ET was under the big top of the media tent at the re-recording of "We Are the World." Several members of the ensemble cast spoke about the historical impact of the song and advocated the importance of contributing to the recovery in Haiti.
The "coincidence" of the song's 25th Anniversary and the tragedy in Haiti coinciding made for an appropriate time to re-record the famous tune, relayed Quincy Jones. Not only is the sound getting revamped, "We Are the World" is entering a world of technological advancements. It is being recorded in 3D and, using green screen technology, Lionel Richie reveals that "you can put yourself in the 'We Are the World' family."
Quincy is saving perhaps the most touching moment for last. At the request of Katherine Jackson, Maya Angelou penned a poem to be read at the end of the song. Quincy is going to speak to Michael's children about reading that narration.
Whether artists were grown, toddlers, or not even yet born when the original recording of "We Are the World" was released 25 years ago, the response was resounding all around as to its familiarity. Young'un Jordin Sparks said, "The song has had a huge impact on me and I've always loved Michael's love for the world and for the earth and for other people and to help and give back."
This latest version of the legendary song has a new "swag," promises Jordin. Producer Lionel said, "It's the new generation doing it." There are no repeat performers. No one from the original recording will be heard on the new track.
Feeling a "responsibility" to help the Haitain people in need, Celine Dion says with poise, "When something terrible happens, it's not time to cry. It's time to act and react, so tonight, we're joining each other."
Wyclef Jean, who emigrated from Haiti to the U.S. as a child, represents and sympathizes with "the heart of the Haitian people." When he walked into the studio, he admitted he felt "like a kid in the candy store" because of all the top artists that turned out.
Jordin also commented, "It's kind of like when you go to an awards show and everybody's there...except this time they're not posing for pictures and they're not doing interviews. They're just there for the music."
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