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- Posted on Mar 12th 2010 1:00PM by Jenny Charlesworth
Recorded at Bryan Adam's Warehouse Studio in Vancouver on February 18, the song, which was reworked to include special lyrics about Haiti, came together relatively quickly according to iconic producer, Bob Ezrin (Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper, KISS), who helmed the ambitious project.
"We had a vision and a small window of opportunity to make it happen," he says. "Within a few short days, the artists were engaged, the studio was set, and the song was recorded."
Craig Kielburger, founder of Free The Children, one of the organizations benefiting from the proceeds of the single (War Child Canada and World Vision will also receive funds to help with their on-going relief efforts in Haiti) praised the star-studded collaboration, stating: "I can't think of a better way to support this country than through the power of music."
"We're honoured to be a part of the Young Artists For Haiti project," he also noted. "[We] hope, now more than ever, Canadians will continue to give to our friends in Haiti."
To commemorate the special anthem and attempt to raise additional funds for Haiti, Roots is launching a specially designed 'Young Artists for Haiti' t-shirt for both men and women, which will be available at select Roots stores across Canada, as well as, online.
Behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and photos from the recording sessions, can be found here.
Young Artists For Haiti include: Justin Bieber, Jully Black, Pierre Bouvier from Simple Plan, Broken Social Scene, Tyler Connelly from Theory Of A Deadman, Fefe Dobson, Drake, Elisapie, Esthero, Nelly Furtado, Emily Haines from Metric, Jacob Hoggard from Hedley, Ima, Chin Injeti, K'NAAN, Pierre Lapointe, Avril Lavigne, Lights, Matt Mays, Justin Nozuka, Kardinal Offishall, Sam Roberts, Serena Ryder, Deryck Whibley from Sum 41, Hawksley Workman and Nikki Yanofsky.