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We Are The World 25 For Haiti

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From: wearetheworld | 12 February 2010 

Recorded on February 1st, 2010, in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier (Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Recording Studios) “We Are The World 25 For Haiti”, in which Jones and Richie serve as executive producers and producers, was created in collaboration with executive producers Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips and Peter Tortorici; producers Humberto Gattica and RedOne; and co-producers Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren and Patti Austin to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti.

Academy Award-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), whose own personal efforts as well as those of Artists for Peace and Justice have already saved countless lives in Haiti, filmed the private recording session to create the accompanying video and behind-the-scenes production, and serves as Film Director and as an Executive Producer with Jones, Richie, Jean, Phillips and Tortorici.

The 25th Anniversary recording features over 80 artists and performers. The recording of We Are The World 25 For Haiti embodied the same enthusiasm, sense of purpose and generosity as the original recording 25 years ago. Every one of the artists who participated, regardless of genre or generation, walked into the room with their hearts and souls completely open to coming together to help the people of Haiti.

 

Did you know that the original song We Are the World (released on March 7, 1985) was the only single from the album “We are The World” (yes, there was an album).

In addition to the title track, the album included 9 previously unreleased songs by donating artists, including Prince (who had not participated in “We Are the World”), Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (a haunting rendition of Jimmy Cliff’s “Trapped”, Tina Turner and others.  The album also included another famine relief fundraising song, “Tears Are Not Enough”, which was performed by Canadian supergroup Northern Lights.

A walk down memory lane – the original video (lyrics are included).

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4 thoughts on “We Are The World 25 For Haiti

  1. WOW!!!!!!!! KAY-ANN, thank you, thank you. This is the first time that I am getting a chance to watch this new We Are The World Video. This is just awesome!!!
    I know you might not know this, but I’m very emotional and a natural cry baby, so you can just imagine the bawlin as I watched this video.
    Just looking at this you know how much we can achieve by coming together as a team, as a family and as a nation.
    I applaud all the volunteers in Haiti right now and all the persons who have contributed one way or the other, Haiti needs our help!!!

    Audria

  2. Thanks for sharing. As an ardent music lover, I realized the newer version of the song has an interesting twist and variety. Nonetheless, I feel the original should not have had a follow-up simply because it is CLASSIC. Above all, the cause is what is prominent.

    • Your most welcome.

      The original, as you said is a classis and will always be. And no other can or will ever meet that standard.

      However, as you so rightly said – it is the cause that’s at the root of it all.

      I read where Lionel Ritchie actually said no originally to a remake, as his view was that the song should remain untouched. However, after the devastation in Haiti, he rethought his original position.

      I’ve also read all over where people have mixed reactions/comments/opinions on the remake. We are all entitled to our opinions (one of the fundamentals of a free democratic world), however, I L.O.V.E.D it!!!!!

      Even if they have indeed taken out all the lines referring to “God”, in my heart I know without a shadow of a doubt and as sure as night turns to day, try as whomever may, God can NEVER be taken out!!!

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