Earth, Wind & Fire play role in helping youth who have aged out of foster care

Sunday's Borgata performance will benefit the Music Is Unity non-profit.

Cherri Gregg
September 01, 2018 - 10:32 am
Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire performs onstage during the 'Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives' Premiere Concert during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall on April 19, 2017 in New York City.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The legendary Earth, Wind & Fire will give a group of young people the opportunity of a lifetime on Sunday with a special performance at the Borgata in Atlantic City. 

On stage, Phillip Bailey is the lead singer of Earth Wind and Fire. Off stage, the father of seven and grandfather of seven is the founder of Music Is Unity, a non-profit organization that helps youth who have aged out of foster care, who have "fallen between the cracks in society," he says.

"The need was so there," says Bailey. "This population was so underserved that we decided we wanted to help."

Fourteen foster youth from greater Philadelphia will take part in a program called Backstage SoundCheck, which allows young people to shadow the legendary band for a day.

"We invite youth over who are interested in the music industry, and we introduce them to all the different facets and aspects of what it takes to put on a production such as ours," Bailey says. He notes that the goal "is to create a watershed moment and to maybe spark some interest."

And to light the candle of possibility.

"It very important to give hope," he says.

The group will get to see Earth, Wind & Fire perform live at the Borgata in Atlantic City on Sunday at 8 p.m. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to help Music is Unity fund more programs.