The Led Zeppelin icon is among the artists who have contributed tracks to charity album The Long Road, created with officials at the British Red Cross, to support asylum seekers in the U.K. and refugees throughout the International Red Cross network at a time when hundreds of thousands continue to flee to Europe and the U.S. to escape war in the Middle East.
His take on The Blanket of the Night details the struggles refugees face as they tackle a treacherous journey to seek asylum in the U.K. and the singer was more than happy to get involved to help raise awareness and funds for the cause.
"We have a worldwide international catastrophe. Talking about it is one thing, doing something about it is another," says Plant. "The position we are in, it's paramount we all do our best one way or another to help."
Critically-acclaimed world music group Tinariwen, whose founder, Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, was a child refugee from Mali, has also offered up a track, called Silence, while others involved include spoken word artist Scroobius Pip, the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, and songwriter/producer Kindness. Many of the musicians featured on the release worked with refugees via the British Red Cross to share their stories of survival on the songs.
Alex Fraser, Head of Refugee Services and International Family Tracing for the British Red Cross, states, "We are very excited to have Robert Plant and Tinariwen on board for the album - inspirational artists who, through the power of their music, can help to tell the story of the long and dangerous road that many refugees and asylum seekers have travelled. We hope that the album will help us to break through to new audiences and in turn raise funds to help people find protection and rebuild their lives."
The Long Road, produced by award-winning Ethan Johns, is set for release on 4 March (16).