In Memory of Ryan Brady


During this time, music has played a key role in keeping us all connected and my hope for those who listen is to feel empowered to create change.
Raphael Saadiq, Artist and Executive Producer of STAND UP

For centuries, music has acted as an agent for change, bringing people together around the world, now, in conjunction with Global Citizen Prize, Global Citizen is proud to partner with Parlophone and Atlantic Records and Raphael Saadiq on an album that aims to restore hope, inspire, and celebrate the heroism of the leaders among us who are fighting for a better world. Get inspired and stand up for the world you want.

Collaborations include: Jordin Sparks and MILCK; Yola and PJ Morton; Tori Kelly and JoJo; Andra Day and Chelsea Collins; Masego and Bonfyre; Lucky Daye, BJRNCK, and Big Freedia; Ari Lennox and Goldlink.

Executive produced by Raphael Saadiq and co-executive produced by Victoria Fortune and Whitney Collins, each dynamic pairing covers iconic songs that speak to the sentiments of today as we look to build a better tomorrow.

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1. Come Together (The Beatles)

Jordin Sparks x MILCK

A song that needs no introduction, it has become synonymous with unity and transcends its earlier intention as a political rally-cry.

2. Give The People What They Want (The O’Jays)

Yola x PJ Morton

This lyric says it all: "Well, it's about time for things to get better; We want the truth, the truth and no more lies; We want freedom, justice and equality; I want it for you and I want it for me."

3. Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin)

Tori Kelly x JoJo

The hit song written by Carole King and husband-writing partner Gerry Goffin in 1967 specifically for Aretha Franklin. This intimate, powerful song is iconic for its upbeat, confident, and positive statement on love and acceptance.

4. Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder)

Andra Day x Chelsea Collins

According to Billboard, this song is about people who are moving ahead in love and in all phases of life. Stevie Wonder once said that this song "is like my second chance for life, to do something or to do more, and to value the fact that I am alive."

5. Mercy Mercy Me (Marvin Gaye)

Masego x Bonfyre

This song mourns the destruction of the environment in a modernized society. It was recorded in 1971, when the public’s awareness of environmentalism was at an all-time high.

6. Be Thankful for What You’ve Got (William DeVaughn)

Lucky Daye x BJRNCK x Big Freedia

A 1974 soul hit famous for its positivity, bravado, and infectious chorus — bringing on brighter days and guaranteed to lift you up.

7. Sorrow Tears and Blood (Fela Kuti)

Ari Lennox x Goldlink

Fela’s song is a perfect illustration of the police brutality and injustices still occurring today around the world, particularly among those in the face of political hardship.

8. Humxn Race (written by Raphael; featuring artists from the album)

A song intended to unite and inspire the world.

Celebrate the People Standing Up for the World We Want

This year, more than ever, the world needs leaders — people who go above and beyond to make the world a better place; people who are focused on supporting the most vulnerable communities; people who inspire you to stand up and take action.

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