Cat Stevens is doing a solid for refugee children in Europe.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer -- who recently went back to using his stage name alongside his identity as Yusuf Islam -- has recorded a new single, "He Was Alone," that will raise money for child refugee relief via his Small Kindness charity in partnership with the Save The Children and Penny Appeal organizations.
In a statement Stevens says that, "While the world faces incomprehensible numbers and statistics created by the refugee crisis the tragedy and story of a single soul gets missed. It was difficult to stand by just watching this tragedy without trying to do something. I simply decided to help humanize the narrative an lend my voice to the call for keeping hearts and doors open to every refugee, especially youngsters, who have lost hat future they might have once hoped for."
More than a million refugees, most fleeing from Syria and other countries where Isis has been growing, have journeyed to Europe during the past year, including an estimated 95,000 children without parents. Stevens' song can be found at SaveTheChildren.org.uk, PennyAppeal.org.uk and SmallKindness.org.uk.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.