Kanye West and Mumford & Sons to record songs based on fans’ lyrics for anti-poverty organisation

The National and Ellie Goulding will also contribute to Global Citizen's 'Metamorphoses' compilation

Mumford and Sons member Ben Lovett will curate a compilation album for anti-poverty organisation Global Citizen, which will see artists including Kanye West, The National, Ellie Goulding and Mumford And Sons themselves penning new songs based on fan-submitted lyrics.

Global Citizen will release the 12-track ‘Metamorphoses’ compilation later this year. Additional artists taking part will be announced shortly, with lyric submissions open now until March 31. Watch a trailer video for the project beneath.

The anti-poverty organisation hosts its Global Citizen Festival every year in New York, organised with help from Coldplay‘s Chris Martin. Last year’s event saw Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Pearl Jam performing.

“‘Metamorphoses’ has the potential to break down our preconceptions of the voices of creativity, what different people around the world are thinking and who has the right to be heard,” Lovett says in a press release.

“In my own life, I’ve experienced people trying to define me and put me in boxes and categories. Through collaboration we can show people how those lines can be blurred and are ultimately redundant. The artists involved in this project are some of the most genuine artists the world has to offer.”

“Artists like Kanye West, and The National are doing something globally important that is touching people down to their DNA. And these masterfully creative people are going to be interpreting incredible submissions from people across the globe. It has been a joy reading all of the submissions we received over the past six months. I’m truly excited to see what we will create together.”

“We are very excited to explore the creative possibilities of the Metamorphoses project, setting the words of others to music and bringing communities together to fight poverty,” The National’s Aaron Dessner added. “Global Citizen is doing very important, pro-social work and we are honoured to be able to contribute to it.”