Los Angeles, California — Dozens of recording stars converged on a Hollywood studio on Monday evening to add their voices to a song they hope will raise millions of dollars for Haitian earthquake relief.
The lyrics and music are an updated version of “We Are the World,” a song that raised at least $30 millions for African humanitarian programs 25 years ago.
Music legends — including crooner Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand — stood with newcomers — including 15-year-old Justin Bieber and country artist Zac Brown — in the crowded studio Monday night.
Lionel Richie and the original producer, Quincy Jones, gathered “a diverse group of contemporary superstar artists” at the same studio used for the 1985 recording session,” organizers said in a news release. Richie co-wrote the first song with Michael Jackson.
The production team includes producer-musician Wyclef Jean, producer RedOne and producer-musical director Ricky Minor, the statement said.