Another Prayer for Paradise

Northwest  |  December 21, 2018
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After the Deadly Camp Fire, Tzu Chi USA Releases Music Video of Paradise Singer-Songwriter Skip Culton’s “Another Prayer for Paradise”

The non-profit Tzu Chi USA, also known as the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, has collaborated with Paradise singer-songwriter Steve “Skip” Culton to produce the music video for the viral sensation, Another Prayer for Paradise. It made its world premiere earlier today at 11 AM PST (2 PM EST) on Tzu Chi USA’s FacebookYouTubeInstagram, & Twitter.

Tzu Chi volunteer relief teams first traveled to Chico on November 9th, the day after the Camp Fire broke out in Butte County.  They delivered blankets to and provided emotional support at shelters set up by the American Red Cross. One of those shelters is where our media team met Culton. He shared his experience and initial reactions after the deadliest California wildfire in the state’s modern history, appearing in the short video, Paradise Lost.

From November 15, we began our Hope Heals Camp Fire relief campaign, in which we sought to give 10,000 impacted residents $500-$800 in the form of debit cards. Then on December 1, we received the delightful news that Culton had posted a video on Facebook about a song he’d written, called Another Prayer for Paradise. It now has over 20,000 views.

The song draws a complex picture of his journey- and of his hope- through the disaster. This was a natural draw for the Tzu Chi relief team. They reached out to Culton and quickly became collaborators. Tzu Chi’s media team would shoot the music video, including his in-studio recording session and footage from our distributions and surveys of Paradise itself, and share it to spread awareness of the Hope Heals campaign.

That campaign continues, as we gather donations from around the world to provide families with tokens of hope in the form of cash cards.  We believe hope has the great power to heal in times of disaster and pain, and we will do our best to lift the hearts of 10,000 families impacted by the worst of California wildfires: the Camp Fire.

The song, too, is available for download on iTunes, and proceeds will be donated by the Skip Culton Project to support survivors impacted by the Camp Fire, including musicians.  “We want to help as many people as we can, and we thank you so much for your support,” said Culton. Every purchase the song and makes a modest donation for someone in need.

“We couldn’t have done this incredible video without them,” Culton added, “and my heart has been so touched by their selfless generosity,” he said of the Tzu Chi relief team. But we are not alone in our support of Culton; the recording session was offered in kind by Dave Elke and Butte College, as Culton was joined by fellow bandmates Justin Mora, Jose Lopez, and Webster Moore, who were also impacted by the Camp Fire.

You, too, can support our efforts in providing families with immediate financial relief. Visit https://tzuchi.us/donate/cause/hopeheals/ now to make a donation and prove that hope can meaningfully heal.

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