Let the Rhythm Lead comes out on January 31, 2020 from Artists for Peace and Justice via Arts Music

November 22, 2019: Today, Arts Music released the track “Love is Love” from the upcoming benefit album Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol 1, a collaborative project of songwriters Paul Beaubrun, Jackson Browne, Habib Koité, Jenny Lewis, Raúl Rodríguez, Jonathan Russell, and Jonathan Wilson, with members of the Haitian roots band Lakou Mizik. 

“Love is Love” is featured on the collection Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1, out January 31, 2020.

Hailing from four different countries, interweaving North American Indie Rock with beats and percussion of Haitian Vodou, Spanish and Malian guitar, Tres Flamenco, with songs in English, Creole, Khassonké, Manding and Spanish, Let The Rhythm Lead celebrates the work of Artists for Peace and Justice in Haiti, and was recorded at their Artists Institute on the island’s southern coast, in the town of Jacmel.

Watch the video for “Love is Love” featuring Jackson Browne, Paul Beaubrun, Jonathan Russell and Jonathan Wilson via YouTube

Stream “Love is Love” HERE

“We wrote ‘Love Is Love’ in Haiti over three years ago – in November of 2016 – inspired by the beauty and resilience of the Haitian people, and the farsighted and soulful work of Artists for Peace and Justice in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake,” says Jackson Browne.

“I wrote it with David Belle, whose deep understanding of the people and the culture informed our group’s experience there. Love Is Love contains some of my immediate impressions of Haiti, but especially the spirit I saw there in the faces of families, children, and lovers, as they take on the challenges of rebuilding their country in the face of multiple disasters.

From the day we recorded Love Is Love in the Artist Institute Studio, I would see and hear students singing the refrain as they walked the halls to classes, both in English – Love Is Love, and in Creole – Lanmou se Lanmou. This is one of the best feelings you can get making music – to see people take your song into their lives. That this could happen there in Haiti is a source of great joy for me.

Our Haiti Song Summit project, Let The Rhythm Lead, carries the imprint of our indelible experience in Haiti as friends, and as musical voyagers.”

Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1 Track listing:

  1. Lapé, Lanmou (Peace and Love), written by Jonathan Wilson and Jenny Lewis
  2. Love is Love, written by Jackson Browne and David Belle
  3. Surrender, written by Paul Beaubrun and Jackson Browne
  4. Under the Supermoon, written by Jenny Lewis
  5. Let the Rhythm Lead, written by Raúl Rodríguez
  6. Goddess at the Wheel, written by Jonathan Wilson
  7. Koulandian, adapted by Habib Koité
  8. Saving Grace, written by Jonathan Russell and Kathryn Everett
  9. El Viajero, written by Raúl Rodríguez
  10. Simbi Dlo, adapted by Paul Beaubrun
  11. I Found Out, written by Jonathan Russell


Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. Our immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare and dignity. We are committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. Our model is simple: we believe in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation.

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