Quincy Jones is spearheading a 25th anniversary recording of the charity hit composed by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, “We Are the World”, with proceeds going to Haiti relief.
The new version will be recorded on Monday in Los Angeles, reports E! Online, and the line-up is rumored to include Jennifer Hudson, Will Smith, Jason Mraz, Sugarland, Sheryl Crow and teen star Justin Bieber, among others.
“It’s the 25th anniversary and it’s perfect timing,” says Quincy, of the decision to re-record the song just as the Haiti earthquake devastated the nation.
“It’s not an accident, man. That’s God. It will be ‘We Are the World’ for Haiti.”
Quincy, the legendary super-producer who made Thriller with Michael Jackson, is being coy about exactly who will appear on the CD. “I want to get a final list before I put it out,” he says.
Director Paul Haggis will likely film Monday’s recording session, a source confirms.
The original song, which benefited African famine relief featured Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles.
Meanwhile, Quincy will open up about the King of Pop in an upcoming CNN special.