Jeff Bates Joins Compassion International’s Artists Network
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO., April 9, 2012 – Compassion International today announced a new partnership with musician Jeff Bates. As a ministry, Compassion International has partnered with Christian musicians, including Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp and Rebecca St. James, for over 30 years. Compassion’s partnership with Jeff Bates is part of a continued, strategic effort to partner with country music.
“Jeff has a deep passion for caring for children in need. We are excited to join in partnership to advocate for the needs of children living in poverty,” said Paul Haddix, of Compassion. “We believe fans of country music will respond positively to the work of Compassion and are excited to have Jeff as one of our first partner artists in this genre.”
About Compassion International
Compassion International is the world's largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1 million children in 26 of the world's poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money,
Compassion works through local churches to holistically address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children, enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Compassion has been awarded ten consecutive, four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator.
About Jeff Bates
Jeff Bates has been a staple in country music for nearly 10 years, since breaking onto the scene with his deep, baritone voice, cranking out hits such as “Long Slow Kisses,” “The Love Song” and “I Wanna Make You Cry.”
All this time later, Bates is still delivering the music his fans want to hear with multiple projects in the works, including Me and Conway, an album consisting of Twitty classics and new tunes Bates has been writing in recent months. Bates is also working on a Christmas album and a Greatest Hits collection, as well as an autobiography titled Reckless, detailing a dark time in his life which was overrun by drugs and alcohol, landing him in jail.
Bates turned his life around for the better, resulting in record deals, hit singles, marriage and fatherhood. He now takes pride in sharing his stories with others and is passionate about doing good deeds with his fame, especially with the non-profit charity organization, Compassion International. The organization recently flew Bates and his wife to South Africa to see firsthand the work they do to help aid families seek much needed care, medical attention and education. The trip changed their lives forever and they now sponsor a child through the organization.