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People Are People - a charity cover version - $3 (or more) price is donated!

by Rising Voices



Rising Voices, a collective of 36 musicians and singers releases this Orchestral-Rock cover ofDepeche Mode's "People Are People" in support of the NAACP Empowerment Program, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and HeadCount.org. All proceeds will be donated to these organizations. Inspired to rise up to help the Black Lives Matter and justice movement, Chris Wirsig who started this initiative.

“The song struck me during the first protests after the horrible murder of George Floyd, and I still had it in my ear with all the reports of excessive police force and racism around the country, especially with the lyric “I don’t understand what makes a man hate another man,” Wirsig comments. “I felt it’s time to do something, to help our society to overcome injustice and inequality – within the universal language of music. The benefitting organizations of this project are actively working towards a much needed change in our society, educating about social equality, and reporting incidents of racism and injustice. So I gathered many friends who all contributed their skills, due to Covid-19 recording their parts in their respective home studios without even knowing what the others will exactly play or sing, to raise money and awareness for this important cause.”

Some of the musicians involved in the single include Grammy-winners Wouter Kellerman and Dale Edward Chung, composer Ethan Gold, Hollywood session players like Chris Tedesco and Synthpop-legend Marian Gold from Alphaville.


released November 20, 2020

Arranged and produced by Chris Wirsig.
Written by Martin L. Gore.
Published by EMI Music Publishing.
Executive producer: Marion Wirsig
℗ © 2020 by Electric Heresy/Counter Communications LLC.

Akira Komatsu – acoustic guitars
Alexander Boldachev – harp
Andrew Dalziell – celli
Ben McLane – legal advisor
Carisa Bianca Mellado – vocals
Chawa Lilith – vocals
Chris Tedesco – trombones
Chris Wirsig – arrangement, mixing, production
Cora Chung – celli
Daniel Wakefield – vocals
Dale Edward Chung (D. Edward) – vocals
Dave Greene – drums
Ethan Gold – vocals
Fay Baker – vocals
Halley Feaster – violas, violins
Heather Stockwell – vocals
JD McGibney – electric guitars
Jenny J Nam – piano, organ
Surely Lorraine – vocals
Lauralee Brown – vocals
Ximxia – vocals
Marian Gold (Alphaville) – vocals
Marion Wirsig – executive producer
Mark Smythe – electric guitars
Michael Engesser – mixing
Militia Vox – vocals
Natalie Jean – vocals
Pete Mills (The Sweet Kill) – vocals
Queen Chameleon – vocals
Rayko Dig (Lolita Dark) – vocals
Rivita Goyle – vocals
Rogerio Maudonnet – bass
Roxanne Seeman – vocals
Silvio Buchmeier – saxophones
Steven Buckner – piano
Suad Bushnaq – additional string arrangement
Teri Danz – vocals
Wouter Kellerman - flute


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Chris Wirsig Los Angeles, California

Chris Wirsig enjoyed classical training on piano & saxophone, studied audio engineering and founded the acclaimed Electro Noire band no:carrier and the Electronica/Chill-Out project Virtual Conformity amongst others.
His music can be heard in games like the Top Ten iPad game “Alien Tribe 2”, the short mystery movie "20 Matches" and in TV shows on ABC, E!, MTV, Audience Network/DirecTV and others.
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