June 21, 2012 4:35pm PT by James Hermon
Will.I.Am Donates $500K to Prince Charles' Charity
Black Eyed Peas frontman, Grammy Award-winning producer and habitual featured guest Will.I.Am gave $500,000 to the Prince’s Trust, a charity founded by Prince Charles that provides financial assistance for disadvantage youth.
The donation comes via his i.am.angel Foundation and a month after Will, who’s currently a judge on the UK’s version of The Voice, met with the kids at an event in East London. Will also performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert earlier this month.
“My donation to the Trust will help these young people build skills that are vital in today’s and tomorrow’s job market, including technology and computer knowledge,” said the multi-platinum music maker who grew up in east Los Angeles. “My family made sure I understood that getting a good education and hard work were key to turning my dreams into reality and beating the odds that come with growing up in a disadvantaged situation.”
The Trust’s chief executive Martina Milburn said that the charity “depends on generous donations such as these,” calling Will.i.am. “an inspiring character.”
Will.I.Am’s solo album Willpower is due out this Fall. Lead-up single "This Is Love," featuring Eva Simons and co-produced by Swedish House Mafia DJ Steve Angello, was just released. Watch the video for it below.