Over 75 artists gathered at Henson Recording Studio in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon to record a new version of We Are the World for Haitian relief. Like the iconic 1985 session (right), the artists are in the same sound studio and are being executive produced by Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones with help from producer RedOne. New to the lineup is Wyclef Jean as executive producer and Rickey Minor as producer.
According to the Los Angeles Times, this rerecording had been planned for a number of months; however, the urgency changed after the earthquakes in Haiti last month. Word is that the six-hour session went relatively smoothly except for the occasional hiccup like Barbra Streisand wanting to multiple takes of her section to get the right tone and phrasing. [Read More]