February 2, 2010 — For last night’s historical recording session at the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood, Justin Bieber was chosen to sing the first line of “We Are the World.”
The reworked rendition of the 1985 chart-topper recorded for African Relief meant a cavalcade of stars coming together at the site of the original Michael Jackson/Lionel Ritchie/Quincey Jones collaboration.
As everyone would be, the 15-year-old Canadian sensation was in awe of his older colleagues, among them Barbra Streisand, Akon, Harry Connick, Jr., and dozens of others — all there to lend their voices to support Haiti relief.
But it was Celine Dion who Justin first responded to.
During the session of the redo of the Michael Jackson/Lionel Ritchie blockbuster song to help Africa, Beiber tweeted:
“Singing We Are The World right now with Celine Dion next to me!! Everyone is here!! I’m meeting everyone!! This is insane! Ok ok chill”
Jordin Sparks, also overcome by the incredible musical event, tweeted:
“Being apart of the We Are The World remake is such an honor. So much talent together for a great cause. I will never forget tonight.”
The world premiere of We Are The World – 25 For Haiti will air during NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Friday, February 12.
Following the world premiere on NBC, the music video will air on other networks throughout the world.
Among those artists who participated in the rejuvinated We Are The World cover were Celine Dion, Pink, Miley Cyrus, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Jeff Bridges, Rob Thomas, Jason Mraz, Wyclef Jean, Justin Bieber, Adam Levine, The Jonas Brothers, Sugarland, Kanye West, Vince Vaughn, Kid Cudi, Drake, LL Cool J, Will.I.Am, Mos Def and Julianne Hough.
By way of background, Jim Henson Studios was born in 1918 as Charlie Chaplin’s studios through the 1950s where the silent move star intermittantly only made a few films. One of the original private screening rooms is still on the premises, now owned by A&M. Another great aspect of the facility is the Fish Room (above, courtesy Wikipedia, public domain), a sort of adjunct to the typical Green Room, where talent and guests rest and relax between takes.
More on the recording venue as well as the new recording of We Are the World, so please stay tuned — literally.
Photo below: Ffrom left, producer Quincy Jones, singer Lionel Richie and producer Rickey Minor are seen at the “We Are The World ” recording session held at Jim Henson Studios in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on Feb. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Kevin Mazur/WATW)