I hadn’t been a Christina Aguilera fan

but her performance of John Lennon’s Mother on Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur was enough to make me take notice. She performed the song with the intensity and depth of emotion that matched the personal nature of the lyrics. it shows that she worked on the song enough to overcome the natural reverence for the material and cause which might have caused other artists to turn in a much safer performance. I will have to check out her other work.

This historic double CD-released by Warner Bros. Records-features 23 John Lennon songs recorded by these top artists: U2, R.E.M., Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith featuring Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Lenny Kravitz, Los Lonely Boys, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jakob Dylan featuring Dhani Harrison, Jackson Browne, Avril Lavigne, Big & Rich, Youssou N’Dour, Green Day, Black Eyed Peas, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Snow Patrol, Matisyahu, Postal Service, Jaguares, The Flaming Lips, Jack’s Mannequin featuring Mick Fleetwood, and Regina Spektor.

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