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Hope of Alabama - Theme Song of the World Games 2022
Distributed by Warner Music Group (WMG) - The new theme song of The World Games 2022, "Hope of Alabama," features some of Alabama's most iconic musical stars, including Randy Owen of the Group ALABAMA; Hip-Hop Artist Yung Bleu; Country Stars Sara Evans and Jamey Johnson; Stellar Awards Gospel Artist of the Year Pastor Mike Jr.; NBC's The Voice top contestants Worth the Wait; Rolling Stones Keyboardist Chuck Leavell; American Idol Winners Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, American Idol Runner-Up Bo Bice, Motown Legend Martha Reeves, and the Legendary Blind Boys of Alabama, with the combined youth and adult choirs of the World Games 2022.
Produced by World Games Artistic Director Dr. Henry Panion III and penned by Randy Owen, daughter Allison Owen, and Panion, "Hope of Alabama" brings a fresh voice to the world from a community that has experienced its share of trials, hardship, and tribulations.
Yet, through its music, represented here by the broad range of artists from the world of Rock, Country, R&B, Gospel, and Hip-Hop, "Hope of Alabama" sends an upbeat, infectious and eternal message of unity and love to the world, especially in these troubled times. And as athletes from across the globe descend on Birmingham, Alabama for these World Games, these Alabamians send them back to their homelands with more than just medals of bronze, silver, and gold, but with this message: "Hope of Alabama" is the hope for all the world. Every man can hold on, every woman, boy, and girl. It is the dawn of the new day, when love is what we bring. Ev'rybody sing, sing, sing!"