Monday, February 15, 2010

Daniel Merriweather Serenades Crowd at Valentine's Day Haiti Benefit

"Anybody in the world could be in Haiti's position right now," says Daniel Merriweather. The singer-songwriter is in a more serious mood than the last time we saw him, as he stands in front of the few hundred people at Action Against Hunger's Haiti benefit at New York's Touch Sunday night.

Merriweather was joined by actresses
Susan Sarandon and Cara Seymour for the event, along with a video cameo by Wyclef Jean. The night raised more than $10,000 for Action Against Hunger's efforts in Haiti.

Merriweather
 performed an emotional half-hour set for the Valentine's Day crowd. On the setlist: current single "Red," the Mark Ronson-produced Smiths' cover "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" (with a bridge of The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On") and a song called "Cigarette."

"This is the last song you want to hear on Valentine's Day," Merriweather warned the crowd. "It's about me drinking too much and screwing up relationships."

To make amends, Merriweather performed a pretty spot-on version of "Impossible," his whistle-enduced love ballad off of 2009's
Love and War.

"This is definitely my Valentine's Day contribution," he said. "I just want to reinforce how important it is that everyone here is doing what they're doing for Haiti."

Check out the performance below, and visit
Action Against Hunger to make your contribution today.

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