In June 2005, the songwriter, musician and producer Joe Henry brought together five of the greatest living artists of soul: Ann Peebles, Billy Preston, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint. Henry invited the group to record new music together, and the result is the album "I Believe to My Soul," a collection of new songs recorded with a classic sound.
The album was not initially conceived as a benefit, but after Hurricane Katrina a decision was made to donate proceeds from CD sales to victims of the storm, including those in New Orleans, the home of Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint.
In Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks Hear Music, Rhino and Work Song will donate $10 of the purchase price of every CD sold to aid in the region's recovery. In all other retail channels in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks Hear Music and Rhino and Work Song will donate $3 of the purchase price of every CD sold. Donations will be made to the Red Cross to provide support for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. This donation will continue for the lifetime of the CD.