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Top Grammy–Award-winning stars and Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers are joining forces in the recording studio to create an all-star music compilation album in support of Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.), a nonprofit organization committed to the awareness and prevention of child slavery. Musicians involved in the project include Steven Tyler (AEROSMITH), Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES), Julian Lennon, Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE), Neal Schon (JOURNEY), Joe Bonamassa, Andy Fraser, HEART and many more
Rock Against Trafficking (RAT) will use the power of music and the Entertainment Industry to generate proceeds and critical resources to fund the most effective charitable platforms [e.g. the acclaimed International Justice Mission (IJM)], who work directly in rescuing and rehabilitating abused children and prosecuting perpetrators, as well as to create global awareness of the horrors of “child labour and sex trafficking.”
Gary Miller is an internationally renowned English music producer, composer, arranger + songwriter. He has worked with David Bowie, Simply Red, Slash & Fergie, Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Ritchie, Donna Summer, Girls Aloud, Cheyenne, Bananarama, Kylie Minogue, and many others.
Gary is richly experienced and able to channel his knowledge and experience into initiatives such as RAT, using the “Power of Music” to make a difference.
In today’s episode, Gary opens up about his reasons for creating RAT. He has used his experience and connections in the music industry to act on a cause that he feels deeply for.
~ Set Them Free: Slash, Fergie, Steven Tyler, Julian Lennon, Joss Stone, Neal Schon, Arnold Pineda, Lee Ritenour, Rob Morrow, Andy Fraser – RAT’s first project is supported by Grammy winning artists and Rock & Roll legends!
~ What is your favourite Sting or The Police song?: Gary Miller talks about how musicians get on board with Rock Against Trafficking, and the reason for narrowing down the song choice to two big artists.
~ Music Talk: The initial idea was to have 12 songs on the album, but due to the successful and heartwarming response he received from the musicians, the track number has doubled! P!nk, Bruno Mars, Bruce Springsteen, John Legend – Miller talks about the artists he would love to hear on the album.
~ Why RAT?: Gary Miller speaks about his own reasons to start this project. The more he gets involved with RAT, the more he is infuriated by what adults can do, and get away with.
The project is no longer about the record. It’s about the children.
~ Entertainment works: Most people don’t want to hear gruesome, painful stories about human trafficking – which is why Miller turned to music. He’s using entertainment to draw people to the cause.
He believes that there is no better way than music, to bring awareness.
~ Devastating Numbers: 30 million people are being trafficked, half of which are children.
~ The International Justice Mission: Miller’s experience spans across the vast field of music, but his knowledge of the non-profit world was limited. He talks about his reasons for partnering with IJM.
~ Being Human: Music can be used to rock against anything – human trafficking, cancer, poverty, homelessness. Miller would like to support as many organizations possible, through the power of music.
~ You could sing on Set Them Free!: RAT has created acover competition for music artists of all ages – you could be featured in the album along with the greatest musicians of all time!
~ Money, Music and Misconceptions
The greatest obstacle for RAT is the financing. Miller talks about the dip in record sales, and the expenses of creating music.
The tribulation of proving their cause authentic and having no sponsors yet, is also a temporary but significant setback.
Gary takes us back to The Beatles and the 60s. He believes that people need to understand the craft of songwriting. Young musicians need to realize that it takes time and dedication to become successful.
His advice to young people is simple – when you’re feeling low, go out and help someone else. It is our duty to help.
After thirty years of producing records and touring, Gary Miller decided that his life is much better when his music makes a difference.
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