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An Idol Gives Back: Phillip Phillips’s “Home” Gets A New “Sandy Mix”

Lyndsey Parker
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"American Idol" Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips's "Home" is the song that just keeps on giving. This past summer, the uplifting tune soundtracked NBC's sentimental Olympics promos featuring U.S. gymnasts competing far away in London. And now, much more movingly, "Home" has become an unofficial theme of sorts for the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, after Dan Kelly and Joe "Monk" Pardavilia--respectively the production director and executive producer at New York radio station WPLJ 95.5FM--created a special "Sandy Mix" video for the ballad.

WPLJ's new tribute clip intersperses shots of Phillip's original "Home" music video with news footage and audio of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, President Obama, and teary-eyed hurricane victims surveying the Sandy-ravaged East Coast. It's impossible to watch the video and not be touched.

Phillip recorded his entire forthcoming full-length debut, The World From The Side Of The Moon, at Quad Studios in New York City, and he has spoken fondly of the area in interviews promoting the album. So to support New York, it has just been announced that Phillip will play a special StageIt benefit concert with the famous PS22 choir, broadcast live from the choir's Staten Island middle school, on Thursday, November 15. All proceeds from the livestreamed performance will go to the Siller Foundation and the Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Sandy relief. You can buy a ticket to Phillip's StageIt fundraiser here.

To donate $10 to the Red Cross, text "REDCROSS" to 90999.

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