LANSING (CBS Detroit) – Think Detroit’s own Kid Rock has some Motor City pride?
Listen HERE and judge for yourself.
Kid Rock’s new album “Rebel Soul” is getting a sneak preview on www.michigan.org starting Monday. It’s available exclusively on the Mitten State promoting website through November 19, when “Rebel Soul” will be released to the public.
The fourth track on “Rebel Soul,” titled “Detroit, Michigan” chronicles many of Detroit’s musical superstars, including Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger and George Clinton, as well as icons like Rosa Parks and Henry Ford.
“Rebel Soul” will be the ninth studio album for the five-time Grammy nominee. But it’s not his first foray into promoting his home state: His latest studio album “Born Free,” featured Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior, as well as Ortonville in the music video for the title track off the album.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Kid Rock again to offer his fans and the fans of Pure Michigan the chance to preview “Detroit, Michigan,” exclusively on michigan.org,” said George Zimmermann, vice president of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “Kid Rock is a long-time champion for Michigan – through his lyrics, as in the case of “Detroit, Michigan,” and through philanthropic efforts including his work to establish the Kid Rock Foundation and the Made in Detroit Endowed Scholarship.”
Kid Rock recently joined forces with Quicken Loans as part of the Opportunity: Made in Detroit campaign to spread the word about the resurgence of Detroit as a place to work, live and play. He has also worked with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, holding sold-out a joint concert with the orchestra at the Fox Theatre on May 12, 2012. Ticket sales from that concert helped to raise $1 million for the DSO.
As an entrepreneur, Kid Rock opened the American BadAss Beer Company in Michigan in July 2009, and refueled and became the face of the Made in Detroit brand and clothing line.
For charity, Kid Rock established the Kid Rock Foundation to raise funds for and provide resources to other non-profit organizations across Michigan and around the country, especially those working to aid disadvantaged children, victims of war and natural disasters, and those suffering from illness. He also works closely with The Rainbow Connection to help fulfill wishes of children in Michigan who have life-threatening illnesses, and the Detroit-based Karmanos Cancer Institute.
In 2009, Kid Rock established the Made in Detroit Endowed Scholarship through Wayne State University to help offset tuition costs of students from throughout southeastern Michigan who are selected for their academic achievements and limited financial resources.