On January 28, 1985 Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones and the late Michael Jackson put together (literally) a Band of Brothers (and Sisters) to perform the now iconic single “We are the World” for African famine relief. The record raised more than $30 million and set a precedent for celebrity involvement in charitable causes.
Last evening new band of brothers and sisters, some of whom were not even born when the original single was produced, convened in the same studio as their predecessors. Together they sang to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the single by recording a 2010 version to raise funds for the victims of earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
The 100-strong chorus crooned for over six hours and included such artists as: Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Drake, LL Cool J, and will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas, as well as Justin Bieber, Wyclef Jean, Pink, Jeff Bridges, Vince Vaughn, Usher, Akon, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Toni Braxton, Snoop Dogg and Josh Groban among others.
Recognizing that times are tough for all—we at hireheels.com ask you to support these efforts and the people of Haiti any way possible. The video for the single will be premiered on February 12, 2010 on NBC at the opening of the Vancouver Olympic games. Information on purchasing the single, which is still in production, is forthcoming. We’ll keep you posted.
Remember HireHeelers… You and Me are the collective WE—We are the World—so let’s stand tall (as we have so many times before). Together we can affect REAL change, protect those who are less fortunate and speak for those who don’t have the power or ability to speak for themselves.
Photo credit: “We Are The World 25 Years for Haiti” recording session held at Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood, California. Credit: Kevin Mazur / WireImage.