Stars to cover ‘We Are the World’ for Haiti
More than 75 stars have gathered to re-record the 1985 charity anthem We Are The World in the same Hollywood recording studio where the original was cut 25 years ago.
Pink, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, the Jonas Brothers, Kanye West, Tony Bennett, Jennifer Hudson, Akon and other musical luminaries stood shoulder to shoulder on risers at Henson Recording studios, singing their hearts out and hoping to help Haiti.
Quincy Jones, who produced the 1985 anthem, announced last week that he planned to record the song again to benefit recovery from the deadly January 12 earthquake in Port-au-Prince.
The session was all the talk at Sunday night’s Grammy festivities. Music producer RedOne said being asked to participate was “the biggest honour a musician can ever do”.
“Having Quincy, our father of music … and Lionel Richie asking me to contribute and help, I said of course, because this is not about me,” he said. “It’s about Haiti.”
Earlier track raised funds for Africa
Written by Michael Jackson and Richie, the original We Are the World thundered up the charts when it was released on the radio and in record stores in March 1985.
An unprecedented number of top pop musicians gathered at A&M the night of January 28, 1985, following the American Music Awards, to record the tune. The song featured 45 American superstars, including Jackson, Richie, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper.
The record raised more than $US30 million ($A33.67 million) for USA for Africa, a non-profit organisation founded by the singers to fund hunger relief in African nations.