Sometimes collaborations happen when you need them most, or under the most unusual circumstances. That’s what happened here, when Andrew Plan and Kristine Wriding worked together on their new single, “People Needing People.”

Andrew Plan is a Dallas-based, Filipino-American award-winning independent singer-songwriter, and made his debut with the release of his pop-infused single, “Supposed To Go,” co-written with Selby Copeland and co-produced with Producer and Composer Denny White (Tiesto, The Fray and Markus Schulz). Plan was once an ambitious pre-med student, but eventually decided against medical school and has since found a lane for himself as a different kind of healer. 

Kristine Wriding, on the other hand, is a country music singer/songwriter who captured the attention of multiple Nashville publishers with the release of her album, Just the Beginning, in 2018. With four studio albums to her name, Wriding’s soft-spoken twang and dynamic storytelling has captured listeners everywhere performing at music festivals including The Heartland Stampede and the Minnesota State Fair where she has gained lifelong fans.

While “People Needing People” will see it’s release this Friday, Substream is excited to team up to exclusively premiere the single today for fans to hear. The two decided to put together a song on unity, after watching the numerous events going on in the present world.

Plan explains:

“I saw people I care about, people I respect, wall off their hearts to the experiences and struggles of other people, just because of an opinion or something they heard on the news. When the coronavirus took hold of the world and the divisions among people started to spike, both Kristine and I saw that the need for unity was greater than ever. It’s our hope that releasing this song now, will help create awareness and inspire others to see each other and the world for how beautiful it can be, and to lift each other up.” 


“The song started out as an idea of mine. I was really frustrated with how some people view others they don’t understand. This idea especially hit close to home for me and for Andrew, because we both have loved ones with autism and have experienced this misunderstanding first hand. There are so many opportunities in the world to be a light in the darkness, and the more that Andrew and I talked about this, the more we saw the need to inspire more unity and more understanding in the world.”

Listen to our stream of “People Needing People” below, and pre-save the song here.