“Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda has collaborated with an all-star lineup of artists to release “Almost Like Praying,” a hurricane relief single in support of Puerto Rico. Proceeds from the song, which was released Friday morning, will go to the Hispanic Federation UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund. In addition, YouTube will make a contribution to the organization.
Recorded in less than a week, “Almost Like Praying” features a wide spectrum of artists, including Gina Rodriguez, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, Rita Moreno, and many more. An accompanying video, available through the official Atlantic Records YouTube channel, features footage of Miranda traveling to New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico to record with each artist. With samples from Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim’s “Maria,” music and lyrics for the track were created by Miranda and include references to more than 70 municipalities in Puerto Rico.
Miranda, who tweeted that President Trump is “going straight to hell” for his response to the disaster in Puerto Rico, told USA Today, “I was very glad to have something to do while that was happening. I was hoping for an announcement of additional troops on the ground, additional aid. I read about it after. In the absence of that, we have to just keep focusing on our work.”
Audio track: Google Play Music
Art Track: YouTube