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Do Something Now -Single (1985)

Updated: Feb 28


Do Something Now is a charity single originally recorded by the Christian music collective The CAUSE (Christian Artists United to Save the Earth), released in the summer of 1985 on Sparrow Records in association with Compassion International. Organized by CCM singer - songwriter Steve Camp (who also produced the track), the event brought more than 90 artists together in April 1985. The proceeds from subsequent sales of the single and airplay went to Compassion International, an American child sponsorship and Christian humanitarian aid organization headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that aims to positively influence the long-term development of children globally who live in poverty. An 11 minute short film was released as well as it documents the making of the recording along with artists interview footage and the song.


The effort was inspired by the recent charity singles of the time, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band-Aid, organized by Bob Geldof and "We Are the World" by USA for Africa, organized by Quincy Jones. The projects sent relief to Ethopian famine victims. The CAUSE received the President's Merit Award. The song was written by Camp and musician Phil Maderia and in 1986 it was nominated for a Dove Award for Song of the Year.


The following artists participating taking turns singing their solos are:


Larry Norman

Evie

Phil Keaggy

Scott Wesley Brown

Michele Pillar

Steve Camp

Dana Key (of DeGarmo & Key)

Jessy Dixon

2nd Chapter of Acts (featuring Matthew Ward)


The single has since been out of print, but the track does appear on the Steve Camp 2-CD compilation album, The Steve Camp Collection (1995) making it available on CD for the first time and is available digitally. A YouTube link to the listen to the single is posted below the article.


Track listing


Side 1

Do Something Now (Steve Camp, Phil Maderia) -5:16


Side 2

Do Something Now (includes artists interviews and commentary) -13:05


Radio singles

1985 "Do Something Now" -#2 Christian CHR, #1 Christian AC for 9 weeks


Listen to the single "Do Something Now" along with artists interviews and commentary here. The music video is also included in the playlist:


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