggering six million copies in the U.S. during a single-year period and earned a 1995 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocalist.
Annie Lennox – Multi-million selling, iconic artist Annie Lennox released her fourth solo album, Songs Of Mass Destruction, in October 2007 through RCA Label Group. The first single to be taken from the eagerly awaited album is the wonderful and mesmerising Dark Road. In a career that has spanned over 25 years, including the 15 years since Annie released her first solo album, Diva, no other British female artist has achieved so much. Over 78 million sales across the globe, and 33 hit singles compliment the four Grammys, 11 BRITS, five Ivor Novellos, an Academy Award and two Golden Globes among other accolades.
In addition to her artistic achievements, Annie is a celebrated activist and humanitarian. Her new album features the powerful feminist anthem Sing, born out of Annie’s involvement with Nelson Mandela’s 46664 and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) – organizations fighting for human rights, education and health care for those affected by the HIV AIDS virus. Sing features 23 of the most recognized and successful female solo artists in the world invited by Annie to raise awareness and finances for TAC initiatives. Included among the group are TAC activist members own vocal group known as “The Generics,” whose music inspired Annie to make Sing a reality.
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Juanes – In both critical respect and global commercial success, Juanes has become the leading all-Spanish language music artist in the world. He was named by Time Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2005 for both his musical accomplishments and notable humanitarian efforts. The Colombian superstar has sold over ten million albums worldwide and won 12 Latin Grammy Awards. His new album La Vida…Es Un Ratico (Life is a Moment”) is set for release this month by Universal Latino and is the much-anticipated follow-up to his globally multi-platinum release Mi Sangre. Before embarking on his hugely successful solo career, Juanes founded the rock band Ekymosis, which recorded seven albums in 11 years and enjoyed considerable success in South America.
Juanes’ dedication as a global activist also extends far beyond his passionate lyrics, and can be seen in the philanthropic organizations to which he dedicates his continued time and energy. Long a crusader in spreading word about the dangers of landmines in both Colombia and across the world, Juanes’ commitment to “United For Colombia” was recognized by Sir Paul McCartney – who honored the young rocker at the 2005 Adopt-A-Minefield gala.
KT Tunstall – The Scottish-born singer-songwriter, known to her family as Kate, just released a highly-anticipated new album entitled Drastic Fantastic on Virgin Records. Tunstall’s gritty, soulful debut, Eye to the Telescope was certified platinum in the U.S. and quintuple platinum in the U.K., with worldwide sales exceeding 3.5 million copies. Her music — a provocative sonic mesh of heartfelt pop, rootsy electric blues, and left-field alt-folk — became omnipresent all over radio, television, movies, and the Internet with multi-media exposure of its three singles (the Grammy-Award nominated “Black Horse the Cherry Tree,” “Suddenly I See,” and “Other Side of the World.”).
Her latest album is filled with powerful lyrics and bold, colorful melodies, showing Tunstall’s growth as both a songwriter and a musician. KT grew up in the university town of St. Andrews, the daughter of a grammar school teacher and a physicist. By age 16, Tunstall had fallen in with a group of local musicians and spent the next few years learning about folk music. Tunstall’s musical journey eventually took her to Edinburgh, where she hosted her own acoustic nights, dubbed Acoustic Extravaganza. Finally, after deciding that opportunities for a career in music were passing her by, she moved to London where she burst upon the music scene and now calls home.
Earth, Wind & Fire – One of the most musically accomplished, critically acclaimed, and commercially popular funk bands of the 1970’s, Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) is still going strong three decades later with new material, collaborations with chart-topping artists and their elaborate and dynamic sold-out concerts around the world. Founded by Maurice White in Chicago in 1969, EWF’s all-encompassing musical vision uses funk as its foundation, but also incorporates jazz, smooth soul, gospel, pop, rock & roll, psychedelia, blues, folk, African music, and disco.
In 1975, Earth, Wind & Fire first hit it big with the love-and-encouragement anthem "Shining Star," which shot to the top of both the R&B and pop charts, making EWF mainstream stars; it later won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group. 1979’s I Am contained EWF’s most explicit nod to disco, a smash called "Boogie Wonderland" that climbed into the Top Ten. The band put together a string of six straight multi-platinum albums. After two decades of continued success, the group joined forces with several top-shelf contemporary artists and released 2005’s Illumination. The album features collaborations with Kenny G, Will I Am of Black Eyed Peas and legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
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Junoon – With a distinct blend of Western and Eastern musical styles, Pakistani band Junoon has ignited audiences and sold over 20 million albums worldwide. Junoon has performed with Pearl Jam and Oasis, and was the first Asian band to appear at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The band has also raised awareness of political issues like AIDS, and was honored with the Outstanding Achievement in Music and Peace Award from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Junoon’s roots stretch back to the 1970’s when eleven-year-old Salman Ahmad and his family moved from Pakistan to New York, where he would attend a Led Zeppelin concert. Junoon formed in 1990 when Ahmad left the popular band Vital Signs. His vision was a combination of Eastern and Western styles that would heal the wounds of the world through music. The band called itself Junoon, which means "passion" in Urdu. Junoon’s fame grew rapidly. Within months of the release of Azadi in 1997, the album had sold over half a million copies. In October of 2001, the band played a peace concert at the United Nations and VH1 aired a special about the group. In 2002, Junoon began a new chapter by releasing the antiterrorism song “No More” in English, another attempt to spread their message to a wider audience.
For more information on the Nobel Peace Prize and Concert, please visit nobelpeaceprize.org. Cisco Systems is a proud global sponsor of the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is organized by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in cooperation with Dinamo Story and IMG.