The songwriter is inspired by Nancy O'Dell to raise money for Lou Gehrig's disease research

By People Staff
Updated December 01, 2008 07:25 PM
Credit: Lisa Rose/Lisarosephoto

Former American Idol contestant Michael Johns will release his latest song, “Another Christmas,” on iTunes Dec. 9 – and has an early listen.

The Australian singer will donate proceeds from the song’s sale to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. He credits his friendship with Access Hollywood‘s Nancy O’Dell, whose mother Betty passed away in June after battling the disease, with raising his awareness of the illness and touching his heart.

“Losing a family member to such a horrible disease is just so hard,” Johns said in a statement. “It is a disease that is not often talked about and does not get anywhere near the funding it should.”

Listen to the track here:

Johns first wrote the song in 2006, and says it’s is about missing family over the holidays. “Not everyone can always get home,” he says. “This does not mean people don’t want to be there just sometimes life gets in the way. So, this is a song for them.”
Brian Orloff