Six youth from Uganda have been chosen as part of a global choir to join Grammy-winning music artist Kirk Franklin to re-release his single, “Lean on Me.” The youth, who are part of Compassion International’s child development program, were chosen to join peers from 24 other countries to participate in the Compassion Youth Choir.
For the past several months, Franklin has been working with youth from all 25 countries in Compassion’s child development program. Through virtual auditions and rehearsals, the Compassion Youth Choir, made up of more than 120 youth, ages 11-19, worked with the artist to record the song, which was originally released in 1998.
“It was an honor working with so many young, talented and gifted kids from across the globe!” Franklin emphasized, “I’m grateful to the team at Compassion International for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”
The six youth are:
- 13-year old Trinity from Wakiso
- 14-year old Sharorin from Bundibugyo
- 16-year old Marita from Soroti
- 16-year old Hillary from Kabale
- 18-year old Edith from Masaka
- 18-year old Kakama from Ntungamo
“I thank God for the opportunity to sing with Kirk Franklin. Seeing him at the auditions reveal via zoom left me asking, who am I to get such a lifetime opportunity? It was like a dream, yet real. I will never forget that day.’ Kakama said.