Fiona Apple will release her first new recording in five years on an upcoming benefit album. The catch: Her song was written by Los Angeles music students participating in a songwriting program coordinated by 826LA, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization.
She & Him, Cold War Kids, and Crystal Antlers are also among the artists who have lent their skills to the Chickens in Love, a benefit album for 826LA, due out on April 20.
The compilation features songs written by students aged 7-13 who participated in “Songwriting with the Submarines,” a music composition workshop led by John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard of L.A. indie-pop group the Submarines — now renowned for their 2008 single “You Me & the Bourgeoisie,” which was the soundtrack to a massive Apple iPhone campaign.
The Chickens in Love album can be pre-ordered here.
In addition to the album, a mini music festival, featuring the Submarines, the Happy Hollows, the Growlers, and Summer Darling, will take place on March 6 at the Echoplex in L.A. Tickets are available here, and proceeds also benefit 826LA.
Watch a clip of Fiona jamming with some students below, and click here to see more video of the student songwriters here.
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