Lakeland teen Zach Sobiech, who died of cancer in May the same week his farewell song “Clouds” stormed the Billboard charts, could have another hit single on the radio and iTunes -- and this time he’s bringing 5,000 Minnesotans along for the ride.
The giant choir singalong of Sobiech’s song, which was staged at the Mall of America last week, has quickly been turned into a downloadable single on iTunes this week. Titled “Clouds (Largest Clouds Choir Holiday Version),” the new recording is being sold for $.99, proceeds from which go to Zach's Osteocarcoma Research Fund.
St. Paul-based nonprofit organization Rock the Cause, which has acted as Sobiech’s record label, also sent the recording to radio programmers across the country hoping to get it on the air. KS95 and Cities 97 have already been playing it locally. Here's hoping that KOOL-108, which seems to keep the same 25 songs tirelessy in rotation for its current holiday format, also picks up on it, if only as an airwaves freshener.
“We’re telling them it’s not just a great holiday song, but a great cause,” said Scott Herold, founder of Rock the Cause, who added that Zach’s family “is ecstatic and touched by all the support” behind the new choir single.
Herold said the original version of “Clouds,” which Sobiech himself recorded, is also still going strong six months after its ascent. It attracted about 20,000 downloads in the past month.