Foreigner and the Grammy Foundation® Launch New Music Program for High Schools
(New York, NY) – Foreigner and the GRAMMY Foundation® are pleased to announce a new program that will help provide funds for high school music programs across the country. As part of Foreigner’s ongoing commitment to music education in high schools, the GRAMMY Foundation will join the band in a combined effort to fund individual high school music programs. At each concert on their summer tour with Journey, Foreigner will work with local radio and other media to initiate a contest to find a high school choir to sing “I Want To Know What Love Is” live on stage with Foreigner. Details of the contest will be announced shortly and each winning school will receive a grant of $1,000 from the GRAMMY Foundation. Foreigner is funding the grants out of the proceeds from sales of the band’s CD at venues. The tour commences on July 21st in Salt Lake City, UT and will run through the late fall. A non-profit organization established by The Recording Academy® in 1989, the GRAMMY Foundation offers a range of music education programs under its GRAMMY in the Schools® umbrella.
“As far as I’m concerned, music is not only the most powerful form of communication between the peoples of the world, it provides a gateway that opens up a fantastic new dimension of feeling and creativity and anything we can do to provide our young ones with the tools to express themselves through music is our goal in this partnership”, said Foreigner’s Mick Jones.
“Although there are vastly greater resources available for young people to make music today than previously, schools are still at the heart of providing basic education in how to play and create music, and do it well,” said Kristen Madsen, Sr. Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation. “It is a core reason that we continue to provide critical funds for high school music programs through our GRAMMY Signature Schools program and why this partnership with the iconic band Foreigner is such a natural fit for us.”
This summer, Razor & Tie will release a brand new Foreigner package featuring the band’s greatest hits, including such classics as “Hot Blooded”, “Cold As Ice”, “Double Vision”, “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want To Know What Love Is”, a live DVD filmed in Chicago in March and a very special newly recorded CD. The live DVD performance will be featured in a PBS TV national broadcast in the summer.
Foreigner is currently celebrating almost 35 years of legendary success with total worldwide sales approaching 70 million and countless gold and platinum album awards around the globe. An impressive run of 14 Top 20 hits includes worldwide number one hit "I Want To Know What Love Is," "Cold As Ice," "Double Vision," "Head Games," "Urgent," "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and video game staples such as "Hot Blooded" and "Juke Box Hero." Foreigner's tours continue to electrify audiences and establish the group in its rightful place as one of the top touring attractions. Formed in 1976 by English rocker Mick Jones, the current lineup includes: Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals/ percussion), Jeff Pilson (bass guitar), Tom Gimbel (guitar/saxophone/flute), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), and Mark Schulman (drums).
For the first time in over 10 years, Foreigner and Journey will hit the road on a national tour. Tickets are now on sale through online, phone and physical retail outlets, including select Walmart Ticketmaster locations across the country.