John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960 in Decatur, Georgia) is the vocalist and songwriter of R.E.M., a leading alternative rock band from Athens, Georgia. He is famous for his surreal lyrics and his political activism. In 2002, he participated at the the 1 Giant Leap project. He recorded the song The Way You Dream with Asha Bhosle. In 2006, Michael Stipe recorded a song, "In the Sun", originally written by Joseph Arthur. It is still available at iTunes music store, and all proceeds will directly go to the Mercy Corps, for the benefit of Hurricane Katrina survivors.