WhyHunger’s “Artists Against Hunger & Poverty” Program
We are proud and excited to announce that we have joined forces with WhyHunger’s “Artists AgainstHunger & Poverty” program to help raise awareness and funds for this distinguished international organization. We will also donate a portion of ticket sales to WhyHunger from our live performances and from sales of our CD, Imagined.
Rex was a friend and former Elektra Records label mate of WhyHunger co-founder Harry Chapin. Here is an excerpt from a recent press release announcing our WhyHunger affiliation:
“It’s an honor to be affiliated with WhyHunger, perhaps Harry’s greatest legacy. I remember vividly when he and Bill Ayres started WhyHunger back in 1975, and when Harry first testified before Congress about the hunger epidemic here in the States. I was shocked to learn about this tragic problem then, and am grateful for the opportunity to participate with WhyHunger now.”
Bill Ayres, WhyHunger executive director and co-founder, said, “We’re delighted to have The Nutopians join our distinguished roster of artists. By aligning with WhyHunger, the band members are not only paying tribute to John Lennon’s music, they are also continuing his legacy of social awareness and activism.” Other distinguished artists who have supported WhyHunger include Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Pete Townshend, Wyclef Jean, Chicago, Steven Van Zandt, Carlos Santana, Joss Stone and Yoko Ono Lennon.
And This About Our Name Change:
The Nutopians, originally founded as The John Lennon Song Project, changed its name at the request of the Lennon Estate after the release of its debut CD Imagined in September 2010. The band then settled on The Nu-Utopians, citing its origin from “Nutopia,” the fictitious nation “founded” by Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono Lennon, to promote world peace. When notified about the band’s name change and mission, Yoko strongly recommended The Nutopians instead, calling it a better all around fit. “The band was delighted to accommodate Yoko’s suggestion,” said the band’s co-founder Tom Dean.