Live 8 Concerts Call Millions to Unite

The Grammy Award winning band Jars of Clay has been added to the lineup of chart-topping artists scheduled to perform at the Live 8 concert in the US today.

Live 8 concerts are being held in each of the G-8 member countries to raise awareness about poverty in Africa and encourage political leaders to eliminate Third World debt.

Over 100 big-name artists have signed on for the timely concerts -- a G-8 summit on Africa and international trade is scheduled for next week in Scotland.

The US Live 8, which will be held tonight in Philadelphia, will also features artists such as Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Dave Matthews Band and Destiny's Child, Linkin Park, Maroon 5, Sarah McLachlan, Rob Thomas, Stevie Wonder, Toby Keith, Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas and Will Smith.

"There is never a moment in this age when we can rest on what we have done to serve the poor and the suffering," said Jars of Clay lead singer Dan Haseltine.

Other Live 8 concerts will be held in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Cornwall, Toronto, South Africa and Tokyo, and will be broadcast entirely online at Special programming is set to air on MTV, XM Satellite Radio, and Premiere Radio Networks.

The concerts are part of the ONE Campaign, which is a new effort to rally Americans to "make poverty history." Live 8 will help collect the vocal support of millions of people around the world to tell the world leaders that "enough is enough."

"That's why we're staging Live 8," stated the Live 8 staff. The campaign will have "10 concerts, 100 artists, a million spectators, two billion viewers, and one message ... To get those eight men, in that one room, to stop 30,000 children dying every single day of extreme poverty."

The multi-platinum band Jars of Clay has shown their great concern for the people in Africa as they founded the Blood: Water Mission in 2002. The non-profit "1000 Wells Project" aims to raise funds to build, rebuild and repair 1000 wells in urban and rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa.

"As long as there are people without access to water, and people who do not even have the basics for survival, we who have so much, should never rest. I believe we can make poverty history," said Haseltine.

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