Listen: Brian Wilson reworks 'Love and Mercy' for music education benefit
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Brian Wilson teamed with music education charity The Miraculous Love Kids/Girl With a Guitar for a reworking of his song “Love and Mercy” in a moving new music video.

American singer-songwriter Lanny Cordola founded Miraculous Love Kids to help children living in poverty-stricken, war-torn areas learn, play and listen to music. MLK’s leader, Mursal, tragically lost two of her sisters in a suicide bombing in 2012. Girl With a Guitar is a student member music group, born from MLK.

Wilson provides vocals on the moving track and is seen in the video with the charismatic children’s group, who were former street children growing up in dangerous and desperate conditions, oppressed by war and poverty.

The girls are seen beaming brightly and playing guitar in the video, while Wilson sings along with them. The Beach Boys founder was happy to support the initiative, which resulted in the beautiful, heartfelt visual which was filmed in Los Angeles, California and Kabul, Afghanistan.

“I’m glad music makes the children feel love and mercy,” Wilson shared in a statement. “That’s what music is all about — making you feel happy!”

The video was co-produced by Cordola and Gary Griffin. Per Rolling Stone, Cordola immediately thought of Wilson’s uplifting song, when the idea for the project was born. Opening credits reveal the song “is dedicated to Mursal’s sisters and all kids whose lives have been cut short by poverty and war.”

The girls’ joy shines through in their bright smiles as they sing the simple words that carry an important message “love and mercy, that’s what you need tonight/So love and mercy to you and your friend tonight …”

“Love and Mercy” is the opening track to Brian Wilson’s 1988 debut solo album. It was also the title of the 2014 biopic film on Wilson’s life.

Watch the entire “Love and Mercy” collaborative rework above and learn more about Miraculous Love Kids on the organization’s website.