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Various Artists: I Believe to My Soul

For his follow-up to 2002’s Grammy-winning album for Solomon Burke, Don’t Give Up on Me, producer Joe Henry gathered together three soul-music icons in Ann Peebles, Billy Preston, and Mavis Staples and two New Orleans legends in Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint. Recorded in Los Angeles two months before Katrina, this soul-music compilation soon became a benefit recording after its release last October, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to MusiCares Hurricane Relief.

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