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Crowe contributing lyrics to auction for clean water

The Western Star

Allison Crowe  is shown in this 2006 file photo.

— Star File Photo
Allison Crowe is shown in this 2006 file photo. — Star File Photo

CORNER BROOK — Living her life on one Canadian coast and then the other, Allison Crowe knows a thing or two about the importance of water.

Already widely known as a giver to the less fortunate, the Corner Brook resident and Nanaimo, B.C. native has now joined numerous celebrities in helping the multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jewel in her Project Clean Water Charity.

Crowe has been invited to contribute to a “Lyrics for Life” auction — handwritten lyrics from Jewel and friends. The lyrics to “Silence” — a song that’s proved popular on her European tours in 2008 and is now being heard in North American concert venues — can be found alongside, not only Jewel’s songs, but those of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” written on a box of Obama O’s cereal, Marv Green’s “Amazed” on a huge poster board, and a framed copy of Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman.”

Jewel and her brother started a non-profit organization several years ago called Project Clean Water.

“I had sick kidneys while I was homeless, and it opened my eyes to the global water crisis,” Jewel wrote in her blog. “This year, we’ve decided to hold a lyric auction to raise money for wells in impoverished countries. To date we’ve helped over 30 communities in 13 countries on five continents. We hope to make this year our most beneficial yet.

“...We’ve gotten submissions from people all over the musical map. I even sketched and wrote out the lyrics to some of my favourite songs. There are country songs, pop, rock, even scores from movies.”