Fans were asking to download the song. Philanthropy is a passion that Aaliyah and I share. The earthquake brought devastation to the struggling nation of Haiti. This song is about healing and love. Donating the proceeds just made sense
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 5, 2010
The singer, songwriter, filmmaker and poet Rashad Haughton is known to his fans as RAD:6. On January 16th RAD:6, the beloved brother of worldwide singing sensation Aaliyah, released a song entitled “One in a Billion”. January 16th is Aaliyah’s birthday. This tribute to his sister Aaliyah, is not only delighting fans the world over, it is providing much needed support to the island nation of Haiti. RAD:6 is graciously donating all of his proceeds from “One in a Billion” to support the Haitian Recovery Effort.
When the sun is behind you, your most faithful companion is your shadow. The loss of a loved one can leave behind a pain so vast that darkness can seem all encompassing..
However, beneath that darkness lays the light of your own love. This love is yours. It is something that Rashad Haughton says, “exists within us. Once this is realized, we can choose to share this love with others and walk in the light of this love for our entire lives.”
When asked why after all this time had he decided to release a song about Aaliyah he said, “I learned that healing does not come from ignoring the pain. We must go through the pain to heal. Regardless of the pain I felt, Aaliyah and I shared so much light and love. I started listening to her music again. One in a Million is my favorite Aaliyah song. It is the perfect song to pay tribute and her birthday January 16th was the perfect day to release it.”
When asked about his decision to give all proceeds from his debut to Haiti, he said, “Initially the song was free for everyone to hear at http://www.RAD-6.com. However, people started asking me when it was going to be on ITunes. Philanthropy is a passion that Aaliyah and I share. The earthquake brought devastation to the struggling nation of Haiti. This song is about healing and love.” Donating the proceeds to Haiti just made sense.
Rashad and Aaliyah were extremely close. One fond memory includes a trip to the Academy Awards. It was the year that film was dominated by a Titanic effort from James Cameron. Aaliyah sang Journey to Past, which received an Oscar nomination for best original song. The wildly popular Aaliyah chose to invite her brother. Rashad said, “It showed me once again that no matter how famous she became, no matter how big the stage our love came first”.
Amongst his influences Rashad lists poets Robert Blake, Basho Matsuo, and Wallace Stevens; musicians Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Thom Yorke , Trent Reznor and Quincy Jones; novelists James Joyce, James Baldwin, Franz Kafka and Haruki Murakami.
His favorite however is Andy Warhol. He introduced Aaliyah to Andy’s work. The filmmaker, painter, photographer and philosopher combined all aspects of media to reach and teach his audience.
Perhaps this why Rashad describes the legacy left by Aaliyah and carried on by him as “Art without boundaries.”
Rashad intends to inspire everyone to trust the love in their own hearts. This love is imperishable. So when darkness falls and hope seems lost he will--through whatever medium of art available to his talents--give.
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