SINGER GOES TO SOUTH AMERICA WITH RENOWNED CHILDREN'S CHARITY
Country Star Marty Raybon now knows first- hand, the difference a little compassion can make. The former lead singer of 90’s super group, Shenandoah, recently spent a week in Colombia with renowned children’s charity, Compassion International.
”There have been moments in my life when I realized it was more than just an event I was part of,” Raybon says of his experience in Colombia. “It changed my perspective of understanding that the needs of others are greater than my own.”
Raybon sang lead for Shenandoah from 1985 – 1996. During that time the group recorded nine studio albums and charted a string of top-10 songs including five number ones. Raybon also helped Shenandoah secure several awards including the Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Yearin 1991.
Since leaving Shenandoah, Raybon has recorded both as a solo artist and with his brother as the Raybon Brothers. In 1997 the Raybon Brothers charted a country and pop hit with Butterfly Kisses.
Raybon is the latest Country artist to embrace Compassion International since the organization reached out to Country Music earlier this year. Other Country artists include 90’s hit maker John Berry, Country group, Emerson Drive, Jeff Bates, bluegrass duo The Roys, and Nashville Star winner Buddy Jewell.
BNA recording artists, The Lunabelles were also on the trip to Columbia with Raybon.
Zane King, Compassion International’s Artist Relations Regional Director, is not surprised by the number of Country artists who have embraced Compassion. “To me, the concern and care is just indicative of the American spirit that embodies the heart and soul of Country Music."
“I live in country of plenty, where I am guilty of want more than need,” Raybon adds. “This experience of doing for others and seeing the joy in the eyes of children who cannot help themselves is more than just rewarding… it’s compassion.”
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 1.2 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.