Canadian recording artists release Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" to coincide with Barack Obama's inauguration

    The Mississippi Kings join music industry's call for hope, peace and
    social change in support of War Child Canada to help war-affected

    HAMILTON, ON, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Recognizing the political and social winds
of change blowing in the U.S. and around the world, Canadian recording
artists, The Mississippi Kings have released Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On'
as their second single - available online as a free MP3. The release coincides
with the inauguration of Barack Obama and the original 1971 release 38 years
ago to the day.
    "We began recording the evening of November 4 and watched the election
results online," says lead guitarist Mike Ventimiglia. "We knew this election
was monumental in American politics and history. To record this song - one of
our all-time favorites we've been playing for some time - on that particular
day was amazing for us. It was a night when Canadians and Americans, and most
of the world for that matter, were feeling hopeful, united. That spirit filled
the studio and went into the song."
    "It's a powerful yet painful song," says producer Glen Marshall. "The
similarities between world events now and when the song was written are eerily
similar. Its message challenging war, poverty, and racism is as relevant and
inspiring today as it was 38 years ago. When you take a close look around the
world, sometimes it's difficult to tell whether it's 2009 or 1971."
    Yet some things have changed for the better acknowledges Marshall. "In
2008, a man of African American heritage was elected President of the United
States, when only 45 years ago, segregation, educational disparities and
widespread criminal acts against African Americans were commonplace. So real
positive change can happen. And there's reason for hope in terms of what
musicians, artists and grassroots movements can achieve and how quickly they
can do it."
    "We wanted to start the year with something very positive," adds lead
vocalist Nick Cino. "Barack Obama's inauguration seemed to be a perfect choice
for the release date since we began recording the night of his election. This
song represents the anger and sadness over the unjust wars still being fought
today, but also symbolizes the potential for real peace and change in the
years ahead. Marvin Gaye left us with an everlasting message for hope."
    While not a political band, recording Marvin Gaye's anthem for peace
reflects their worldview about war and discrimination. Their decision to
support War Child Canada provides greater depth and meaning. "It's an
organization we admire," says Ventimiglia. "It has a great history of
collaborating with musicians and music biz organizations in the music
industry, and it does incredible work helping war-affected children around the
world. So we're very excited about being able to lend a helping hand through
our own musical efforts."
    "War Child Canada is grateful to The Mississippi Kings for their support
of War Child Canada and for generously donating their time and talent to help
raise awareness and funds for war-affected children around the world," says
Fiona Hack, senior manager of Music and Communications, War Child Canada.
    War Child Canada provides opportunities and long-term solutions for
war-affected children, focusing on education, strengthening children's rights,
reducing poverty and fostering self-reliance. It currently provides support to
communities in Afghanistan, Sudan (Darfur), Uganda, Democratic Republic of
Congo, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Georgia.
    Founded in 2006, The Mississippi Kings are Nick Cino (vocals, guitar),
Mike Ventimiglia (lead guitar, vocals), Dave Marini (bass, vocals), Dan
Stajduhar (drums), and Ivan Katkic (keyboards). Cino and Ventimiglia have been
writing songs together for 10 years with musical influences and inspiration
from The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Neil Young to Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.
    The group's debut album - Long Time Comin' - was recorded at Hamilton's
Vibewrangler Studio with producers Glen Marshall and Michael Keire (Tom
Wilson, Broken Social Scene Alumni, Apostle of Hustle, Feist). The Mississippi
Kings are now touring Europe.

    Band official video:

For further information:

For further information: Glen Marshall or Michael Keire, Vibewrangler,
Studio: (905) 312-4949, Cell: (905) 308-6896,;
Jeff Martin, Quorum Communication Inc., (905) 333-9397,;

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